NZ Music Month - Six months in a leaky boat with Split Enz

By Zokoroa

Pictorial interpretation of the Split Enz song "Six months in a leaky boat" from the album "Time and Tide" (1982). The song was banned by the BBC as the lyrics were considered inappropriate as Britain was engaged in a naval war with the Falklands.

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Image: Music Month Flier
Music Month Flier

Kete Rotorua

Image: Split Enz
Split Enz

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

LYRICS:

When I was a young boy, I wanted to sail around the world 

That's the life for me, living on the sea 

Image: Crook, Infant
Crook, Infant

Puke Ariki

Image: The restored Jane Gifford under sail
The restored Jane Gifford under sail

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Spirit of a sailor, circumnavigates the globe  

The lust of a pioneer will acknowledge no frontier

Image: clock, globe
clock, globe

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira

Image: Compass
Compass

Howick Historical Village

I remember you by, thunderclap in the sky 

Lightning flash, tempers flare, 'round the horn if you dare

Image: Shannon and the Chesapeake
Shannon and the Chesapeake

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

Image: Will she weather it?
Will she weather it?

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Image: Ship "True Briton" Off Cape Horn Passing Ice
Ship "True Briton" Off Cape Horn Passing Ice

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

I just spent six months in a leaky boat 

Lucky just to keep afloat 

Image: No.039-2 Desk calendar
No.039-2 Desk calendar

Kete New Plymouth

Image: Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

Image: Ship near rocks
Ship near rocks

Wairarapa Archive

 Aotearoa, rugged individual 

 Glisten like a pearl, at the bottom of the world  

Image: After The Storm
After The Storm

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Image: Aotearoa
Aotearoa

NZ On Screen

The tyranny of distance, didn't stop the cavalier  

So why should it stop me, I'll conquer and stay free 

Image: Into the setting sun
Into the setting sun

Auckland Libraries

Image: Sunrise on Bushy Beach, Oamaru
Sunrise on Bushy Beach, Oamaru

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Ah, c'mon all you lads, let's forget and forgive 

There's a world to explore, tales to tell back on shore 

 I just spent six months in a leaky boat 

 Six months in a leaky boat  

Ship-wrecked love can be cruel, don't be fooled by her kind 

There's a wind in my sails, will protect and prevail 

Image: Shipwrecked
Shipwrecked

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Image: Love
Love

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Image: Beach
Beach

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

I just spent six months in a leaky boat

Nothing to it leaky boat. 

POSTSCRIPT: 

When the song was released in the UK (1982), it was banned by the BBC from airplay as the Royal Navy was involved in the Falklands War. The reference to 'leaky boat' was considered inappropriate timing and a criticism of the war. However, as stated by Neil Finn, the song was written by his brother Tim about two themes: the colonial settlers sailing from the motherland to NZ and Australia (at the time Tim had been reading history books); and the breakup of a personal relationship. (See Radio with Pictures interview.)  As noted in a Wikipedia article, the term "A tyranny of distance" is also the title of a book by Geoffrey Blainey:  A tyranny of distance: How distance shaped Australia's history (1966). 

Image: Falklands War cartoon

Song banned by BBC (1982) during Falklands naval war

Falklands War cartoon

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Image: Radio with Pictures - Split Enz interview

Song's themes: nautical and a personal relationship

Radio with Pictures - Split Enz interview

NZ On Screen