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The Kitchen Sink V
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Rare live B-sides. This audio stream collection is exclusive to neilfinn.com.
 

Missing Person (live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK 27 September 1980)
Neil Finn/Tim Finn
Performed by Split Enz
B-Side of Poor Boy 7” single in 1981.

Home too sweet home,
It just occurred to me
To be on my own,
In search of bitter treats
I get so removed
But you never notice it
Step in my shoes,
You’ll see that I don’t fit

I walk home,
The wrong way,
Hoping I’ll go astray
I’d like to be a missing person

Eyes open wide,
But all I see is black
You thought I was alright
Just wait ’til you get back
There’ll be no one home
And they’ll stay up all night
Everyone I know,
I’m wishing you goodnight

I walk home,
The wrong way,
Hoping I’ll go astray
I’d like to be a missing person
I wander the highways,
Asleep in your doorways
I’m wanted but I’m a missing person

(Missing Person)
(Missing Person)

And I fly by night,
Fighting to get away
Under neon lights
I slip down alley ways
Only safe and sound
When silence brings a chill
Now my back is turned
I know I can’t stand still

I walk home the wrong way,
This time I’ll go astray
I like to be a missing person
I wander the highways
Asleep in your doorways
I’m wanted but I’m a missing person

Missing person,
missing person,
missing person…

 

What’s The Matter With You (live at the Hammermsith Odeon, London, UK 27 September 1980)
Neil Finn
Performed by Split Enz
B-Side of I Don’t Wanna Dance 7” single in 1981.

What’s the matter with you?
Look down on everything we do
I really wonder if you see today like I do
What’s the matter with you?

What’s the matter with you?
You don’t look cool in shades of blue
I really wonder if you see today like I do
What’s the matter with you?

When I got up today I felt so much brighter
My head was swimming with delight and I told her
But she said “What’s so good about today?”
And she walked away
She’s down in the dumps without a reason why

What’s the matter with you?
Look down on everything we do
I really wonder if you see today like I do
What’s the matter with you?

Gonna keep an eye on you, I’ll be your dictator
So you better buck up or I’ll deal with you later
So beat the drum and let the trumpet blow
You gotta let go
In the heat of the moment you reap what you sow

What’s the matter with you?
Look down on everything we do
I really wonder if you see today like I do
What’s the matter with you?

The worried look that’s on your face makes you older
You realise that things have never been better
Yes sir, the weather’s clear
There’s Eskimos, in summer clothes
I don’t suppose you’d like to laugh with me

What’s the matter with you?
You look down on everything we do
I really wonder if you see today like I do
What’s the matter with you?

 

One Step Ahead (live at The Roxy, Los Angeles 26/2/87)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
Released on Distant Sun CD single, 1991.

One step ahead of you
Stay in motion, keep an open mind
Love is a race won by two
Your emotion, my solitude
If I stop I could lose my head
So I’m losing you instead
Either way I’m confused
You slow me down, what can I do?
There’s one particular way I have to choose

One step ahead of you
Always someone makes it hard to move
She says, Boy I want you to stay
But I save it all for another day
If I stop I could lose my head
But I’m ready for romance
Either way I’m confused
I don’t know what I’m s’posed to do
I can only stay
One step ahead of you

Stop, I confess sometimes
I don’t know where I’m going
Part of me stays with you,
I’m slowing down, what can I do
It’s hard to stay one step ahead of you

One step ahead of you
Time is running out
Catching up with you
One step ahead of you
When I hold you close
Can I really lose?
One step ahead
Only one step ahead
She’s one step ahead of you

 

Something So Strong (live at King Biscuit Flower Hour, The Trocadero, Philadelphia, 24 March 1987)
Neil Finn/Mitchell Froom
Performed by Crowded House
B-side of Sister Madly CD single, 1988.

Love can make you weep
Can make you run for cover
Roots that spread so deep
Bring life to frozen ground

Something so strong
Could carry us away
Something so strong
Could carry us today

Turning in my sleep
Love can leave you cold
The taste of jealousy
Is like a lust for gold

Something so strong
Could carry us away
Something so strong
Could carry us today

I’ve been feeling so much older
Frame me and hang me on the wall
I’ve seen you fall into the same trap
This thing is happening to us all

Something so strong
Could carry us away
Something so strong
Could carry us today

Something so strong
Something so strong
Something so strong
Something something so strong

 

Now We’re Getting Somewhere (live at Wolfgang’s, San Francisco 9 April 1987)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
Released on Fall At Your Feet CD single, 1991.

It never used to be that bad
But neither was it great
Somewhere in the middle than
Content and much too safe
Ooh tell me please
Why it takes so long
To realise when there’s something wrong

Lay me out with your heart
Now we’re gettin’ somewhere
Push me back to the start
Now we’re gettin’ somewhere
Take me out let me breathe
Now we’re gettin’ somewhere
When I’m with you I don’t care
Where it is I’m falling

There’s money in the Bible belt
Hugs for daddy too
Three wishes for eternity
We’ve got some work to do
Ooh tell me please, tell me what went wrong
Cause I believe there is something wrong

Lay me out with your heart
Now we’re gettin’ somewhere
Push me back to the start
Now we’re gettin’ somewhere
Take me out let me breathe
Now we’re gettin’ somewhere
When I’m with you I don’t care
Where it is I’m falling

When you took me to your room
I swear I said surrender
When you opened up your mouth
I saw the words fall out
Though nothing much has changed
I swear I will surrender
There is pain in my heart
We can choose what we choose to believe

 

Don’t Dream It’s Over (live at State Theatre, Sydney, 25-26 August 1988)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Better Be Home Soon single, 1988

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



Four Seasons In One Day (live at the Capitol Records parking lot, Hollywood, 10 July 1991)
Neil Finn/Tim Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Nails In My Feet CD single, 1993

Four seasons in one day
Lying in the depths of your imagination
Worlds above and worlds below
The sun shines on the black clouds hanging over the domain

Even when you’re feeling warm
The temperature could drop away
Like four seasons in one day

Smiling as the shit comes down
You can tell a man from what he has to say
Everything gets turned around
And I will risk my neck again, again

You can take me where you will
Up the creek and through the mill
Like all the things you can’t explain
Four seasons in one day

Blood dries up
Like rain, like rain
Fills my cup
Like four seasons in one day

It doesn’t pay to make predictions
Sleeping on an unmade bed
Finding out wherever there is comfort there is pain
Only one step away
Like four seasons in one day

Blood dries up
Like rain, like rain
Fills my cup
Like four seasons in one day

 

Fall At Your Feet (live at the Town & Country Club, London, 9 November 1991)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
Released on Weather With You CD single, 1992

I’m really close tonight
And I feel like I’m moving inside her
Lying in the dark
An’ I think that I’m beginning to know her
Let it go
I’ll be there when you call

And whenever I fall at your feet
You let your tears rain down on me
Whenever I touch your slow turning pain

You’re hiding from me now
There’s something in the way that you’re talking
Words don’t sound right
But I hear them all moving inside you
Go, I’ll be waiting when you call

And whenever I fall at your feet
You let your tears rain down on me
Whenever I touch your slow turning pain

The finger of blame has turned upon itself
And I’m more than willing to offer myself
Do you want my presence or need my help
Who knows where that might lead

I fall
Whenever I fall at your feet
You let your tears rain down on me
Whenever I fall
Whenever I fall

 

Weather With You (live at the Town & Country Club, London, 9 November 1991)
Neil Finn/Tim Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Four Seasons In One Day CD single, 1992

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

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

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, the weather with you

 

When You Come (live at the Town & Country Club, London, 9 November 1991)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Weather With You CD single, 1992

When you come across the sea
Me like a beacon guiding you to safety
The sooner the better now
And when you come the hills
Will breathe like a baby
Pulled up heaving from the bottom of the ocean
The sooner the better now
When you come to cover me with your kisses
Fresh like a daisy chained up in a lion’s den
I’ll know you by the thunderclap
Pouring like a rain of blood to my emotions

And that is why
I stumble to my knees
And why underneath the heavens
With the stars burning and exploding
I know I could never let you down

When you come like an iceberg float in darkness
Smashing my hull send me to the bottom of the sea
I should know you better now
When you come your majesty to entrap me
Prince of light receding
The sooner the better now
And when you come to cover me
With your kisses hard like armour
The sooner the better now
I’ll know you by the thunderclap
Pouring like a rain of blood to my emotions

And that is why
I stumble to my knees
And why underneath the heavens
With the stars burning and exploding
I know I could never let you down

She came out of the water
Into my horizon
Like a cumulonimbus
Coming in from a distance
Burning and exploding
Burning and exploding
Like a slow volcano
When you come
Cover the ground with ashes
When you come

 

Walking On The Spot (live at the Town & Country Club, London, 10 November 1991)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Weather With You CD single, 1992

At odd times we slip
Slither down the dark hole
Fingers point from old windows
An eerie shadow falls
Walking on the spot
To show that I'm alive
Moving every bone in my body
From side to side

Will we be in our minds
When the dawn breaks?
Can we look the milkman in the eye?
The world is somehow different
You have all been changed
Before my very eyes

Walk around your home
And pour yourself a drink
Fire one more torpedo baby
Watch the kitchen sink
Lounging on the sofa maybe
See the living room die
Dishes are unwashed and broken
All you do is cry

Will we be in our minds
When the dawn breaks?
Can we look the milkman in the eye?
The world is somehow different
You have all been changed
Before my very eyes

Dishes are unwashed and broken
All you do is cry

 

Sister Madly (live at Newcastle City Hall, UK, 2 March 1992)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From It’s Only Natural CD single, 1992

Now you’re heading down to get someone
Should’ve done what he had to do years ago
The position is coming through
All the people that you’re standing on
All the people that you’re standing on
Now you’re heading down to be someone
Someone that you’ve seen in a magazine
Your premonition is coming true
Oh baby you’re not so green
No baby you’re not so green
No baby you’re nutso

Sister madly waking up the dead
You’re systematically stepping on my head

Now you’re heading down to find something
Something that you buried in your back yard
The position is coming through
From all the dirt that you’re digging up
From all the dirt that you’re digging up
Now you’re heading down to be somewhere
Somewhere you imagined in your wildest dream
The opposition is coming through
From all the people that you’re standing on
From all the people that you’re standing on
Now you better you’d better take a firm hand

Sister madly waking up the dead
You’re systematically stepping on my head

Now you’re heading down to get someone
Someone that you should’ve had years ago
The position is coming through
All the people that you’re standing on
All the people that you’re standing on
You’re hard to get a hand on

Sister madly waking up the dead
You’re systematically stepping on my head

 

There Goes God (live at Newcastle City Hall, UK, 2 March 1992)
Neil Finn/Tim Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From It’s Only Natural CD single, 1992

What’ll I tell him
When he comes to me for absolution
Wouldn’t you know it
Hope I don’t make a bad decision

Cause I’d like to believe
There is a god
Why sinful angels suffer for love
I’d like to believe
In the terrible truth in the beautiful lie

Like to know you
But in this town I can’t get arrested
If you know me
Why don’t you tell me what I’m thinking

Hey don’t look now
There goes God
In his sexy pants and his sausage dog
And he can’t stand Beelzebub
Cause he looks so good in black…in black

 

Message To My Girl (live at Birmingham Town Hall, UK, 5 March 1992)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House

From Four Seasons In One Day CD single, 1992

I don’t want to say I love you
That would give away too much
It’s hip to be detached and precious
The only thing you feel is vicious.

I don’t want to say I want you
Even though I want you so much
It’s wrapped up in conversation
It’s whispered in a hush
Though I’m frightened by the word
Think it’s time I made it heard

No more empty self possession
Vision swept under the mat
It’s no New Year’s resolution
It’s more than that

Now I wake up happy
Warm in a lover’s embrace
No one else can touch us
While we’re in this place
So I’ll sing it to the world
This simple message to my girl

No more empty self possession
Vision swept under the mat
It’s no New Years’ resolution
It’s more than that

Though I’m frightened by the word
Think it’s time I made it heard
So I’ll sing it to the world
This simple message to my girl

No more empty self possession
Vision swept under the mat
It’s no New Year’s resolution
It’s more than that

No, there’s nothing quite as real
As the touch of your sweet hand
I can’t spend the rest of my life
Buried in the sand

 

Hole In The River (live at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, UK, 6 March 1992)
Neil Finn/Eddie Rayner
Performed by Crowded House
Released on It’s Only Natural CD single, 1992

There’s a hole in the river where my auntie lies
From the land of the living to the air and sky
Left her car by the river left her shoes beside
Through the thorns and the bushes I hope she was…

Dreaming of glory
Miles above the mountains and plains
Free at last

We were touched by a cold wind, my father and I
The sound of desperate breathing her fear inside us all
She was coming to see him but something changed her mind
Drove her down to the river
There is no return

There’s a hole in the river where a memory lies
From the land of the living to the air and sky
She was coming to see him
But something changed her mind,
Drove her down to the river
There is no return

 

 

World Where You Live (live at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle, Australia, 20 March 1992)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
Released on It’s Only Natural CD single, 1992

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
But I don't know where you go
Do you climb into space
To the world where you live
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
The world where you live
The world where you live

When friends come round
You might remember and be sad
Behind their eyes is unfamiliar
Do you climb into space
To the world where you live
The world where you live...

 

Chocolate Cake (live at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle, Australia, 20 March 1992)
Neil Finn/Tim Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Everything Is Good For You CD single, 1996

Not everyone in New York would pay to see Andrew Lloyd Webber
May his trousers fall down as he bows to the queen and the crown
I don’t know what tune that the orchestra played
But it went by me sickly and sentimental

Can I have another piece of chocolate cake
Tammy Baker’s got a lot on her plate
Can I buy another cheap Picasso fake
Andy Warhol must be laughing in his grave

The band of the night take you to ethereal heights over dinner
You wander the streets never reaching the heights that you seek
And the sugar that dripped from the violins bow
Made the children go crazy, put a hole in the tooth of a hag

Can I have another piece of chocolate cake
Tammy Baker must be losing her faith
Can I buy another cheap Picasso fake
Andy Warhol must be laughing in his grave

And the dogs are on the road
We’re all tempting fate
Cars are shooting by
With no number plates
And here comes Mrs. Hairy Legs

I saw Elvis Presley walk out of a Seven Eleven
And a woman gave birth to a baby and then bowled 257
The excess of fat on your American bones
Will cushion the impact as you sink like a stone

Can I have another piece of chocolate cake
Tammy Baker, Tammy Baker…
Can I buy another cheap Picasso fake
Cheap Picasso, cheap Picasso fake

Can I have another piece of chocolate cake
Kathy Straker, boy could she lose some weight
Can I buy another slice of real estate
Liberace must be laughing in his grave

Can I have another piece of chocolate cake