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Time And Tide

1982

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

 

Giant Heartbeat
Neil Finn/Nigel Griggs

Heartbeat
Bearing down
On our world
It never sleeps

Feel like a Zephyr harmonising with a flute
Notes are rising in familiar twos and threes
The time of yearning is the same at any age
The back is bending and the sky is growing pale

Sun up sun down fade to a lookalike
Hearts and souls move together in time

One step forward is a leap for all mankind
Old man river smiles on all he leaves behind
Ooh when temptation brings you down
I say you better spread yourself around
Red limbs, my body’s torn apart
The boy’s hand will squeeze the giant’s heart

Sun up sun down fade to a lookalike
Hearts and souls move together in time
If anybody’s listening, a giant heartbeat is fading

Fire burns
Water drowns
Hate kills
Our homes
Faith helps
Love heals

Sun up sun down fade to a lookalike
Hearts and souls move together in time
If anybody’s listening
If anybody’s listening
Is anybody listening, a giant heartbeat is fading

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Hello Sandy Allen
Neil Finn

Hello Sandy Allen
The world’s tallest woman
We made friends in New York
Don’t know if you’ll remember
I’m bound to say I felt uneasy
when I first laid eyes on you
But I liked the way you talked
Like a living hoper
Towering over our heads
in more ways than one
The hand that shook my hand was awesome
It still amazes me

Hope you’re happy Sandy Allen
Hope your garden is blooming
We’re all staring at the mirror
Tryin’ to put our faces on
Appearance never held you back
Must be when you’re number one
You don’t have to try so hard

Hello Sandy Allen, hello Sandy Allen, hello…

Hope you’re happy Sandy Allen
Hope your garden is blooming
We’re all staring at the mirror
Tryin’ to put our faces on
Appearance never held you back
Must be when you’re number one
You don’t have to try so hard

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Never Ceases To Amaze Me
Tim Finn


Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Lost For Words
Nigel Griggs/Tim Finn/Neil Finn

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

 

Kobalt Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Small World
Tim Finn


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

 

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 Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Haul Away
Tim Finn

 

Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Log Cabin Fever
Neil Finn

Downstairs in the cellar drums are beating
Wounded no discomfort, emotions bleeding
In the river alone, always alone, out of my depth
Headlong to the ocean will I sink or swim

Heard them tell the story of mad old Jim
Found him in his cabin with his head caved in
Waiting out the winter was a little too much for him

It’s cold out, hear the wind howl down the chimney
Wish I could just cry out to someone, help
but we live in isolation of the cruelest kind
Scared to show our colours to the world

Time to break away from my condition
Rejoin the human race, see what I’m missing
Try to face the day my private passion
Is eating me away

Log cabin fever
It’s a remote possibility
Log cabin fever
It’s an impossible delivery
Log cabin fever
It’s not an impossibility

 

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