Neil Finn

About Sinner

"Sinner" is the debut solo single by New Zealand singer/songwriter, Neil Finn, released in 1998. An acoustic version of the song was performed live and released on Radio Austin 107.1 KGSR's "Broadcasts Vol. 6" album.


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See it anyone got my eyes got my face
Sing it everyone got my nose got my blood
Conscience plays upon me now
Safe until my luck runs out
Cukoos call, pendulum swings
I thought you knew everything
Lift my hands make the cross

Sinner I have never learned
Beginner I cannot return
Forever I must walk this earth
Like some forgotten soldier

Those things I should keep to myself
But I feel somehow strangely compelled
Under moonlight I stood wild and naked
Felt no shame just my spirit awakened

Sinner got my eyes got my face
Fireball drop from the sky
All my dreams have come to pass
Where's my faith is it lost
Can't see it 'til you cast it off

Sinner there is no such thing
Beginner I have learned to sing
Forever I must walk this earth
Like some forgotten soldier

Today I am still disconnected
To the face that I saw in the clouds
And the closest I get to contentment
Is when all of the barriers come down

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Neil Finn

Neil Mullane Finn OBE (born 27 May 1958) is a New Zealand recording artist. Along with his brother Tim Finn, he was the co-frontman for Split Enz and is now frontman for Crowded House. He has also recorded several successful solo albums and assembled diverse musicians for the 7 Worlds Collide projects. more »

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10 facts about this song

About the Artist
"Sinner" is written and performed by Neil Finn, a renowned New Zealand singer-songwriter. He is known for his involvement in bands like Split Enz and Crowded House.
Album Details
The song is from Neil Finn's debut solo album, "Try Whistling This." The album was released in June 1998.
Neil Finn co-wrote "Sinner" with Marius De Vries. De Vries is a prominent British music producer and composer known for his work with artists like Björk and Madonna.
The song is accompanied by a dramatic music video that was directed by Nick Morris, an acclaimed English video director known for his work with Def Leppard and Iron Maiden among other bands. The video uses a lot of visual and special effects to complement the lyrics of the song.
Chart Performance
Upon its release, "Sinner" didn't only do well in New Zealand, but also in Australia where it peaked at No. 24 on the ARIA Singles Chart.
Song Style
The song is known for its distinct, haunting musical arrangement, combining Finn's soulful vocals with atmospheric electronic sounds.
"Sinner" was released as a single in 1998. The single version of the song is slightly shorter than the album version.
Live Performances
Neil Finn has performed "Sinner" live on several occasions, including during his solo tours and as a part of the performance sets with Fleetwood Mac, the iconic rock band he joined in 2018.
Critical Reception
The track has been praised by music critics for Finn's songwriting finesse, the memorable chorus, and the innovative blend of electronic and acoustic elements.
The song explores themes of guilt, truth, and redemption, a common theme in Finn's music where he explores deep and often complex emotions.

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