Boogaloo
The Cat Empire Lyrics


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There's a soul man
And he's shuffling in my head

He lives ah he lived ah he live ah he's living
And I'm never going to grow old wishing
Could have my time again
He shuffle with the gypsy lady in my dreams
And she screams with her hips when he kiss her oh so
Something when he moves doesn't have to move much
But he does it with such gentle tenderness. I'm singing

Young men stomping in the bullpen
Looking for some good zen
Often to do the dumb things
Looking for some a-ah-ah-amen

There's a soul man listening to the soul tamb
Playing in his right hand now he found his own sound
And it's okay

He never speak for-the-sake-of-speaking
Doesn't talk all-that-talking no he doesn't say nothing
Til he got something to say

He shuffle with the gypsy lady in my dreams
And she screams with her hips when he kiss her oh so
Something got me singing oh I never never
Never gonna




Grow old wishing
Could have my time again

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of The Cat Empire's song Boogaloo seem to evoke a sense of nostalgia for a time and place that may never have existed, but one that was full of soulful music and carefree dancing. The soul man referred to in the opening lines represents a longing for the simplicity of an earlier time, a time that cannot be relived but can be celebrated through music. The use of the phrase "shuffling in my head" suggests that this music is deeply ingrained in the singer's psyche, and they can't help but feel its rhythms and energy.


The lyrics go on to describe the soul man dancing with a gypsy lady in the singer's dreams. Her movements are powerful and passionate, and the soul man matches her energy with "gentle tenderness." The song seems to be celebrating the joy and freedom of dancing, even in the face of difficult circumstances. The "young men stomping in the bullpen" are perhaps a nod to the challenging and restrictive environments that often give rise to powerful musical movements. The singer hopes to find some sense of peace and understanding through the music, whether by searching for zen or simply surrendering to the irresistible beat.


Overall, Boogaloo feels like a tribute to the music that we carry with us throughout our lives. The soulful rhythms and passionate energy of the soul man and the gypsy lady live on in our dreams and memories, and keep us connected to a sense of pure joy and freedom.


Interesting Facts
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Line by Line Meaning

There's a soul man
There's someone who truly embodies soul music


And he's shuffling in my head
His music is constantly on my mind


He lives ah he lived ah he live ah he's living
He's a timeless artist whose music transcends generations


And I'm never going to grow old wishing
I'll never regret not experiencing his music to the fullest


Could have my time again
I wish I could relive the moments where his music moved me the most


He shuffle with the gypsy lady in my dreams
His music creates vivid imagery and transports me to a different place


And she screams with her hips when he kiss her oh so
The passion in his music is palpable


Something when he moves doesn't have to move much
He doesn't need to do much to create a significant impact


But he does it with such gentle tenderness. I'm singing
His music moves me deeply and I can't help but sing along


Young men stomping in the bullpen
Young men seeking a sense of purpose and release


Looking for some good zen
Searching for inner peace and contentment


Often to do the dumb things
Sometimes making poor decisions in the pursuit of happiness


Looking for some a-ah-ah-amen
In need of guidance and direction, searching for a way to find meaning


There's a soul man listening to the soul tamb
A true soul artist who takes inspiration from his surroundings


Playing in his right hand now he found his own sound
He's developed his own unique style and sound


And it's okay
He's confident in his music and doesn't need external validation


He never speak for-the-sake-of-speaking
He only speaks when he has something meaningful to say


Doesn't talk all-that-talking no he doesn't say nothing
He doesn't fill the silence with meaningless chatter


Til he got something to say
He speaks when he has something important to share


Something got me singing oh I never never
His music inspires me to sing and express myself


Never gonna
I'll always appreciate his music


Grow old wishing
I'll never regret not experiencing his music to the fullest


Could have my time again
I wish I could relive the moments where his music moved me the most




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