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The Kitchen Sink
(Rarities Volume 1)

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

Be My Guest
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn, Rob Hirst, Rick Grossman and Kirk Pengilly.
Broadcast live to the internet from the Who Took The Music protest in Canberra, 1995.
 

Call me your friend
I’ll take your bags
All criminals too
Take me for what you can

Be my guest
I owe you nothing
Be my guest
I find a place to rest my head

Here’s my situation
Colours and wondrous sounds
Take my invitation
Your turn will come around

I owe you
Try, send me away
Colour the fires and go
Blue, send me away,
Like the friars at dawn

Colours and wondrous sounds
Take my invitation
Your turn will come around

So be my guest
I owe you nothing
Be my guest
I offer you a place to rest your head
Be my guest
Be my guest
Be my guest
Be my guest

 

Blue Hotel
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn.
Demo recording. The song was later recorded by Jimmy Barnes for his 2007 album Out In The Blue.

SOME PARADISE THAT DRAWS ME ON
AS FAR AS I CAN GO
SOME ACT OF GOD GONE CRAZY NOW
FOR ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD

LIKE A TRAVELLER I’VE COME
I AM JUST A CHILD WAITIN’ ON THE BUS
FIND THE TWO OF US INSIDE THE BLUE HOTEL
WHERE I PAID MY RESPECTS
AND I NEVER WENT TO SLEEP ALL NIGHT

A LOST WILDERNESS THAT HAUNTS ME
WHERE I CAN’T FIND MY BREATH
SOME SACRIFICE IS NEEDED BEFORE I CAN GO ON
DOWN THE CORRIDORS I WALK
I’M SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT NUMBER ON THE DOOR
IT’S JUST ANOTHER NIGHT INSIDE THE BLUE HOTEL
WHERE I PAID MY RESPECTS
AND WE BOTH STAYED OUT OF SIGHT
AND I NEVER WENT TO SLEEP ALL NIGHT

SOME PARADISE THAT HOLDS ME
I SEALED IT WITH A KISS
SOME SACRIFICE IS NEEDED BEFORE I CAN GO ON
BEFORE I CAN GO ON

AND I PAID MY RESPECTS
WE BOTH STAYED OUT OF SIGHT
I LEFT A NOTE BY THE BED
THESE ARE THE WORDS THAT I WRITE
SOME SACRIFICE IS NEEDED

 

Everyday Alright
Neil Finn/Tim Finn
Performed by The Finn Brothers.
From the 2004 Nothing Wrong With You DVD single and 2005 Everyone Is Here bonus DVD by The Finn Brothers.

 

Eyes Grow Heavy
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House.
Intriguer bonus track. Initially only available in 2010 as a download, it was released on the Intriguer Deluxe Edition bonus disc in 2016.

 

Fish Hook
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn.
Out-take from Try Whistling This sessions, 1997.
Released on Frenz of the Enz club CD I Like It Rare 2.

 

The Intriguer (instrumental)
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
From Intriguer sessions 2008-2010. Released to fans online as part of a lyric competition in 2010.
 

Log Drums
Neil Finn/Jim Moginie
Performed by Neil Finn and friends.
Released on the Try Whistling This bonus disc, 1998.

 

Love & Success
Neil Finn
Performed by Split Enz.
Demo from 1984. Released on Rear Enz in 1992.

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
Reveal whatever you desire
To you it may be death defying
We sail into a blue day
With your obsessions in the way
I, I am bound to wonder why

When you least expect it
When you at last stop trying
Love and success will find you
When you least expect it
When you at last stop trying
Love and success will find you

Your life, slave to ambition
Tension your permanent condition
So much you’ve always wanted
Too much giving you a sore head
I, I am bound to wonder why

When you least expect it
When you at last stop trying
Love and success will find you
When when you least expect it
When you at last stop trying
Love and success will find you

 

My Legs Are Gone
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House.
From the Woodface sessions 1989.
Released as a download in 2000 from Tower Records in USA. Also released on Frenz of the Enz club CD I Like It Rare. Finally released to the public on CD via the Woodface Deluxe Edition in 2016.

The time has begun
I go to the sleeping water now
The slow tide of spring
I am drawn towards your beckoning
Starting to breathe
But the dawn is slow in coming now

And my legs are gone
Yeah my friends say there’s nothing wrong
Caught on a bad day, caught on a bad day
I don’t know which side I am on
Caught on a bad day, caught on a bad day

We’re drifting away
From the smoke and the burnt out firewood
We’re lighter than day
And I tremble for a moment at the sight of you
Slow hand spring
Here comes the day of reckoning

And my legs are gone
And my friends say there’s nothing wrong

Caught on a bad day, caught on a bad day
I don’t know which side I’m on
Caught on a bad day, caught on a bad day
I wouldn’t like a warning when the big day comes
Let me hear you angels singing
Hallelujah

Pharoah on the news
Lying in a golden rubbish tin
And gathered ’round his head
Were expensive things he couldn’t take with him

And my legs are gone
Coz I left them on the bar-room floor
And the wise woman said
They’ll be peace and contentment for sure
And my legs are gone
But there’s one thing that I must do

Tell you I love you
Look at the ocean
And tell me it’s not blue
Looks like summer, looks like summer
Looks like everything I knew
Caught on a bad day, caught on a bad day
Well I still want to be with you

 

Ray Of Hope
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn.
Theme song for the Littlies Lobby in New Zealand, 2002.
The song was later covered by Suzanne Lynch on her album Colour of Summer in 2006.

 

Serge (aka Late In Rome)
Neil Finn
Demo from 1984. Released on Rear Enz in 1992.

Tired eyes – remember the spotlights.
Tired eyes – remember those late nights.
With ladies on my arm, nights of passion
Is it too long ago and you could hear them say

Serge, he’s a dancer
Knows each dramatic pose.
Rows of ladies they fall over
His future’s in his toes

Who of you would know me now
You lovers once cherished and gone
but I’ve slept late in rome before
And my story many times been sung.
.
Serge, he’s a dancer
Knows each dramatic pose.
Rows of ladies they fall over
His future’s in his toes

Where are you now, a flirting lover
You are with young men it seems
And all those times you had together
A part in his playful scene

Serge, he’s a dancer
Knows each dramatic pose.
Rows of ladies they fall over
His future’s in his toes

 

Spirit Of The Stairs
Neil Finn
Performed by Neil Finn.
From the Try Whistling This sessions.
Included in the 1999 movie The Waiting Game.

You see the truth
And he cannot hide
You’re so in tune
You feel it inside

Justice revenge
Tickle all over
Lily and sword
Damnation reward

The spirit of the stairs
Everyone thinks but no one dares
Wishes make a sad lament
After he’s gone

Ridicule or envy
Now you can’t forget me
I’m fixed in your mind
Like a knot in the twine

The spirit of the stairs
Everyone thinks but no one dares
And wishes make a sad lament
After he’s gone
After he’s gone
To the dogs of pouring rain
Into the trap she sets again
Hear my wooden footsteps on her train
Hear my wooden footsteps again

Tough outer shell
Not so you can tell
She’s soft underneath
Where you sink your teeth

The spirit of the stairs
Everyone thinks but no one dares
And wishes make a sad lament
After he’s gone

Look sad, too bad
You’re tongue-tied
How many times a day
I’m too dumb or too shy
Two-three-four-five
Count the stairs
The spirit hears what I should’ve said
And she knows why
After she’s gone

 

Turn It Around
Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House.
Intriguer bonus track. Initially only available in 2010 as a download, it was released on the Intriguer Deluxe Edition bonus disc in 2016.

 

Your Inspiration
Neil Finn
Performed by Split Enz.
Demo from 1984. Released on Rear Enz in 1992.

I like to walk along the shore
Wet sand squished between my toes
I think about my circumstance
I am a man that no-one knows (but oh no)

Give it to me, give it to me
Your inspiration
Give to receive, find all we need
Self motivation

Honestly I want to free myself
From the burden of inaction
Honestly I want to raise myself
To any plane I can imagine
I want to change the world
With some ambition
There is one thing to give us hope
Power of love is our decision, yes it is

Give it to me, give it to me
Your inspiration
Give to receive, find all we need
Your inspiration
Give it to me, give it to me
Your inspiration
Give to receive, find all we need
Your inspiration

I want to free myself
I want to love myself
Cause me to raise myself
From the burden of inaction …
Want to raise, want to raise myself

Give it to me, give it to me
Your inspiration
Give to receive, find all we need
Your inspiration
Give it to me, give it to me
Your inspiration