Overkill

Writer

Colin Hay

Lyrics

I can’t get to sleep.
I think about the implications
Diving in too deep.
And possibly the complications
Especially at night
I worry over situations
I know will be alright
Perhaps it’s just imagination

Day after day
It reappears
Night after night
My heartbeat shows the fears
Ghosts appear and fade away
I’m know between the sheets
But it only brings exasperation
It’s time to wake the streets
Smell the desperation
At least there’s pretty lights
And though there’s little variation
It nummifies the night
From overkill

Day after day
It reappears
Night after night
My heartbeat shows the fears
Ghosts appear and fade away
Come back another day

I can’t get to sleep.
I think about the implications
Diving in too deep.
And possibly the complications
Especially at night
I worry over situations
I know will be alright
It’s just overkill?

Release

Buttercup 7″ single

“Overkill” was originally relased as a b-side to the band’s debut single “Buttercup” in 1995 on Fish of Death Records label.

Promo CD single

The song was released as a one track promo single on Almo Sounds label in 1996.

Short Style EP

The song was included on the 1996 EP Short Style.

11 Transistor

The song was released on the band’s debut album 11 Transistor.

Australian CD single

“Overkill” was released as single in Australia in 1997.

Tracklisting

  1. “Overkill” (Colin Hay) – 4:14
  2. “Flea Market Girl” (Chad Fischer, Kevin Hunter) – 3:56
  3. “Buttercup” (Fischer, Lyle Workman) – 3:44
  4. “Mean Mr. Mustard” (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 2:24

Belgian CD single

“Overkill” was released as single in Belgium in 1998.

Tracklisting

  1. “Overkill” (Colin Hay) – 4:14
  2. “Novakane” (Chad Fischer) – 2:37
  3. “Prada Wallet” (Fischer / Josh Clayton-Felt / Kevin Hunter) – 1:11

Various Artist compilations

«Overkill» was included on a number of compilation albums. They include:

  • Loaded (1997)
  • Summer’s Eve ‎(Promo) (1997)
  • Virtually Alternative 83 (Promo) (1997)