Six Months in a Leaky Boat
|"Six Months in a Leaky Boat"|
|Single by Split Enz|
|from the album Time and Tide|
|B-side||"Make Sense of It"|
|Split Enz singles chronology|
The song is a reference to the time it took pioneers to sail to New Zealand (hence the reference to Aotearoa and "The Tyranny of Distance" - a history by Geoffrey Blainey), and a metaphor that refers to lead singer Tim Finn's nervous breakdown.
The song was "discouraged from airplay" in Britain during the Falklands War by the BBC for reasons of morale - it was thought that references to leaky boats were not appropriate during the naval action in the war.
- "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" 4:21
- "Make Sense of It" 3:40
An introductory piece titled "Pioneer", written by Eddie Rayner, appears before the song on the Australian and New Zealand release of History Never Repeats - The Best of Split Enz. This track is not present on the American release. This track also forms an introduction to "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" on its original album release (on Time and Tide).
- Tim Finn - vocals, piano
- Neil Finn - vocals, guitar
- Noel Crombie - drums, percussion
- Nigel Griggs - bass
- Eddie Rayner - percussion, keyboards
|Chart (1982)||Peak |
|Australian Singles Chart||#2|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||#7|
|UK Singles Chart||#83|
|Canadian Singles Chart||#7|
|US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles||#104|
- Canadian broadcaster and singer Liz Rigney covered the song for her 1999 album Chameleon (as "Leaky Boat").
- The song was covered by UK rock band Marillion as part of their "Friends" evening at the Marillion convention 2007
- "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" was covered by Australian indie rock band Little Birdy, and appears on the 2005 compilation album She Will Have Her Way. They also played the song during their set at the Sydney Sound Relief concert.
- Ted Leo and the Pharmacists covered the song as a solo performance on their album Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead, and later recorded a full-band arrangement for their Sharkbite Sessions EP. (Leo also titled one of his albums The Tyranny of Distance, a phrase which he credited to "Six Months in a Leaky Boat," though Split Enz had actually taken it from the title of a book by Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey.)
- Children's entertainers The Wiggles covered this song on their cd/video titled Wiggly, Wiggly World, with Tim Finn singing back up and appearing in the video, but the lyrics had been significantly changed to be about Captain Feathersword.
- Pop band Elle Rae (consisting of Allison Robertson from The Donnas and her young sister Emily Robertson) covered "Six Months In a Leaky Boat".
The song was voted the 5th best New Zealand song of all time in 2001 by members of APRA.
The song was used as the funeral song for explorer, environmentalist and sailor Sir Peter Blake, sung by Tim Finn with acoustic guitar, at Blake's service.
- Ostrander, Ken (April 26, 2012). Time and Tide - Split Enz. super groovy delicious bite
- The Q Encyclopedia of Rock Stars by Dafydd Rees and Luke Crampton, Dorling Kindersley 1999, page 938
- Kent, David. Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W. (1993). ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
- "New Zealand Charts". Retrieved 2010-11-11.
- "UK Chart Stats". Retrieved 2010-11-11.
- "RPM Canadian Charts". Retrieved 23 July 2011.
- Whitburn, Joel (1998). Bubbling Under Singles & Albums (1998 ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wis., U.S.A.: Record Research. p. 190. ISBN 9780898201284.
- Cowie Recordings