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The Living Enz

1985

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

 

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

 

Bold As Brass
Tim Finn/Robert Gillies

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Ninnie Kneez Up
Noel Crombie

 

I See Red
Tim Finn

 

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

 

I Hope I Never
Tim Finn

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

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

 

Hard Act To Follow
Tim Finn

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

TIME FOR A CHANGE
Phil Judd

You act as though
You are a blind man who’s crying
Crying `bout all the virgins that are dying
In your habitual dreams
You know, seems you need more sleep
But like a parrot in a flaming tree
I know, it’s pretty hard to see
I’m beginning to wonder if it’s time for a change
But still you try like a fat boy
Dancing Gershwin’s blues
But you’d rather sit at home and watch the news
And I’m beginning to wonder if it’s time for a change
I’m beginning to wonder if it’s time for a change

 

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

 

Walking Through The Ruins
Tim Finn


Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

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

 

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

 

Small World
Tim Finn

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Lost For Words

Tell me sir what would you do if you were me
Hop, skip and jump like a kangaroo if you were me

I’m wide awake in a dormitory city if you were me
What would you do to stop the noise if you were me

I can’t relate, to your vicious excuses
The damage has all been done, and talking is useless

Tell me sir what would you say if you were me
I’m lost for words … if you were me

I’m scratching my head, and focusing my eyes
No lack of information, but I can’t explain it
I’m looking it up, I’m writing it down
I couldn’t read it if I tried

I’m looking for words, oooh
I give it all I got, ooooh
And I’m lost for words, you don’t even listen
It’s all been said before, so I’ll just turn and walk away

 

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

 

Charlie
Tim Finn

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music