The Cat Empire No Longer There

Melbourne band The Cat Empire launched their latest single, No Longer There, with a music video in August 2007. The video clip opens with the band, led by vocalist Felix Riebl, performing on the decks of a leisure boat. The band moves from the boat onto the sandy surfaces of a desert, surrounded by abandoned ships. Felix walks past the despairing band, a burning chair, before joining the band in performance. The final frame of the video provides a nice little twist.

Cat Empire perform on boat in No Longer There music video


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Lyrics for No Longer There

And though you’d like to hear a song
That sings everything’s all right
The temperature is warm
The fire horses sleep
So gently comes the night

You close your eyes and stare
The ground they’re on is bare
But once it was as deep
As wildest giants dreams
It’s no longer there

And all of our desires
They mirror skies with flames
And smoke out heaven’s halls
Who was that you called
They’re no longer there

[Chorus]
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 hills
And softly close your doors
Pretend the world is safe
And wait for heaven’s call

Or would you turn and face the seas
And come beside your cave
There’s chance but if you dare
And swift as honour’s steeds
Before it’s no longer there

[Chorus]

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
It’s really just the same
Everything between
It means we have to change
Cos when a one forgets
The world begins to fade
And all the shapes and shades
That made the colours see
When they suddenly turned grey
That they’re no longer there

Cat Empire perform on boat in No Longer There music video

Cat Empire perform in desert in No Longer There music video

Felix in Cat Empire No Longer There music video

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