Neil Finn

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Crowded House [Deluxe Edition]

1986 / 2016

Mean To Me
Neil Finn

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 friends 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 ta... tantalizing lies
Well what'd'ya, 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

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

World Where You Live
Neil Finn

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...

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Now We’re Getting Somewhere
Neil Finn

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

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Don’t Dream It’s Over
Neil Finn

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


Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Love You ‘Til The Day I Die
Neil Finn

There’s closets in my head where dirty things are kept
That never see the light of day
I want to drag them out, go for a walk
Just to see the look that’s on your face
Sometimes I can’t be straight I don’t want to hurt you
So forgive me if I tell a lie
Sometimes I come on cold but don’t believe it
I will love you till the day I die

I believe in doing things backwards
Take heed, start doing things in reverse

Here comes trouble, there’s nothing wrong when I relax
I’m talking to myself you’re coming with me
Teaching you how to distort the facts
Sometimes I can’t be straight I don’t want to hurt you
So forgive me if I tell a lie
Sometimes I come on cold but don’t believe it
I will love you till the day I die

I believe in doing things backwards
Take heed, start doing things in reverse

Frost on the window pane, the sound of pouring rain
All makes me glad of you
Though I am far away I am always with you

Know the answer before you know the question
Pull yourself together, baby, push with all your might
I’m all alone, always alone
Though I am far away
I am always with you

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Something So Strong
Neil Finn/Mitchell Froom

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

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK
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Hole In The River
Neil Finn/Eddie Rayner

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

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Can’t Carry On
Neil Finn

Why do I kid myself
Why do I scream for pleasure
It’s four in the morning should know better
But she can weave a spell
Want it to last forever
Making me feel like somebody special

Can’t carry on this way (just go to sleep)
Before it gets too late (just go to sleep)
Doing damage to my brain
Well here we go again

Though I look everywhere
I never seem to find it
Always a shadow around a corner
Drown it in alcohol
Stuck in the elevator
Hard to remember in the morning

Can’t carry on this way (just go to sleep)
Before it gets too late (just go to sleep)
Doing damage to my brain
Well here we go again

Tell you about myself
If you’re in the mood to listen
Baby you don’t know who you’re kissing
This is a lonely world
You are a strange companion
When you get what you wanted
You want to leave

Honestly I want to free myself
From the burden of inaction
Honestly I want to raise myself
To any plane I can imagine

Can’t carry on this way (just go to sleep)
Before it gets too late (just go to sleep)
Doing damage to my brain
Well here we go again

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

I Walk Away
Neil Finn

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
But 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
Hurled from my home
To the unknown
As I walk away from you

Reveal whatever you desire
To you it may be death defying
Black day
In the coldness of winter
Black words
Slipping off my tongue
I say forget it it's over
As a dark cloud covered up the sun

And you know that it’s…
It's hard to let go
Of all that we know
As I walk away from you
The sun always sets
With 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
As I walk away

I’m just a slave to ambition
Tension your permanent condition
So much you've always wanted
Too much givin' you a sore head

I walk away
As I walk away from you
As I walk away from you
As I walk away from you

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Tombstone
Neil Finn

Look at all the plans I made
Falling down like scraps of paper
I will leave them where they lie to remind me
From the past a rumour comes
Don’t let it keep draggin’ you down
Throw the memory in an open fire
You’ll be free

Roll back the tombstone
Let the saints appear
Roll back the tombstone
Make a new man out of me

Beware the passenger
The train already left the station
We are neither at home nor at work
We are moving
Listen to the howling of steel
A face betraying no emotion
Like you never had a chance to be
Wild and free

Roll back the tombstone
Let the saints appear
Roll back the tombstone
Till the Lone Ranger rides again
Rides again in your mind

Rode across the open plain
All the way and back again

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

That’s What I Call Love
Paul Hester/Neil Finn

You take away my air
You make my lungs collapse
I die tonight

Feeling devastated
That’s what I call
Livin’ in your memory
That’s what I call
Tired and deflated
That’s what I call
Love

I tidy up your room
You tidy up my life
Show me the door
I’m abandoned here
I’m warm to the core
I can feel
You swim I sink
We never got in that deep
You bend I break
I die tonight

Feeling devastated
That’s what I call
Hangin’ on and fallin’ over
That’s what I call
Tired and deflated
That’s what I call
Love

I got a little room
The air’s still pretty bad
I die tonight

Feeling devastated
That’s what I call
Hangin’ on and fallin’ over
That’s what I call
Tired and deflated
That’s what I call
Feeling devastated
That’s
Livin’ with a vacuum cleaner
What
Sweepin’ up your memory
I call Love

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Something So Strong (home demo)
Neil Finn

1984

Hole In The River (studio demo)
Neil Finn/Eddie Rayner/Paul Hester

1984

Love You ‘Til The Day I Die (home demo)
Neil Finn

That’s What I Call Love (studio demo)
Paul Hester/Neil Finn

Can’t Carry On (studio demo)
Neil Finn

Walking On The Pier (studio demo)
Neil Finn

Does Anyone Here Understand My Girlfriend (Studio Demo)
Paul Hester

Oblivion (studio demo)
Neil Finn

Walking On The Spot (studio demo)
Neil Finn

Something So Strong (studio demo)
Neil Finn

Now We’re Getting Somewhere (studio demo)
Neil Finn

Stranger Underneath Your Skin (home demo)
Neil Finn

Don’t Dream It’s Over (home demo)
Neil Finn

Left Hand (live)
Neil Finn

Grabbing By The Handful (live)
Neil Finn/Paul Hester/Craig Hooper/Nick Seymour

World Where You Live (writing demo)
Neil Finn

Recurring Dream (original version)
Neil Finn/Paul Hester/Craig Hooper/Nick Seymour