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The Kitchen Sink VI
(Rarities)

Rare live B-sides. This audio stream collection is exclusive to neilfinn.com.
 

Chocolate Cake (live at the Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England 18 June 1992)
Neil Finn/Tim Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From It’s Only Natural CD single, 1992

 

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

 

 

It's Only Natural/Six Months In A Leaky Boat (live in Sheffield, England 21 June 1992)
Neil Finn/Tim Finn/Split Enz
Performed by Crowded House
From It’s Only Natural CD single, 1992
 

Ice will melt, water will boil
You and I can shake off this mortal coil
It’s bigger than us
You don’t have to worry about it
Ready or not here comes the drop
You feel lucky when you know where you are
It’s gonna come true
Here in your arms I remember

[Chorus:]
It’s only natural that I should want to
Be there with you
It’s only natural that you should
Feel the same way too

It’s easy when you don’t try
Going on first impressions
Man in a cage has made his confession
You’ve seen me at my worst
And it won’t be the last time I’m down there
I want you to know I feel completely at ease
Read me like a book
That’s fallen down between your knees
Please let me have my way with you

[Chorus]

It’s circumstantial, it’s nothing written in the sky
And we don’t even have to try
Shaking like mud, buildings of glass
Sink into the bay they’ll be under the rocks again
You don’t have to say I know you’re afraid

[Chorus]

It’s circumstantial, it’s something I was born to
It’s only natural, can’t help it if I want to

 

 

Into Temptation (live in Sheffield, England 21 June 1992)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Instinct CD single, 1996
 

You opened up your door
I couldn’t believe my luck
You in your new blue dress
Taking away my breath
The cradle is soft and warm
Couldn’t do me no harm
You’re showing me how to give

Into temptation
Knowing full well the earth will rebel
Into temptation

A muddle of nervous words
Could never amount to betrayal
The sentence is all my own
The price is to watch it fail
As I turn to go
You looked at me for half a second
With an open invitation for me to go

Into temptation
Knowing full well the earth will rebel
Into temptation
Safe in the wide open arms of hell

We can go sailing in
Climb down, lose yourself when you linger long
Into temptation
Right where you belong

The guilty get no sleep
In the last slow hours of morning
Experience is cheap
I should’ve listened to the warning
But the cradle is soft and warm

Into temptation
Knowing full well the earth will rebel
Into your wide open arms
No way to break the spell
Don’t tell

 

 

Private Universe (live at the Hammersmith Apollo, London 12 November 1993)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Locked Out CD single 1994

No time, no place to talk about the weather
The promise of love is hard to ignore
You said the chance wasn't getting any better
The labour of love is ours to endure

The highest branch on the apple tree
Was my favourite place to be
I could hear them breaking free
But they could not see me

I will run for shelter
Endless summer lift the curse
It feels like nothing matters
In our private universe

I have all I want, is that simple enough?
A whole lot more I'm thinking of
Every night about six o'clock
The birds come back to the palm to talk
They talk to me, birds talk to me
If I go down on my knees

I will run for shelter
Endless summer lift the curse
It feels like nothing matters
In our private universe
Feels like nothing matters
In our private universe

And it's a pleasure that I have known
And it's a treasure that I have gained
And it's a pleasure that I have known

It's a tight squeeze but I won't let go
Time is on the table and the dinner's cold

I will run for shelter
Endless summer lift the curse
It feels like nothing matters
In our private universe

 

 

Fall At Your Feet (live at the Hammersmith Apollo, London 12 November 1993)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Locked Out CD single 1994
 

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

 

 

Better Be Home Soon (live at the Hammersmith Apollo, London 14 November 1993)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Locked Out CD single 1994
 

Somewhere deep inside
Something’s got a hold on you
And it’s pushing me aside
See it stretch on forever

I know I’m right
For the first time in my life
That’s why I tell you
You’d better be home soon

Stripping back the coats
Of lies and deception
Back to nothingness
Like a week in the desert

I know I’m right
For the first time in my life
That’s why I tell you
You’d better be home soon

So don’t say no
Don’t say nothing’s wrong
Cause when you get back home
Maybe I’ll be gone

It would cause me pain
If we were to end it
But I could start again
You can depend on it

I know I’m right
For the first time in my life
That’s why I tell you
You’d better be home soon
That’s why I tell you
You’d better be home soon

 

 

Pineapple Head (live at the Guild Hall, Portsmouth, England 23 November 1993)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Nails In My Feet CD single 1994


Detective is flat, no longer is always flat out
Got the number of the getaway car
Didn’t get very far

As lucid as hell and these images
Moving so fast like a fever
So close to the bone
I don’t feel too well

And if you choose to take that path
I will play you like a shark
And I’ll clutch at your heart
I’ll come flying like a spark to inflame you

Sleeping alone for pleasure
The pineapple head it spins and it spins
Like a number I hold
Don’t remember if she was my friend
It was a long time ago

And if you choose to take that path
I will play you like a shark
And I’ll clutch at your heart
I’ll come flying like a spark to inflame you

Sleeping alone for pleasure
The pineapple head it spins and it spins
Like a number I hold
Don’t remember if she was my friend
It was a long time ago

And if you choose to take that path
Would you come to make me pay
I will play you like a shark
And I’ll clutch at your heart
I’ll come flying like a spark to inflame you

 

 

Kare Kare (live at The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA, USA 11 April 1994)
Neil Finn/Nick Seymour/Mark Hart/Paul Hester
Performed by Crowded House
From Fingers of Love CD single 1994

 

I was standing on a wave
Then I made the drop
I was lying in a cave
In the solid rock
I was feeling pretty brave
Till the lights went off

Sleep by no means comes too soon
In a valley lit by the moon

We left a little dust
On his Persian rug
We gathered up our clothes
Got the washing done
In a long-forgotten place
Who'll be the first to run?

Sleep by no means comes too soon
In a valley lit by the moon

I was floating on a wave
Then I made the drop
I was climbing up the walls
Waiting for the band to stop

You can say the magic words
I got my sensors on
And this is the only place
That I always run from

Sleep by no means comes too soon
In a valley lit by the moon

 

 

Nails In My Feet (live at The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA, USA 11 April 1994)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Fingers of Love CD single 1994

 

My life is a house
You crawl through the window
Slip across the floor and into the reception room
You enter the place of endless persuasion
Like a knock on the door
When there’s ten or more things to do

Who is that calling?
You my companion
Run to the water on a burning beach
And it brings me relief

Pass through the walls
To find my intentions
Circle round in a strange hypnotic state
I look into space
There is no connection
A million points of light
And a conversation I can’t face

Cast me off one day
To lose my inhibitions
Sit like a lap dog on a matron’s knee
Wear the nails on your feet

I woke up the house
Stumbled in sideways
The lights went on and everybody screamed surprise
The savage review
It left me gasping
But it warms my heart to see that you can do it too

Total surrender
Your touch is so tender
Your skin is like water on a burning beach
And it brings me relief

 

 

In My Command (live at The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA, USA 11 April 1994)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From
Fingers of Love CD single 1994
 

We’re standing in a deep dark hole
Beneath the sky as black as coal
It's just a fear of losing control
You know so well
Don't miss it when the moment comes
Be submissive just this once
Imagine there is something to be done
Some truth to tell

I would love
To trouble you in your time of need
Lose your way
It's a pleasure when you're in my command

Juggle like a diplomat
Struggle to hold on to your hat
Swinging like an acrobat
But time will tell
The clock is dripping on the wall
Listen to the rise and fall
Close your eyes and hear the call
You know so well

I would love
To trouble you in your time of need
Lose your way
It's a pleasure when you're in my command
Put on your wings
You're responsible for everything

Desolate in anger or safe in isolation
You're about to be the victim of a holy visitation
By the rights I have been given

Put on your wings
You're not responsible for anything
I would love
To trouble you in your time of need
Lose your way
It's a pleasure when you're in my command

 

 

Whispers And Moans (live at The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA, USA 11 April 1994)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Private Universe CD single 1994

 

Dull, dull grey
The colour of our times
Cool, cool space
That I still hope to find
Far beyond the veil
The sound of whispers and moans

Slow time bomb
The clamour of the street
I hear this town
It never goes to sleep
And I will catch the taxi driver
Weeping like a wounded beast

Then I wake up in your room
To share one piece of your life
When tomorrow comes we may not be here at all
Without your whispers and moans
‘Cause here you come to carry me home
Here you come to carry me home

Love that sound
Time erase
Tension wheels
Cool heels
Won’t ya come on open the bid before too long

Then I wake up in your room
To share one piece of your life
I’d give anything to be a fly upon the wall
And hear your whispers and moans
I’d like to hear your whispers and moans
Here you come to carry me

We are the mirrors of each other in a lifetime of suspicion
Cleansed in a moment of recognition
You gave your life for it
Worth its weight in gold
And growing empires and art collectors
And Alans sound investments
Will one day be forgotten
One day be forgotten, YEAH!

 

 

History Never Repeats (live at Ericsson Stadium, Auckland, NZ 24 March 1995)
Neil Finn
Performed by The Finn Brothers with Pearl Jam
From Everything Is Good For You CD single 1996.
 

History never repeats
I tell myself before I go to sleep
Don’t say the words you might regret
I’ve lost before, you know I can’t forget

There was a girl I used to know
She dealt my love a savage blow
I was so young, too blind to see
But anyway that’s history

(I say) History never repeats
I tell myself before I go to sleep
Don’t say the words you might regret
I’ve lost before, you know I can’t forget

You say I always played the fool
I can’t go on if that’s the rule
Better to jump than hesitate
I need a change and I can’t wait

History never repeats
I tell myself before I go to sleep
And there’s a light shining in the dark
Leading me on towards a change of heart

History never repeats
History never repeats

Deep in the night it’s all so clear
I lie awake with great ideas
Lurking about in no-man’s land
I think at last I understand

History never repeats
I tell myself before I go to sleep
And there’s a light shining in the dark
Leading me on towards a change of heart

 

 

Instinct (live on The Phil Jupitus Show, BBC GLR, London 21 June 1996)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Not The Girl You Think You Are CD single 1996
 

I lit the match, I lit the match
I saw another monster turn to ash
Felt the burden lifting from my back
Do you recognise a nervous twitch
That exposes the weakness of the myth

When your turn comes around
And the light goes on
And you feel your attraction again
Your instinct can’t be wrong

Separate the fiction from the fact
I’ve been a little slow to react
But it’s nearly time to flick the switch
And I’m hanging by a single stitch
Laughing at the stony face of gloom

When your turn comes around
And the light goes on
And you feel your attraction again
Your instinct can’t be wrong

Feelings come and go
And the true present lies are calling down
They’re calling down
Laughing at the stony face of gloom

When your turn comes around
And the days get long
And you feel your attraction to him
Your instinct can’t be wrong

They’re calling down
They’re calling down

 

 

Distant Sun (live on The Phil Jupitus Show, BBC GLR, London 21 June 1996)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Not The Girl You Think You Are CD single 1996
 

Tell me all the things you would change
I don’t pretend to know what you want
When you come around and spin my top
Time and again, time and again

No fire where I lit my spark
I am not afraid of the dark
Where your words devour my heart
And put me to shame, put me to shame

When your seven worlds collide
Whenever I am by your side
And dust from a distant sun
Will shower over everyone

Still so young to travel so far
Old enough to know who you are
Wise enough to carry the scars
Without any blame, there’s no one to blame

It’s easy to forget what you learned
Waiting for the thrill to return
Feeling your desire burn
And drawn to the flame

When your seven worlds collide
Whenever I am by your side
Dust from a distant sun
Will shower over everyone
Dust from a distant sun
Will shower over everyone

And I’m lying on the table
Washed out in a flood
Like a Christian fearing vengeance from above
I don’t pretend to know what you want
But I offer love

Seven worlds will collide
Whenever I am by your side
Dust from a distant sun
Will shower over everyone

As time slips by
As time slips by

 

 

 

Fall At Your Feet (live on The Phil Jupitus Show, BBC GLR, London 21 June 1996)

Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Not The Girl You Think You Are CD single 1996
 

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

 

 

Faster Than Light (Live At Abbey Road, London 27 May 1998)
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn
From I Can See Clearly Now CD single 1999
 

Close your eyes go to sleep
Close your eyes get so dizzy
World is spinning in your bed
I know where the sun goes
Gone to wake up the sparrows
In England it’s morning

In time you’ll see that some things
Travel faster than light
In time you’ll recognise
That love is larger than life

Now you know what you’re missing
Now you’ve seen that I’m willing
If you’re looking for the message
Close your eyes
Do you hear what I’m thinking?
Is it how you imagined?

In time you’ll see that some things
Travel faster than light
In time you’ll recognise
That love is larger than life
And praise will come to those whose kindness
Leaves you without debt
And bends the shape of things
That haven’t happened yet

Close your eyes
Colours changing like a lizard
Close your eyes
I know where the sun goes
I have seen the world turning

In time you’ll find that some things
Travel faster than light
In time you’ll recognise that love is larger than life
And praise will come to those whose kindness
Leaves you without debt
And bends the shape of things to come
That haven’t happened yet

 

 

Not The Girl You Think You Are (Live At Abbey Road, London 27 May 1998)
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn
From I Can See Clearly Now CD single 1999
 

You’re not the girl you think you are, no no
They’re not his shoes under your bed, yeah yeah
He’ll take you places in his car
That you won’t forget, no

All the people that you know
Will turn their heads as you go by
But you’ll be hard to recognise
With the top down and the wind blowing, blowing

He won’t deceive you
Or tell you the truth
Woman, he’ll be no trouble
He won’t write you letters
Full of excuses
C’mon, believe you have one in a million

You’re not the girl you think you are
There’s someone standing in your place
The bathroom mirror makes you look tall
But it’s all in your head, in your head

He won’t deceive you
Or tell you the truth
Woman, he’ll be no trouble
He won’t write you letters
Full of excuses
C’mon, believe you have one in a million

He won’t deceive you
Or tell you the truth
C’mon, believe you have one
You’re not the girl you think you are
Believe you have one
You’re not the girl you think you are
Believe you have one
You’re not the girl you think you are

 

 

Sinner (Live At Abbey Road, London 27 May 1998)
Neil Finn/Marius de Vries
Performed by Neil Finn
From Sinner CD single 1998
 

See it anyone got my eyes got my face
Sing it everyone got my nose got my blood
Conscience plays upon me now
Safe until my luck runs out
Cuckoos call, pendulum swings
I thought you knew everything
Lift my hands make the cross

Sinner I have never learned
Beginner I cannot return
Forever I must walk this earth
Like some forgotten soldier

Those things I should keep to myself
But I feel somehow strangely compelled
Under moonlight I stood wild and naked
Felt no shame just my spirit awakened

Sinner got my eyes got my face

Fireball drop from the sky
All my dreams have come to pass
Where's my faith is it lost
Can't see it till you cast it off

Sinner there is no such thing
Beginner I have learned to sing
Forever I must walk this earth
Like some forgotten soldier

Today I am still disconnected
To the face that I saw in the clouds
And the closest I get to contentment
Is when all of the barriers come down

 

 

King Tide (live at The Royal Albert Hall, London 4 October 1998)
Neil Finn/Robert Moore
Performed by Neil Finn
From Last One Standing CD single 1999
 

It’s a dark and empty room
The sun beating hard on your door
Feel emotion roar within you
You’re flesh and blood like anyone
Make some sense of your life
Move your hand and make the mark
I don’t know why you’re so confused
You’re flesh and blood, there’s no excuse
And the hunger inside
Won’t go away, it’s starting to rise
And the longer you hide
The more you deny
And the sea rushes in
The wind is howling at your back
The past is always overturned
It’s a dead man who would refuse
And twice the man to fill his shoes
And the hunger inside
Won’t go away it’s starting to rise
And the longer you hide
The more you deny
And the hunger inside
Won’t go away it’s starting to rise
And the sea rushes in
Into my world
I can feel the king tide coming
All my senses overflowing
One man waiting out the back
Horns blow and cymbals crash
So paint a circle in the sky
I am breathless in the arms of love
There’s a bruise on my back
And a new understanding too

 

 

When You Come (live at The Royal Albert Hall, London 4 October 1998)
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn
From Last One Standing CD single 1999
 

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

 

 

I Got You (live at The Royal Albert Hall, London 4 October 1998)
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn
From Last One Standing CD single 1999
 

I got you – that’s all I want
I won’t forget – that’s a whole lot
I don’t go out – not now that you’re in
Sometimes we shout – but that’s no problem

I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes, you can tell that I’m not lyin’

Look at you – you’re a pageant
You’re everything – that I’ve imagined
Somethings wrong – I feel uneasy
You show me – tell me you’re not teasin’

I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes, you can tell that I’m not lyin’
I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes, can you tell me you’re not lyin’

There’s no doubt – not when I’m with you
When I’m without – I stay in my room
Where do you go – I get no answer
You’re always out – it gets on my nerves

I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes, you can tell that I’m not lying
(But) I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes, can you tell me you’re not lyin’
I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes, you can tell that I’m not lying

 

 

Driving Me Mad (live webcast, Roundhead Studios, Auckland 16 January 2001)
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn
From Wherever You Are CD single 2001

 

Deadlines again
Feel like hiding out
No sign of comfort yet
Have a nap while no ones looking
Bring some inspiration to the man
In my head
A namesake out of reach
Strange days upon us now
With the dust of conversation
Hanging in the light above the bed

Leave me now
Cause tonight it’s driving me mad
I guess I’ll be all right
But tonight it’s driving me mad

Year after year
Demons always come
Fail to materialize
Way beyond my understanding
Find my only comfort in your hands

Hold me now
Cause tonight it’s driving me mad
This dream can fill you up
But tonight it’s driving me mad
Yeah

Hey diamond girl
Restless in my head
Say what lies between us
A host of everyday distractions
Most of all it’s music taking me

It’s driving me mad
Still I can’t refuse
Even when it’s driving me mad
I guess I’ll be all right
When tomorrow brings some relief
This dream can fill you up
So put it out and find what’s underneath
Yeah

 

 

Last To Know (live webcast, Roundhead Studios, Auckland 16 January 2001)
Neil Finn/Wendy Melvoin
Performed by Neil Finn
From Wherever You Are CD single 2001
 

Way down the track, made the wrong turn
Finished up where I started
You noticed a change come over me
Fell in love with my own reflection, yeah

How does it feel beneath your own wheel?
Feel like an accident waking up
Under a bus with my fingers crossed
Now is the time we could make it up

So, you lost the fear, it wasn’t that bad
Left to your own devices, yeah
Still a young girl, eyes on the clock
Tick like a motor running out

Magnets and words up on the fridge
Speak to the poet in all of us
I missed the page that you thought about
Drew in the frost on the windowpane

But who I wonder could fail to notice
The aching silence come down
I’m humbled now

I hope you might come back
In your own time
Left to your own devices

And so, that’s how it goes
Never the first
Always the last to know

 

 

Not The Girl You Think You Are (live at The Palace Theatre,  London, 4 February 2001)
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn
From Hole In The Ice CD single 2001


You’re not the girl you think you are, no no
They’re not his shoes under your bed, yeah yeah
He’ll take you places in his car
That you won’t forget, no

All the people that you know
Will turn their heads as you go by
But you’ll be hard to recognise
With the top down and the wind blowing, blowing

He won’t deceive you
Or tell you the truth
Woman, he’ll be no trouble
He won’t write you letters
Full of excuses
C’mon, believe you have one in a million

You’re not the girl you think you are
There’s someone standing in your place
The bathroom mirror makes you look tall
But it’s all in your head, in your head

He won’t deceive you
Or tell you the truth
Woman, he’ll be no trouble
He won’t write you letters
Full of excuses
C’mon, believe you have one in a million

He won’t deceive you
Or tell you the truth
C’mon, believe you have one
You’re not the girl you think you are
Believe you have one
You’re not the girl you think you are
Believe you have one
You’re not the girl you think you are

 

 

Distant Sun (live at The Palace Theatre,  London, 4 February 2001)
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn
From Last To Know CD single 2001
 

Tell me all the things you would change
I don’t pretend to know what you want
When you come around and spin my top
Time and again, time and again

No fire where I lit my spark
I am not afraid of the dark
Where your words devour my heart
And put me to shame, put me to shame

When your seven worlds collide
Whenever I am by your side
And dust from a distant sun
Will shower over everyone

Still so young to travel so far
Old enough to know who you are
Wise enough to carry the scars
Without any blame, there’s no one to blame

It’s easy to forget what you learned
Waiting for the thrill to return
Feeling your desire burn
And drawn to the flame

When your seven worlds collide
Whenever I am by your side
Dust from a distant sun
Will shower over everyone
Dust from a distant sun
Will shower over everyone

And I’m lying on the table
Washed out in a flood
Like a Christian fearing vengeance from above
I don’t pretend to know what you want
But I offer love

Seven worlds will collide
Whenever I am by your side
Dust from a distant sun
Will shower over everyone

As time slips by
As time slips by

 

 

Try Whistling This (live at The Palace Theatre,  London, 4 February 2001)
Neil Finn/Jim Moginie
Performed by Neil Finn
From Last To Know CD single 2001


Tales from my head
Can’t buy the book
No one’s listening but I guess you could
Try whistling this

You say you’re tired
Liquid as water
But you’ll succumb now as I stroke your back
I’m the best that you know

And every time you think of me
I hope you think of true romance
And every time you want to leave
You give us both another chance

Warmest welcome
Violent stranger
He said come here as he pushed me down
Impossible to do
In high heels walking into walls
Ever wonder if you’re here at all?
Try whistling this

And my words are ringing in you eyes
Drawing your attention now to all the things that you ignore
And if I can’t be near you I would rather be adrift in space
And if the gods desert us now I’ll turn this chapel into flames
And if someone tries to hurt you I would put myself in your place

 

 

Loose Tongue (live at The Palace Theatre,  London, 4 February 2001)
Neil Finn/Jim Moginie
Performed by Neil Finn
From Hole In The Ice CD single 2001
 

Remember my loose tongue
Forget what I just said
I’d crawl over broken glass
If we could start again
Before our plans were made
When the world was young
The house is falling down
Because of my loose tongue

Shouldn’t say so much
Shouldn’t talk so loud
No sooner on your lips
Than it’s all over town
In all our given days
How many gone to waste
A good man has been hung
Because of my loose tongue

Your skin is changing its hue
Your guard is coming down fast
Looks like someone I knew
Uncovered happiness at last

All the wagging tongues
Too much information
In the future now
Under massive doubt
The papers on the street
Get trampled under feet
And they settled for a princely sum
Goodwill is coming down
And when it rains
Your well is full

He’s only halfway through his life
He’s only used up all his time

 

 

Mean To Me (live from Real World Studios, Box, UK 17 March 2007)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
from Don’t Stop Now CD single 2007
 

She came all the way from America
She had a blind date with destiny
And the sound of Te Awamutu
Had a truly sacred ring
Now her parents are divorced,
And her friend's committing suicide...

I could not escape
A plea from the heart
You know what it means to me
She said don't walk away
I'm down on my knees
Oh please don't be mean to me

So I talked to you for an hour
In the bar of a small town motel
And you asked me what I was thinking
I was thinking of a padded cell
With a black and white TV
To stop us from getting lonely

I could not escape
A plea from the heart
You know what it means to me
She said don't walk away
I'm down on my knees
So please don't be mean to me
No, I could not escape
A plea from the heart
Mysterious sympathy
I couldn't wait for a chance
To walk out the door
You know what it means to me

I saw you lying in the arms of a poet
I heard him tell you tan… tantalizing lies
Well what'd'ya know, what'd'ya know?

I could not escape
You're down on the floor
You know what it means to me
I couldn't wait for a chance
To walk out the door
Mean...

You know what it means
In the arms of a poet
You know what it means

 

 

Something So Strong (live In North America 2007)
Neil Finn/Mitchell Froom
Performed by Crowded House
From Pour Le Monde digital EP 2007
 

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

 

 

You Are The One To Make Me Cry (live In North America 2007)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Pour Le Monde digital EP 2007
 

Who’ll face the tide
And take their chances?
Will fasten the line
To broken branches
Adrift on the ocean in wild winter storms
I have to imagine things to keep myself warm

The night closing in, but not to worry
Told everyone I know that I was sorry
And I heard them all singing
For comfort and peace
And in my confusion
Yeah I still believe

You’re the one to make me cry
You’re the one to take me home
Of all the people in my life
My thoughts keep returning to you
But consciousness is fading fast

Surrounded by signs that go on living
Make circles in time, a spiderweb spinning
But I have no illusions of where I am now
I’ll let this wave take me and draw me down

You’re the one to make me cry
You’re the one to take me home
Of all the stories in my life
Only good things return to you
If I could only say the word
If you could hear me cry for help
But I lift my head up to the sky
But the planes that were circling now have gone

 

 

Either Side of the World (live at Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway 15 June 2010)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Either Side Of The World digital single 2010


Either side of the world
Chase the sun
Pay the maximum rate
To feel so lonesome
Wrapped up like little lambs
Safe from harm
Enjoy it while you can
Happiness is far from home

You know it, he knows it
Everybody knows it
When you’re in luck
The world moves with you
Whatever you want
They’re happy to give you
At the last resort

Where the famous have come
To be alone
Try to work it out
The same progression
Sometimes I try too hard
To overcome
Sometimes I think too much
Wish I could’ve held my tongue

You know it, he knows it
Everybody knows it
When you’re in luck
The world moves with you
Whatever you want
You turn yourself into
And then you’re in Hell

Luxury and leisure
Never meant pleasure
We like it different
Passion and commitment
Commitment

Wish I could’ve held my tongue

You know it, he knows it
Everybody knows it
When you’re in luck
The world moves with you
Whatever you want
They’re happy to give you
Then you’re in hell

Luxury and leisure
Never meant pleasure
We like it different
Passion and commitment

 

 


Don’t Dream It’s Over (live from the US Dizzy Heights Tour 2014)
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn
Digital single released to benefit humanitarian aid in Syria, 2014.


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

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