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Conflicting Emotions

1983

Strait Old Line
Neil Finn

This could be heaven, or this could be hell
Life could be falling down a bottomless well
I stumble to the left, I stumble to the right
I fumble for the switch of a disconnected light
(Stay with it) don’t let temptation be your load
(Stay with it) there are bandits on the road

Don’t look to the left
Don’t look to the right
Just follow that strait old line
Don’t look to the left
Don’t look to the right
Just follow that strait old line

The road of ambition, is a casualty trail
Press gangs wait to ambush
The weak and weary (stay with it)
But I had to explore the light and dark
To see the sharp and flat
There’s a hundred or more good reasons
Not to ever turn your back

Don’t look to the left
Don’t look to the right
Just follow that strait old line
Don’t look to the left (look to the left)
Don’t look to the right (look to the right)
Just follow that strait old line

[repeat chorus til fade]

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Bullet Brain And Cactus Head
Neil Finn

Send a message to the brain
Two men climbing down opposite poles
The one with hair upon his face
Sprouting like the weeds on his soul
The other is a law unto himself
His brain is like a lump of steel
And they’d love to break each other up,
Into tiny pieces

It’s strange how they’re always together
Bullet Brain and Cactus Head
Always beating heads together
Bullet Brain and Cactus Head

Watch them fall into the dirt
Desperate to make a point
No trace of human doubt
Confrontation they can never avoid
Despising what they’ve both become
Always looking for someone to blame
They think they’re worlds apart
But they’re exactly the same
Always will be

It’s strange how they’re always together
Bullet Brain and Cactus Head
Always beating heads together
Bullet Brain and Cactus Head
Which one of you’s the liar
Bullet Brain and Cactus Head

Fanatic believers, obsessive achievers
Yippees and yahoos, felons and fiends
Preachers and leeches, offenders, defenders
All on their way down to the depth of extremes
Pip squeaking passion to head-on collision
Too set in your ways to give way or concede
Oh my, oh my, oh my, what will become of the
macho pretender and his enemy

And it’s strange how they’re always together
Bullet Brain and Cactus Head
Always beating heads together
Bullet Brain and Cactus Head
Which one of you’s the liar
Bullet Brain and Cactus Head
Rise up from the mire or wake up in a sea of red…

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Message To My Girl
Neil Finn

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

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Working Up An Appetite
Tim Finn

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Our Day
Neil Finn

Let our love create another life
It’s growing even as we speak
He don’t know what’s waiting for him here
Suspended in his dream sleep
His mother’s all around him
His father’s just a sound to him, singing gently
We have promised him a future
So I’m hoping that tomorrow
Is, was, and will ever be

And we’re waiting now
Waiting for our child to come
The old age is near the end
The new one’s just begun

There’s a face that I will come to love
That I have never seen before
There’s a brain that’s absolutely free
From any kind of conscious thought
You are me, and you are she
It won’t be long ’til we meet
And I’ll be going on a journey
In a flimsy paper boat upon a stormy sea

And so we’re waiting now
Waiting for our child to come
The old age is near the end
The new one’s just begun
Yes we’re waiting now
For something burning far away
Tear the old age down for good
Welcome the young one

*Await the new with certainty
Someone is coming to me
Someone is coming to me
Someone is coming to me
Await the new with certainty*

I’m shaking like a leaf
Wound up like a spring tonight
You say this ain’t no place for children
Oh God, I hope that what we’ve done is right
Am I vain to feel as if the world
Owes anything at all to me
Searching, burning, tossing and turning
Desperately

And so we’re waiting now
Waiting for our child to come
Can’t imagine what the future holds
Just hoping there is one

Yes we’re waiting now
For something burning far away
Tear the old age down for good
Welcome the young one

Hear this my son, I promise you the best that we can do
We love you…

 

* Denotes additional lyrics included on original LP inner but deleted from master recording. Hear part of this out-take, along with Neil talking about the song, at 26 minutes into Radio New Zealand’s Enzology Episode 9 (stream or download for free.)

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

No Mischief
Neil Finn

No mischief, no mischief, no mischief
I don’t need the aggravation
This ain’t no time for foolin’
Let’s get down to business
No mischief, no mischief, no mischief
I don’t need the aggravation
No foolin’, let’s get down to business

There’s a crowd outside
That’s screaming for your blood
They want action now
From a man whose name is mud

They don’t want no mischief, no mischief, no mischief
I don’t need the aggravation
This ain’t no time for foolin’
(No horseplay, it’s passé)
Let’s get down to business
No mischief, no mischief, no mischief
You’re a constant irritation
The power goes to your head
So go get your brain read
Or you’ll be out of business

Private profiteer
Our loss is your gain
The things that we revere
You’re pouring down the drain
It’s no game
When you are a leader
People want to swear by you
So swear by the truth

Still I live in hope
That you might disappear
Off the face of the globe
We won’t miss you round here
Have no fear

No mischief, no mischief, no mischief
This ain’t no time for foolin’
(No horseplay, it’s passé)
Let’s get down to business
No mischief, no mischief, no mischief
I don’t need the aggravation
The power goes to your head
So go get your brain read
Or you’ll be out of business
No mischief, no I don’t want no mischief

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

The Devil You Know
Neil Finn

I long to see the other side of things
Hung on the cliff, in search of something big
I can’t look down, I can only retreat
Who knows one day I’ll dive into the sea

Here we all are sitting like fools
Stuck by the rules of fate
Is what we are what we’ve grown to believe
Better the devil you know

Live for the day we throw caution to the wind
All we need is the courage to begin
I might get hurt but never be scared again
At once to feel the pleasure and the pain

Into the city, into the city every day
Into the city, piling through the factory gates
It’s not easy, it’s not easy to escape
All the decisions that you’ve already made

I long to see the other side of things
Hung on the cliff, in search of something big
I can’t look down, I can only retreat
Who knows one day I’ll dive into the sea

Here we all are sitting like fools
Stuck by the rules of fate
Is what we are what we’ve grown to believe
Better the devil you know

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

I Wake Up Every Night
Tim Finn

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Conflicting Emotions
Tim Finn

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Bon Voyage
Tim Finn/Eddie Rayner

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music