/ Split Enz

Conflicting Emotions

1983

  • 01 Strait Old Line
  • 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

  • 02 Bullet Brain And Cactus Head
  • Bullet Brain And Cactus Head
    Neil Finn

    Send a message to the brain
    Two men climbing down opposite poles
    The one with hair upon his face
    Sprouting like the weeds on his soul
    The other is a law unto himself
    His brain is like a lump of steel
    And they’d love to break each other up,
    Into tiny pieces

    It’s strange how they’re always together
    Bullet Brain and Cactus Head
    Always beating heads together
    Bullet Brain and Cactus Head

    Watch them fall into the dirt
    Desperate to make a point
    No trace of human doubt
    Confrontation they can never avoid
    Despising what they’ve both become
    Always looking for someone to blame
    They think they’re worlds apart
    But they’re exactly the same
    Always will be

    It’s strange how they’re always together
    Bullet Brain and Cactus Head
    Always beating heads together
    Bullet Brain and Cactus Head
    Which one of you’s the liar
    Bullet Brain and Cactus Head

    Fanatic believers, obsessive achievers
    Yippees and yahoos, felons and fiends
    Preachers and leeches, offenders, defenders
    All on their way down to the depth of extremes
    Pip squeaking passion to head-on collision
    Too set in your ways to give way or concede
    Oh my, oh my, oh my, what will become of the
    macho pretender and his enemy

    And it’s strange how they’re always together
    Bullet Brain and Cactus Head
    Always beating heads together
    Bullet Brain and Cactus Head
    Which one of you’s the liar
    Bullet Brain and Cactus Head
    Rise up from the mire or wake up in a sea of red…

     

    Kobalt Music Publishing
    Universal Publishing UK

  • 03 Message To My Girl
  • 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

     

  • 04 Working Up An Appetite
  • Working Up An Appetite
    Tim Finn

     

    Mushroom Music
    Ten Ten Music

  • 05 Our Day
  • Our Day
    Neil Finn

    Let our love create another life
    It’s growing even as we speak
    He don’t know what’s waiting for him here
    Suspended in his dream sleep
    His mother’s all around him
    His father’s just a sound to him, singing gently
    We have promised him a future
    So I’m hoping that tomorrow
    Is, was, and will ever be

    And we’re waiting now
    Waiting for our child to come
    The old age is near the end
    The new one’s just begun

    There’s a face that I will come to love
    That I have never seen before
    There’s a brain that’s absolutely free
    From any kind of conscious thought
    You are me, and you are she
    It won’t be long ’til we meet
    And I’ll be going on a journey
    In a flimsy paper boat upon a stormy sea

    And so we’re waiting now
    Waiting for our child to come
    The old age is near the end
    The new one’s just begun
    Yes we’re waiting now
    For something burning far away
    Tear the old age down for good
    Welcome the young one

    *Await the new with certainty
    Someone is coming to me
    Someone is coming to me
    Someone is coming to me
    Await the new with certainty*

    I’m shaking like a leaf
    Wound up like a spring tonight
    You say this ain’t no place for children
    Oh God, I hope that what we’ve done is right
    Am I vain to feel as if the world
    Owes anything at all to me
    Searching, burning, tossing and turning
    Desperately

    And so we’re waiting now
    Waiting for our child to come
    Can’t imagine what the future holds
    Just hoping there is one

    Yes we’re waiting now
    For something burning far away
    Tear the old age down for good
    Welcome the young one

    Hear this my son, I promise you the best that we can do
    We love you…

     

    * Denotes additional lyrics included on original LP inner but deleted from master recording. Hear part of this out-take, along with Neil talking about the song, at 26 minutes into Radio New Zealand’s Enzology Episode 9 (stream or download for free.)

     

    Kobalt Music Publishing
    Universal Publishing UK

  • 06 No Mischief
  • No Mischief
    Neil Finn

    No mischief, no mischief, no mischief
    I don’t need the aggravation
    This ain’t no time for foolin’
    Let’s get down to business
    No mischief, no mischief, no mischief
    I don’t need the aggravation
    No foolin’, let’s get down to business

    There’s a crowd outside
    That’s screaming for your blood
    They want action now
    From a man whose name is mud

    They don’t want no mischief, no mischief, no mischief
    I don’t need the aggravation
    This ain’t no time for foolin’
    (No horseplay, it’s passé)
    Let’s get down to business
    No mischief, no mischief, no mischief
    You’re a constant irritation
    The power goes to your head
    So go get your brain read
    Or you’ll be out of business

    Private profiteer
    Our loss is your gain
    The things that we revere
    You’re pouring down the drain
    It’s no game
    When you are a leader
    People want to swear by you
    So swear by the truth

    Still I live in hope
    That you might disappear
    Off the face of the globe
    We won’t miss you round here
    Have no fear

    No mischief, no mischief, no mischief
    This ain’t no time for foolin’
    (No horseplay, it’s passé)
    Let’s get down to business
    No mischief, no mischief, no mischief
    I don’t need the aggravation
    The power goes to your head
    So go get your brain read
    Or you’ll be out of business
    No mischief, no I don’t want no mischief

     

    Kobalt Music Publishing
    Universal Publishing UK

  • 07 The Devil You Know
  • 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

  • 08 I Wake Up Every Night
  • I Wake Up Every Night
    Tim Finn

     

    Mushroom Music
    Ten Ten Music

  • 09 Conflicting Emotions
  • Conflicting Emotions
    Tim Finn

    Mushroom Music
    Ten Ten Music

     

  • 10 Bon Voyage
  • Bon Voyage
    Tim Finn/Eddie Rayner

     

    Mushroom Music
    Ten Ten Music