Song of the Day, February 12: Poor Boy by Split Enz

EnzPoorBoyToday’s song is a love song with a twist from Split Enz’ classic album True Colours. On this album, brothers Neil and Tim Finn begin truly sharing the leadership of the band, trading songwriting chores. The band had evolved from a quirky folk-prog group to a solid pop outfit with just the right amount of edge. Tim’s finest moment on the disc is Poor Boy, an aching song of love dedicated to someone far away indeed.

My love is alien, I picked her up by chance
She speaks to me, with ultra-high frequencies

Clarifying that he’s an “interplanetary Romeo”, Finn bemoans a romance that can never be anything more than sounds through space. It’s a strange conceit, but the Enz deliver it with such simple passion — including a spot-on vocal from Tim — that it works flawlessly.

Enjoy this unusual love song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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