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See Ya 'ROUND

1984

Breaking My Back
Neil Finn

Come my girl, you could cure almost anything
Take this man, use your power give him energy
Pick me up, stop me feeling sorry for myself
There are times, when almost everybody needs some help

I’ve been breaking my back
with the weight of it all
yes I’ve been breaking my back

If I am strong, why do I falter
Scratch my back and tickle my toes
Sing the song that we all know
Watch my mind become a desert where nothing grows

I’ve been breaking my back
with the weight of it all
yes, I’ve been breaking my back
I aint’ givin' it up
I ain’t lettin' it go
but it’s been breaking my back

Stay with me
A fool aspires
To raise himself
Out of the mire

I’ve been breaking my back
I've been breaking up too
I’m a pain in the neck
But I can only improve
I've been breaking my back
 

I Walk Away
Neil Finn

You came out of the world to me
My life parted like the red sea
We flowed easy between the rocks and stones
Never seemed to stop us
The years ended in confusion
Don’t ask me, I don’t know what happened
I am a man with a mission
Must be the devil, I don’t know
Finally marching to a different tune

It’s hard to let go
Of all that we know
As I walk away from you
The sun always sets
No room for regrets
As I walk away from you

Reveal whatever you desire
To you it may be death defying
Your life a slave to ambition
Tension your permanent condition
So much you’ve always wanted
Too much giving you a sore head
Finally marching to a different tune

As I walk away from you
I walk away from you
It’s hard to let go
Of all that we know
As I walk away from you
The sun always sets
No room for regrets
As I walk away from you

It’s hard to let go
Of all that we know
As I walk away from you
The sun always sets
No room for regrets
As I walk away from you

Give it to me, give it to me
Your inspiration
Give to receive, find all we need
As I walk away from you

 

Doctor Love
Neil Finn

I see cuts and bruises
Broken bones, burnt fingers
We’re savage to each other
We bear the scars of anger

But Doctor Love will fix it
Whatever is your ailment
Whatever is you sickness
Doctor Love will fix it

We’re going down, down, down, down
Shout but we don’t hear a sound

I’m always falling over
Or having some collision
I cannot use a hammer
All I can do is sing
Doctor Love familiar
Someone we’ve met before
She’ll cure the curses of ages
Smash the monumental door

We’re going down, down, down, down
Shout but we don’t hear a sound

I’d say you need a friend
Someone to tell the truth
I’d say you don’t look too well
The Doctor could be good for you

 

One Mouth Is Fed
Neil Finn

There must be a lot of pain
For the happiness I feel today
The balance can be cruel sometimes
Can turn you ’round the other way
I lifted up my head from sleep
Linger in the scent of a dream
Someone must be crying now
To make me laugh in sympathy

I could be wrong
You could be right
As one mouth is fed
Another is denied
Why all the tears
We’re crying with delight

As we lay in between the sheets
Ships are sinking in the bay
Find yourself a love to keep
Then someone else will have to pay
I lifted up my head from sleep
Linger in the scent of a dream
Someone must be crying now
To make me laugh in sympathy

I could be wrong
You could be right
As one mouth is fed
Another is denied
Why all the tears
We’re crying with delight

 

Years Go By
Neil Finn/Eddie Rayner

She gets up in the afternoon
The sun will set behind her
When the twilight comes
The magic one, will gaze on you

Seconds last for hours all evening
This purple room is breathing
To the milky way I turn my gaze
It’s a mystery

Years go by, wonder what you did
Yet in a minute you can change your life
All depends on your state of mind
One thing to be sure of is we live and die

Fear and doubt no longer harbour lies
Love not grow old where we reside
‘Tis enough for now to set you down
And gaze on you

Years go by, wonder what you did
Yet in a minute you can change your life
All depends on your state of mind
One thing to be sure of is we live and die

 

Voices
Neil Finn

Wander through the library
Volumes of the deceased
There’s no happy endings
History has been cruel
Feel the blood of ages
Flowing through my veins
Still there is no reason
I wonder what’s coming

I hear voices
Leading me on
The wise and the strong

Wander through the forest
Losing track of time
Lessons in green and gold
Been growing on for years

I hear Voices
Leading me on
Urging me on

I hear Voices
Leading me on
Urging me on
The wise and the strong

 

The Lost Cat
Eddie Rayner

 

Adz
Nigel Griggs

 

This Is Massive
Paul Hester

 

Kia Kaha
Neil Finn

I left you in the shelter
of a wet Waikato day.
The rain came like a flood
washed our stamping ground away
And so the ties were broken (never look back)
Our situation’s changed (Kia kaha)
I wonder to myself now
If we are still the same

We used to laugh at the words of the old school song
But now I hope that you will be ever strong (Kia kaha)

We gathered in the basement
like some religious sect
A band of idle dreamers
in a small town safety net
It’s been as long as five years
Since we were face to face (Kia kaha)
We’re feeling for the first time
Should have something to show for our age

We used to laugh at the words of the old school song
But now I hope that you will be ever strong (Kia kaha)
When I left town I thought an angel watched over me
It was a shock to find the devil inside me, beside me (Kia kaha)

"Ka Mate" Maori Haka:

Ka mate, ka mate! ka ora! ka ora!
Ka mate! ka mate! ka ora! ka ora!
Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru
Nāna nei i tiki mai whakawhiti te rā
Ā, upane! ka upane!
Ā, upane, ka upane, whiti te ra!

(Kia Kaha)
Where did it go, I never noticed it passing
(Kia Kaha)
Already it’s a long time ago

 

Ninnie Knees Up
Noel Crombie