Tumbleweed
Catapilla Lyrics


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Sitting,
Cooking up a daydream about being
somebody's auntie.
Planning,
living out of fantasies of having
a child of your own.
And if the child had his mother's eyes
and his mother's nose,
he's got the same dimpled smile
as his grandad,
the way he rolls his eyeballs
when you call.
He's all the things that make life beautiful.

Talking,
seeing how somebody's boy just made it,
all by himself.
Got married,
wants himself an house and car,
got settled.
He's doing quite nicely.
And the little baby boy got his mother's eyes,
and her nose.
He's got the same dimpled smile
as his grandad,
the way he rolls his eyeballs
when you call.
He's all the things that make life beautiful.

And the child got every chance,
of being somebody,
for his mother and his father and his uncles and his aunts
love him too.
Can't understand why you always
got something else to do,
and why he insists on staying in that way, them all.

But he's a man, he's not a little child
anymore,
He's got to live the way he feels the way he wants
the way he knows he can.
The people who look down
at the way he moves around,
and he grows,
those are the one who made him want his life, them all.

But he's a man, he's not a little child
anymore,
He's got to live the way he feels the way he wants
the way he knows he can.
The people who look down
at the way he moves around,




and he grows,
those are the one who made him want his life, them all.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Catapilla's song Tumbleweed paint a picture of someone lost in their own thoughts, daydreaming about having a child and being somebody's auntie. They imagine what their child would be like if they had their mother's eyes and nose, and their grandad's dimpled smile. The lyrics evoke a sense of hope and optimism, with the child being described as "all the things that make life beautiful". The second verse shifts focus to someone else's child, who has grown up and gotten married, settling down with a house and a car. This child also has the same dimpled smile as their grandad and is described in a similar way to the first child.


The final verse is a reflection on the fact that the child has grown up into a man who has to live his own life, make his own decisions, and be true to himself. The lines "he's got to live the way he feels the way he wants the way he knows he can" speak to the idea of individual autonomy and the importance of following one's passions and dreams. The lyrics also criticize those who look down on someone for the way they move around or grow, suggesting that these are the people who made him want his life in the first place.


Overall, the lyrics of Tumbleweed are a powerful and introspective reflection on family, growth, and finding one's place in the world.


Line by Line Meaning

Sitting,
Taking a moment to reflect and think about life


Cooking up a daydream about being somebody's auntie.
Imagining an ideal future where one is an aunt to a loved one


Planning, living out of fantasies of having a child of your own.
Creating plans and dreams for having a child


And if the child had his mother's eyes and his mother's nose, he's got the same dimpled smile as his grandad, the way he rolls his eyeballs when you call. He's all the things that make life beautiful.
Imagining the features and personality of a hypothetical child and how they will bring joy and beauty to life


Talking, seeing how somebody's boy just made it, all by himself. Got married, wants himself an house and car, got settled. He's doing quite nicely.
Discussing the success of someone who has achieved their goals in life and has settled down


And the little baby boy got his mother's eyes, and her nose. He's got the same dimpled smile as his grandad, the way he rolls his eyeballs when you call. He's all the things that make life beautiful.
Noticing the physical and personality traits of a baby and feeling joy and beauty in them


And the child got every chance, of being somebody, for his mother and his father and his uncles and his aunts love him too.
Recognizing the love and support a child has from their family, and the potential for the child to become someone great


Can't understand why you always got something else to do, and why he insists on staying in that way, them all.
Expressing confusion and frustration towards someone who seems distracted and unable to be fully present in the moment


But he's a man, he's not a little child anymore, He's got to live the way he feels the way he wants the way he knows he can.
Acknowledging the maturity and independence of a grown man who has the right to live life on his own terms


The people who look down at the way he moves around, and he grows, those are the one who made him want his life, them all.
Realizing that judgmental people who don't accept one's choices can be motivators for making choices that are true to oneself


But he's a man, he's not a little child anymore, He's got to live the way he feels the way he wants the way he knows he can. The people who look down at the way he moves around, and he grows, those are the one who made him want his life, them all.
Reiterating the message that one should live life based on their own desires and not let judgmental people hold them back from growing and becoming their true selves




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