Six Months in a Leaky Boat

Infobox Single
Name = Six Months in a Leaky Boat

Artist = Split Enz
from Album = Time and Tide
B-side =

  • "Make Sense of It"
    Released = 1982
    Format =
    Recorded = 1982
    Genre = Pop/Rock
    Length = 4:21
    Label = Mushroom Records
    Writer = Tim Finn, Split Enz
    Producer =
    Certification =
    Chart position =
    Last single = "Dirty Creature"
    This single = "Six Months in a Leaky Boat"
    Next single = "Never Ceases to Amaze Me"
    "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" is a single from New Zealand art rock group Split Enz's album "Time and Tide". It was written by Tim Finn and Split Enz and released as a single in 1982. Despite rumours that the song was a comment on the 1982 Falklands War, it was not. The song was written and recorded a month "before" the invasion; the title metaphor refers to lead singer Tim Finn's nervous breakdown. [] However, the song was "discouraged from airplay" in Britain during the Falklands crisis by the BBC for reasons of morale - widely reported as having been banned in the Australasian media. [ [ Banned List ] ] [ [ Dummocrats: Banned By The BBC ] ] It is sometimes seen by New Zealanders as a patriotic song Fact|date=May 2008, primarily because of the lyrics 'Aotearoa, rugged individual / Glisten like a pearl / At the bottom of the world'.

    Track listing

    #"Six Months in a Leaky Boat" 4:21
    #"Make Sense of It" 3:40

    An introductory piece titled "Pioneer" appears before the song on the Australian and New Zealand release of History Never Repeats - The Best of Split Enz. This track is not present on the American release.


    * Tim Finn - vocals, piano
    * Neil Finn - vocals, guitar
    * Noel Crombie - drums, percussion
    * Nigel Griggs - bass
    * Eddie Rayner - percussion, keyboards


    *"Six Months in a Leaky Boat" was covered by Australian indie rock band Little Birdy, and appears on the 2005 compilation album "She Will Have Her Way".
    *San Francisco indie rock quartet Winechuggers covered the song on their 2005 album "Grand Rapids".
    *Ted Leo and the Pharmacists covered the song as a solo performance on their album "Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead", and later recorded a full-band arrangement for their Sharkbite Sessions EP.
    *Children's entertainers The Wiggles covered this song on their cd/video titled Wiggly, Wiggly World, with Tim Finn singing back up and appearing in the video.


    External resources

    *YouTube|0Yav3C4nKAY|Six Months in a Leaky Boat

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