posted on November 13, 2009 at 4:04 am

doing interviews today n yessaday
people say
hey sk
howcome you lasted so long
i say
luck
luck
luck
luck luck luck luck luck
its all luck
the role of the dice
the fall of the cards
the stars line up
the little balls come down the tubes (mr humphreys)
how did you write utmw?
luck
how do you look so young?
luck
how did you meet marty n peter n tim
luck n luck n luck
what the fuck is luck?
we talk about fuckin’ luck like its solid
as if luck really exists…well, does it…?
i been on winning n losing streaks
i lost cards against guys on winning streaks
you cant stop em
if you had 4 kings
they had 4 aces
if you had a royal flush
they had a royal flush in spades
and confidence….
what part does that play in luck…..?
i got hit by a car
oh thats bad luck
but i survived
well thats good luck
but my arm was busted in 3 places
oh thats bad luck
but i got it fixed for free in a swedish hospital
oh thats good luck
now its a bit shorter than my other arm
oh thats bad luck
but i can still play bass
oh thats good luck
and luck just seems to be playing a game with me the whole time
i have narrowly avoided losing my life more than once
luck was on my side i guess
something ‘ll get me eventually
of course
when my luck runs out
when i push my luck too far
i never been that lucky at winning things in lotteries or anything
never won a horse race
rabbits feet are disgusting things…how can that be lucky?
black cats
walking under ladders
pinches of salt
pillars of salt
orpheus dont look back
lot, dont look back
dylan, dont look back
christ dont look down
laksmi give me luck
let me be the fortunate one
but winners never learn
only losers learn
when i won i never learned one thing
only winning
but losing is a better teacher for ya
coz thats when you find out
when your lucks dribbles away to nothing
go on you cant take a trick
the shop is closed
the line is busy
the phones switched off
the time has expired
the limit has been reached
the sand runs out
time
luck
time
luck
which one will you run out of first
no good having all the luck in the world
if you got no time
what good is time without luck…?
youd just wish it away
we’re lucky to get born at all…or are we?
i’m lucky to have a career in music, arent i?
sheer luck…i could have been a professor in ancient greek
i could have been a public servant getting ready to retire
i could have been a postman…i would have been good at that at least
i’m lucky my fans love me…you do love me dont you?
i went kinda bad during the nineties
i hit a ten year streak of bad luck
but i’m back n i’m old but i’m on
well nearly always
i’m a self obsessed olde bastard arent i?
lucky for some of you who like hearing me rave on
unlucky for the envious ninnies
and the disgruntled surplus carpers
who trawl thru my voluminous output
getting angrier n angrier for petty little reasons
i polarize em
love me or hate me…its all the same
vishnu has enlightened men who have hated him
because the intensity of hatred is more important to god
than the nothingness of apathy
so you who hate me so fervently
writing silly absurd threatening spiels no one will ever read
(not even me…i just deletey deletey)
so am i lucky having all these people being so interested in me
yes n no
i dunno
everything becomes clearer and simultaneously more obscure
my luck seems to have increased a little for a moment
oh but time
time running away n out
55
self obsessed
i am
i am i am
who wouldnt be if they had this self
half good half bad
good luck n bad luck mingling freely
i mean
i made some of this luck myself
i made my sausage fingers do walking basslines
but they didnt wanna
i sat down for weeks n months n years
writing n writing n writing
i was obsessed with music
i was obsessed with myself
i merged my 2 obsessions
if one is self obsessed is that a crime?
can one help it?
maybe the second world war mighta blown a bit of that away
i know a few self obsessed people
and i know a few who are but pretend not to be
and i know some who are nicely self obsessed
and some who are nastily self obsessed
in truth i am probably no more self obsessed than the next ninny
except i have my little platforms
to bleat my tedious self obsessive twaddle from
except some punters find amusement in my trip
some find empathy
some find symmetry
some like my tunes
some like my voice
some like my humanity..ie..i win n i lose in equal parts
some like my band
some like my luck
pretty lucky because i wasnt a very good singer when i started
i wasnt…its true
im not too bad these days
but when i started it was pretty iffy
i’m lucky i could pull it off
and its lucky that i was lucky
but not lucky enough to have a lovely pure sweet voice tho
like joe blow or blah mc blah does
fuck i dunno
some of my detractors try to paint my fans as fools
but theyre all bloody architects n teachers n dentists n marine biologists
where else are you gonna get the kinda lyrics i write
these guys n gals dont wanna hear about just any old thing
lucky for me
when you come home
n you had a long day
prosecuting villians
drawing up constitutions for small countries
engineering canals
engineering root canals
delivering verdicts or babies
studying fucking fish or whatever the hell it is
you turn to…
cmon
thats right
because my songs take you in
they dont treat you like a fool
my songs are landscapes that you enter
and you try to move through the houses and streets
thru the fields n forests n eras of my songs
you pick up hints
you pick up clues
you unlocking these doors
you realise
these arent kilbeys doors
these are my doors
now im unlocking my own doors
because youre smart right
you need some stimulus with your rock
who ever fucking said rock should be dumbed down?
well guess what then
im dedicated to taking it to the nth degree
im gonna rock like a fool
n spit out my take on life
with its big words n its hazy lazy cryptic mirrors
with its bullshit
everything has its bullshit
but at least mine is exotic bullshit
it aint no blah blah blah
im the rocking professor
im the doctor of rock
im the senior dean baby
thirty years not out
i must be doing something right right?
comments

40 Responses to “ah that kilbeys a few songs short of an album….”

  1. avatar
    steve kilbey | 13 November 2009 at 5:23 am #

    only comments in english or swedish will be published!!!

  2. avatar
    Saint Louie | 13 November 2009 at 5:32 am #

    Hell yeah! Rock On!!!!

    Keep it comin'..we love ya man! "We're lucky to get born at all…or are we.." you said it, yep! We're all lucky in that sense…

    You know…practice makes perfect as they always say, right? That is part of luck, you have exerience, because of your experience, this comes from practice, that practice produced luck, which in turn is hard earned! So call it luck or not, you earned it bro!

    Cheers!
    Kraig

  3. avatar
    the dean | 13 November 2009 at 5:43 am #

    you may be the senior dean but I am the dean! Good Luck

  4. avatar
    Saint Louie | 13 November 2009 at 6:15 am #

    Bring On That Album!

  5. avatar
    steve Draper | 13 November 2009 at 7:05 am #

    Hey Steve, You are right…your fans are intelligent people who want more than just common subjects sung with common words. They also love music that aint the same as the other music we heard before…because otherwise it aint interesting.

    The Church are an awesome musical collection of people and tunes and songs with diversity…and the audience who dig it, are too.

    Steve Draper

  6. avatar
    davem | 13 November 2009 at 7:23 am #

    I've been following you for nealy all of those 30 years.
    That was the biggest slice of luck of my life.
    What you do is unique. Grateful thanks!

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 November 2009 at 8:05 am #

    My favorite kilbey intelligent and deep song is the whales chirping on painkiller, takes me away to a whale pod, incredible stuff. Deep.

  8. avatar
    cazziem | 13 November 2009 at 8:25 am #

    The very first comment I ever sent included the phrase ‘everything happens for a reason', luck has nothing to do with it. If you trace your life backwards you'll find that if you hadn't done X, then you wouldn't have done Y. If you hadn't been in a certain place at a certain time, you wouldn't ever have met that special someone! It's not luck, its kismet. Something good ALWAYS eventually transpires out of something bad; we just don't always see it. My theory is that life’s one continuous lesson. So what you term ‘bad luck’ are the tests,;if you fail, then God, who is a compassionate and understanding teacher, will make sure you do a re-sit!

    You in turn are somewhat of a teacher to us loyal followers, so maybe you should have a ttb register so you can see how your pupils attend regularly lessons from the master? You'd know then how much you are not just loved, but appreciated too. As for love and hate, well they're only really a breath away! And you’re not self-obsessed SK, you're one of the ones who knows their mission in life, and it looks to me like you're succeeding. Lastly, as for the voice, it's unique! It was then, it is now. It's one of the many things that makes you who you are.

    "everything has its bullshit
    but at least mine is exotic bullshit
    it aint no blah blah blah
    im the rocking professor
    im the doctor of rock
    im the senior dean baby
    thirty years not out
    i must be doing something right right?"

    I couldn't agree more!

  9. avatar
    Galamor the Wizard | 13 November 2009 at 9:15 am #

    That was great. I always HATE that VB ad that says "you can get it digging a hole.." etc but YOU CAN NEVER GET IT TEACHING!!!! not that I like VB though, but it seems, in Australia, you are not a "real" person unless you do something that requires no intellect, consideration or subtly. And if you are doing something intellectual, you have to "earth" yourself by doing/saying something that is "real" – " …but my favourite beer is VB…mate…". Hence, The Church, unfortunately, were never considered a "real" band because the songs were not just meat and potatoes – they wanted you to dream. Church songs expected you to know who Vishnu was, or where Constantinople was, or to pick up a word play or the irony in a reversed cliché. And all this set to (early on at least) GLORIOUS Byrdsian jingle jangle! That the Church have not been inducted into the Australian music hall of fame whereas the Triffids have (I love the Triffids but…BEFORE the Church?????) – because they STILL won't fall into line – is a real commentary on the "culture" of Australia that tries to dress itself up as intricate, diverse and sophisticated. Like the last ninny, I've been hooked since I saw the Church on Countdown nearly 30 years ago. And I always come back for more, despite being (at times) overtly critical of what they do.

  10. avatar
    fantasticandy | 13 November 2009 at 9:30 am #

    steve,
    i am no longer a postman!
    i am now a self-employed computer engineer…..

    it gives me more time to rock.
    self-obsessed or self-motivated?
    not sure…..
    your'e definately NOT up your own arse!
    we often get a well-balanced world-view of things from camp kilbey, (albeit always with a slightly subversive twist) that leads me to think that you often see well beyond the confines one would associate with a rampant narcicsist.
    so, carry on babbling, ranting and rambling time being…….
    oh, by the way that nude photo….
    d'you want full-on or profile?
    (note: if painting profile you may need an extra-wide canvas)

    one other thing…..
    i reckon luck must be a real quantifiable entity…'coz plenty of jerks with no measurable talent or charisma whatsoever get along just fine on it!
    wishing you the very best of weekends,
    andy L.

  11. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 13 November 2009 at 10:00 am #

    Luck? Nah! Maybe you guys meeting was luck, but the talent involved had nothing to do with luck, of course.

  12. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 13 November 2009 at 10:28 am #

    of course we love you, man! how could you doubt that?
    as for luck, well the chips often fall as they may but i also believe that what you give is what you get……
    also your music? don't know what i'd do if i didn't have it….so much of the so called 'music' that's put out nowadays is peurile mindless souless heartless bullshit….an utter waste of time…..

    love always…..

  13. avatar
    Freddie | 13 November 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    Darn, I wanted to reply in Janpanese today 🙁

    I'm glad you're only a few songs short tho. 🙂

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 November 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    sk is the sun

  15. avatar
    fulltiltgonzales | 13 November 2009 at 2:42 pm #

    I can't believe how you keep churning out this remarkable, introspective, totally intelligent shit almost every single day.

  16. avatar
    lily was here | 13 November 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    Your longevity isn't down to luck.
    Tis that old combination of talent, persistence, belief and the fact that a hell of a lot of us like you a lot

    xoxox

  17. avatar
    lily was here | 13 November 2009 at 2:53 pm #

    Oh, and Steve, take it the full circle because that way it can never end! X

  18. avatar
    vortex | 13 November 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    Since I've been reading your blog. 2 months now…I sat down and wrote a nice little jazz piano and bass tune that I'd think you fall in love with….in fact the idea is you love it so much that you'll pen some wonderful lyrics and then you'll be one less song short of an album.

    Problem is, I'm not sure how lucky I am to be telling you all of this. Am I playing my hand too soon?
    Maybe.

    Funny that you mentioned luck when just this morning we had flood waters in my neighboorhood and before I even turned on your blog, I wrote this down. "played my hand for the lay of the land" I've no idea what it means…just sort of came up with the waters so to speak.
    If one were to collaborate or venture into those lands…what's your best way of acessing something from me?

    Thanks again Mr. Kilbey for the wonderful reads and ALL of that music I find a great amount of inspiration from!

  19. avatar
    davem | 13 November 2009 at 5:11 pm #

    I meant "nearly". "Nealy" isn't english and so my comment shouldn't have been published!!

  20. avatar
    Ellen | 13 November 2009 at 5:29 pm #

    YES! You ARE doing "something right."

    You probably know the saying (paraphrasing): Luck is the combination of opportunity and preparedness.

    Luck is a strange thing. Luck involves a whole lot more than mere chance. "I practiced really hard for this important gig and – whaddya know? – it went really well! What great luck." NOT – that's called preparation and opportunity. But you know this already.

    And there are some who believe that we create every single thing that happens to us. If you get in a car accident, somehow you brought that on and blah, blah, blah…
    I don't buy into that thinking one bit because sometimes sh*t just happens!

    I love how you don't "dumb down" music. God, how refreshing! I am drawn to music with substance, music that takes me "there" and your music, your voice – it takes me "there." I am going through an extremely painful, difficult time in my life and your music is helping me tremendously and I thank you for that profusely!

    Oh, and your intriguing blog entries provide me with a much needed daily booster shot.

    Thank you!

  21. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 13 November 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    Not to get all olde testament and what not. but it was lot's wife who ended up in the fairer shaker.

    and yes, you are lucky mr.kilbey.

    -glynnis

  22. avatar
    EDD | 13 November 2009 at 6:39 pm #

    I'm not a rocket surgeon but I think the lyrics to Paradox are very cool. The way you answer every line with…well…a paradox. If I'm correct, it's about a certain substance. It explains the substance and it's situation very well.

  23. avatar
    EDD | 13 November 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    How 'bout Esperanto?

  24. avatar
    pennybridge | 13 November 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    Hallöchen!
    Ihr Blog heute war echt Klasse. "I could have been a public servant getting ready to retire." Die sogenannten "Musikarbeiter" in Kraftwerk, Ralf, Florian u.a., die sind ja heutzutage Rentner, oder?
    (Ett fall för censuren 😉

    55 år är ingenting, trots att jag har åldersnoja vid 35.
    The Church/SK rockar fett!
    Kram!

  25. avatar
    jaime r... | 13 November 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    Pure chance to have this dance..
    Its a given..
    you give.. we give.. so we can all receive..
    No grievances.. when time would prove your rock extinctive.. yu have defied and cast a spell on this time.. hence ur being.. ur here.. we're here.. it feels more than luck.. It is of blessed proportions to carry on in this life.. I lost both my parents 2 mos ago tragically.. yes we live as doctors, lawyers, painters and punters.. but hopefully we die as samurais and fair maidens.. I know its possible.. im living within this world.. and i will die for thee in is this world.. the door is open.. same as it ever was.. pure chance.. pure luck.. I love this music that comes from the church and all forms.. its all i can do.. it is what i will miss.. i play it for myself.. and my friends that are here.. and those that go into beyond.. more than lucky.. I feel so grateful for this life.. blessed ones.. tis all divine.. om tat sat om..

  26. avatar
    who knows why know what the fuk am i saying anyway | 13 November 2009 at 11:29 pm #

    love
    luck
    fuck
    what
    the
    fuck
    who
    am
    i
    this
    that
    other
    shit
    or
    i
    this
    no
    shit
    no
    wonder
    i
    can't
    stay
    gonna
    be
    out
    all
    night
    tonight
    that
    right
    i
    won't
    edit
    this
    shit
    cause
    it's
    k.p.buk
    and
    mem
    is
    stuck
    in
    his
    flux
    spades
    ducks
    oh
    shucks
    its
    all
    about
    bucks
    dollars
    n
    sense
    or
    not
    much
    else
    its
    already
    gone
    by
    done
    a
    long
    time
    ago
    i
    don't
    know
    i
    don't
    edit
    this
    one
    too
    much
    fun
    this
    time
    it's
    me
    in
    the
    mix
    the
    final
    fix
    old
    song
    in
    hong
    kong
    a
    million
    different
    ways
    i'll
    ride
    it
    in
    to
    thee
    ditch
    wait
    i
    said
    that
    yesterday

  27. avatar
    m.p.k | 14 November 2009 at 12:08 am #

    I love your songs sk hope and hope you are enjoying life to the fullest mate.

  28. avatar
    ...hope u don't mind hope u don't mind hope u don't mind my stir fry is burning..... | 14 November 2009 at 12:51 am #

    wai
    i
    this
    i
    ain't
    done
    and
    i
    this
    and
    i
    ainn't
    this
    and
    i
    no
    fukn
    fun
    it's
    i
    all
    finished
    diminished
    i
    know
    where
    u
    are
    it
    goes
    i
    don't
    know
    don't
    read
    this
    shit
    i
    ain't
    this
    shit
    i
    eat
    tofu
    god
    bless
    thee
    rest
    u
    know
    who
    u
    know
    why
    u
    know
    who
    this
    ain't
    is
    honest
    i
    this
    shit
    just
    this
    the
    rest
    of
    it
    u
    know
    u
    u
    know
    i
    know
    u
    why
    else
    do
    what
    we
    do
    it
    ain't
    no
    this
    no
    joke
    lennon
    wrote
    the
    note
    strawberry
    fields
    but
    what
    he
    got
    u
    ain't
    gonna
    get
    so
    praise
    be
    u
    and
    thee
    i
    say
    what
    u
    like
    u
    be
    light
    and
    ur
    bright
    my
    blight
    be
    gone
    way
    past
    no
    other
    no
    hunger
    empty
    place
    waste
    land
    sand
    buroughs
    beat
    that
    rap
    too
    goddess
    praise
    be
    how
    lucky
    thy
    be
    you
    and
    me
    forgive
    me
    writing
    all
    this
    shit
    what
    do
    they
    think
    fuk
    that
    the
    invisible
    line
    that
    time
    takes
    i
    make
    me
    thee
    i
    unto
    us
    thus
    fus
    this
    i
    that
    thy
    now
    know
    find
    found
    how
    here
    place
    go
    i
    know
    knowing
    we
    this
    are
    i
    i
    am
    i
    am
    i
    am
    i
    am
    i
    am
    i
    am
    forgive
    me
    forgive
    this….

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 November 2009 at 1:42 am #

    You describe your songs perfectly.

    Love
    Lady Di

  30. avatar
    Jasperina | 14 November 2009 at 2:03 am #

    I am here for the cryptic mirrors. I feel like my laptop screen is ablaze with the time being… it is a magic mirror reflecting back something of my own creative soul.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 November 2009 at 4:13 am #

    Luck, Destiny, Fate, Karma, or Self Made. Its just Life………..

  32. avatar
    melissa | 14 November 2009 at 4:15 am #

    I was thinking EXACTLY what Lily wrote….!!!

    what you have and create has nothing to do with luck.. it's sheer genius, remember?!?! 😉

    xxxx

  33. avatar
    lastinline | 14 November 2009 at 9:20 am #

    It seems to me that it just is what it is. It's the way you react that sets you apart.
    Cant believe in lucky or unlucky.
    I also cant believe we are all being scored by some enlightened source that ultimately puts the good guys in the drivers seat.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 November 2009 at 9:56 am #

    IQ 145, church by far my fave hands down…your typical lucky fan…why would I want to listen to meaningless utter tripe when I can enjoy all the soundscapes and layers that The C offers…

    M

  35. avatar
    linjo | 14 November 2009 at 10:34 am #

    I had to read that about three times Steve to process it through my tiny mind. Yeah it would take Steve Kilbey to put it into words. Scary at times. Each day is a blessing if it is ok. If I didn't have my baby Georgia who is 7, I wouldn't really worry about luck or dying.
    I was talking to my brother tonight and telling him that I am surrounded by many women who only want to talk about themselves and their fucked relationships. Talk about self obsessed! I am on my island of self, but not self obsessed. Thank you for that amazing blog today Steve. xxx

  36. avatar
    bc | 14 November 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    we salute the great
    doctor of rock

    -stellar songwriter
    -master musician
    -velvet vocalist
    -premiere poet
    -powerful painter
    -voracious videographer
    -best blogger
    -cool cat

    lucky for us

  37. avatar
    nursemyra | 14 November 2009 at 11:10 pm #

    I wouldn't mind being a professor of Greek….

    perhaps it's because I'm a Kilbey without the "e"

  38. avatar
    bc | 15 November 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    sorry sk, i left out
    paramount performer.

    saw you play solo and w/the church in the u.s. back when in dc…(i think 9:30club and constitution hall), which rocked hard!

    all the best with the upcoming shows!

  39. avatar
    fandorin | 15 November 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    just noticed today i had Nyckfull Avslutninger, Månen & Haven from the Fö:bättringen CD (utan Martin Vilemsson-Flöjtblåsar) & Operetten from Obetitlad Tjugotre playing in a row…without noticing it's the same (?!) SK responsible…

    Probably my three favourite glimpser and mömenter…

    all the best
    st

  40. avatar
    Damien | 15 November 2009 at 11:43 pm #

    I just like your music 'cos it's got a good beat and you can dance to it! 😉


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