"Six Months In A Leaky Boat" as written by and Nigel Griggs Eddie Rayner....
When I was a young boy
I wanted to sail around the world
That's the life for me, living on the sea
Spirit of a sailor, circumnavigates the globe
The lust of a pioneer, will acknowledge no frontier
I remember you by, thunderclap in the sky
Lightning flash, tempers flare,
'round the horn if you dare
I just spent six months in a leaky boat
Lucky just to keep afloat

Aotearoa, rugged individual
Glisten like a pearl, at the bottom of the world
The tyranny of distance, didn't stop the cavalier
So why should it stop me, I'll conquer and stay free
Ah c'mon all you lads, let's forget and forgive
There's a world to explore, tales to tell back on shore
I just spent six months in a leaky boat
Six months in a leaky boat

Ship-wrecked love can be cruel
Don't be fooled by her kind
There's a wind in my sails
Will protect and prevail
I just spent six months in a leaky boat
Nothing to it leaky boat.


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"Six Months in a Leaky Boat" as written by Neil Finn Tim Finn

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    General CommentTed Leo covers this song with perfection. I cannot stop listening to it.
    ShesMyAlcatrazon October 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI've only heard this song a couple of times. It occurred to me that the lyric 'six months in a leaky boat' is a reference to early settlers sailing to New Zealand. But of course the song could easily have some other, metaphorical meaning; perhaps it's an analogy to some modern matter in the musician's life... *shrug*
    Heliamphoraon December 01, 2004   Link
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    General Comment'ship-wrecked love can be cruel' suggests that the six months in a leaky boat is a metaphor for a relationship that could not be. fortunately there is still a world to explore after the ship-wreck. we keep on trying...
    innion February 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song means soo much too me.. i was firstly introduced to it by my uncle and he played endlessly.. he was a sailer and spent large amounts of time on a fishing boat.. He was taken from us in a unfortunant fishin accident and now everytime i hear this song i get this warm feeling inside that reminds me of him... A brilliant and touching song.. Neil finn is a credit to all his songs that he has written....
    ilovethetunz15on December 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbout early settlers, could also be metaphorical - but i think thats looking into it too deeply
    easily one of my favourite split enz songs :D :D
    plutoon December 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLIttle Birdy do a great version of this song
    greenphoenixon January 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song that every Kiwi knows. I think is mostly metaphoric talking about the love of the sea and travelling and the need to put our differences behind us.

    There are a few lines which are taken quite literally though "Aotearoa, rugged individual, Glisten like a pearl, At the bottom of the world" is a direct reference to New Zealand (known as Aotearoa in Maori).
    Skippy19on February 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI could sing this song all day.
    kaatrienon September 21, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'Six Months in a Leaky Boat' was written about Tim Finn's bout of depression he was suffering at the time.
    AlanaAcidicon May 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song started when Tim was reading a book called "Tyranny of Distance" (Also a lyric from the 2nd verse of tis song) And Tim wrote this with Neil Finn(Guitar/vocals), Noel Crombie (Percussion), Nigel Griggs (Bass) and Eddie Rayner (Keyboards) about New Zealand being colonised
    JasperBon July 22, 2009   Link

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