Yesterday
the sky looked sweet
when we dropped
a big bomb at our feet
and sometime soon
we all might zoom
to space and continue
with another zoo


Work and pace
for paper face
spend it wisely
and keep it safe
because the human race
is a non-stop race
with too many trials
but no real case


Something about this second
something about this hour
take away the money
then the time becomes the power
a moment just to swim
and to shower and to sing
and to brighten and to dim
and to sleep and to wander in


Nothing
oh sweet nothing
today we're doing nothing at all

Yesterday
I climbed a hill
then cycle down speedy
on a great big wheel
feeling ill
laboured still
grinding and stressing
in that giant mill


Drove a car
stop and start
round and round in circles
never got too far
running barefoot
on the hot hot tar
cause if you stop
then you burn
then your feet get scars


Something about this instance
something about this minute
striving for the future
but don't realise that we're in it
a moment just to float
to ponder and to dote
to dry and to soak
and to take a little toke of that


Nothing
oh sweet nothing
today we're doing nothing at all





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    such a good song. it sounds like a kid would sing it.

    ive sat on my ass for many a day listening to this and just enjoying doing "oh sweet nothing"

    big timmyon March 21, 2007   Link
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    I love this song, its very summer holiday-ee

    i-like-pie383on February 10, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    This was the first Cat Empire song that really made me realise that this band were something special, and not just the funky, poppy, Aussie band I first thought they were on my initial casual listening.

    I think it struck me when I heard Harry sing 'and to take a little toke of that Nothing! Oh, sweet Nothing!' with such gusto.

    It blew me away, and from then on I started paying more attention to all their lyrics and really began to fall in love with the band.

    I love Harry's verse about the pace and stress of modern living, 'grinding and a-stressing in that giant mill', and the whole sentiment of living in the present moment and enjoying it to the full, and of the joy of just doing Nothing At All. La la la la!

    FishesWillLaughon February 17, 2008   Link

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