Poor Boy (Split Enz song)

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"Poor Boy"
Single by Split Enz
from the album True Colours
B-side
  • "Missing Person (Live)"
Released 1980 (1980)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded Melbourne, 1979
Genre New wave
Length 3:28
Label Mushroom Records
Songwriter(s) Tim Finn
Producer(s) David Tickle
Split Enz singles chronology
"What's the Matter with You"
(1980)
"Poor Boy"
(1980)
"One Step Ahead"
(1980)
"What's the Matter with You"
(1980)
"Poor Boy"
(1980)
"One Step Ahead"
(1980)

"Poor Boy" was a song written by Tim Finn and recorded by Split Enz for their 1980 True Colours album. It was released as a single in the UK only.[1]

The song[edit]

The lyrics concerned a young man who had fallen in love with a girl on another planet, who he had only discovered existed when tuning his radio, and his regret that they will never meet face to face. In place of a sung chorus, the song made use of an ethereal keyboard solo by Eddie Rayner.

In popular culture[edit]

In 2009 a Melbourne Theatre Company production [2] of the same name redeveloped the song's themes, with the other-worldly character presented as the ghost of a car accident.

Track listing[edit]

Released in the United Kingdom only.

  1. "Poor Boy" 3:28
  2. "Missing Person (Live)" 3:39

Personnel[edit]

ENZSO version[edit]

"Poor Boy"
Poor Boy album cover.jpg
Single by Enzso
from the album Enzso
Released 1995
Format CD Single
Label Sony/Epic
Producer(s) Dave Woodcock
Eddie Rayner
Enzso singles chronology
"Poor Boy"
(1995)
"'Message to My Girl'"
(1995)
"Poor Boy"
(1995)
Message to My Girl
(1995)
Dave Dobbyn singles chronology
"Naked Flame"
(1995) Naked Flame1995
"Poor Boy"
(1995) '"Poor Boy"'1995
"Beside You"
(1997) Beside You1997

"Poor Boy" is a song by Enzso, released as the first single from their album Enzso. With the B-sides "I See Red", which is available on the album, and "Albert of India".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Poor Boy" - Dave Dobbyn
  2. "I See Red" - Tim Finn
  3. "Albert of India" - Eddie Rayner

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Poor Boy / Missing Person by Split Enz (Single, Art Pop): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list". Rate Your Music. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-03-06.