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The Kitchen Sink IV
(Rarities)

B-sides, demos and rarities. This audio stream collection is exclusive to neilfinn.com.

 

Tell Me C’Mon
Neil Finn/Tim Finn
Performed by The Finn Brothers
Included on the Edible Flowers CD single in 2004.
 

All hands take the rope
Pull myself into the mystic
Big waves rock the boat
Somewhere in the South Pacific
The storms about to break
Here’s something real you can hold onto

So tell me c’mon
Lead me to the stage
Make a big idea wanna leap of the page
So tell me c’mon help me work it out
You’re the only one who knows what the words are about

All who abandon hope
I tell you what my secret wish is
Singer’s gonna find a note
True enough to make a difference

So tell me c’mon
Lead me to the stage
Make a big idea
Wanna leap of the page
Tell me c’mon
Help me work it out
You’re the only one who knows what the words are about

Strange sorrows come to the party
And she wants to go home with me
Need someone to come to the rescue
Make some sense of what’s been happening

So tell me c’mon
Give it to me straight
Wanna get my heart started
What’s it gonna take
Tell me c’mon
Lead me to the stage
Make a big idea wanna leap out of the page
Tell me c’mon help me work it out
You’re the only one who knows what the words are about
You’re the only one who knows what the words are about
So tell me c’mon
Tell me c’mon
Tell tell me c’mon
Alright


 

Underestimated
Neil Finn/Wendy Melvoin/Tchad Blake
Performed by Neil Finn
From the Rest Of The Day Off CD single, 2001.

 
 

Melody
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn
Released on the Ferrington Guitars CD and book in 2002.

 

 

Can You Hear Us
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn
From the 1999 Can You Hear Us CD single.
 

We’re right where we belong
Where mountains meet the ocean
Beneath the Southern Cross
A symbol of our devotion

Can you hear us
We’ll never let go
Can you hear us
And carry our hopes
Can you hear us
We’ll never let go

The fire is coming back
There’s magic in your touch
Silver fern on black
Somehow it means so mcuh

The time is running down
The shadows getting longer
But don’t you hang your head
‘Cos brother it’s not over

[Chorus]

And the final moment in your hands
You feel the power from the stands
And it’s like thunder coming to fill the silence

[Chorus]

Can you hear us…Aotearoa…..hear us….Aotearoa

 
 

Sunset Swim
Neil Finn/Tim Finn
Performed by The Finn Brothers
Issued on the Won’t Give In CD single in 2004.
 

When I was a younger man
The sun was rising from the sea
Now it’s going back again
Taking little bits of me
I park my car above the beach
And walk into the white and green
It’s something I can almost touch
It’s nothing that I’ve ever seen

I’m going for a sun (gonna drive out)
(Sail) for a sunset swim
I’m going for a sun
(Yeah I think I’ll throw myself right) swim
I’m going for a sun (gonna find out where the world begins)

I’m rolling with all unknown
And falling through the backlit ways
All the damage that’s been done
Dissolving in the ocean spray

I’m going for a sun (gonna drive out)
(Sail) for a sunset swim
I’m going for a sun
(Yeah I think I’ll throw myself right) swim
I’m going for a sun
(Gonna find out where the world begins) sailing
I’m going for a sun (yeah I think I’ll throw myself right)
Swim

I’m going for a sunset swim
And I’ve been waiting all day long
Sunset swim taste the foam
Something tells me I’m almost home

I’m going for a sun (gonna drive out)
(Sail) for a sunset swim
I’m going for a sun
(Yeah I think I’ll throw myself right)
Swim


 

Holy Smoke
Neil Finn
Performed by Split Enz
Recorded in Luton, 1978. This original mix was first released as the Australasian B-side of History Never Repeats in 1981.
 

Holy smoke, good God almighty
Vandals, murderers and thieves
I just woke up with the strangest feeling
There’s someone here with me

[chorus]
Feel my heart
The fear of God written in my face
In the dark
Over there by the fireplace
The shadows fall much too close for comfort

Here all night the sun deserts you
Dark skies overhead
Candles lit and measures taken
Brave new worlds we tread

[chorus]

It’s all I can do to keep from running away
Get me out of this place
Too young to lose
I’ve been sleeping with one eye open too long

[chorus]
 

 

Tokyo
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn
From the 1998 Sinner CD single.
 

He has a house that’s well laid-out
he has a dog that doesn’t bark
And a lamp by Frank Lloyd Wright

I can hardly stand up but I feel
something going on in Tokyo
There is pain and pleasure to be sold
And at last I have a place to go
Alive in Tokyo

She has a soft and supple mouth
She has a wild and wicked grin
And she demands attention

I can hardly stand up but I feel
something going on in Tokyo
There is pain and pleasure to be sold
And the Western devil got your soul
But you don’t know

What’s going on in Tokyo

I have a tightness in my chin
I can’t find a single word to say
I think I need to splash my face

I can hardly stand up…

 
 

Astro
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn
Included on the She Will Have Her Way CD single in 1998.
 

You weightless astronaut
You sunset diving bird
You cool wind set upon the branches of a tree
You holding my attention

You are my first impression
And I can recognize the life that I’ve been given
One day they will discover you
Low cloud moving cross the sky

One day they will uncover you
Young girl wash the sleep out of your eyes
Dust on my piano
Wool rest never sleeping

All your best one-liners borrowed from a film
The thing that gets to me
Is how you’re never free
And how the spirit yearns

Your body is a prison
One day they will discover you
Low cloud moving cross the sky
One day they will uncover you…

The thing that gets to me
Is how you’re never free
And how the spirit yearns
Your body is a prison

Bright as her eyes wide in the night
Why can’t you see me?
Come with the wind, time to begin
There’ll be no compromise

When all you want is wrapped around you
As those saints preserve us when we’re dying
To pick us up from where we’re lying

One day they will discover you
One day they will uncover you
Bright as her eyes wide in the night

They will discover you
They will discover you…
 

 

Mary of the South Seas
Tim Finn/Neil Finn/Andy White
Performed by The Finn Brothers
From the various artists compilation Common Ground: Voices of Modern Irish Music in 1996.
 

She boarded the boat a long time ago
It opened her up to the world
But time goes so slowly
You won’t see it pass
A phone call from Dublin I’m with you at last

And I swear that I’ve always worked hard to be good
Just like I promised you once
And if I could spare you
You know that I would
Strange things can happen in this heat
Mary of the South Seas
Mary of the South
Mary of the South Seas
I feel your presence
Do you remember me

The sea is so swollen it’s golden and silver
And all is a beckoning wave
The beauty contestant
On a ship from Southampton
The stars look so different from here

Mary of the South Seas
Mary of the South
Mary of the South Seas
I feel your presence
Do you remember me

I wish I could help you, it’s hard to discover
The ones that you love slip away
So go on your journey
And when you recover
All the dreams that you’ve buried
Shall bloom in the day

Mary of the South Seas
Mary of the South
Mary of the South Seas
I feel your presence
Do you remember me
 

 

Way Back Down
Neil Finn/Tim Finn
Performed by The Finn Brothers
Included on the Won’t Give In CD single in 2004.
 

She’s on the way back down
Been awake for 48 hours
Standing underneath the shower in her summer dress
On her way back down
Can’t remember anything much
Along the way she lost her touch and her happiness

One silence in the midst of chaos
Take comfort in the roar of take-off
The street lights have faded
All over town
It looks like you’ve made it
All the way down

I lower my eyes when I find you
As pale as the midday moon
The creature from the black lagoon made you his queen
Wind is playing in the treetops
A helicopter circles around
Looking for a place to put down this heavy dream

One silence in the midst of chaos
Take comfort in the roar of take-off
Street lights have faded all over town
If you can’t escape it
Where you are now
It’s looks like you’ve made it
All the way down

The streets light have faded
All over town
And you can’t escape it
Where you are now
It’s look like you’ve made it
On the way back down
She’s all over town
On her way back down
She’s on her way back down
 

 

Fire Drill
Tim Finn/Neil Finn/Eddie Rayner
Performed by Split Enz
B-Side of Six Months in a Leaky Boat single in 1982.
 

 

In Love With It All (demo)
Neil Finn/Tim Finn
Performed by The Finn Brothers
Recorded in the Murchison St flat in Melbourne for the proposed Finn Brothers album. Released in 1995 on the first Suffer Never CD single.
 

God’s white beard hung down
Sacrilegious town
Sleek nostalgia blonde
The one you had your eyes on
As you came back from the altar
Your head was all a-gaga
In love with it all
In love with it all
In love with it all
With it all
Brothers come to blows
White shirt all aglow
All laid out ahead
Just like the family photos
That fall out of the suitcase
And wear the same expression
In love with it all
In love with it all
In love with it all
With it all
To score the highest hilltop
To turn the angry river
Leave ripples on the surface
In love with it all
In love with it all
In love with it all
With it all
 

 

She Comes Scattered
Neil Finn/Jim Moginie
Performed by Neil Finn
From the Sinner CD single, 1998.
 

She comes scattered
Can’t remember a thing
The witness gone
Broken bridges

I was her neighbour
I lived beside her
Now look at me
Now I still can’t go

You feel so so foolish
She thinks I’m the one
To take her licorice

I was her neighbour
I lived beside her
Now look at me
Now I still can’t go

See this oh dear
She comes clearer now
From the dumble
Like a vase in the doubts
Here here
His lips are tight
Here alright
You know everyone
Here I lie
Oh always in your eyes
This is something about your wilderness

I spoke of this
Well I spoke of this

She comes scattered
Can’t remember a thing
Witness gone
Broken bridge scattered
 

 

Hole In The Ice (radio mix)
Neil Finn/Lisa Coleman
Performed by Neil Finn
Released in 2001 on CD single.
 

Take it down, mess it up, light a match, make a fire
Walk away as the money burns, it might just save your life
I play the happenstance, oh, I see my fortune fly
Sometime you lift it up, another long day goes by

And I won’t travel into the straw daylight desire
I wrote that some Eskimo gave me the line

Sit back and watch the money burn, five days in a hot house hell
Once you’re gone there’s no return but I never wanna let you lie
I want my love to burn, hotter than a comet’s tail
I want my bed to cry, I never wanna let you down

And I won’t travel into the straw daylight desire
I wrote that some Eskimo gave me the line

And all I ever do is therapy, one on one, one on one
And you and I, we might want the same thing, one on one, one on one
I don’t want a teacher to remind me, one on one, one on one
Well , how to get something better out of my life, life, life, yeah

I play the happenstance, well, I see my fortune fly
Every time you lift the cup and another long day goes by

And I won’t travel into the pale moonlight desire
I wrote that some Eskimo gave me the line

Your freedom, wow it’s so precious that it makes me hurt
I learnt that my teachers were my loneliness
And wisdom can be passed on by the one who’s left
Your freedom, it’s so precious that it makes it work
 

 

Everything To Live For
Neil Finn/Tim Finn/Nick Seymour/Paul Hester
Performed by The Rock Party
1986 Australian charity single, initiated by The National Campaign Against Drug Abuse.
 

 

World Where You Live (extended version)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From the 1986 12” single.
 

Here’s someone now who’s got the muscle.
His steady hand could move a mountain.
Expert in bed,
But come on now,
There must be something missing.
That golden one leads a double life
You’ll find out.
Tell me,

But I don’t know where you go
Do you climb into space
To the world where you live,
To the world where you live.

So here we lie against each other
These four walls can never hold us
We’re looking for wide open spaces
High above the kitchen
And we’re strangers here
On our way to some other place

But I don’t know where you go
Do you climb into space
To the world where you live,
To the world where you live.

When friends come round
You might remember and be sad
Behind their eyes is unfamiliar

But I don’t know where you go
Do you climb into space
To the world where you live,
To the world where you live.
 

 

Weather With You (radio edit)
Neil Finn/Tim Finn
Performed by Crowded House
1992 CD single.


Walking ’round the room singing
Stormy Weather
At fifty seven Mt. Pleasant St.
Now it’s the same room but everything’s different
You can fight the sleep but not the dream

Things ain’t cooking in my kitchen
Strange affliction wash over me
Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire
Couldn’t conquer the blue sky

Everywhere you go you always take the weather with you
Everywhere you go you always take the weather
Everywhere you go you always take the weather with you
Everywhere you go you always take the weather, take the weather with you

There’s a small boat made of china
Going nowhere on the mantelpiece
Do I lie like a lounge room lizard
Or do I sing like a bird released

[Chorus:]
Everywhere you go you always take the weather with you

(Repeat)
 

 

I Walk Away (extended mix)
Neil Finn
Performed by Split Enz
From the 1984 12” single.
 

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

 

Don't Dream It's Over (acoustic)
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn
From the various artists compilation "Diana Princess of Wales Tribute" album, 1997.
 

There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
There’s a battle ahead, many battles are lost
But you’ll never see the end of the road
While you’re travelling with me

Hey now, hey now
Don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won’t win

Now I’m towing my car, there’s a hole in the roof
My possessions are causing me suspicion but there’s no proof
In the paper today tales of war and of waste
But you turn right over to the T.V page

Hey now, hey now
Don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won’t win

Now I’m walking again to the beat of a drum
And I’m counting the steps to the door of your heart
Only shadows ahead barely clearing the roof
Get to know the feeling of liberation and relief

Hey now, hey now
Don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
Don’t ever let them win