Neil Finn

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Recurring Dream - Live Album

1996 Limited edition bonus disc

There Goes God
Neil Finn/Tim Finn

What’ll I tell him
When he comes to me for absolution
Wouldn’t you know it
Hope I don’t make a bad decision

Cause I’d like to believe
There is a god
Why sinful angels suffer for love
I’d like to believe
In the terrible truth in the beautiful lie

Like to know you
But in this town I can’t get arrested
If you know me
Why don’t you tell me what I’m thinking

Hey don’t look now
There goes God
In his sexy pants and his sausage dog
And he can’t stand Beelzebub
Cause he looks so good in black…in black

 

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Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Newcastle Jam
Neil Finn/Paul Hester/Mark Hart/Nick Seymour

And he goes down, now
With his feet up
He goes brown now
In the southern sun
He walks out there
Knows where his friends are
He walks out there
Those have a heart
He go

I wanna break something
Where you go
I wanna break some heads
Down before
All the way down they call
Crack the eggs right open now
Rest your back
Until you’re safe at home
And it go

I’m unveiled
I’m in your sleep
I can rest
But I could not sleep
Broken vows
That made it in heaven now
Ironclad promises
That you can’t keep
And you go

 

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

 

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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

 

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Private Universe
Neil Finn

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

 

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Universal Publishing UK

 

Pineapple Head
Neil Finn

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

 

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How Will You Go
Neil Finn/Tim Finn

Escape is on your mind again
Escape to a far away land
At times it seems there is no end
To long hard nights of drinking

How will you go
How will you go
Drive through the wind and the rain
Cover it up
Cover it up
I’ll find you a shelter to sleep in

I fell over on the couch again
But you know not all sleep is wasted
Your dreams are alcohol inspired
You can’t find a better way to face it

How will you go
How will you go
Drive through the wind and the rain
Cover it up
Cover it up
I’ll find you a shelter to sleep in

And you know I’ll be fine
Just don’t ask me how it’s going
Gimme time, gimme time
Cause I want you to see
Round te world round the world
Is a tangled up necklace of pearls

How will you go
How will you go
Drive through the wind and the rain
Cover it up
Cover it up
I’ll find you a shelter to sleep in

 

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Universal Publishing UK
Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Left Hand
Neil Finn

It was typical of you
To give it to me plain
The sign on your door
Said make your mind up or go away
It was difficult for me to single you out

Left hand wants to know what the right is doing
Whichever way we miss out on something
We’re free but there is one thing we’re not facing

It was typical of you to feather your nest
I try to explain but me and my big mouth
Were laid to rest
There’s nowhere to go
I’m not hanging around

Left hand
You pick me up then you put me down, put me down

Left hand wants to know what the right is doing
Whichever way we miss out on something
We’re free there is one thing we’re not facing
Left hand
Left hand
Wants to know what the right is doing

 

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Whispers And Moans
Neil Finn

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!

 

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Kill Eye
Neil Finn

Kill eye tumbling come out of the sky
Kill eye a fiery retreat from the stars
Kill eye he came clambering over the wall
Kill eye halfway to hell and beyond

I want to be forgiven
I want to laugh with children
Won’t you ever forgive me
Please please forgive me
I want to hug my mother
And the sky above her
I want the earth to open up
And hold me

Kill eye shoot your way out of the bank
Kill eye watch the security guard
Kill eye you separate a man from his life

I want to be forgiven
I want to laugh with children
I want to ride the pony
Be your one and only friend
I will love you till the end

Kill eye halfway to hell and beyond
I want to hug my mother
And the sky above her
I want the earth to open up
I want the earth to open up

 

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Fingers Of Love
Neil Finn

Can you imagine that
An itch too sensitive to scratch
A light that falls through the cracks
An insect too delicate to catch?
I hear the endless murmur
Every blade of grass that shivers in the breeze
And the sound, it comes to carry me
Across the land and over the sea

And I can't look up
Fingers of love move down
And I can’t look back
Fingers of love move down

Colour is its own reward
Colour is its own reward
The chiming of a perfect chord
Let's go jumping overboard
Into waves of joy and clarity
Your hands come out to rescue me
And I'm playing in the shallow water
Laughing while the mad dog sleeps

And I can't look up
Fingers of love move down
And I won't be helped
Fingers of love move everywhere

And there is time yet
To fall by the way
From the cradle to the grave
From the palace to the gutter
Beneath the dying rays of the sun
Lie the fingers of love

Into waves of joy and clarity
A fallen angel walked on the sea
And I'm playing in the shallow water
Laughing while the mad dog sleeps

And I can't look up
Fingers of love move down
And I won't be helped
Fingers of love move everywhere

There is time yet
For you to find me
And all at once
Fingers of love move down

 

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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
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When You Come
Neil Finn

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

 

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Sister Madly
Neil Finn

Now you’re heading down to get someone
Should’ve done what he had to do years ago
The position is coming through
All the people that you’re standing on
All the people that you’re standing on
Now you’re heading down to be someone
Someone that you’ve seen in a magazine
Your premonition is coming true
Oh baby you’re not so green
No baby you’re not so green
No baby you’re nutso

Sister madly waking up the dead
You’re systematically stepping on my head

Now you’re heading down to find something
Something that you buried in your back yard
The position is coming through
From all the dirt that you’re digging up
From all the dirt that you’re digging up
Now you’re heading down to be somewhere
Somewhere you imagined in your wildest dream
The opposition is coming through
From all the people that you’re standing on
From all the people that you’re standing on
Now you better you’d better take a firm hand

Sister madly waking up the dead
You’re systematically stepping on my head

Now you’re heading down to get someone
Someone that you should’ve had years ago
The position is coming through
All the people that you’re standing on
All the people that you’re standing on
You’re hard to get a hand on

Sister madly waking up the dead
You’re systematically stepping on my head

 

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Universal Publishing UK

 

In My Command
Neil Finn

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

 

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Universal Publishing UK