I've always got a huge kick out of the shouting and ranting that Neil sometimes breaks out with in his tunes - often in the bridge or at the end. A good example is the end of "Locked Out". Does anyone know what he's saying here or in other examples (end of "As Sure As I Am" comes to mind)? Just curious.

...the horse ate my trousers...

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Whispers and moans is easy (so watch me get it wrong):

We are the mirrors
in the mirrors of each other in a lifetime of suspicion
Cleansed in a moment a flash of recognition
you gave your life for it
Worth its weight in gold
Roman Empires
Art Collectors
And Allens(?) sound investments
Will one day be forgotten
Be fogotten
Yeah!

You probably meant something completely different didn't you? Smiler
The Whispers & Moans lyrics are in the woodface sleeve anyway and are pretty much as the Finntastic Mr Fox says Wink

Locked Out is one I struggle with...

As Sure as I am... not sure as I am at all, but think the last bit is something like "don't know why"

The remix version of Distant Sun has a few more words at the end.. but I always thought the end of Distant Sun was
"As time slips by
Let your mind go anywhere it wants, anywhere it wants
Let your mind (any where it chooses to - I think is added on the remix)
As time slips by
No no... anywhere you go, everywhere you go, anywhere it wants" or something...
The first bit of the WAM rant is "We are the villains"...otherwise right on Smiler It seems like a permanent part of the song--it was always included word for word when played live. His other rants (Distant Sun, Locked Out) tended to be off-the-cuff, different every time they were performed.
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Originally posted by Alx:
The Whispers & Moans lyrics are in the woodface sleeve anyway and are pretty much as the Finntastic Mr Fox says Wink
As Sure as I am... not sure as I am at all, but think the last bit is something like "don't know why"


The last bit of ASAIA is in fact "I Don't Know Why." Big Grin So you do have that correct.
BTW - I consider looking inside the booklets and sleeves that come with CDs cheating. Its much more fun to learn the lyrics by listening to them and not looking them up in a book... unless you mishear something of course. Red Face Wink
A fantastic topic...

I've always wondered exactly what Neil sings at the very, very end of the remix of Distant Sun. He quite clearly sings two lines to the tune of I Walk Away but to me, it doesn't sound like the original lyrics but it is extremely muffled. Any ideas out there as to what it might be? Or are distortion techniques to be applauded? Wink
I've heard a couple of live versions of Distant Sun where he sings stuff like "I walk away with your finger on my pulse" and stuff like that... so I've always assumed it's some variation on the live versions...

From what I've heard though, he tends to adlib around the "I walk away" part though... so your guess is as good as mine as to what he says on the remix... it fades out about 4 or 5 seconds too soon imho! Smiler
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Originally posted by Tail of a Finnatic:
A question out of semi-left field...

It's not Neil 'per se' but what is the choir singing in 'Four Seasons In One Day' just before the lyric "Doesn't pay to make predictions"? Out of curiosity.


So their is a choir on FSIOD! I never saw it listed, but I swore I heard kids singing. Sometimes it sounds like they sing, "hey now, hey now," as in DDIO.
I've heard similar live versions of Distant Sun that have that ending: This is what I heard.

"As time slips by, let your mind go, let your mind go, anywhere it wants" [instrumental bridge] "And I catch the plane, with your finger on my pulse, and I feel the pain, just like everybody else --A I fell asleep, as the dust lay on the ground"
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Originally posted by Semi-Detached:
I think Neil's a master of lyric ad-libs, be it in the studio or on stage. The live version of 'Message To My Girl' from Anniversary/Extravagenza is classic...


Seconded. Big Grin He is quite well known for ad-libbing lyrics to make the moment more memorible. Wink
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Originally posted by Jeran:
i do know that in whispers and moans its "Alans Sound Investments" which is a music shop of some sort in Melbourne - well, this is what i heard anyway, correct me if i'm wrong!
Actually, you are. This is one of the few times that Finn lyrics have a definite meaning (look up "Whispers And Moans").
I don't know if I over looked it, but from memory in Whispers and Moans "...Allans sound investments" referred to Allan Bond (for those of you who arent in Australia, Allan Bond was a man who embezeled money from investments). It would have been going on around the early 90's too, which would have been when Neil was writing it.
QUOTE: The last bit of ASAIA is in fact "I Don't Know Why." Big Grin So you do have that correct.
BTW - I consider looking inside the booklets and sleeves that come with CDs cheating. Its much more fun to learn the lyrics by listening to them and not looking them up in a book... unless you mishear something of course. Red Face Wink[/QUOTE]

Not reading the correct lyrics can lead to lifelong misunderstanding of the song.

Always thought the last part of "Love you till the day I die" was
"Though I am far away,
I HAVE MY WAYS, WITH YOU." A very dark sexy possessive lyric. Compared to the sweeter sentiment of "..I am always with you." See?

And I didn't understand one particular word in DDIO - Used to skip over it. "In the _ _ _ _ today, tales of war and of waste..." It's PAPER. Duh! Just hadn't read the words. So while I still listen 85 thousands times to these masterful, fun, thought provoking, tear producing songs anyway, the lyrics provide for me a short cut around those mis-heard words!

This might be an interesting topic for a new thread: Words you THOUGHT you heard in NF,CH,SE, TF songs!
I do love the shouting thing - to me it often feels like: ok i've sung through thus chorus a bunch of times, now in case my stunning melodies have distracted you i'm going to shout and rant a bit...
But it never feels contrived; it sounds as though he's making it up on the spot! /I wonder if anyone has asked him about that ever?
Anyway, I thought I'd revive this topic in the context of these new songs. Anyone aware of any shouting/rants in any of the Time On Earth songs?
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Originally posted by Ross Breithaupt:
I do love the shouting thing - to me it often feels like: ok i've sung through thus chorus a bunch of times, now in case my stunning melodies have distracted you i'm going to shout and rant a bit...
But it never feels contrived; it sounds as though he's making it up on the spot! /I wonder if anyone has asked him about that ever?
Anyway, I thought I'd revive this topic in the context of these new songs. Anyone aware of any shouting/rants in any of the Time On Earth songs?


I've heard a promo copy of TOE and I don't recall any "shoutings". I too love these improvised moments which actually seem to become well polished improvisations as each version you hear tends to be identical. I think that's a very Beatley thing as that's something that Lennon and McCartney used to do. I love that Beatley looseness.

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