Neil Finn roped in his Fleetwood Mac bandmates Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie for his new song, “Find Your Way Back Home.”
Finn has released the track to benefit the Auckland City Mission, which has been serving the needy in the area for almost a century.
Finn told the New Zealand Herald that a meeting with a former childhood acquaintance in a homeless shelter inspired him to write the song.
“There are all these people in all of our lives, I think, that we drift away from,” he said. “There was a story there, that was a connection that I made. It just puts it in your backyard. I live in a pretty fortunate situation, and I move in circles that are not in daily contact with homeless people. So, it’s good to be able to find a pathway in your head to relate to some degree.”
The Crowded House frontman revealed that he began writing the song while on tour with Fleetwood Mac and had asked McVie for help as he struggled to find its form.
“I guess I had every incentive to make sure that the words were evocative , simple, relatable, truthful and not crass or message-y,” he said. “It’s easy to be nebulous and abstract, and I’m quite good at that in my songs generally. So, to be direct in a way is a real challenge.”
Nicks said in a statement that she feels it an honor to be a part of Neil’s song for the Auckland City Mission.
“He is on a mission to make this work, and I think this beautiful song he has written will certainly help,” she said.
Finn had a connection to the city mission through his friend and architect Nicholas Stevens, who helped design its nine-story building, ‘Homeground,’ being built at a cost of $110 million.
City Missioner Chris Farrelly said he was in awe of the Finn family’s generosity: “It seems fitting, in our centenary, to be given a song about the meaning of home.”
Finn said he hoped proceeds from his song would “put the last coat of paint on it.”
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