Message to My Girl

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"Message to My Girl"
Message to My Girl.jpg
Single by Split Enz
from the album Conflicting Emotions
B-side "Kia Kaha (Ever Be Strong)"
Released 16 January 1984
Recorded 1983
Genre Pop, rock
Length 4:01
Label Mushroom Records
Songwriter(s) Neil Finn
Split Enz singles chronology
"Strait Old Line"
(1983)
"Message to My Girl"
(1984)
"I Wake Up Every Night"
(1984)
"Strait Old Line"
(1983)
"Message to My Girl"
(1984)
"I Wake Up Every Night"
(1984)

"Message to My Girl" 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 a single in 1984, peaking at #12 in Australia,[1] #28 in New Zealand,[2] and #18 in the Netherlands, where it was Split Enz's biggest hit.[3]

The song was performed by Neil Finn both originally, and in 1995 when Split Enz member Eddie Rayner collaborated with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for the project ENZSO, "Message to My Girl" was included and performed by Finn again. The re-recording was converted into more of a ballad version than the original.

In 2001 the song was voted by members of APRA as the 36th best New Zealand song of the 20th century.

During the 2006 Split Enz tour, Neil dedicated the song to his wife Sharon.

Track listing[edit]

Released as 7" vinyl record in Australia and France.

  1. "Message to My Girl" - 4:01
  2. "Kia Kaha (Ever Be Strong)" - 3:35

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 12
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)[4] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[2] 28

Personnel[edit]

Covers[edit]

The song has been covered a number of times by other bands.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. p. 288. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Music Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid-1983 and 19 June 1988
  2. ^ a b c "charts.org.nz > Split Enz in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "dutchcharts.nl > Split Enz in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Ultratop Vlaanderen > Split Enz – Message to My Girl" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Message to my Girl (Purest Form): Chart Listing". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 

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