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Neil Finn — Driving Me Mad
Album: One All
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Released: 2002
Length: 3:53
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Deadlines again
Feel like hiding out
No sign of comfort yet
Have a nap while no ones looking
Bring some inspiration to the man
In my head
A namesake out of reach
Strange days upon us now
we leave the dust of conversation
Hanging in the light above the bed

Leave me now
Cos tonight its driving me mad
I guess I'll be all right
But tonight it's driving me mad

Year after year
Demons always come
Fail to materialise
Way beyond my understanding
Find my only comfort in your hands

Hold me now
Cos tonight its driving me mad
This dream can fill you up
But tonight it's driving me mad

Hey diamond girl
Restless in my head
Say what lies between us
A host of everyday distractions
But most of all its music taking me

It's driving me mad
Still I can't refuse
Even when it's driving me mad
I guess I'll be all right
When tomorrow brings some relief
This dream can fill you up
So put it out and find what's underneath
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 floydpink wrote:

or Dave Dobbyn
 
a thing well made
bumped from 6 to 7. Hitting the spot on this Friday night
 murr69st335 wrote:
one of New Zealands best songwriters that boy. But not the only one. Would love to hear some Flying  Nun Records bands on here. The Chills or Straitjacket Fits for example
 
or Dave Dobbyn
Totally Crowded House Sound. Love it!
yeah with fleetwood mac now. Dunno bout that. They could probably use his help tho 
one of New Zealands best songwriters that boy. But not the only one. Would love to hear some Flying  Nun Records bands on here. The Chills or Straitjacket Fits for example
Touring with Fleetwood Mac now...would love to hear that!
Just beautiful!!!
Raising from 8 to 9.  Neil Finn- bringing sanity and serenity when the night is driving me mad...
Un vrai talent d'écriture ce Flinn !
ahh.. perfect. 
Thanks Bill!  Love this!
Love the Finns!  Great tune.
 zyxzyx wrote:
God, again? Why so often?

 
Agreed. How about a different Finn number?
God, again? Why so often?
  yirs, choises eh taswegian...we islanders need to spread our wings we do ...and can still appreciate antipodean sounds from afar
 Jannne wrote:

Hey kcar thanks for the news...yip, life here is good ! :) 

 
Yes life there was very good when I left for Blighty in 1979.(choices, choises).
 kcar wrote:

Neil's great, but that album he put out with his wife was not good at all. 

Wow, you're practically neighbors with the Finns! How's life in Tasmania, "world's largest producer of opium alkaloids for the pharmaceutical market"? 

(Poacher scrambles to arrange a long vacation on the island...)

Winds of change blowing in Tasmania, according to the NYT: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/business/international/tasmania-big-supplier-to-drug-companies-faces-changes.html

 
Hey kcar thanks for the news...yip, life here is good ! :) 
Just when I ask myself "where have all the great songwriters gone?"   I see they haven't all gone after all
 Jannne wrote:
               Neil Finn...unmistakable excellence personified....{#Crown}

 
Neil's great, but that album he put out with his wife was not good at all. 

Wow, you're practically neighbors with the Finns! How's life in Tasmania, "world's largest producer of opium alkaloids for the pharmaceutical market"? 

(Poacher scrambles to arrange a long vacation on the island...)

Winds of change blowing in Tasmania, according to the NYT: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/business/international/tasmania-big-supplier-to-drug-companies-faces-changes.html


 Jannne wrote:
               Neil Finn...unmistakable excellence personified....{#Crown}

 

You said it!
9>10
7>8
Pretty good song!
I like Neil Finn, and this is another great song from a guy who specialises in great songs. Someone equates this with late era Petty? Wash out your ears sir. This is brilliant, but Petty is Godlike, unassailable.
I get the (unspoken) reference to Wildflowers, but as Petty's second best solo album, it's beyond Neil's reach. Not by much mind.
               Neil Finn...unmistakable excellence personified....{#Crown}
Just when I think I see and appreciate all the layers of genius in Neil Finn's head, new rays burst forth, and I can see even deeper.  Bravo!
 ladybinnath wrote:
Nice, but it reminds me of late-era Tom Petty...recycling the old tropes that he could write fresh in his sleep years ago, and pairing them with plodding rhythms.

 
Unnecessarily harsh.  I'm just as happy with late-era Tom Petty as I am with prime-of-youth Petty.  Same goes for Neil Finn.      
Nice, but it reminds me of late-era Tom Petty...recycling the old tropes that he could write fresh in his sleep years ago, and pairing them with plodding rhythms.
Favorite Neil Finn song. Love to hear more from the whole Finn family.
New solo album "Dizzy Heights" by Neil Finn out Feb. 2014.

https://neilfinn.com/
Haunting, as always; especially coming after a song penned by a guy who went mad and killed his wife.  Oh, the Yin and Yang of Passion!
"most of all it's music (like this) taking me"
Sounds a little like Magnet. 
I love love love him....and now, I hear where Calexico must get some inspiration from too. 
{#Guitarist}{#Hearteyes}
Great tune, thanks!
 
I always remember this as one of the first songs I discovered on RP, as I was first falling in love with this place.
This is one of the songs I originally heard on RP that introduced me to Neil Finn's solo work (thanks, Bill). However, this version is not the mix on the album One All (as released in North America); I imagine it must be the version from One Nil instead...?
 Poacher wrote:
Another Stingray comment in 3. . . 2. . . 1. . . 
 

Ha! - you missed that by 2 minutes...
I love this song.
...Perfect title for this dirge
Sounds REALLY good (especially after a square and a half of Dancing Bear Shroom/ Canna Chocolates; Happy Earth Day!) on a sunny Sunday afternoon...
AND IT'S DRIVING ME MAD
I guess I'll be all right...but tonight, it's driving me mad...
Can't go wrong with Neil Finn, and RP always gives me my daily dose of him and then some!
Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z
Awesome {#Tongue}
INCREDIBLE NEIL!
10

Another Stingray comment in 3. . . 2. . . 1. . . 
Another Finn fan here. {#Wave} Another fine Finn tune, too. Thanks, RP!

 GuiltyFeat wrote:
I'm a Crowded House fan, but this is mediocre at best.
 

SO WRONG!!!
OUTSTANDING - AS ALWAYS!

PS
Ringo out - Neil in!

And we had the true SILVER BEATLES!

I'm a Crowded House fan, but this is mediocre at best.
 malvey254 wrote:
Neil Finn within two songs of a Crowded House song?  I'm not complaining (this album is terrific), but I had to quickly check google news to make sure nothing bad happened to him.

 
And now ?  All is Good !    

whatatune  {#Wink}
Neil Finn within two songs of a Crowded House song?  I'm not complaining (this album is terrific), but I had to quickly check google news to make sure nothing bad happened to him.

 Mandible wrote:

I thought he was singing "I'm driving at midnight"

 
lol! made sense once I read what you wrote and listened to the song...

It's becoming more apparent all the time: I need this CD.
Luv this toon. Neeeeil iz 2 goooood. 
omg exactly.

 
Businessgypsy wrote:
Neil Finn and Michael Penn - two reasons to feel good about the current state of the singer-songwriter.
 


His genius drives me mad!
Certainly another great song
of the 5th Beatle NEIL!


Very nicely arranged and—yes—"good for the ears" {#Devil_pimp}
Nice!
LOVE LOVE LOVE
Neil Finn and Michael Penn - two reasons to feel good about the current state of the singer-songwriter.
Happy Birthday Neil!!!
 calypsus_1 wrote:

Neil Finn - "Driving Me Mad" Live-acoustic (2002):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtfmQvndTiI

 
bump!

Love You 'Til The Day I Die by ~stealing-beauty
©2007-2010 ~stealing-beauty

Neil Finn, playing with Crowded House at the Waterfront in Belfast on November 27, 2007.

He's my hero, always will be. Seeing him and the Crowdies twice this year, and hearing all those songs that I love so much live, was a dream come true. A recurring dream...

For your music, Neil, I will Love You 'Til The Day I Die.

Lirael  ~stealing-beauty



Neil Finn - "Driving Me Mad" Live-acoustic (2002)

An acoustic performance of "Driving Me Mad" by Neil Finn. The song is from Neil's solo album "One Nil", or "One All" in the USA. This performance originally appeared on RollingStone.com in 2002.




I am coming to believe Neil can do no wrong... why didn't I discover him long ago? hum...
Very clever.  Following Life on Mars with Driving Me Mad . . . commentary on the recently departed television show.
As I get close to 11 straight hours behind this desk, I just have to say, I really needed some Neil Finn about now! THANKS!
Best thing to come out of New Zealand since kiwi fruit.
 gjeeg wrote:
A McCartney for Our Time !
 
No way! I think Neil has put out some really good stuff since he left his band!   {#Angel}
I can never get too much of this CD.  I was listening to this song this am on the way to work.  It has been a while, so I like hearing it twice today!
This song drives me mad with pleasure.

I thought he was singing "I'm driving at midnight"


 gjeeg wrote:
A McCartney for Our Time !
 

Ah yes, how right you are!! 
Suzanne Vega - Songs of Red and Gray followed by Driving Me Mad!  Two of my absolute favorites!  How EVER do you do it?
{#Dancingbanana_2} 
The bros are awesome.
 chrysalis94952 wrote:
funny to think he used to be the lead vocalist/songwriter for the "Split Enz"

 

I think you can hear hints of this later work even back then. Some of the slower, "prettier" songs he wrote or co-wrote have some of the same elements.
A McCartney for Our Time !
 Land_Shark wrote:
This song is so fantastic it reminds me of everything good in my life.
  A comment like that makes me happy to be part of this community.


Neil is one of my musical heroes .... so melodic, and great rythyms!  It must be the beat of NZ!


Does songwriting ever get better than this?
This is why I listen to RP!
Neil is surely incapable of writing weak songs. Thanks Bill!
Forgive me if I've already posted this, but {#Hearteyes}!!!!
{#Arrowu} 8 {#Music}
yow
good song, I think 

very good IMO
precious...

 

superior and emotional way to make songs   -    8.


RP has been especially magical this afternoon. I give the whole station a 10 {#Clap}
good old kiwi boys - must admit I preferred them best as split enz
funny to think he used to be the lead vocalist/songwriter for the "Split Enz"

Hold me now !!!! Hey, Diamond Girl !
Oh yeah coming after the Fever... DRIVING ME ABSOLUTELY BONKERS and God how I LOVE IT bring some inspiration to the Man in my head, Bill!
So beautiful!! One of the best pop/rock artist you never hear on pop/rock radio (in all case in France). How unfair.
Love that crazy auctioneer in the middle bit.
bbHappy wrote:
Here I am, trying to go to bed a Bill keeps on playing all these great tunes. Knock it off Bill!
Yeah, he'll do that to ya!
Here I am, trying to go to bed a Bill keeps on playing all these great tunes. Knock it off Bill! :wink:
tompoll wrote:
If you've never seen the "7 Worlds Collide" DVD, I highly recommend it. He does this song, but the whole thing is fantastic.
I couldn't agree more. I'm a silly Pearl Jam fan whose initial interest in this DVD was the Eddie Vedder involvement. I ended up falling in love with the whole thing and it made me a HUGE Neil Finn fan.
If you've never seen the "7 Worlds Collide" DVD, I highly recommend it. He does this song, but the whole thing is fantastic.
A melody with lyrics that are as balanced and smooth as a straight 6. A talent of the understated. : :clap: :boohoo: :clap:
Land_Shark wrote:
This song is so fantastic it reminds me of everything good in my life.
Love that comment!
This song is so fantastic it reminds me of everything good in my life.
LOVE. (Not to mention relate to.) This may be the best track off this album.
It's crazy how good this track is
Top o' the pops. Neil Finn is a god. Unfortunately, this version is slower than the original from his Australasian album One Nil.
Very talented melodist! I like the Finn Borthers.
nice after SV
He's a superstar in my world. That doesn't necessarily mean my world's better, though :) Darkmatter wrote:
I have yet to hear a single Neil Finn song, solo or otherwise, that I dislike. In a better world, he would be a superstar. :notworthy:
god bless this man. i am not kidding.
KermitDfrog wrote:
NEW Crowded House CD out next month....July 10 in North America and July 2 everywhere else :bananasplit: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2:
Have pre-ordered through Amazon via RP link, of course!
NEW Crowded House CD out next month....July 10 in North America and July 2 everywhere else :bananasplit: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2:
Moved this to 10, it's my favorite Neil Finn song and reminds me of when my daughter was just a tiny baby and I wasn't working and I got to listen to this at HOME. Nice, Neil, very nice.
caribear78 wrote:
Crowded House reunion. Yay!!
WITH Peter Gabriel in London.......see their website https://www.frenz.com/crowdedhouse/
rockasaurus wrote:
Boy, that just about sums it up for me. Even his bad songs are really damn good.
I think he's incapable of song badness.
Darkmatter wrote:
I have yet to hear a single Neil Finn song, solo or otherwise, that I dislike. In a better world, he would be a superstar. :notworthy:
i like him better because he isn't a superstar.
Darkmatter wrote:
I have yet to hear a single Neil Finn song, solo or otherwise, that I dislike. In a better world, he would be a superstar. :notworthy:
Boy, that just about sums it up for me. Even his bad songs are really damn good.
Darkmatter wrote:
I have yet to hear a single Neil Finn song, solo or otherwise, that I dislike. In a better world, he would be a superstar. :notworthy:
I've heard one or two songs that underwhelmed, but I agree with you almost 100%. It's a shame that Neil and Tim haven't had larger success, but judging from the guest appearances on Seven Worlds Collide, there are some big names in the biz who love 'em. Part of that short-changed success might be due to the strength of their songwriting, which rises above pop song triteness. "Don't Dream It's Over" is a good song, but it fits the 4-minute pop single mode far more than most Crowded House songs.
Crowded House reunion. Yay!!
I have yet to hear a single Neil Finn song, solo or otherwise, that I dislike. In a better world, he would be a superstar. :notworthy: