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Time On Earth [Deluxe Edition]

2007 / 2016

Nobody Wants To
Neil Finn

Down on the ocean floor
That’s where I’m heading for
Hold on to a sinking stone
Until the worst is known

Nobody wants to think about it
Nobody wants to talk about it
Nobody protects you

They make it go away
Pretending that it’s all okay
Broken pieces on the ground
And everyone’s tiptoeing ’round

Nobody wants to think about it
Nobody wants to talk about it
No one protects you, yeah

Are we losing something
We used to cry, we used to say why
For all I know I might not get home
But, I found out if we open it up
We could work this out

Nobody wants to think about it
Nobody wants to talk about it now

What you suspected all along
Everything he told you was wrong
And you can see it if you want
But nobody wants to

 

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Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Don’t Stop Now
Neil Finn

Another pleasant day in the countryside
Has ended up in tears on a stormy night
‘Cause you can’t follow my directions home
But don’t stop now

God knows where the satellite’s taking us
I can’t tell what’s right in front of us
But I hang on every word
And don’t stop now
No, don’t stop now
Give me something I can write about

Get fooled by the lightning every time
See the after-image of my outline
And you turn the wrong way ’round

But don’t stop now
No, don’t stop now
Give me something I can write about
Give me something I can cry about

In a church house ten miles out of town
Is the devil gonna track me down?
And travel through a tunnel in the trees
Just remember that’s how you get to me

There’s no number on the house
The birds are heading south
Sometimes you have to turn
The wrong way ’round
Sometimes you get too close to nowhere now

Restless hopeful in the silence I wait
With my blank piece of paper on the top of my head
And all I want is something I can write about
All I want is something I can cry about

 

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Kobalt Music Publishing
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She Called Up
Neil Finn

She called up
And gave me the news
It made me so sad, sad, sad
There was nothing I could do

She's too far away
And you had to leave
I can never repay you now
For what you gave to me

A whisper that can blow a chasm wide
It took us all, it took us all
Pushed apart the mountains and the tide
It took us all

She called up
And gave me the news
It made me so sad, sad, sad
There was nothing I could do

I was so lost, in delirious sleep
I wasn't prepared for that position
Maybe I was näive

But truth is a mortal blow
You know all there is to know
The hurt that you held so close
There's something better now
And she called...

She called up
And gave me the news
It made me so sad, sad, sad
There was nothing I could do

She called up, and gave me the news

 

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Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Say That Again
Neil Finn

Say that again, I won't forget
The phrase that turned in my head
And at the start, it makes no sense
A long time left to understand
There on the shore, the girl that I adore
She combs her hair on the sand

And I know, you got to fight the plan
You got to bend the rules
Yeah I know, you got be your own man
You got to break the rules

I think too much, the alphabet
They dance a piroutte in my head
A chance remark become the spark
And maybe luck has come again

The hint of a smile
The accidental rhyme
That captured me the first time

And I know, you’ve got to fight the plan
You got to bend the rules
Yeah I know, you got to be your own man
You've got to make the rules

Midnight is standing in the shadows
This haunting is a reckless escape
Late nights of crawling on the sidewalk
Let's stay on in the mansion for the weekend
Let's go on making moments last a lifetime
We live on in the promises we keep

The hint of a smile
The accidental rhyme
That captured me the first time

I know, you’ve got to fight the plan
You got to bend the rules
Yeah I know, you've got to be your own man
You've got to break the rules
And I know, you've got to be your own man
You've got to make your own rules

Let's go on making moments last a lifetime
We live on in the promises we keep

 

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Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Pour Le Monde
Neil Finn

He imagines the world
As the angel ascending
Like the ghost of a man
Who is tied up to the chair

And he tries to believe
That his life has a meaning
With his hand on his heart
Pour le monde, pas pour la guerre

And I wake up blind
Like my dreams were too bright
And I lost my regard
For the good things that I had
And the radio was sad

When you listen for good
In a hope that comes to nothing
‘Cause the liars moved in
And they believe their own dark medicine

You act so nonchalant
But he is not a dog
Perform for you in the stadium
For the world, not for the war

And he won’t hesitate
Though it might lead to heartache
In the nightclub Indigo
For the world, not for the war
Pour le monde, pas pour la guerre

When you listen for good
In a hope that comes to nothing
‘Cause the liars have moved in
And they believe their own dark medicine
Believing it’s good
Behind their jaded eyes a dilemma

He’s the best you ever had
He’s so low you’ll never know
He’s the best you ever known
He’s so low you’ll never know

 

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Even A Child
Neil Finn/Johnny Marr

I want to turn on the lights
I want to keep your hopes alive
So where do I begin
To help you believe again
Makers of secret planes
Keepers of our last remains
Dream of a holy state
In a nightmare time
You know I meant it well but who was it meant to help

Even the child knows you don’t waste it
A promise is only given once
And there is no doubt that changes have begun
Even a child knows that you can’t fake it
As long as the world is waking up
You are free now to recover your heart

The stories left to write
The ebb and flow of my life
To justify the end
I’ll do everything I can
And i’ts a dangerous game
I heard you tell someone that you don’t care
But I don’t believe the message
And when you sing about love
What are you thinking of

Even a child knows you don’t waste it
As long as the world is waking up
And there is no doubt that changes have begun
Even a child knows you don’t fake it
A promise is only given once
You are free now to go wherever you want
There’s nothing like waking up in some foreign town
Music is a call to prayer
Wailing out of speakers in the market place
The first time ..even a child
Even a child knows you don’t waste it
A present can always be delivered twice
You are free now to receive the gift of insight
From now on let’s be open
All in time let’s breathe in
Am I brave?…You’re so brave
Am I afraid?…No not afraid
Even the child

 

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Heaven That I’m Making
Neil Finn

Plead with my saint
Wash his hands and feet
Find his complaint
Make his world complete

And this heaven that I'm making
It can't come quickly enough
And the big wave that I'm taking
It feels like I’m just waking up

Mind out, don't think
I can't get used to it
Right on the brink
I end up losing it

And this heaven that I'm making
It can't come quickly enough
And the big wave that I'm taking
Feels like I'm just waking up

And I'll be there
If all of creation is kind
Each conversation I hear
As I'm walking in though the crowd
As if I could float though the air
And this heaven..
This is heaven that I’m making

It can't come quickly enough
And the big boat that I’m taking
It can't come by quickly enough

If there is hell on earth
There must be heaven too
Both in one place
And not a second to lose

 

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Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

A Sigh
Neil Finn

A sigh from the deepest well
You can tell a lot without saying a thing
This truth between us my friend
This longing

A sigh for loneliness to end
No changing the story now
A sigh from the emptiest part
It's a tender place

A sigh is more than I can bear
This show is not fooling anyone
But it's all for you
But I think your mind is made up

 

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Kobalt Music Publishing
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Silent House
Neil Finn/Emily Robison/Martie Maguire/Natalie Maines

These walls have eyes
Rows of photographs
With faces like mine
Who do we become
Without knowing where we started from

It's true
I'm missing you
And I stand alone
Inside your room

Everything that you made my hand
Everything that you know by heart

I will try to connect
All the pieces you left
I will carry it on
And let you forget
I'll remember the years
When your mind was still clear
All the flickering lights
Filled up this silent house

One room, two beds
In the closet hangs your favorite dress
Good books that you read
Are in pieces now, the pages shredded

Everything that you made by hand
Everything that you know by heart

I will try to connect
All the pieces you left
I will carry it on
And let you forget
And I'll remember the years
When your mind was clear
All the laughter and light
That filled up this silent house

 

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Woolly Puddin’ Music
Scrapin’ Toast Music

 

English Trees
Neil Finn

English trees in my garden
They planted seeds in a faraway land
In between the palms and the succulent grove

They lose their leaves in the winter
Mark the seasons for him and for her
Once upon a time in the fallen snow
Up against the sky made a silhouette show

England cries and she plays for him
The chords entwined like a requiem
Although it’s springtime and colour is new
In Regent’s Park I will mourn for you

And I must be wise somehow
‘Cause my heart’s been broken down

It’s so far to fall
And so hard to climb
Nothing’s sadder, I know
Than the passing of time

You won’t forget me
You won’t forget me

Like English trees in my garden
Summer’s missed you, my darling
All your crimes are forgiven
All your crimes are forgiven
And I must be wise somehow

You won’t forget me
You won’t forget me

And England cries
There’s English trees in my garden

 

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Walked Her Way Down
Neil Finn

She walked her way down
It brought my mind back
From where I was trapped
How long will it take
For tension to break
Feel it sliding off
Shimmy like cloth
I left off the ground

And I know what the answer is
And I'm happy to be here tonight
And when you're in the moment
Everything you want is right
Before she takes a step
She's waiting for the beat to arrive
And the drummer’s counting out the start

She walked her way down
In silver and black
The tension is stacked
I picked up the trace
A scent I can’t place
Remembering desire
Higher and higher
I lift off the ground

And I know what the answer is
But I'm happy to be here tonight
And when you're in the moment
Everything you want is right
But before she takes a step
She's waiting for the beat to arrive
But the drummer makes the same mistake

And my eyes are on the shape
That is captured in the light
All went quiet on the floor
When she walked her way down

And we happen to be here tonight
And don't we make a beautiful sight
And when you're in the moment
Everything you want is right
But before she takes a step
She's waiting for the beat to arrive
And contained by all the pressure
Everything you want to become
But the drummer always comes in late...

And my eyes are on the shape
That is captured in the light
And I want to feel her weightless grasp
Upon my heavy life

 

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Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Transit Lounge
Neil Finn

Talk to her, that’s right
It could mean more than you think
Talk to her, that’s right
And you don’t have to lose a thing

Leave the boots and settle outside
You could make her happy again
Laugh about the time
She threw the dinner at you

And in the coconut grove
You can’t imagine the scene
Another bus unloads
We’re still waiting to leave

Talk to her, that’s nice
Or you could make a murder begin
Breathe on her, that’s right
What’s more, you will be her friend

She’s the only one who knows
Where you’re from and where you’ve been
And what remains unsaid can leave you hanging in between

I spent a lot of time in the transit lounge
And I wasn’t sure where I was going now
The papers I read – all yesterday’s news
Not a hundred percent sure what I did with my shoes

Lying on the floor of the transit lounge
There’ll be no announcements made
You better make sure you don’t sleep too sound
There’ll be no announcements made
There’ll be no announcements made

And you can dream about the things
You meant to do before you die
Break him out, this one
He’s waiting for his moment to shine

All the stupid things I said
Will haunt you, will linger, I guess

And in the coconut grove
You can imagine the scene
Another bus unloads
We’re still waiting to leave
The camera flash goes off
See the tallest man alive
And Thai massage his feet
Before this long plane ride

 

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Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

You Are The One To Make Me Cry
Neil Finn

Who’ll face the tide
And take their chances?
Will fasten the line
To broken branches
Adrift on the ocean in wild winter storms
I have to imagine things to keep myself warm

The night closing in, but not to worry
Told everyone I know that I was sorry
And I heard them all singing
For comfort and peace
And in my confusion
Yeah I still believe

You’re the one to make me cry
You’re the one to take me home
Of all the people in my life
My thoughts keep returning to you
But consciousness is fading fast

Surrounded by signs that go on living
Make circles in time, a spiderweb spinning
But I have no illusions of where I am now
I’ll let this wave take me and draw me down

You’re the one to make me cry
You’re the one to take me home
Of all the stories in my life
Only good things return to you
If I could only say the word
If you could hear me cry for help
But I lift my head up to the sky
But the planes that were circling now have gone

 

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Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

People Are Like Suns
Neil Finn

Sweet madness it must be wrong
What kind of fool imagines love
With all this going on
Stars burning in the empty sky
And the city is aflame
With a million lights

And they come and they go
In the blink of an eye
People are like suns

Science will enable us to hear
To be crystal clear
To make diamonds in the shifting sand
Better take all the love that you got in a single hand

And they come and they go
In the fullness of time
People are like suns
They are burning up inside
People are like suns
Breathing into life
All that’s good in us
To saints become

It can’t be helped
It doesn’t stop me thinking out aloud
I could have done something

They come and they go
They come and they go
And they come and they go
People are like suns
People are like suns
People are like suns
They go out tonight
Set this town alight
All fade into white

 

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Universal Publishing UK

 

She Called Up (home demo)
Neil Finn

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A Sigh (home demo)
Neil Finn

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Here’s A Note (studio demo)
Neil Finn

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Purple Light (studio demo)
Neil Finn

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So Dramatic
Neil Finn

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Stare Me Out (alternative version)
Neil Finn

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Distance Across (studio demo)
Neil Finn

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Lost Island
Neil Finn

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Stare Me Out
Neil Finn

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Bound To Rescue (home demo)
Neil Finn

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Don’t Stop Now (home demo)
Neil Finn

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Won’t Be Silent (home demo)
Neil Finn/Nick Seymour

People Are Like Suns (piano version)
Neil Finn