Neil Finn

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Spellbound

1997

Disk 1

Dirty Creature
Tim Finn/Nigel Griggs/Neil Finn

Dirty Creature come my way
From the bottom of a big black lake
Shuffles up to my window
Making sure I’m awake
S’probably gonna pick my brain
Got me in a vice-like grip
He said one slip, you’re dead.

Dirty Creature of habit
Little horror here to stay
Anyone in his right mind
Would tell it to go away, but
The river of dread runs deep
Full of unspeakable things
The creature don’t mess around
I don’t want to mess with him

I don’t wanna sail, I don’t wanna to sail
I don’t wanna
I don’t wanna sail tonight
Dirty Creature’s got me at a
Disadvantage from the inside

Tentacles on the brain
Keep me from falling asleep
I’m rooted to the spot
The beast don’t know when to stop
Sneaking up from behind
Binds and gags my wits
Dirty Creature got my head
Exactly where he wants it

I don’t wanna sail, I don’t wanna to sail
I don’t wanna
I don’t wanna sail tonight
Taniwha is waiting for me just below
the surface so bright
Even as we speak the Dirty Creature
springs a nasty surprise

Dirty Creature knows my type
Found it in a magazine
He’s seen the look of fear before
Splattered all over the screen
The animal magnet thug
Draws me out of myself
I need a dragon-slayer who can
Save me from myself

I don’t wanna sail, I don’t wanna sail,
I don’t wanna set sail for the middle of nowhere tonight
Dirty Creature’s got me at a disadvantage from the inside
I don’t want to sail upon the waters of invention tonight

 

Kobalt Publishing
Universal Publishing UK
Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

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

 

I See Red
Tim Finn

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

I Got You
Neil Finn

I got you – that’s all I want
I won’t forget – that’s a whole lot
I don’t go out – not now that you’re in
Sometimes we shout – but that’s no problem

I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes, you can tell that I’m not lyin’

Look at you – you’re a pageant
You’re everything – that I’ve imagined
Somethings wrong – I feel uneasy
You show me – tell me you’re not teasin’

I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes, you can tell that I’m not lyin’
I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes, can you tell me you’re not lyin’

There’s no doubt – not when I’m with you
When I’m without – I stay in my room
Where do you go – I get no answer
You’re always out – it gets on my nerves

I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes, you can tell that I’m not lying
(But) I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes, can you tell me you’re not lyin’
I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes, you can tell that I’m not lying

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Late Last Night
Phil Judd

 

I Hope I Never
Tim Finn

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

One Step Ahead
Neil Finn

One step ahead of you
Stay in motion, keep an open mind
Love is a race won by two
Your emotion, my solitude
If I stop I could lose my head
So I’m losing you instead
Either way I’m confused
You slow me down, what can I do?
There’s one particular way I have to choose

One step ahead of you
Always someone makes it hard to move
She says, Boy I want you to stay
But I save it all for another day
If I stop I could lose my head
But I’m ready for romance
Either way I’m confused
I don’t know what I’m s’posed to do
I can only stay
One step ahead of you

Stop, I confess sometimes
I don’t know where I’m going
Part of me stays with you,
I’m slowing down, what can I do
It’s hard to stay one step ahead of you

One step ahead of you
Time is running out
Catching up with you
One step ahead of you
When I hold you close
Can I really lose?
One step ahead
Only one step ahead
She’s one step ahead of you

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Voices
Neil Finn

Wander through the library
Volumes of the deceased
There’s no happy endings
History has been cruel
Feel the blood of ages
Flowing through my veins
Still there is no reason
I wonder what’s coming

I hear voices
Leading me on
The wise and the strong

Wander through the forest
Losing track of time
Lessons in green and gold
Been growing on for years

I hear Voices
Leading me on
Urging me on

I hear Voices
Leading me on
Urging me on
The wise and the strong

 
Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Pioneer
Eddie Rayner

 

Six Months In A Leaky Boat
Tim Finn/Split Enz

When I was a young boy
I wanted to sail around the world
That’s the life for me, living on the sea
Spirit of a sailor, circumnavigates the globe
The lust of a pioneer, will acknowledge
No frontier

I remember you by, thunderclap in the sky
Lightning flash, tempers flare,
’round the horn if you dare
I just spent six months in a leaky boat
Lucky just to keep afloat

Aotearoa, rugged individual
Glisten like a pearl
At the bottom of the world
The tyranny of distance
Didn’t stop the cavalier
So why should it stop me
I’ll conquer and stay free

Ah c’mon all you lads
Let’s forget and forgive
There’s a world to explore
Tales to tell back on shore
I just spent six months in a leaky boat
Six months in a leaky boat

Ship-wrecked love can be cruel
Don’t be fooled by her kind
There’s a wind in my sails
Will protect and prevail
I just spent six months in a leaky boat
Nothing to it leaky boat.

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK
Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

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

 

Take A Walk
Neil Finn

Time to slip out my back door
Sunrise dancing on my wall
Heading down off beaten tracks
Try to get that feeling back

I could take a walk again
Up a mountain to a stream
Standing on the open rock
Looking out over the sea
Funny when we move ahead
Never worry what we leave behind
I could always find some peace
In the back of beyond

Kind voice from yesterday
Give love fill up every space
But now I laugh at simple truth
Sneer and frown like we all do

When the long night awakes
With memories a midnight feast
Feel the boy in me escape
There’s a field of frost beneath my feet
Run, never tire, run boy, forever and ever

I could take a walk again
Up a mountain to a stream
Standing on the open rock
Looking out over the sea
Funny when we move ahead
Never worry what we leave behind
Remember what a friend of mine said
You gotta be kind


Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Nobody Takes Me Seriously
Tim Finn


Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

What’s The Matter With You
Neil Finn

What’s the matter with you?
Look down on everything we do
I really wonder if you see today like I do
What’s the matter with you?

What’s the matter with you?
You don’t look cool in shades of blue
I really wonder if you see today like I do
What’s the matter with you?

When I got up today I felt so much brighter
My head was swimming with delight and I told her
But she said “What’s so good about today?”
And she walked away
She’s down in the dumps without a reason why

What’s the matter with you?
Look down on everything we do
I really wonder if you see today like I do
What’s the matter with you?

Gonna keep an eye on you, I’ll be your dictator
So you better buck up or I’ll deal with you later
So beat the drum and let the trumpet blow
You gotta let go
In the heat of the moment you reap what you sow

What’s the matter with you?
Look down on everything we do
I really wonder if you see today like I do
What’s the matter with you?

The worried look that’s on your face makes you older
You realise that things have never been better
Yes sir, the weather’s clear
There’s Eskimos, in summer clothes
I don’t suppose you’d like to laugh with me

What’s the matter with you?
You look down on everything we do
I really wonder if you see today like I do
What’s the matter with you?

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Poor Boy
Tim Finn


Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Shark Attack
Tim Finn


Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Charlie
Tim Finn

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Time For A Change
Phil Judd

 

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
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
The sun always sets
No room for regrets
As I walk away from you

Reveal whatever you desire
To you it may be death defying
Your life a slave to ambition
Tension your permanent condition
So much you’ve always wanted
Too much giving you a sore head
Finally marching to a different tune

As I walk away from you
I walk away from you
It’s hard to let go
Of all that we know
As I walk away from you
The sun always sets
No room for regrets
As I walk away from you

It’s hard to let go
Of all that we know
As I walk away from you
The sun always sets
No 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 from you

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Disk 2

History Never Repeats
Neil Finn

History never repeats
I tell myself before I go to sleep
Don’t say the words you might regret
I’ve lost before, you know I can’t forget

There was a girl I used to know
She dealt my love a savage blow
I was so young, too blind to see
But anyway that’s history

(I say) History never repeats
I tell myself before I go to sleep
Don’t say the words you might regret
I’ve lost before, you know I can’t forget

You say I always played the fool
I can’t go on if that’s the rule
Better to jump than hesitate
I need a change and I can’t wait

History never repeats
I tell myself before I go to sleep
And there’s a light shining in the dark
Leading me on towards a change of heart

History never repeats
History never repeats

Deep in the night it’s all so clear
I lie awake with great ideas
Lurking about in no-man’s land
I think at last I understand

History never repeats
I tell myself before I go to sleep
And there’s a light shining in the dark
Leading me on towards a change of heart

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Bold As Brass
Tim Finn/Robert Gillies

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

My Mistake
Tim Finn/Eddie Rayner

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Give It A Whirl
Tim Finn/Neil Finn

I saw you there by the side of the road
You wore long faces and long overcoats in the rain
Waiting for buses to carry you home
Winter wind rushes and rattles your bones, it’s a shame

I can see no sign of action in your eyes
There’s a thrill you’ll never know if you never try

Remember taking a ride on a ferris wheel
And really enjoying yourself, bye bye blues
Remember taking a bet on a race
You faced the future with a smile on your face, win or lose

No, I don’t mean to preach, I don’t mean to patronise
There’s a thrill you’ll never know if you never try

Why don’t you give it a, give it a, give it a whirl
Why don’t you give it a, give it a, give it a whirl
Why don’t you give it a, give it a, give it a whirl
Why don’t you give it a, give it a, give it a whirl………..

I saw you there by the side of the road
You wore long faces and long overcoats in the rain
Waiting for buses to carry you home
Winter wind rushes and rattles your bones, it’s a shame

No, never give up, giving in, it’s like kissing goodbye
There’s a thrill, that you’ll never know, if you never try

Why don’t you give it a whirl…

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK
Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Sugar And Spice
Phil Judd

 

Without A Doubt
Tim Finn


Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Haul Away
Tim Finn


Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Stuff And Nonsense
Tim Finn


Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

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

 

Maybe
Tim Finn/Phil Judd

 

Matinee Idyll (129)
Tim Finn/Phil Judd

 

Titus
Phil Judd

 

Another Great Divide
Tim Finn/Eddie Rayner/Robert Gillies/Phil Judd

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Semi Detached
Tim Finn

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Hermit McDermitt
Tim Finn

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Doctor Love
Neil Finn

I see cuts and bruises
Broken bones, burnt fingers
We’re savage to each other
We bear the scars of anger

(Doctor Love, call Doctor Love, Doctor Love)

Doctor Love will fix it
Whatever is your ailment
Whatever is the sickness
Doctor Love will fix it

We’re going down down down down…
Shout but we don’t hear a sound

I’m always falling over
Or having some collision
I cannot use a hammer
All I can do is sing
Doctor love familiar
Someone we’ve met before
She’ll cure the curses of ages
Smash the monumental door

We’re going down down down down…
Shout but we don’t hear a sound

I’d say you need a friend
Someone to tell the truth
I’d say you don’t look too well
The Doctor could be good for you

Doctor Love will fix it
Whatever is your ailment
Whatever is your sickness
Doctor Love will fix it

Doctor Love, Doctor Love…
…(repeat til fade)…

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Make Sense Of It
Split Enz

From deep within the forest, eyay, eyay, eyay
The heart of man still hollers, eyay, eyay, eyay
In the congo where life began, eyay, eyay, eyay
Living proof of a master plan, eyay, eyay, eyay
When you’re driving home from a day at work
and you stumble on some forgotten truth
Pounding down like a hammer through glass
If you could only make some sense of it, yeah

Don’t lose your sense of humour, eyay, eyay, eyay
Boycott the guilty party, eyay, eyay, eyay
In the midst of human crisis, eyay, eyay, eyay
Goodwill triumphant rises, eyay, eyay, eyay
If you need a friend you can rely upon
Someone to help make some sense of it
If you shed a tear when the nightmare breaks
Just remember dreams go in opposites
You’re holding on
Yeah you’re holding on
Yes you’re holding on to make sense of it
You realize you’re not the only one
Who’s trying to make some sense of it

When you’re in the arms of the one you love
You can forget the daily push and shove
You need a friend you can rely upon
A bit of help to make sense of it

 

Sweet Dreams
Phil Judd

 

Years Go By
Neil Finn/Eddie Rayner

She gets up in the afternoon
The sun will set behind her
When the twilight comes
The magic one, will gaze on you

Seconds last for hours all evening
This purple room is breathing
To the milky way I turn my gaze
It’s a mystery

Years go by, wonder what you did
Yet in a minute you can change your life
All depends on your state of mind
One thing to be sure of is we live and die

Fear and doubt no longer harbour lies
Love not grow old where we reside
‘Tis enough for now to set you down
And gaze on you

Years go by, wonder what you did
Yet in a minute you can change your life
All depends on your state of mind
One thing to be sure of is we live and die

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Mental Notes
Phil Judd