posted on June 30, 2009 at 3:04 pm

dont let them put their wires in my brain
ive lost the plot
i’m live in americker
i’m a rocking rolling spawn of seitan
i’m the hot wired wi-fi lo-fi fee fo fi fum
i spell the blood of an englishman
(type OH)
i’m that smooth swimmer
i’m that hopping hopeless crooner the sooner the better
i’m wetter in water
i down in the pond
but 2 ducklings got me called
grabham n peckham
i aint chicken, maryland
the rams head tonight
i hope the sound aint too woolly, dont ewe?
i’m lost in my hotel room
i cant find the i-door
i cant use my i-bed
i cant stand the floor
the ceiling is unsealing
the pc is un-pc
everything adds up to nothing
divide it n what do you get
bibbitty bobbitty boo
what is music
noise rearranged
what is art
something you like to look at
what is love
the necessity to reproduce
what is life
a brief brief candle
what is kilbey
an olde olde fool
what is madness
another way of seeing things
why did you name your band the church
i dunno but i wish i hadnt
how was doing yer washing yessaday
loads o fun..tim n i caught up on star enquirers
how is annapolis
pretty pretty
i go down to the water the chesapeake bay
wishing my wifeling was here
because we are big fans of this neck of the woods
because in this hotel several years ago
i told aurora at breakfast
that i had to leave em n keep on touring
her answer : her head fell forward into her oatmeal
and
gee its really special here with all these trees
do people in orstraylia know how lovely the east coast
n midwest are in sweet sweet summertime
oh my word its so love love lovely
sentimental olde git these trees speak to me
oh i love the trees
i love them
i notice each one
i revere trees
i am the arbour man
i am the arboreal lord of leaves
the stumbler pon roots
the branch king
yes i love my trees and leaves
oh my wordy now yes i do
and swan king the elf lord the eater of souls
lord vishnu the preserver
preserve your trees
let the people of this earth be struck by good sense
please leave the leaves alone
believe in the leaves
trees everywhere
plant em grow em
commune with their spirits
walk in cool glades
celebrate summer naked in the beckoning forest
here i am
christian wolfe
here i am
mangey panther
here i am white rosehips moses
here i am stephen jon kilby
here the nut case dash board
here i am
in the summer
seek me
accept no substitutes
i am the time being
i am the killer who slays with love
i am the shy show off
the complicated simpleton
a stupid genius
a professional amateur
the vegetarians will prevail
the yogis will prevail
the music will prevail
the swimmers will prevail
we will all win the lottery
we already have
drink plenty of water
call me in the morning
if you still feeling
green

51 Responses to “amphibian landing”

  1. avatar
    steve kilbey | 30 June 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    remember to subscribe!

  2. avatar
    seoigh | 30 June 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    Glad to hear you are enjoying my home town. It can be really very pretty this time of year. Sometimes I miss the place — but then I remember that it is so terribly small. It is very nice to return to every now and again, though.

    I'm hoping Grind is on your set list tonight. It was the favorite song of our dear friend Mark whom we lost almost 2 years ago. He shared some small amount of correspondence with MWP via the e-mail name Owlpeepers. I wonder if Marty remembers? Probably not. Mark was a regular front row fixture at your shows in the mid-Atlantic over the years. You lost one of your biggest fans when he left.

    Break a leg tonight, Killer. On pretty east coast days amongst the trees it is so much easier to shed the old mansuit and become at one.

  3. avatar
    Mary | 30 June 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    Ahh the trees. You truly must be a Druid to appreciate our trees so in detail. Branch King, cool….I'll have to pass that one along to my pagan/druid/wiccan friends who indeed will be celebrating naked in the midwestern forest at festival very soon now. I'll be sure to bring along some of your music to share with the unenlightened. Plenty of vegans and yoga mats will be there as well. I better get my poses a bit more perfected before then or I'll look like The Fool…it will be tree pose on my butt.
    The kids are gonna love that hat!

    XO Mary

  4. avatar
    Tendraftsdeep | 30 June 2009 at 5:01 pm #

    Rock on SK! I can't make the show tonight but #23 is in constant rotation in my devices. keep the inspirational words and pictures flowing.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 June 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    you'll always be a hero of mine mr kilbey
    long live my rock n roll trinity
    alison goldfrapp
    steve kilbey
    greg duli
    all the rest are just so so

  6. avatar
    Cee | 30 June 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    Oh my little ranita!! Hilarious!

    Ok for those worried about the protein issue: TEMPEH!!

    Depending on the brand, one serving of tempeh (100 grams) provides around 200 calories, 18.2 grams of protein (that's even more protein per gram than tofu!), and 10% of the RDA of both calcium and iron. Tempeh is a naturally Cholesterol-free food, as are all vegan foods.

  7. avatar
    veleska1970 | 30 June 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    this was hysterical. thanks for the laugh. and oh, i LURVE the frog hat!!

  8. avatar
    fandorin | 30 June 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    steve does the best pouting east of keira knightley!!
    first i was on the wrong hemisphere, now it's the wrong continent. where will the church be touring next? fuckin jupiter?? wrong planet? in europe, but 10.000 miles above planet urf (= wrong stratohectonarcosphere?)

    love the travelogue
    stef

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 June 2009 at 6:24 pm #

    SK,
    Wonderful performance in Falls Church. Thank you for the few minutes post-show in the parking lot. It was good to get back on the yoga mat the next day. Hope the rest of the tour goes well and the time with your family is sweet. Glad you enjoyed the muggles.
    CG in NC

  10. avatar
    david | 30 June 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    Wear that hat on stage tonight.

  11. avatar
    eek | 30 June 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    Cute pic — love the hat. But tsk, tsk, you're showing your shoulders again, you highly innapropriate man!

    The trees are beautiful here. One of the things I was really happy about when I decided to see you on the east coast this time was that I knew much of the drive was going to be beautiful — and it has been. I certainly can appreciate the beauty of other places, but I'll always want to live where it's green and lush.

    Looking forward to tonight's show.

  12. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 30 June 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    holy crap!

    these pictures are just getting weirder.

    keep 'em comin'.

    good luck with the remaining shows.

    -glynnis

  13. avatar
    Sigur | 30 June 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    Now you have six eyes: some of them will see the banal reality, some will see the silhouettes, and some will see the other dimension.

  14. avatar
    Cee | 30 June 2009 at 8:22 pm #

    …and some will see the trousers hanging over the lampshade!
    Love it!

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 June 2009 at 8:34 pm #

    I HAVE NOT HAD A CHANCE TO GET ON HERE UNTIL TODAY. WOW! DETROIT WAS AN INCREDIBLE CONCERT EXPERIENCE. I HAD ALL KINDS OF THINGS TO SAY IN MY HEAD BUT WHEN I THINK ABOUT IT YOU HAVE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE. WE WERE THE GUYS SHARING THE JAZZ KNOWLEDGE WITH YOU. ANYWAY JUST A FEW STATEMENTS. BEING ABLE TO TAKE PICTURES, TALK ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY, MOTORCYCLES, CARS, GENERAL LIFE AND TRAVELING WITH THE MUSICIANS THAT HAVE PRODUCED YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC THAT I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO FOR THE LAST 22 YEARS WAS UNBELIEVABLE. I CAN SEE HOW IT CAN BE A LITTLE UNNERVING FOR YOU BUT THANKS FOR SPENDING THE TIME SO GRACIOUSLY. I HOPE A COUPLE OF MY FRIENDS DIDN'T CREEP YOU OUT TOO BAD. WHEN THE CHURCH CAME ON I WAS STANDING UP FRONT TRYING TO CONCENTRATE ON ONE PERSON PLAY. I FOUND I WAS UNABLE TO DO THAT. EVERY MUSICIAN IN THE CHURCH ARE EQUALLY GREAT MUSICIANS, MY HEAD WAS SPINNING. WHEN YOU SAY UNDER APPRECIATED YOU MUST MEAN FROM THE MASSES. WELL I CAN TELL YOU ONE THING FOR SURE EVERYONE THAT I BROUGHT TO THE CONCERT APPRENTICED YOUR EFFORTS GREATLY. ONE WORK FRIEND OF MINE THAT CAME WITH US NEVER EVEN HEARD OF THE CHURCH OR MILKY WAY. AFTERWORDS HE THANKED ME FOR TALKING HIM IN TO GOING. HE THOUGHT IT WAS THE GREATEST PERFORMANCE FROM A LIVE BAND THAT HE HAS EVER SEEN. THAT TO ME MADE ME PROUD TO BE A FAN OF THE CHURCH. I ALWAYS SEE A PICTURE IN MY HEAD WHEN I LISTEN TO YOUR SONGS. I CAN NEVER UNDERSTAND WHY NOT MORE OF THEM ARE NOT BEING USED IN FILMS. I REALLY BELIEVE WITH THE PERSEVERANCE AND THE EVER ADDING GREAT BODY OF MUSIC GREATER SUCCESS IS INEVITABLE. THANK YOU SO MUCH STEVE – MARTY, PETER AND TIM. MJ FRIMODIG

  16. avatar
    Jason | 30 June 2009 at 8:42 pm #

    Steve,

    Love that hat, made me laugh was not expecting that. Next time your in Michigan try to get an extra day and go up north there are so many trees and forest it is breathtaking, especially in the fall. Enjoy the next show and have a good time.

    Jason

  17. avatar
    davem | 30 June 2009 at 8:46 pm #

    Now that is one effing hat.
    Usual meagre monthly sub on its way my hero. Best I can manage.
    Would send more but you keep releasing albums, ep's and books and to keep up I've already got junior Mullard up the chimneys of Brum each weekend.
    Lurve coming atcha.
    x

  18. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 30 June 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    Trees are literally the lungs of the universe and arguably the most imporatant species on the planet. They reduce heat, global warming, pollution and they provide habitat for myriad birds and wildlife species. They're impeartive for respiration too.
    A very serene, pristine and green blog today by SK.

  19. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 30 June 2009 at 9:02 pm #

    any chance of seeing a pic of the church band on your blog, would love to see my baby grande…
    Jonny

  20. avatar
    frostatmidnight | 30 June 2009 at 9:02 pm #

    That hat is just. so. cute!! I adore willow and eucalyptus trees above all others, but there's nothing like a walk around the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington if you really want to appreciate trees.

    love,
    kristine

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 June 2009 at 9:17 pm #

    SK, I almost cannot bare it knowing where you are. Lost in the magic that surrounds the east coast in the summer. All those talking trees, maybe they have a message for me, can you ask them? Tell them I still dream about them, and long to stand under them, and breathe them in…..Watch out for grabham n peckham cause , as you know, they can get a little mean!!! Good luck. Love, NK

  22. avatar
    davem | 30 June 2009 at 9:25 pm #

    Is that a pair of underpants on your lampshade??

  23. avatar
    Louisa | 30 June 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    Hello Steve, I have been feeling like crap the last few mornings, mentally not physically, and your froggie beanie made me smile, thank you. Louisa xo

  24. avatar
    Ellen | 30 June 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    Steve, glad you're enjoying yourself amongst the beautiful trees up there!

    Trees are glorious things. Love the sound of the wind through the leaves.

    Love the hat!

  25. avatar
    matthew | 30 June 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    Haha, truly I laughed til tears appeared! Love the amphibious apparel.

  26. avatar
    m.p.k | 30 June 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    It's all about the light when it comes to photographs…

  27. avatar
    princey | 30 June 2009 at 11:45 pm #

    When you're feeling down sk, just remember the wise words of a fellow greeney,
    (sound of plucking banjo), "one day you'll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers…..etcetc"
    -Kermit D. Frog

    HAve a great night tonight and hope ya see the light,
    love Amanda

  28. avatar
    Craig Miller | 1 July 2009 at 12:05 am #

    Day 12. Still all good. Dusting off my golf swing for some exercise until Yoga starts Thursday. A bit of extra flexibility would certainly help that as well.

  29. avatar
    Mary | 1 July 2009 at 12:43 am #

    roflmao!!!! wow i was drinking some water when i opened this blog and i saw this pic of you and choked, i laughed so hard, that was truely hilareous, you have such a great sense of humor, its so nice to open and read this especially when you have a bad day, and an extra bonus to see a great pic of you!!! keep em comming, oh and by the way, i didnt realize i wasnt the only mary on here 🙂

  30. avatar
    Freddie | 1 July 2009 at 1:09 am #

    Hahaha 😀
    If I kiss ya will you turn into Prince?
    xoxo

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2009 at 2:05 am #

    Scarlet Kilbey says, "What's that on Daddy's head?"

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2009 at 2:56 am #

    Frog odds sake you are having fun !

  33. avatar
    plumlady | 1 July 2009 at 3:34 am #

    I must be the 2nd Mary on here. Not familiar with writing blogs, only reading them…I'll change my profile back to plumlady.

    We finally got our new senator in MN after waiting since November for them to validate his win by 312 lousy votes. Former Saturday Night Live comedian, Al Franken…he's not so funny anymore! He can't be any worse than our former govenor & wrestler star joker, Jesse Ventura…..wonder what Obama thinks of this stupidity.

    Oh well, at least we've got all these trees for the midwestern Druids!

  34. avatar
    Daberhasher | 1 July 2009 at 3:52 am #

    i too join the ribbeting chorus of love for your chapeau, fantastique!

    glad your enjoying the purty side of America…the road seems to be very kind to you minstrels on this go round, here's to continued good travels… the northeast has been getting rained on ALL June, should begin clearing out in the next few days, but the good news is it only gets lusher baby, so green it hurts, but in a good way…
    god, i was traveling a rainy mountain road in New Hampshire tonight when a moose came bursting right out of the woods and ran alongside my truck and then crossed right in front of me and vanished over the edge of the road… when she first came up alongside me, i could see her eyes, all wild and wide, mine were probably about the same i reckon, neither of us really wanting to be there…i still had to look up to see her eyes, those animals are so freaking huge… she crossed within a foot of my hood(bonnet in pommy)and was lit by the headlights in all her graceful gangly splendor… i could see she had very little purchase on the wet pavement as we did our little dance and all i was thinking was don't hurt this animal, stay cool, don't over react and it will all be fine… and it was…
    heavy! but fine…
    basically, this just happened, but when i got home everyone was asleep, so i had to let it out here…
    hope you all had another wonderfull show!!!
    peace

  35. avatar
    ross b | 1 July 2009 at 5:26 am #

    hey Steve, got lots of catching up to do on your blog as I've been up in Cairns for some searing sun and I got it plenty – love the trees too, the daintree was spesh. great hat! saw some crocodiles too, lovely to look at and tempting to touch, but…
    hope you're well and the tour's going fabulous, Cheers!

  36. avatar
    matt davison | 1 July 2009 at 5:27 am #

    You have gone Whack!! killer….love ya sense of humour ya old coot!!
    xx
    Md

  37. avatar
    lily was here | 1 July 2009 at 7:04 am #

    I want one!

    xox

    ps plots are over-rated

  38. avatar
    WantonMyth | 1 July 2009 at 7:47 am #

    Church>cool name

  39. avatar
    Jasperina | 1 July 2009 at 8:33 am #

    Here in Sydney orstraylia in my backyard… I notice all the beauty in the leaves that gently fall leaving slender bare branches. Oh it is a sight that makes me ache.

  40. avatar
    san fran foghead '94 | 1 July 2009 at 9:39 am #

    NOW who's the froghead?

  41. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 1 July 2009 at 11:04 am #

    you'd better get a coupla more froggie hats before you go home otherwise the gels will be at eachothers' throats to wear it…..i love the rainforest trees around my area, go up to mount warning or border ranges national park or any of the other pristine places around here….breath taking

    yours bronchially (cough cough gasp)……

  42. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 1 July 2009 at 11:05 am #

    …anybody got any good remedies for bronchitis that WILL NOT GO AWAY!!!!!!!!?????? HELP…..

    peace and love…..

  43. avatar
    princey | 1 July 2009 at 11:07 am #

    can u wear undies on your head tmorrow? (just kidding sk!)

  44. avatar
    Renee | 1 July 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    Thanks for the wonderful evening,
    though I'm sorry you didn't play 'the coffee song'
    it's my favorite at the moment

    Per our brief discussion about what it is I do, I'll make this comparison:
    I compile/process information from many different sources
    then make judgements, assumptions, predictions, interpretations etc. based on that information

    Similar (I'm guessing) to the way you write this blog, song lyrics, paint etc.
    based on the information you receive through your five (or six) senses

    Glad I had the chance (after 20 odd years) to finally meet you, hope the rest of your tour goes well

    Be safe

    xxoo

  45. avatar
    thomas themsen, denmark | 1 July 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    Subscribe, pay my $600 a week rent.
    Nah, mate. I learned my lesson.
    And when y'count up the tour profits put some aside for the fucken taxman this time! Learn the lesson!

  46. avatar
    CSTCoach | 1 July 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    LMAO – you seem to be at froggerheads. As long as that thing stays on your head and doesn't lodge in your throat – difficult to sing with a frog in there.

  47. avatar
    Craig Miller | 1 July 2009 at 5:31 pm #

    tempted today. Tired, too much coffee, stressed, sleep deprived, hungry, and loads of fast food around. But… I had a veggie burger instead. Problem solved. Today's Day 13.

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2009 at 6:23 pm #

    Why, oh why, have you no songs about Platypii? The world's most unique and magical creature, denizen ONLY of owlstralia, and he doesn't get ONE LOUSY mention in over 30 years of music?!

    Just askin… Little dude needs his due, yknow. "The Platypus Song" – Epic!

  49. avatar
    Kim Chestney | 1 July 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    …this has got self-portrait written all over it. How about next year we do Art, Man and Various Woodland Creatures?

    xoxox
    yer fellow shy show-off

    ps. i am [half way] kidding

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    Leap frog, anyone?

    Hey, I had a dream that George Clooney was a huge fan of The Church; he was at one of your sound checks and was thrilled to bits. He then grabbed me, kissed me and left.

    Arthur

  51. avatar
    Paige | 2 July 2009 at 1:54 am #

    My dear friend Jill as a child believed that trees were the highest lifeform on the planet and got into an argument with her teacher about it in 1st grade. She was crushed that not everyone felt the same way. Glad to hear another Lorax speak his piece!


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