"Cicada" as written by Benjamin David Gillies and Daniel Paul Johns....
When he was just a little boy
He only had one favorite toy
And he had nothing on his mind
He never left anything behind no
As he got older things got worse
Like he had been born under a curse
Things started to fall apart
They went like they were at the start

No oh

It's like a civil war growing up
It's like a civil war
Don't turn away
It's something you can't ignore
Growing up
It's like a civil war

And now that he was in his teens,
He started to learn live of his means,
Probably to stay in here and
They didn't look like disappearin',
No, oh

It's like a civil war, growing up,
It's like a civil war,
Don't turn away,
It's something you can't ignore,
Growing up

Growing up, it's like a civil war,
Don't turn away,
It's something you can't ignore,
Growing up, it's like a civil war,
Don't turn away,
It's something you can't ignore,
Growing up, it's like a civil war.


Lyrics submitted by spitfirek7

"Cicada" as written by Ben Gillies Daniel Johns

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Cicada song meanings
Add your thoughts

8 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General CommentI read in an interview that this was Daniel Johns' least favourite Silverchair song. In fact, he said he "hated it with a passion"! lol
    Harry Manbackon May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti read that to..in fact i was going to post that but u got here first! damn u!!! *sticks out her tounge at harry*
    RubberDuckieYAYon May 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSorry dude! *looks ashamed*
    Harry Manbackon July 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeh, I read that too.. but still i love silverchair and this song.. i love every song by them.
    UnknownUseron August 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell, we know a cicada is a bastard irritating insect that hides underground for 17 years, comes above ground, mates, and dies... the parallels to a sexually frustrated teenager sort of manifests itself rather easily...

    and it's unfortunate that Daniel Johns hates this song so... for it's my favourite off that Frogstomp album. I know his voice was exhausted/shot by time he was recording Cicada; i wonder if that fuels his resent.
    stevepwnson June 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell, we know a cicada is a bastard irritating insect that hides underground for 17 years, comes above ground, mates, and dies... the parallels to a sexually frustrated teenager sort of manifests itself rather easily...

    and it's unfortunate that Daniel Johns hates this song so... for it's my favourite off that Frogstomp album. I know his voice was exhausted/shot by time he was recording Cicada; i wonder if that fuels his resent.
    stevepwnson June 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsteve you're alright :) and your point was pretty acurate in think it has somethig to do with the process of growing up and out of the "shell" of childhood feels like your fighting against everyone, including yourself. The title is metaphorical of a cicada's metamorphosis.
    TheTunaInTheBrineon January 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe guitar sounds like Neil Young's Keep On Rocking in the Freeworld with a different tune.
    hackersvilleon March 03, 2012   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain