"No Longer There" as written by and Felix Riebl....
And though you’d like to hear a song
That sings everything’s alright
The temperature is warm
The fire horses sleep
So gently comes the night
Now close your eyes and stare
The ground they’re on is bare
But once it was as deep
And wild as giants' dreams
It’s no longer there
And all of our desires
Could mirror skies with flames
And smoke out heaven’s halls
Who was that you called?
They're no longer there

Here it goes again
Here it goes again
Here it goes again

What would you leave behind when all your fields are dead?
When your territories are dried out and your cities drowned and swept?
What would you leave behind when those who bear your name are born in that place that you wrecked?
What would you leave behind when you're no longer there?

Would you sail to distant shores
And hide within the haze?
Softly close your doors
Pretend the world was saved
And wait for heaven’s call
Or would you turn and face the sea
And calm decide you care?
There’s chance but if you dare
And swift as honour's steeds
Before it’s no longer there

Here it goes again
Here it goes agaaain
Here it goes aga-ain!

What would you leave behind when all your fields are dead?
When your territories are dried out and your cities drowned and swept?
What would you leave behind when those who bear your name are born in that place that you wrecked?
What would you leave behind when you're no longer there?

To deny or to despair
They're really just the same
And everything between
It means we have to change
Cos when a one forgets
Their world begins to fade
And all the shapes and shades
That made their colours see
Well it suddenly turned grey
Then they're no longer there


Lyrics submitted by rachy_cool

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    General CommentThis song hasnt been released yet but i have listened to it so many times on TCE's myspace. its awesome. its like poetry. apparently its about climate change and how we have to do something about it before its too later. :)
    rachy_coolon August 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so beautiful, ive always though they were both awesome lyricists but this is almost beyond them. like poetry, yeah! its cool how theyre completely retaining their classic style when theyre putting across such a true message, and managing to make it sound so lovely. mind you, TCE could make anything sound lovely.
    jteenyon September 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is in a class of it's own I love it. It's so true. Here it goes again? Everyone saying something has to change but then slowly returning back to the monotonous everyday destroying the world?
    But whatever, it sounds right.
    higherplaceon September 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI was at a cat empire concert recently and they said it was written about climate change and how we all can make a difference. The lyrics are golden...especially the bit about what will you do when the crises happen.
    rojo-pantson February 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAww i love it.

    It almost sounds as if its about suicide, i know its abit of a dark conclusion to jump to but it could e, well to me it is anyway, though proabbly not written about that :]
    Lullabye.on August 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYes rachy_cool is right, it is about global warming and what could/will happen if we don't do anything.
    Brilliant song, it has a very solemn feel to it.
    peter110022on September 11, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretationok im might be a bit high, but i think this song is about 2012, and is predicting great interplanetary disaster will cause earth to be nearly, or totally destroyed. I heard on the news that some where in the E.U. they are making huge under ground seed banks with their own air supplies and food and stuff."Hiding in the hills"
    The earths temperature could also drastically heat up to higher tempreture caused by, something like a Solar storms hitting the earth and causing violent reactions within the earths tectonic plates and atmosphere, and perhaps gvt weather modification plans?
    The very first line says very obviously says its not a happy song, "And though you'd like to hear a song
    That sings everything's alright" these guys just saying the straight skinny. so obvious that some of us cant see it cos...i dunno.
    The chorus could be talking about how perhaps the earths few elites will flee the planet and leave the majority of the population to fend for them selves...
    also i think there's a bit about weather modification tatics with chemtrails and stuff, i know it might sound crazy but the gvt could be controlling the weather for their own unjustified gains,
    "What would you leave behind when all your fields are dead?
    When your territories are dried out and your cities drowned and swept?"
    and that 'here it goes again' part kinda makes it sound like its some kinda cycle that the earth has gonna a few times before? thats where it gets intune with the 2012 stuff and ancient civilizations saying the earth has been destroyed many times before... and the last the lines
    "to deny or despair They're really just the same ..."
    sounds like some Buddhist philosophy or something... but then i again i maybe totally stoned outta my skull and just writing total utter nonsense??? 42 ???
    Regalon April 05, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningOverall, I get the impression that it's asking, What is your legacy? When everything that you've worked to build throughout your life is gone, When all your corporations and businesses have fallen, and your crops and fields burned, what have you contributed to society?

    More specifically, it's saying that even though you want to be told that everything is alright, and that you've done so much for the world, you need to ask yourself, what have I really left behind?
    xemkison February 13, 2012   Link

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