Strait Old Line

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About Strait Old Line

"Strait Old Line" is a 1983 song by New Zealand art rock group Split Enz from their second last studio album Conflicting Emotions. It was written by Neil Finn and released as the album's lead single on 28 October 1983. Although the single cracked the Top 20 in the band's native New Zealand, it was a rare chart failure in Australia, not even reaching the Top 40. This was particularly surprising given the huge success of the previous year's Time and Tide album and its singles, and the more recent Top 10 placing of Tim Finn's Escapade album. In order to achieve the slow motion effect in the music video, the band members mimed with their instruments while the song was played back at double speed.[2] 


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Don't look to the left, don't look to the right
 just follow that strait old line...
 This could be heaven, or this could be hell
 Life could be falling down a bottomless well
 I stumble to the left, I stumble to the right
 I fumble for the switch, of a disconnected light
 Stay with it, don't let temptation be your load
 Stay with it, but there are bandits on the road

 Don't look to the left, don't look to the right
 Just follow that strait old line
 Don't look to the left, don't look to the right
 Just follow that strait old line

 The road of ambition, it's a casualty trail
 Press gangs wait to ambush
 The weak and weary 
(stay with it)
 I had to explore the light and dark
 to see the sharp and flat
 There's a hundred or more good reasons
 not to ever turn your back


 [Neil:] Take it Eddie!


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Split Enz

Split Enz were one of the most successful New Zealand musical acts of the 1980s. Formed in the early 1970s and variously featuring Phil Judd and brothers Tim Finn and Neil Finn, the band would go on to achieve chart success in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada ‒ most notably with their 1980 single "I Got You" - and build a cult following elsewhere. Their musical style was eclectic, incorporating influences from art rock, vaudeville, swing, punk, rock, new wave, and pop. Split Enz established a reputation for a highly distinctive visual style, thanks partly to their colourful, offbeat costumes and hairstyles. more »

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Written by: NEIL FINN


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