"Only Talking Sense" as written by and Neil Finn Neil Mullane Finn....
There's a wild thing in the woodshed
And it's keeping me awake at night
A devil in the closet
And a feeling I'd prefer to hide
He is religion
He won't hear me when I cry for help
He has a vision of me
But I am somebody else

We talk the pillow
There are times when I'm tied up to the fence
Only talking sense

There's a mirror lake before me
But I'm frozen when it's time to jump
It's like maybe I'm afraid of what I'll find
When independence comes
You steel my shadow
You make my blood run dry

We are true only when we talk the pillow
There are times when I'm tied up to the fence
Only talking sense

Did you suffer like a child
That's why you want to make me cry
You are afraid of me
That's why you're so unkind

You won't deny it
When your child is tied up to the fence
And I'm only talking sense
Lonely when we talk the pillow
And your child is messed up in the head
I'm only talking sense

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"Only Talking Sense" as written by Neil Finn Tim Finn


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    General Commentgreat song by quality artists. this speaks very honestly to me on a deep level. the desolation, loneliness and helplessness of his situation is so compelling. i think its about being a contradiction and about a relationship he's going through with that he finds necessary, but there's a hidden despair in it. i could be completely wrong, please tell me what you think.
    YogiBearon March 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNeil and Tim have produced stunning songs together and this has to be one of the best.

    For those not looking, this song will probably evade most as it is tucked away on a non-commercial brothers album of generally very experimental songs. What a shame.

    Stunning, understated, deep, raw, musically brilliant and, as the last post said, honest.

    It sounds to me like Neil is wrestling with voices from the past. They will always be a close part of him, but have perhaps damaged him in some way. This is a solemn self confession.

    If you play guitar, tune 'G' down half a tone and work this one out using B minor (bar) and G minor (bar) shapes. It flows beautifully.

    Perfection in every way.
    danzedson June 17, 2007   Link

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