Do you ever look around,
Turn your ear to the ground, show your face to the sky
On a night when the skies echo sounds,
From inside of your mind
On a stage that you shone where the sun did become you and

Move with your thoughts through the signs and the scenes
Of the worlds you have seen and the sights that have been
Your reflection in shadows and dreams
Your reflection in shadows and dreams

Did you ever see a man who did walk down the street,
White robe with no shoes on his feet,
And on top of his head placed a box with two slits,
And a sign from his neck said “I do not exist”

Or a woman who could not remember her name,
Did stutter and stutter again and again,
And saw you and called you her son, Her eyes said
“My being is gone, but still I’m not dead”

Oh miserere, miserere, miserere, miserere, miserere

Have you ever seen a sound?
Have you listened to an image?
Have you ever touched a thought?
Have you ever tasted nothing?
Have you ever told a lie that was true more than truth?
Because truth it had lied all its life when it spoke to you

What did it say, it is that, it is this,
this goes here, here is there, It is not, yes it is
It was dulling your senses, your eyes they were bound
Have you ever, my friends, been looking around?

And the other replies with a wave of a hand,
I am already here in this promised land,
But not by a god, and not by a king,
And not by a spirit, deep from within.

I am here, because a miracle's a whim,
it’s a flash of glory it’s an empty tin,
Now 'maybe, might' lets you in,
not to save you but to keep on looking

Oh miserere, miserere, miserere, miserere, miserere
Oh miserere, miserere. Oh miserere, miserere

Have you ever been so happy that you’re sad,
That the lights turn to stars,
And the stars become eyes,
And hellos are goodbyes,
And the laughs are the sighs,
And the show disappears with a note
Until next time,
Long live living, if living can be this
Long live living, if living can be this
(Oh miserere, miserere)
Long live living, if living can be this
(Oh miserere, miserere)
Long live living, if living can be this

Do you ever look around?
Turn your ear to the ground?
Show your face to the sky on a night when the skies echo sounds?
From inside of your mind,
On the stage that you shone when the sun did become you and

Move with your thoughts through the signs and the scenes
Of the worlds you have seen and the sights that have been
Your reflection in shadows and dreams

Do you ever look around and find what is yet to be found?




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  • +2
    General CommentThis is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. It's art.
    cookiejaron November 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis has got to be the best song in the world..
    what would i do without the cat empire?
    omgnowaion February 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDid you ever see a man,
    Who did walk down the street, white robe with no shoes on his feet,
    And on top of his head placed a box with two slits,
    And a sign from his neck said “I do not exist”

    i always thought this was some god metaphor..?

    anyways this is such a beautiful song... i love the singing in the background.. i love the lyrics.. its so beautiful is makes me want to cry
    light_bulb101on September 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't suggest a meaning for the entire song but I can offer a few for smaller parts.

    Miserere apparently is a latin term for "have mercy!"

    A man who walked down the street with a white robe and no shoes sounds like someone from a hospital, possibly a psych patient, but people ignore him, coz he's weird or whatever...

    As for:
    "Or a woman who could not remember her name,
    Did stutter and stutter again and again,
    And saw you and called you her son,
    Her eyes said
    “My being is gone, but still I’m not dead”

    ...That is spot on for dementia/alzheimers. She can't remember her name and stutters, and she thinks everyone is her son. Very typical. And the bit about her eyes means that anything recognisable and any part of her mind is gone but her body lives on.

    "Have you ever been so happy that you’re sad,
    That the lights turn to stars,
    And the stars become eyes,
    And hellos are goodbyes,
    And the laughs are the sighs,
    And the show disappears with a note
    Until next time"

    Maybe this is realizing the shortness of life at the same time as appreciating the beauty of it. It could work...

    but any other suggestions would be good.
    girabbiton May 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe little boy's voive in the song is feilx's younger brother max

    feilx said that the song maght sound sad and depressing, but it is meant to be an uplifting song
    gummpyon December 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti actually find it really uplifting
    from about the 4m30s mark where the beat picks up and the long live living bit starts i jsut get goosebumps, its definately about appreciating what u have, and respecting those who dont have it as good
    AussieOion January 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a beautiful song. when i first got this album i skipped past this song because i preferred the more upbeat tracks but now it's one of my favourites. love the trumpet :D
    long live music, if music can be this :)
    liz_xoxon January 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song... the lyrics are so awesome, and it really is an uplifting song, especially at the end. I think the song kind of takes you on a journey, early on it shows the trouble that some people can have in their life, the situations of those 'less fortunate'... and then, moving to appreciate the beauty of everything...

    Have you ever seen a sound?
    Have you listened to an image?
    Have you ever touched a thought?
    Have you ever tasted nothing?
    Have you ever told a lie that was true more than truth?
    Because truth it had lied all its life
    When it spoke to you

    I love this verse, it really invites you to explore everything around you with all of your senses and not to take anything for granted. Anyway, the song then becomes wonderfully uplifting in its style as well as its lyrics... this verse is my absolute favourite... musical genius, i say

    Have you ever been so happy that you’re sad,
    That the lights turn to stars,
    And the stars become eyes,
    And hellos are goodbyes,
    And the laughs are the sighs,
    And the show disappears with a note
    Until next time

    Long live living, if living can be this

    And what a last line! Sums up the goal of the song in one perfect line... I just try to think this line as often as possible and it really makes you appreciate life.

    Thankyou Cat Empire for this awesome song... i love all of their music but this is just so brilliantly done.
    pianoman1723on July 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song sounds really really sad, but it does seem to have a sort of happy/uplifting message... It still makes me want to cry though...
    musicmadon August 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song sounds really really sad, but it does seem to have a sort of happy/uplifting message... It still makes me want to cry though...
    musicmadon August 30, 2007   Link

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