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DIZZY HEIGHTS

2014

IMPRESSIONS
Neil Finn

Truth will rise in the morning
Is this crime really happening?
I guess we can't keep the world away
From sinking under pressure

This disguise fooling no one
Go downtown get your hair done
belly of rhymes got no reason
They know you only too well

With the dawn floating sideways
All these eyes seeming drawn to you
If you decide you should run away
You won't be going solo

Impressions
Why don't we take it to an interview
Impressions
With anybody it could be so hard
Impressions
There's a picture of a rickshaw leaving
Impressions
I want to sink into the atmosphere

In this chaos around us
Still you found this connection
But it's not good luck for anyone
To play at being dumb

Got no plans for the future
(Not looking for a change, I'm here to stay )
Got to make good impressions
(Take me to a darkened stage and its all arranged)
Goodbye night, forest, sky
(And trouble you can call my name )

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Dizzy Heights
Neil Finn

Fairy lights like the stars
You could be lost but here you are
It's halloween, on the street
you came looking for me

I'm sealed in tight, through the double glass
Come inside, take off your mask
All the zombies in town
They're all dead to us now
And we can't hear the song they're playing

Smoke drifting up
To the dizzy heights
Where the elevator won't come down
And the ceiling cracks like a treasure map
The mosquito’s buzzing round, round, round
Help me make up a new sound

It's alright in my room
The worlds moving at a different pace
Ah the buzz it never stops
If you don't like the groove well call the cops

On halloween, it's halloween
And they don't make a sound
‘Cause i don't like the song they're playing

Smoke drifting up to the dizzy heights
Where the elevator won't come down,
And the ceiling cracks like a treasure map
Every destination pulls you in, turns you back
The mosquito's buzzing round, round, round

I'm gonna take you up to the dizzy heights
There’s a lot more going on
I will take you up to the dizzy heights
I'm better off that way

Kolbalt Music Publishing

 

Flying In The Face Of Love
Neil Finn/Sharon Finn/Sean Donnelly

You must reveal your infinite sorrow
Show what you're made of and what you're afraid of
You'll have to leave the comfort of shadows
The places you came from, the troubles you played on
Out on the landing leaves are descending
Summer is ending and daylight is blue
Is that you rising up

Flying in the face of love
Now you set your mind to run
In circles around everyone
Flying in the face of love
Thinking enough is enough
Before you get too involved

Like this isn't real, it's just a feeling
That gets in the way sometimes
Every distraction you can imagine
Like a disclaimer it's turning you off
Always turning you off

Flying in the face of love
Now you've set your mind to run
In circles around everyone
Flying in the face of love
And dreaming of the one you lost
Wake up to barking dogs

Were you thinking of her when you wrote that song
Sing it to me – your mysterious life I'm reminded of
Think about her – and it feels like a new sensation then it’s gone

Flying in the face of love
How much longer will you run
In circles around everyone
Flying in the face of love
Dreaming of the one you lost
Wake up to barking dogs

Flying in the face of love
Flying in the face of love
All the years are catching up
How does it feel to be wrong

Kolbalt Music Publishing for Neil and Sharon Finn
Mushroom Publishing for Sean Donnelly

 

Divebomber
Neil Finn

Sat by the window, widow sat
And dreamed of planes in silhouette
In cloud formations overhead

Oh, you better get there when it matters
When she's taking off, you will really need to hold on tight
Pretty soon the connection is made
We're ascending higher and higher each day
And there's no turning back
Sun is overhead, target’s down below
It's gonna be a wreck, alright

It's a risk if you're flying fast enough
With the rush of blood, you can bet you'll forget anyone
She understands where you're taking herand she won't break up under the Strain
The engine sighs it's time, we must pull her out
I have this to say to you, I'll do my best to save you
But I'm hoping I don't black out
Cos there's only one way down

Then I wake up in a sweat
Landing safely in bed
Oh man I thought we were dead
Punch me gently out of shape now darling
It cannot be that bad
For all I know we're high above the ground
And there’s only one way down

Kolbalt Music Publishing

 

Better Than TV
Neil Finn

Come on baby I want your love to be
Based in real life better than TV
What was before the action of desire
Becomes a deeper need for comfort, inspiration
You have the mind for understanding pain
Somehow to realise no trouble is in vain
It's a reason for and how it came to pass
If there is a chance if there is a chance
That you wanted to dance, that you wanted to sing
Don't die wondering,
Was there something missing ?

Come on baby I want your love to be
Big and strong enough to rise above me
Don't leave your best designs buried in your dreams
They're sneaking up on you, give you an adventure
Our destiny is better than before
Those old familiar foes can't hurt you anymore
And it's a war I'm waging with the enemy
If there is a chance, if there is a chance
That you wanted to jam that you wanted to sing
Don't die wondering
If there is a chance, if there is a chance
That you wanted to dance that you wanted to sing
Don't die wondering

If we both get carried away
I'd be happy to see
At the end of the world
It's just you and me
As we lay in the bath
Letting our hair down

If we end up paying the price
For this beautiful scene
At the end of the world
It's just you and me
As we lay in the dark
Letting our hair down
Letting our hair down

It's better than TV
Is it better than TV
It’s better than TV

 

 
Kolbalt Music Publishing

Pony Ride
Neil Finn / Sharon Finn / Sean Donnelly

He only wants to get you out of your mind
Offer sweet resistance don't be unkind
When I was a boy I rode on his back
Now I ask myself the question

There's no way I'm leaving this pony ride
In the midday tournament
I should never complain again
Thoughts spread like vines tangled up inside
They all decide to find a place
If you can hear the circuits jam I cannot tell

To the top of the hill I dig in my heels
And I whisper gently to the lord of the fields
And I listen closely to the sound of the bees
But I fear my nature has lost me

Somedays I'd rather be mystified
Than understanding part of it
And have you try to explain again
Thoughts spread like vines tangled up inside
They all decide to find a place
You can hear the circuits jam
I cannot tell

Only love
Is tripping you up
Poking your eye
Taking you downtown
What goes on
I'll sing you a song
A face on the mirror, the mirror

They come from the underground
And deep down you know it's true
you laid out the welcome mat
For catfish and vampire bats

Somedays I'd rather be mystified
Than understanding part of it
And have you try to explain again
Thoughts spread like vines
Tangled up inside

They all decide to find a place
You can hear the circuits jam
I cannot tell

Kobalt Music Publishing

 

White Lies and Alibis
Neil Finn

This hell is not of my making
I'm one of the bearded angels
Haven't seen the sky for ages
Just another face in a very long line

There's a lock on every door
There's a darkness in every sense
The guilty man is home in bed
And it's me they wanna put to death
She's the only hope I have left
In trouble

Her voice aloud, the sweetest sound I ever heard
She can lift me up, bring some love into the world
Up high the astronauts fly over Shangri-La
Back down on solid ground, it's all the same to us

You do what you can to survive

Crazy men in narrow cages
Seeking wisdom turning pages
Holding onto nothing sacred
Haven't seen the sun for a very long time

There's a lock on every door
There's a darkness in every sense
The guilty man is home in bed
And it’s me they wanna put to death
She's the only hope I have left

Her voice aloud the sweetest sound you ever heard
She can lift me up bring some love into the world
His smile could never hide the coldness of his heart
White lies and alibis it's all the same to us
White lies and alibis it's all the same to us

Everyday – you do what you can to survive

Kobalt Music Publishing

 

Recluse
Neil Finn

When you'e one of us
You can stay here for the rest of your life
I'll open windows when you want to look out
At the transit of Venus across the sun
As you're gathering dust
Ancient dragons and the cicadas come
The edges jagged as you're coming undone
On the white soft feathers of your bed

Well you know how hard I try
But I won't get nowhere analysing your life
And it's people that you lose
When you become a recluse

Turn away from us
Days are darker when the winter comes
Can't remove yourself from what you have done
On the rack where your reputation lies
Do you want to exist
Between the lightning and the mental bliss
Or needing nothing and with no one to miss
Like a stray dog pissing on a statue

Solitude is hard to find
And they're all too busy organising your life
But it's people that you lose
When you become a recluse
Well don't be so nervous now
All I want is to be dancing round in your light
With the colours that you choose
When you become a recluse
Ohh
I make any excuse to stay home
But I can't do that and I must come back
People that stay at home
Watching a game of thrones
And wondering what comes next
Well you can't do that and you must come back

Pictures of geese fly they around us and this leads to that
Take us everywhere and bring us back
Well I dreamt that Jesus had a gun

Sure it's getting cold outside
And they're all to busy organising your life
But it's people that lose when you become a recluse

I think Howard Hughes would love to be on the internet
I think Sly Stone should hold his own on the internet
Bobby Fischer lost and won then took a permanent holiday
He'll be back to host a variety show on television someday
JD Salinger lived long ago and far away
Greta Garbo parked her car and walked home from a
Glamorous party
I just want to be alone

 

Kobalt Music Publishing

 

Strangest Friends
Neil Finn

This could be a chance to see
With my own eyes
A carousel or a diving bell
Designs bizarre be in the sky

They're here with us
They believe in us
And they come from on high
Do they travel in the wilderness too
And they needed us and they seeded us
It's a door to the future
For a couple of impressionist kids

When they land on the grass tonight
There'll be cartoons of flaming heads
There'll be colourful flags to fly
You're my starlight companion

And when you dance
They really captivate your heart
They make you lose your head
They are the strangest friends you got
We are the audience
Who is love with them
They are the strangest friends you got
And don't forget to say thanks a lot

When they land on the grass tonight
There'll be cartoons of flaming heads
There'll be colourful flags to fly
When they land on the grass tonight
And they take your souls away
That's all part of their game
When strange friends come out to play

Kobalt Music Publishing

 

In My Blood
Neil Finn / Liam Finn / Elroy Finn / Connan Mockasin

It's a curious sound
Bone collectors rustling leaves on their knees
Many poets in this town
Look high and low for feelings that come and go
Sweeping the past out of their windows and doors
Well I'm not so humble but I'm always on time
Believing what is left behind
All the shades and echoes of my life
Are in my blood

In my blood …  feelings are lasting
In my blood   they never go away
In my blood  end up in a place
Somewhere where you don't have to miss it all
The flavour on my tongue,
In my blood  the fall of winter sun
In my blood  the sparkle in your eyes
In my blood  the moment when I die
I'm hoping that I won't have to miss it all

Reincarnate, how I wish that I could come back again,
How I wish that I could do this again

Melancholy beats my heart
Her cries mistaken for the sound of loneliness
There are far too many stars
On the earth there is but two of us
Gingerly down there for my hand is a thief
I'm bound to fumble when the moment is right
As another one is lost its a kind of release
And it's coming to me with a sense of relief

In my blood  feelings are lasting
In my blood  they never go away
In my blood  end up in a place,
Somewhere that you don't have to miss it all

The flavour on my tongue,
In my blood  the fall of winter sun
In my blood  the sparkle in your eye,
In my blood the moment when I die
I'm praying that I won't have to miss it all

Reincarnate, how I wish that I could come back again
How I wish that I could do this again
Reincarnate, how I wish that I could come back again
How I wish that I could do this again

You’re in my blood, in my blood, in my blood.

Kolbalt Music Publishing for Neil Finn
Mushroom Publishing for Liam Finn
Because Music Publishing for Connan Mockasin

 

Lights of New York
Neil Finn

In this town I am not afraid
It's like home we're here to stay
You find out something in these altered states
(When you're lit by the lights of New York)
Your willingness to perform

As bridges stand against the tide
Satellites move across the sky
In all the years that I have seen you rise
You never looked so supreme
When you're lit by the lights of New York
When you're lit by the lights of New York

Summer is hot, weekends away
But some have to stay, shelter away
Where the blooms gather dust, and the grease covered up
Just waiting for now, the sprinklers are out
The children allowed to scream and to shout ………

 

Kobalt Music Publishing

Videos and live performances of songs from Neil Finn's 2014 album, Dizzy Heights, and the world tour.

Dizzy Heights (track by track) Neil Finn discusses each track on his 2014 album 'Dizzy Heights' with Zane Lowe.