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ONE NIL

2001

The Climber
Neil Finn

Beside me now are strangers to my eyes
They might be getting crazy, might be wise
Were stranded either way in such a lonely place
I’m looking out for you among the flies
That wait in line for days on end
And nights so cold and always so intense

I try to reach the top most every day
In hope I turn my face up to the sky
The cover hangs so low, I see no sign of life
Nothing springs to mind
Among the flies that wait in line
For days on end and nights so cold, always so intense

Here we are
There’s a smile between us and it’s going on

You and me have always gotten through
Anyone can tell you that it’s true
You feel it every time, you drive away from home
The headlights hypnotize and they take you off towards the sea
Into the night, you run away with thoughts you cannot hide

Vacant eyes can’t describe my hunger
For your billowing arms

Mother, I can’t help thinking of you
Take this dull ache away

 

Mushroom Publishing Australia
Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Rest Of The Day Off
Neil Finn/Wendy Melvoin/Tchad Blake

Totally wired and the game is up
I’m under the table
You carry my heart in the palm of your hand
As the clouds roll in, the party was rained out
Open up to find a man made home
And by four o’clock when the sun came out
We were beside ourselves

Taking the rest of the day off
Lying out the back
Slung in a hammock
Gathering reams of space and time

Two eyes that surrender
The call might come
Fire my anger and spoil the whole thing
Its not much fun when the pressures on
And your luck has gone
But you squeeze my hand
Were taking the rest of the day off
We like to climb the rock
Before we have lunch
And well turn our backs on the whole damn bunch

You find the answer walking the dog
Down the south of Piha, its over and done
Not a lot to say when the man calls up
The line goes dead and you’re yesterday’s news
I couldn’t care less now I’m here with you
Were the only ones left and were flat on our backs

Taking the rest of the day off
And you find it don’t add up to much
When you’re wrapped in a blanket of stars
With the one you love
Like two shiny dogs
With the one you love

 

Mushroom Publishing Australia
Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK
Girl Bros Music/Chrysalis Music
Control

 

Hole In The Ice
Neil Finn/Lisa Coleman

Take it down, mess it up, light a match, make a fire
Walk away as the money burns, it might just save your life
I play the happenstance, oh, I see my fortune fly
Every time you lift the cup, another long day goes by

And I won't travel into the straw daylight desire
I wrote that, some Eskimo gave me the line

Sit back and watch the money burn, five days in a hot house hell
Once you're gone there's no return but I never wanna let you lie
I want my love to burn, hotter than a comet's tail
I want my bed to cry, I never wanna let you down

And I won't travel into the straw daylight desire
I wrote that. some Eskimo gave me the line

And all I ever do is therapy, one on one, one on one
And you and I, we might want the same thing, one on one, one on one
I don't want a teacher to remind me, one on one, one on one
How to get something better out of my life, life, life, yeah

I play the happenstance, I see my fortune fly
Every time I lift the cup and another long day goes by

And I won't travel into the pale moonlight desire
I wrote that, some Eskimo gave me the line

Your freedom, is so precious that it makes me hurt
I learnt tha,t my teacher was my loneliness
And wisdom can be passed on by the one who's left
Your freedom is so precious that it makes it work

Mushroom Publishing Australia
Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK
Girl Bros Music

 

Wherever You Are
Neil Finn

Wherever you are
It’s 3 a.m. and I’m awake
Imagine the light
Upon your blue transparent face
Through coloured glass
It filters down to warmest red
Faded…….
I’m the one who reads your mind
See my life in your design
True companion at your side
You’re gracious and good
When all around is turning bad
Restless and brave
When laid upon suburban grass
Your timing is right
Remove the sad persistent thought
Hold the course
I’m the one who reads your mind
See my life in your design
True companion at your side
I’ll give you something, for when I’m not around
To make you smile
And if you think it then it must be true
If only I could make it through
Climb into my bed
Wherever you are
Wherever you are
Your timing is good
Remove the sad persistent thought
Hold the course
I’m the one who reads your mind
See my life in your design
True companion at your side
I’ll leave you something for when I’m not around
To make you smile
Outside that wasteland
And if only I could make it through
If you think it then it must be true
Wherever you are

 

Mushroom Publishing Australia
Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Last To Know
Neil Finn/Wendy Melvoin

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

 

Mushroom Publishing Australia
Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK
Girl Bros Music/Chrysalis Music

 

Don’t Ask Why
Neil Finn/Wendy Melvoin

I never been to heaven but it feels alright
And I woke up this morning with a permanent smile
I walk in through your door
Hit the lights and get ready
As we hit the floor let our fingers do the walking
And the yellow pages will be flying through the sky

Maybe someone shook her leg
On a sailboat south of China
But you don’t ask why
Got my picture on your mirror
Got my number on your notice board
And you don’t ask why
Got my heart where I want it
Breathing heavy on her sinker lips
And you don’t ask why
Sometimes life is getting better
And it happens on its own
It’s beyond my control

Don’t get too fast don’t get too slow
You’re messing with the beat like a samba meets a salsa baby
Error gorilla know what I mean
You get the biggest effect from the smallest machine
Who’s that playing like Krupa on her fingertips
And you don’t ask why
Got my picture on your mirror
Got my number on your notice board
And you don’t ask why
Got my heart where I want it breathing heavy on her sinker lips
And you don’t ask why
Somehow life it getting better
And it happens on its own
Where does love come from I don’t know
So come on baby you’re the chosen one
You know exactly what I need
You know exactly when the time has come
Here we go again

 

Mushroom Publishing Australia
Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK
Girl Bros Music/Chrysalis Music

 

Secret God
Neil Finn

Let’s go climb up on the roof
In the twilight 360 degree views
As we lie down
Watch the fading light turn into stars
There you are

Secret God, breathe my name
Secret God, stir up the dust
Whisper my name

This reminds me of another place
Lonesome Wolf comes down from the hills
It he’s walking in circles howling at the moon
In another life, he will be enchanted by a woman

Secret God, stir up the dust
Breathe my name
Secret God, stir up the dust
Whisper my name

See a man collapse
In the doorway of a restaurant
And I’m holding my hand out
The first one there to help him up

Secret God, stir up the dust
Whisper my name
Secret God, stir up the dust
Breathe my name

Time on hand, stir up the dust
Breathe my name
Secret God, whisper my name

 

Mushroom Publishing Australia
Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Turn and Run
Neil Finn

There’s a light overhead, overhead
In the sky overhead, overhead
And I’m with you now in body and music and mind
And we’re silent and still
Everything’s so out of control tonight

In a plane that’s flying fast
At a speed that makes me cry
Have you left me now
To trouble that won’t let me lie
I’m awake all the time
You know where I stand
Holding my plastic gun

So turn and run
You cold killers of innocence
Against us there’s no defence
Your flash and your wickedness
You can’t break our love

Tie my hands behind my back
Put a gag on top of my mouth
But I won’t give you up
‘Til silverware’s covered in dust
And my shoes fall apart
And the tumbleweed runs
Over my desert heart

So turn and run
You cold killers of innocence
Against us there’s no defence
Your flash and your wickedness
Will surely bring you down again

Somehow we must stay afloat
Won’t give in to the undertow
Some things you will never know
You can’t break our love
You can pull us down
But you can’t break our love

 

Mushroom Publishing Australia
Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Elastic Heart
Neil Finn

Spring back elastic heart
We are not angry now
Somehow we both dissolve
All our weight is gone
And tenderness
Is ours again
Can we forget the past
Find us an open road
Picture the two of us
Window caravan
Silhouette against the sky
As we spin around with our arms entwined
Delirious
In love
Spring back elastic heart
We are not angry now
Picture the two of us
With our arms entwined
We should be thankful then
For our disgrace
Delirious in love

 

Mushroom Publishing Australia
Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK
Girl Bros Music/Chrysalis Music

 

Anytime
Neil Finn

I see a dog upon the road
Running hard to catch a cat
My car is pulling to a halt
The truck behind me doesn’t know
Everything is in the balance
Of a moment I can’t control
And your sympathetic strings
Are like the stirrings in my soul

I could go at anytime
There’s nothing safe about this life
I could go at anytime

Find the meaning of the act
Remember how it goes
Every time you take the water
And you swim against the flow
The world is all around us
The days are flying past
And fear is so contagious
But I’m not afraid to laugh

I could go at anytime
There’s nothing safe about this life
I could go at anytime

Anytime (come without warning)
Anytime (it could be so easy)
A walk in the park (or maybe when I’m sleeping)
Anytime (see the clouds come over)
Rain or shine (I make you so unhappy)
Lets make it right

I feel like I’m in love
With a stranger I’ll never know
Although you’re still a mystery
I’m so glad I’m not alone

I could go at anytime
There’s nothing safe about this life
Make it so easy to fly in the night
I could go at anytime
I could go at anytime

 

Mushroom Publishing Australia
Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Driving Me Mad
Neil Finn

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

 

Into The Sunset
Neil Finn

Here lies a place
Won’t let me languish
Hears all my footsteps and waits

Watch how she fades into the sunset
A vision spectacular in grace

Hunger for the world travel
Stimulating discussion lift me
Faster into the weakness
Off the wall into blackness
Gifted

Red eyes reflect
Open the suitcase
Spread all your clothes on the floor
Much like it was
Ten years ago
Time on the clock
Don’t want to waste it

Hunger for the world travel
Stimulating discussion lift me
Faster into the weakness
Off the wall into blackness
Gifted
Gifted

Watch how she fades into the sunset
Vision spectacular in grace

Hunger for the world travel
Stimulating discussion lift me
Faster into the weakness
Off the wall into blackness
Gifted

And I’m away from home
And it’s a way of life
And I’m flying high
Now I’m a wheeling gull
Here now I come to rest
Under a lion rock
Over marine parade

Maybe this time
Maybe this time
Here I’ll stay
Maybe this time

Mushroom Publishing Australia
Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK