Well, with some preview cuts from Intriguer now streaming, we've been able to get a listen to some of the other studio versions beyond "Saturday Sun".

Here's an attempt at "Amsterdam" (any corrections welcome Cool):

Amsterdam

You and me got the whole day off
Take a trip to Vincent van Gogh
But the line went halfway ‘round the block

And we’re looking for a place to rest
Every seat in every bar was set
So we turned back to The Grand Hotel

And the rain came on
A million people on a protest march
Every choice, every path was mistaken

You and me got the whole thing sussed
Grey men are shadowing us
Wild conspiracies turn to dust

Hear the sound of cathedral bells
Cash ringing at the gates of Hell
And fairground hooligans push and swell

They’re the darkest days
Of a free man
Lying in the streets of Amsterdam
Nearly fell underneath a tram
But I picked myself up

Every temptation and device
All the diamonds and the spice
I would give anything for the sight
Of an honest man

I swim in emptiness
I was looking at a hotel guest
He blew me a big sarcastic kiss

And the Lord walked in
With a monocle and lips so thin
Saw the barman wink
As he poured his brandy

They’re the darkest days
Of a free man
Lying in the streets of Amsterdam
Nearly fell underneath a tram
But I picked myself up

Every temptation up in lights
All the diamonds and the spice
Who would take profit from the vice
Of another man

Amsterdam
Cold, cold
Cold, cold
You belong
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Gee I love this song!

I'm so pleased to see our resident lyricist back at it again, thanks Romer Smiler

The only difference is that I hear "and the rain came hard", but I'm not 100% certain of that. Otherwise, I think you're pretty spot on Smiler
liz, thanks, I struggled with that one ("on" vs. "hard"), as well. Not completely sure, either!

Agreed that it's a terrific song. I actually thought from a live version that the one section went as:

Saw the blind man wink
As he poured his brandy

which amused me.
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Originally posted by Romer:

Grey men are shadowing us


In earlier live versions, that line was "the aliens are following us." So I would think it is now "green men are shadowing us." He just pronounces it more like grain men, I think as a stylistic decision to avoid the unpleasant eee sound.

I also thought it was either "rain came hard" or "rain came hot."
Michael, I'm tending toward your suggestions of "Dying" and "Could". Unsure about "Cold" vs. "Come".

sp, I'd justified "gray" to mean shady, but see how your suggestion may make sense. It's tough to work these out given the relative lower quality of the stream.

Anyone with the CD lyric insert who'd be willing to take a look?
From the CD notes, with thanks to Romer for starting it!

Amsterdam

You and me got the whole day off
Take a trip to Vincent van Gogh
But the line went halfway round the block

And we’re looking for a place to rest
Every seat in every bar was set
So we turned back to the Grand Hotel

And the rain came hard
A million people on a protest march
Every choice, every path was mistaken

You and me got the whole thing sussed
Grey men are shadowing us
Wild conspiracies turn to dust

Hear the sound of Cathedral bells
Cash ringing at the gates of hell
And fairground hooligans push and swell

The darkest days
Of a free man
Lying in the streets of Amsterdam
I nearly fell underneath a tram
But I picked myself up

Every temptation, and device
All the diamonds and the spice
I would give anything for the sight
Of an honest man

Eyes swim in emptiness
I was looking at a hotel guest
When he blew me a big sarcastic kiss

And the Lord walked in
With a monocle and lips so thin
Saw the barman wink
As he poured his brandy

The darkest days
Of a free man
Lying in the streets of Amsterdam
Nearly fell underneath a tram
But I picked myself up

Every temptation and device
All the diamonds and the spice
Who would take profit from the vice
Of another man



This last bit is not in the notes unfortunately, but I think it's correct.

Amsterdam
Cold, cold
Cold, cold
You belong
Heard this track live last night at the Apollo for the first time.Neil even gave us a bit of background info regarding the track,I loved it!

As I have mentioned I am not listening to any of the studio tracks until Monday when released in UK,so will be interesting to compare against the live versions.
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Originally posted by dave robson:
Heard this track live last night at the Apollo for the first time.Neil even gave us a bit of background info regarding the track,I loved it!


Sorry dutchgirl,I meant that I was actually at the gig listening to the band play the song,you will probably have to buy the gig usb etc to hear the version
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Originally posted by dave robson:
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quote:
Originally posted by dave robson:
Heard this track live last night at the Apollo for the first time.Neil even gave us a bit of background info regarding the track,I loved it!


Sorry dutchgirl,I meant that I was actually at the gig listening to the band play the song,you will probably have to buy the gig usb etc to hear the version


LOL Dave, I meant the background story Smiler
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LOL Dave, I meant the background story


Sorry dutchgirl,I think it is reflected in the lyrics,apparently Neil & family? were in Amsterdam and everything went wrong on the day,they couldn't get in the Van Goth museum,the weather was terrible,etc but as Neil said the positive was that he got a song out of it!
Possible differences from the CD notes and recorded version:

Amsterdam

You and me got the whole day off
Take a trip to Vincent van Gogh
But the line went halfway round the block

And we’re looking for a place to rest
Every seat in every bar was set
So we turned back to the Grand Hotel

And the rain came hard
A million people on a protest march
Every choice, every path was mistaken

You and me got the whole thing sussed
Grey men are shadowing us
Wild conspiracies turn to dust

Hear the sound of Cathedral bells
Cash ringing at the gates of hell
And fairground hooligans push and swell

The darkest days Originally had "They're the", but now wonder if "Where the" or "Well, the" vs. "The" *
Of a free man
Lying in the streets of Amsterdam
I nearly fell underneath a tram "Nearly" vs. "I nearly"?
But I picked myself up

Every temptation, and device
All the diamonds and the spice
I would give anything for the sight
Of an honest man

Eyes swim in emptiness
I was looking at a hotel guest
When he blew me a big sarcastic kiss "He" vs. "When he"?

And the Lord walked in
With a monocle and lips so thin
Saw the barman wink
As he poured his brandy

The darkest days * (See above.)
Of a free man
Lying in the streets of Amsterdam
Nearly fell underneath a tram
But I picked myself up

Every temptation and device "up in lights" vs. "and device"?
All the diamonds and the spice
Who would take profit from the vice
Of another man



This last bit is not in the notes unfortunately, but I think it's correct.

Amsterdam
Cold, cold
Cold, cold
You belong
From part of an interview with Spinner ( http://www.spinner.com/2010/06...-interview-intriguer )with respect to the lyrics of the song:

quote:
Another seems to take place on a weird day in Amsterdam.

That was one of the strangest days of my life. That wasn't on the same trip, but there is a slight European thread to the record, unusual events in foreign locations. But Amsterdam is a very mixed bag as a city I think. In many ways it's fantastic, but at five in the morning after a very long night it feels a little bit like it's not peace-loving freedom for all any more. It was a big city for us, early on in Split Enz, we spent a lot of time there because we did quite well. Amsterdam was the most exciting city on Earth. We'd go straight to Paradiso and have our "selection." The idea you could buy pot in any amount from anywhere in the world, it felt very exciting. It had an exuberance then, a true hippy mentality. Which now seems a little faded. There are still good things about it. But this in particular was one harrowing day ... still, we got a good song out of it.
dg, don't know how I missed your earlier question regarding the lyrics -- sorry. Yes, I'd also thought "Every temptation up in lights" on the previous page. This seems to confirm that notion. Still plenty of other questions on the various tracks, of course!
You know, I've waited in lines that were longer than "half way round the block" to see Neil Finn. I guess Neil doesn't appreciate Van Gogh's artwork as much as I appreciate his music. Just sayin'.

Lines are like traffic jams. When you see one your stress level shoots right up but it's usually best to just wait through it and it doesn't turn out to take as long as you feared. I think he probably would have had a better day if he'd stuck with his original plan.
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Originally posted by Paināporo:
You know, I've waited in lines that were longer than "half way round the block" to see Neil Finn. I guess Neil doesn't appreciate Van Gogh's artwork as much as I appreciate his music. Just sayin'.

Lines are like traffic jams. When you see one your stress level shoots right up but it's usually best to just wait through it and it doesn't turn out to take as long as you feared. I think he probably would have had a better day if he'd stuck with his original plan.


Well, having done both, I can tell you that one is far more pleasant than the other, especially when you factor in a typical cold wet Amsterdam winter morning. :g: And god help you if you don't get there 30 minutes before opening. I couldn't imagine standing in the line that I saw leaving Sunflowers...

You're right though - the payoff for both was worth the wait.
quote:
Originally posted by Paināporo:
You know, I've waited in lines that were longer than "half way round the block" to see Neil Finn. I guess Neil doesn't appreciate Van Gogh's artwork as much as I appreciate his music. Just sayin'.


DOn't forget Neil's from NZ. They don't DO queuing there; too laid back by half Smiler

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