Neil Finn

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Together Alone [Deluxe Edition]

1993/2016

Kare Kare
Neil Finn/Nick Seymour/Mark Hart/Paul Hester

I was standing on a wave
Then I made the drop
I was lying in a cave
In the solid rock
I was feeling pretty brave
Till the lights went off

Sleep by no means comes too soon
In a valley lit by the moon

We left a little dust
On his Persian rug
We gathered up our clothes
Got the washing done
In a long-forgotten place
Who'll be the first to run?

Sleep by no means comes too soon
In a valley lit by the moon

I was floating on a wave
Then I made the drop
I was climbing up the walls
Waiting for the band to stop

You can say the magic words
I got my sensors on
And this is the only place
That I always run from

Sleep by no means comes too soon
In a valley lit by the moon

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK
Warner Bros
Take Hart Music

 

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

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Nails In My Feet
Neil Finn

My life is a house
You crawl through the window
Slip across the floor and into the reception room
You enter the place of endless persuasion
Like a knock on the door
When there’s ten or more things to do

Who is that calling?
You my companion
Run to the water on a burning beach
And it brings me relief

Pass through the walls
To find my intentions
Circle round in a strange hypnotic state
I look into space
There is no connection
A million points of light
And a conversation I can’t face

Cast me off one day
To lose my inhibitions
Sit like a lap dog on a matron’s knee
Wear the nails on your feet

I woke up the house
Stumbled in sideways
The lights went on and everybody screamed surprise
The savage review
It left me gasping
But it warms my heart to see that you can do it too

Total surrender
Your touch is so tender
Your skin is like water on a burning beach
And it brings me relief

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Black And White Boy
Neil Finn

Black and white boy, black and white boy
You're so extreme, you're so confused
Colour me in, whatever mood I'm in
I could be still in touch with you

And you're full of the wonder of Spring
It's all sweetness and light that you bring
And a room full of people will fall to your infinite charm
But when darkness should quickly descend
You go quietly my miserable friend
To the depths of despair you will crawl
Black and white boy

Black and white boy, black and white boy
You're so extreme, you're so confused
Colour me in, whatever mood I'm in
I could be still in touch with you

When you shake off the shadows of night
And your eyes are so clear and so bright
You make fools of the liars and creeps
Put a rose in my cheeks
But when demons have climbed on your back
You are vicious and quick to attack
And you put on a wonderful show
Do you really, really think I don't know?

Black and white boy, black and white boy
And you run like a cat to the cream
And you're acting so nice it's obscene
And you put on a wonderful show
Do you really, really think I don't know?
Black and white boy, black and white boy
Black and white boy, black and white boy

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

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

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
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

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Locked Out
Neil Finn

I’ve been locked out
I’ve been locked in
But I always seem to come back again
When you’re in that room
What do you do
I know that I will have you in the end

And the clouds they are crying on you
And the birds are offering up their tunes
In a shack as remote as a mansion
You escape into a place where nothing moves

And I’ve been locked out
And I know we’re through
But I can’t begin to face up to the truth
I wait so long for the walls to crack
But I know that I will one day have you back

And the hills are as soft as a pillow
And they cast a shadow on my bed
And the view when I look through my window
Is an altarpiece I’m praying to for the living and the dead

Twin valley shines in the morning sun
I send a message out to my only one

And I’ve been locked out and I know we’re through
But I can’t begin to face up to the truth
And I wait so long for the walls to crack
But I know that I will one day have you back

And I work with the bees and the honey
Every night I circle like the moon
And it’s an act of simple devotion
But it can take forever when you’ve got something to prove
I’ve been locked out
And I’ve been locked out

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

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

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Walking On The Spot
Neil Finn

At odd times we slip
Slither down the dark hole
Fingers point from old windows
An eerie shadow falls
Walking on the spot
To show that I'm alive
Moving every bone in my body
From side to side

Will we be in our minds
When the dawn breaks?
Can we look the milkman in the eye?
The world is somehow different
You have all been changed
Before my very eyes

Walk around your home
And pour yourself a drink
Fire one more torpedo baby
Watch the kitchen sink
Lounging on the sofa maybe
See the living room die
Dishes are unwashed and broken
All you do is cry

Will we be in our minds
When the dawn breaks?
Can we look the milkman in the eye?
The world is somehow different
You have all been changed
Before my very eyes

Dishes are unwashed and broken
All you do is cry

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Distant Sun
Neil Finn

Tell me all the things you would change
I don’t pretend to know what you want
When you come around and spin my top
Time and again, time and again

No fire where I lit my spark
I am not afraid of the dark
Where your words devour my heart
And put me to shame, put me to shame

When your seven worlds collide
Whenever I am by your side
And dust from a distant sun
Will shower over everyone

Still so young to travel so far
Old enough to know who you are
Wise enough to carry the scars
Without any blame, there’s no one to blame

It’s easy to forget what you learned
Waiting for the thrill to return
Feeling your desire burn
And drawn to the flame

When your seven worlds collide
Whenever I am by your side
Dust from a distant sun
Will shower over everyone
Dust from a distant sun
Will shower over everyone

And I’m lying on the table
Washed out in a flood
Like a Christian fearing vengeance from above
I don’t pretend to know what you want
But I offer love

Seven worlds will collide
Whenever I am by your side
Dust from a distant sun
Will shower over everyone

As time slips by
As time slips by

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK

 

Catherine Wheels
Neil Finn/Tim Finn/Nick Seymour

No night to stay in
Bad moon is rising again
Dice rolls, you burn
Come down, I fear
As that cold wheel turns
I know what I know
Sad Claude’s been sleeping around
To stroke the right nerve
Whose needs do I serve
As Catherine’s wheel turns

She was always the first to say gone
She’s got her catherine wheels on
Always the first to say gone

Go kindly with him
To his blind apparition
Whose face creases up with age gone grey
You’ll be back here one day

She was always the first to say gone
She’s got her catherine wheels on
Always the first to say gone
She’s got her catherine wheels on
Wheels on
Catherine wheels

She’s gone, vanished in the night
Broke off the logic of light
He woke, tore the covers back
Found he was empty inside
So they were told when the moon would rise
The best time to leave with your soul

She’s gone up towards the light
Watching her whole life unfold
Bruises come out dark
So strong was his hold on her
Regarded by some as his slave
He spoke as in a stranger’s tongue
To spare us and drive you away
Bruises come up dark

 

Kobalt Publishing
Universal Publishing UK
Mushroom Music
Ten Ten Music

 

Skin Feeling
Paul Hester

Together Alone
Neil Finn/Bud Wehi/Mark Hart

Together alone
Above and beneath
We were as close
As anyone can be
Now you are gone
Far away from me
As is once
Will always be
Together alone

Anei ra maua (here we are together)
E piri tahi nei (in a very close embrace)
E noha tahi nei (being together)
Ko maua anake (just us alone)
Kei runga a Rangi (Rangi the sky-father is above)
Ko papa kei raro (the earth mother is below)
E mau tonu nei (our love for one another)
Kia mau tonu ra (is everlasting)

Together alone
Shallow and deep
Holding our breath
Paying death no heed
I’m still your friend
When you are in need
As is once
Will always be
Earth and sky
Moon and sea

Maori Chant

Anei ra maua (here we are together)
E piri tahi nei (in a very close embrace)
E noha tahi nei (being together)
Ko maua anake (just us alone)
Kei runga a Rangi (Rangi the sky-father is above)
Ko papa kei raro (the earth mother is below)
E mau tonu nei (our love for one another)
Kia mau tonu ra (is everlasting)

 

Kobalt Music Publishing
Universal Publishing UK
Take Hart Music

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I Am In Love (band demo)
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Fingers Of Love (alternative studio take)
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Locked Out (Zen mix)
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