posted on August 2, 2007 at 5:30 am

the voice in the future can be heard
i am only starting to enjoy it
now its getting near the end
everyday you notice something good
n something bad
things change over long distance said grant
as i write this line grant comes on my ipod shuffle
after a long absence
when i play providence
i always try to do grants bits like grant
i invite him in to sing thru my throat
i attend a magical ceremony
blindfolded and sworn to secrecy
many who are gone reach me somehow
my dreams are vivid
they mimic life remarkably
my sea teams with mermen
my forests peopled with fauns n satyrs
i suddenly remember other names ive had
a christian wolf?
a lemurian monkey-priest?
in nineveh for sure
i passed those nights i cannot forget
the rest
what is your name time being then?
why are you here?
why have you come?
to sing my song
what are these songs?
these songs are about
pulling out focus and expanding up for a birdseye view
who do you write them for?
myself, for no others could if i didnt
of what do you sing?
i sing the glittering distance
i sing the elongating time
i sing the rapid life of man
i sing the lush eternity of god
when did you start?
i started when you began to listen
for what do you hope?
i hope for hope always, just a little hope
what do you fear?
i fear the extinction of soul
where will you run?
beyond all of this
to nangilaya and wild rose valley
to krsnaloka to stroll with the lord
to seventh heaven and the goddess groupies
to blissful fields i feel in my mind
pastures of the blue crane
grey havens
at the back of the north wind
towards the light
please leave the light on for me jesus
it maybe very dark n i wont be able to see
rippling pianos and gently swelling cymbals
an electric guitar enters playing spanishy figures
the bass guitar falls on the kick with a fat round sound
jesus n st peter stand at the gate
at heavens white spirit gate
made of pearls n wrought gold
a soft mist swirls around
obscuring what lays beyond
the kingdom of the merciful n just
jesus …hes just like in my picture
the one of him playing the guitar in a bondi flat
st peters kinda olde n serious looking
jesus seems to like me
but st petes frowning
making me real real nervous
oooh i wanna go thru those gates
look theyre having a bit of a chat about me
course i cant understand it…its in hebrew, i guess
jesus saying something
pete shaking his head
it goes on like this
please jesus
i say
whats going on here?
jesus turns to me
his beautiful face
his lovely eyes, gracious n forgiving
everything about him makes you feel good
jesus says in a kinda thick accent:
im asking him
if he remembers
under the milky way
he doesnt…..
oh i say
so what? says jc
am i in or what?
st peter n jesus both at once:

101 Responses to “”

  1. avatar
    steve kilbey | 2 August 2007 at 6:22 am #


  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 6:40 am #

    Haha, you make me laugh sk!

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    skyintheairwaves | 2 August 2007 at 6:43 am #

    jesus probably spoke in aramaic, yeah…?

    I’ll get me coat….

  4. avatar
    Richard | 2 August 2007 at 6:48 am #

    St Peter would be more your “Unguarded Moment” sort of bloke

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    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 7:08 am #

    Ah yes, Jesus spoke aramaic and seems to play an Epiphone Casino, John Lennon style, at least when he is in Bondi..

    Favourites they are, for sure.

    Jesus in Bondi, Song to go, Providence.

    – Lebrinho

  6. avatar
    x | 2 August 2007 at 7:25 am #

    thank you for making my world brighter, shining your shimmery light over me
    thank you for your golden words
    thank you for your exquisite soul


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    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 7:59 am #

    Here is a review of Steve’s CHCH gig from today’s CHCH Press.

    Back in 1981 when the mood of the country was angry and the music even angrier, a young Australian band calling themselves The Church introduced some angst into the mix with a song entitled The Unguarded Moment.

    Two years later, they toured Aotearoa, playing to an indifferent audience and six years after that, they released their definitive single, Under the Milky Way (later lovingly covered by our own Strawpeople). Over two decades later, lead singer, main lyricist and bassist for The Church, Steve Kilbey, performs an acoustic set of solo works, Church tracks and an assortment of covers from Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and contemporaries The Go Betweens, to an intimate crowd at AL’s Bar in Christchurch.

    We arrived to the musical antics of perfect support choice Lindon Puffin who, to his credit, played a professional, restrained set of originals, which left the crowd in good spirits for the main act. After a short break, as lights were dimmed, couches bought forward and the room hushed, Steve Kilbey, complete with 12-string, greeted the audience with his friendly, raspy, Aussie drawl, played about four chords, sang one verse of the first song and was suddenly drowned out by a loud group who appeared to have no interest in a gig that most had paid to be at, not to mention were looking forward to. Sadly the disruptive behaviour continued throughout the night, despite several attempts by Kilbey to curb it. Continuing the set and displaying a great sense of humour, he further impressed the crowd by an excellent cover of Dylan’s Street Legal before heading into The Unguarded Moment and then switching hats and becoming the author, reading some of his works.

    Despite a humble attitude and selfdeprecating humour, Kilbey knows he is good at what he does, and although never the rock star, he obviously still loves to play live and has the songs, voice and talent to continue to pop up on the scene whenever the mood takes him. The night finished with Under the Milky Way, a perfect end to the unfortunately not -so-perfect night.

    This week, The Beat recommends having some love and respect for whatever act you may be going to see this weekend. It takes a great deal of effort to get up on a stage and bring some joy into our lives.

  8. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 2 August 2007 at 8:06 am #

    Of saints and sinners…

    A sinner becomes a saint
    A saint becomes a sinner

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    lily was here | 2 August 2007 at 8:07 am #

    nice review 5:59. So the Dylan song was Street Legal. Re crowd control – you have to be quiet in church so the same should go for church gigs!

    Pearly Gates: Steve, were you on the guestlist? lol


  10. avatar
    mal ark | 2 August 2007 at 8:11 am #

    What a fantastic review from Christchurch.

    Hey, Steve – looks like your gig might have had the result of teaching some people some manners !

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 8:19 am #

    At least the little baby jesus didn’t ask if you remembered
    Insect World !

  12. avatar
    the devil's advocate | 2 August 2007 at 8:28 am #

    Brien, mate, we’re only ripping the piss about Jeff Beck – it’s a wind-up cos y’take the bait so easily, buddy. Don’t swallow so damn hard every time!

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 8:49 am #

    Theyll let you in….just sing for em.Music is a SKeleton key…..i saw a Jack Frost gig with a dear old friend.she and i have known each other since we were 3.maybe one of the only people in this world who REALLY knows just how “soft” i am.she would hug me and say to me “i am a friend,because i know that when you are alone,you dance with your dreams,and talk with your cat”.we walked into the venue ,her{Miss confidence} in front as per usual,,and she said”oh Gengen,I think i am going to cry”the candlabras were lit,the air about the place,reminded her of me{we had missed each other terribly}, and we {after falling out over her ponchante for anything with a guitar and a backstage pass}had only just gotten thru our differences over a long lunch/dinner..the gig,needless to say,was magical.afterwards we drove to our fave old haunt,where I had not been for 5 years….the same DJ was still there,and in sticking with tradition,upon seeing me in the doorway,lined up “Metropolis”….a whole lot of magic in the air,that night……and yes”,providence” still brings tears to my eyes…… guys had/still have the connectedness of a puzzle made by two rare beings……a sweet peaceful night to all,love as always,genx xxxxxxxxxx

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 9:06 am #

    Devils Advocate:
    why did u tell him, uv spoilt the fun now!

  15. avatar
    cloudburst.adrift | 2 August 2007 at 9:32 am #

    JC & St P – bouncers at the gates.. 🙂

    Perhaps you didn’t fit the dress code? Perhaps you had incorrect footwear?

    Or perhaps JC & St P were just trying to be funny – as with so many bouncers these days. Ah, the quick wit of a bouncer. They are obviously so misunderstood!

    geez sk, if you can’t get in there’s no hope for the rest of us! 🙂

    just goes to prove once again that it’s not what ya know….

    love janexxx

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    JUNIOR PAINKILLER | 2 August 2007 at 9:32 am #


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    security, my arse | 2 August 2007 at 10:02 am #

    I refuse to enter any premises that have bouncers on the door.
    Some halfwit’s going to decide whether I can come in or not?
    Some fuckhead’s going to search me before I’m over the threshold?
    Four of the wanker’s are going to beat the shit out of me whenevr they feel like it and throw my ass out into the street?
    Fuck that.

  18. avatar
    mloclam yekra | 2 August 2007 at 10:08 am #

    Devil’s Advocate 6:28pm,

    That is THE MOST AUSSIE post i have read on this blog ever…

    You have a CLASSIC dry, sardonic sense of Aussie humour…ha ha ha

  19. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 2 August 2007 at 10:15 am #

    This comment’s relevancy index = Quite Low

    I didn’t realise until recently just how much of a completely stoned album U2’s “Unforgettable Fire” is.
    I mean this is seriously stoned music.
    This is stoned genius.
    This is a psychedelic gem…

    Funny i never realised this before even though i’ve loved that album since it came out…

    Beautiful stufff…awesome…genius…the half-speed stuff…wow

    “Up through the spiral staircase to the higher ground…”

    I mean what a headtrip image that is…

  20. avatar
    Mary | 2 August 2007 at 10:30 am #

    you’re so beautiful SK,St.Peter and Jesus are more likely laughing with excitement and awe.Give them a blogge style ramble and slip on through the gates whilst they’re still wondering what hit ’em!!

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 10:44 am #

    Malcolm Arkey…..I love U2… favourite of theirs is “BAD”….I dont know which album this is from,as i have it on my computer… you know?……and also,whilst in knowledgable company…..does anyone know which of the cure’s albums “M” is on?I thought I had it on my computer {coz i cant see the cd covers,my program dictates to me which c.d. i can choose etc.} somewhere?but it is not playing nicely at the moment… know sometimes ya just need to know these thingsjust because you just need to know?,and it’s on the flipside of your brain,and the tip o your tongue….love,genx xxx

  22. avatar
    alco amremkley | 2 August 2007 at 10:45 am #

    i have heard
    Saint Pete
    is partial to
    a good calf though…

  23. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 2 August 2007 at 10:52 am #


    “Bad” is the second track on the B side of Unforgettable Fire…or, if you have the CD version…that would be track 7 of “Unforgettable Fire”

    But you gotta check out the rest of the songs on U.Fire as the album really IS an album…that is it hangs together as this sprawling, shambolic piece…it’s not really “single” material but again, that is of course
    I love it.

    geez…typing is taking ages tonight.

  24. avatar
    fantasticandy | 2 August 2007 at 10:52 am #

    brien c,
    how did you discover the church?
    were you listening to divynls and someone said:
    ‘yeah they’re ok but have you heard this other great oz band called……’
    c’mon bri….you know how it works!
    just trying to point you towards some cool music i think you’ll like.
    and you’re one of my fave commenters too.
    so no need for fisticuffs on this particular occasion ok?

    err… sorry about the total irrelevence of todays entry steve!
    andy L.

  25. avatar
    grinderperson | 2 August 2007 at 11:31 am #

    low relevancy today but relevant to
    malcolm arkey yesterday at 8:15 –
    If you think “up through the spiral staircase to the higher ground” is genius then just you try ” lift me up into those whirring blades” !

  26. avatar
    the devil's advocate | 2 August 2007 at 11:46 am #

    Heh-heh. I’m from Yorkshire though – seriously!
    I have ‘spent some time’ with a few Oz lasses in me time, though…
    ah, those were the days.

  27. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 2 August 2007 at 11:50 am #


    that’s the flip side of the coin…yes, yes, Grind is genius too….just today i’m sorta focusing more on postive/uppy stype stuff.

    was it
    already yesterday ?
    or is it
    yesterday once more ?
    or was it
    almost yesterday ?

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 11:54 am #

    Mr.Arkey….thank you… that i know that…….well…i’ll go a hunting…ta velly muchly sir!….genx xxx

  29. avatar
    mal arkey | 2 August 2007 at 11:57 am #

    you write cute things, genxxx

  30. avatar
    isolde | 2 August 2007 at 11:57 am #

    isn’t it whirling blades grinderperson? he’s not talking about a mixmaster y’know

    goddess groupies, now that would be the 7th heaven brisbane contingent of course

    malko d’ark arts i don’t mind you, too

  31. avatar
    mal | 2 August 2007 at 11:59 am #


    perhaps the bloodline of a national sense of humour ??

    us dumb whitey Aussies are descended from you mob anyway…

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 12:03 pm #

    Are you referring to the crucifixion or the metal band, monsieur?


  33. avatar
    Malcolm D'Arcy | 2 August 2007 at 12:09 pm #


    mysterious mistress of the night blog:
    enchantress, bewitcher, lover of the many, having many lovers…Oh i know that you are here to tease us in the night and then be gone in the day light…

    was she ever here ?
    (that age old question)

    oh isolde…
    oh isolde…
    oh isolde…

    we could make some kinda lilting traditional peasant song outta this…much better than overblown opera

  34. avatar
    lily was here | 2 August 2007 at 12:17 pm #

    Restaurant Mark, i was referring to this comments section as being like Under Milk Wood .., the assorted sordid crazy characters coming and going, like watching theatre. Yeah, warm and cosy too 🙂

    sue x

  35. avatar
    mal karked it | 2 August 2007 at 12:26 pm #


    sorry i didn’t answer your other quezzie…

    “M” comes from the akbum “17 seconds”…funny you mention it…that album is also great….it’s music for insomniacs and crazies like me who like to wander the streets at night marvelling at the dark wonder of it all…that album gets a lot of feeling from the German ‘motorik’ beat sound of the 70’s…the dry, spartan, desolate, incessant nature of this album makes it stand out in the cure discography…the mixing was quite ‘experimental’ for this album also.

  36. avatar
    Brian | 2 August 2007 at 12:35 pm #

    Quality work today, Steve, that had me stopping and thinking deep thoughts. Thanks for a good start to my day 🙂

    Have you read any of Terry Pratchett’s books? In one of them he plants the idea that you’ll go to whatever afterlife you believe that you deserve. He also says this is why it is vitally important to shoot missionaries on sight.

  37. avatar
    devil's advo | 2 August 2007 at 12:36 pm #

    aye probably! I love the Oz sense of humour – cracks me up, and it IS a lot like working class English humour, yeah.

  38. avatar
    steve kilbey | 2 August 2007 at 12:38 pm #

    im thinkin of closing down the fucking comments
    if u2 is the best thing you can come with
    keep it relevant or dont comment
    last warning

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 12:45 pm #

    Mr.Karked it{sorry if there’s smelling pistakes,i’m laughing so hard}thank you,me lovely…..yeah,I love the kinda post nuclear frosty/dark sound of it as well….kinda similar to “sugar cubes”,or “icicle works”…a dark russian fairytale should be filmed and this style of music would just be stunning as the soundtrack…,and miraculously no smellinf pastiked…xxx gen

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 12:48 pm #

    “closedown” by the cure??????????
    just kidding, olde beane


  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 12:52 pm #

    My good man,

    What do you want from the comments, be honest –

    Critical feedback?
    Regular questions and queries?
    The view from here?



  42. avatar
    mal odorous | 2 August 2007 at 1:01 pm #

    Fuck !!!
    I just got the cane at 10:38pm !
    …from Steve Kilbey of all people !!


  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 1:03 pm #

    He’s a vengeful god, Mal

    You better watch it.


  44. avatar
    music lover | 2 August 2007 at 1:06 pm #

    i’d be pissed too if my commment section was turned into a dating site

  45. avatar
    mal content | 2 August 2007 at 1:15 pm #

    Thanks B.Bon – I know you’ll watch my back for me…

    Lusic Mover,
    actually it’s funny how many meanings there are for ‘pissed’
    – angry (also ‘pissed off’ – Strine)
    – drunk
    – laughing (as in “….my pants”)

  46. avatar
    dyfbeksh vgeispfj@! | 2 August 2007 at 1:19 pm #

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha ………………………plop!

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    mal practice | 2 August 2007 at 1:24 pm #

    i wonder what Steve Kilbey would’ve been like if he’d been a psychiatrist ?

    Extremely probing I’d imagine…(and no Mr Humpries jokes please)

    and no alarms and no surprises please

    and can you turn off the reverb send in the cans please ?

  48. avatar
    eek | 2 August 2007 at 1:39 pm #

    Do it, SK!!!! 😀

    …or better yet, give me delete capabilities. Everyone would be happy. I’d weed out the off topic comments; several readers/commenters would get to feel morally superior because they wouldn’t censor anyone unlike that eek bitch; and I’d get to power trip a bit. See? Everyone wins!! 😉
    And to keep at least some of this comment on topic — I fear the last line of today’s blog is not a good sign for you dear Steve. 🙁 Then again, maybe they’re just messing with you.
    Brian S — my guess is there are as many heavens, hells, and even gods as there are people who believe in them.

    And the last line in your comment made me laugh! 🙂

  49. avatar
    Ciggyman Fraud | 2 August 2007 at 1:45 pm #

    musak therapy =shock therapy……re-hashing experience therapy?the dangers of a comfy couch!….tell me about my childhood?!

  50. avatar
    mal tease cross | 2 August 2007 at 1:45 pm #

    I didn’t realise until recently just how much of a completely stoned album Nhu Quynh’s “Special 14 Song – Song Ca – Dac Biet- Vietnam CD of the year 2000” is.
    I mean this is seriously stoned music.
    This is stoned genius.
    This is a psychedelic gem…

    hang on…did i type this before ?

  51. avatar
    mal leable | 2 August 2007 at 1:53 pm #

    isn’t ” yfbeksh vgeispfj@!” Tibetan for “Jeff Beck” ?

    …or have I mixed up my lowland dialect with my Lhasa dialect…silly me.

  52. avatar
    davidcwelker | 2 August 2007 at 1:53 pm #

    mr sk, turning water into carrot juice.

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    aw,did I? | 2 August 2007 at 1:56 pm #

    if ya……{.metaphysically/theoretically}……got a cat ,,,and pushed it’s tail,and it’s ears got long,would ya have,a rabbit?……or if ya got a rabbit {metaphysically/theoretically of course}and pulled it’s tail,…….would ya get ……a cat?

  54. avatar
    John Garratt | 2 August 2007 at 1:57 pm #

    I’m going to miss these comments…[sniff]

    John Garratt

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    the stream of consciousness speeds by and we notice for a moment we are falling in time it is all wo | 2 August 2007 at 2:02 pm #

    as you pull on the strings
    you make my heart sing
    i want to know
    i know this for sue

  56. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 2:03 pm #

    Russell once said on Triple J that you used to do worse things to him than holding him down and spitting in his mouth.
    ‘Fess up, man!

  57. avatar
    Mal teeser | 2 August 2007 at 2:05 pm #

    buy a droid a drink?

  58. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 2:06 pm #

    Is Rick Maymi in U2?

  59. avatar
    MEM | 2 August 2007 at 2:09 pm #

    it’s funny how the mind work’s isn’t?
    just a few moments ago
    i was driving home
    from my graveyard shift

    and thinking how i saw
    this tragedy, the bridge collapse
    in Minnesota,
    a few days ago, at a thrift shop
    when i glanced over
    at “glass cutter” made
    specifically for “a car,
    if it was to be submerged

    (as seen on tv)

    not to be pat,
    but it was a
    memory in future tense
    a premonition
    but not
    until after the

    then i thought
    of “numbers” ( 9 1 1 )
    and how i’ve
    of your experience,

    and how
    the true sensitivity
    of a medium
    must, no doubt,
    filter the impurity of this
    day to

    how consciousness must,
    be unable to distinguish,
    between past & present,
    (no such things as a future)


    it would seem,
    the gods need us,
    as much as we need

  60. avatar
    mal ingerer | 2 August 2007 at 2:14 pm #

    Does anyone remember the childhood song “Ogopogo” ?

    It was a comedy song from the 1920’s but we used to sing it as kids…there’s a blog topic right there (“Songswelikedaskids”)

    that must have warped my little brain – along with Patsy Biscoe’s “Puff the Magic Dragon” played back at half speed or quarter speed …

    I used to also play a loathesome Danny Kay sings for kids album in reverse – it was actually not too bad backwards…

    but oh, man…the messages i must’ve absorbed !!!…

  61. avatar
    mal function | 2 August 2007 at 2:16 pm #


    which chocolate-coated piece of spherical candy out there is trying screw wiv me mind ??

    if you do that – how will i know who *I* am ??????

    it’s hard enough as it is

  62. avatar
    lam's breath | 2 August 2007 at 2:23 pm #




    who the ruck is Fick Maymi ?

  63. avatar
    a jim henson fan | 2 August 2007 at 2:27 pm #

    shari lewis and lambchop,iskybibble tra la tra la lala lala…sweet inspiral thought….4 ago…love that*

  64. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 2 August 2007 at 2:43 pm #

    An enlightening SK blog today that was mystical, existential, spiritual, ethereal and surreal. Interludes of levity and pathos. How does Skeve do it. GOD only Knows. peace to andy fellow commentors, Sk, Jeff Beck and The Church’s fantastic guitarists.

  65. avatar
    mal aria | 2 August 2007 at 2:45 pm #

    good nite beatiful intelligences out there…time for me to buzz off
    sweet dreams

    humidity out of control
    hot but calm night
    geckos fight on my ceiling
    flashes of lightning all around
    wowweee !
    when there is no sound of thunder i find lightning amazing…could watch it for hours

    hust like the indian shaman’s of the past must’ve
    watching up there
    putting some signifigance on it all…

  66. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 2:47 pm #

    as much as i love your work, i am amazed that you entertain all and or any of this religious bullshit…… men write stories to trick other men, it’s a beautiful world to love and enjoy, but why complicate things with god pr gods? don’t be dumb dude

  67. avatar
    the etherial ones* | 2 August 2007 at 2:48 pm #

    dear mem,i have the same is sometimes hard though to distinguish between projection of personal wishes,and intuition.dismissing “thoughts” as just thoughts can be a balancing and comforting procedure…when these thoughts WILL NOT be dismissed,there comes a point at which you must investigate…I can imagine that your intuition is very strong,as your words are not contrived,nor were they incorrect…we are blessed,we have been given a precious gift…we are of the “lucky ones”…love and peaceful dreams in abundance…

  68. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 2 August 2007 at 2:50 pm #

    Anon 12:47 Atheists and nihilists are like drops in the ocean declaring that the ocean does not exist.

  69. avatar
    parr tingshot | 2 August 2007 at 2:55 pm #

    Shari Lewis…i’m surprised she wasn’t name checked on the “Welcome” from MATS…or was she ?

    god I remember writing essays about Scipio Africanus when i did schoolboy ancient history all those moons agos

  70. avatar
    XXX | 2 August 2007 at 3:15 pm #

    ditto to above

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    cupid's agent | 2 August 2007 at 3:17 pm #

    thanks ‘stream of’,

    “Return of Spring”

    that painting is so full of life…the alabaster flesh…the glances…the cupid’s mimicry – there’s a lot going on there

  72. avatar
    lily was here | 2 August 2007 at 3:19 pm #

    Forgot my question mark. It would have been ‘Is Your Love In Vain’, would it not? officework packed away, must sleep zzzz

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    fiyaboy | 2 August 2007 at 3:29 pm #

    ok – forget the fire

    “Start of the ash,
    and the end of the flames
    Burning you
    turning you”

    I gotta admit the lyrics on The Chur-Churs’ song “Monday Morning” are pretty fucking good…and good all the way through

    i never forget these lines:

    Beyond the city, and evening dust
    Dreams and thunder rattle the rust


    There was a lifetime spent in the sun
    Hundreds of chances, blew every one

  74. avatar
    tinchebrai | 2 August 2007 at 3:37 pm #

    So many truly wonderful lyrics by the Time Being, yessir!

    Remember the 90-92 period though when he said he’d “sort of de-evolved” lyrically and he started stringing together bits of old sayings, nursery rhymes, aphorisms and clunkers like “they worshipped the son of the evil one” ?!
    That from the man who wrote “it’s never as good as I hoped or as bad as I feared” ? Kripes.
    Thank fuck you got over that phase, Steve!

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    https:// | 2 August 2007 at 3:46 pm #

    ah well we all have our phases eh…

    imagine if we just said the same things in the same way over and over and over again ?? you’d end up like dour old uncle frank with his one and only piece of advice…

    all of TB’s lyrical phases have been very interesting indeed.

    a bit of a cringe is not such a terrible thing, is it ?
    it means we’re moving forward and becoming better, doesn’t it ?

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    html | 2 August 2007 at 3:49 pm #

    actually i remember roger water’s comment about the lyrics on DSOTM:

    referring to the line
    breathe in the air,
    don’t be afraid to care…”

    He said – “It’s all a bit like 4th form poetry, isn’t it ?”

  77. avatar
    Cee | 2 August 2007 at 3:58 pm #

    I guess that was the punchline!

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    strangedays | 2 August 2007 at 4:09 pm #

    yeah – thanks a bloody lot, Steve…

    that line
    “it’s never as good as I hoped or as bad as I feared”

    was freshly printed in my mind
    just before i had my first sex…it rather defined the whole experience I’m afraid.

  79. avatar
    John Garratt | 2 August 2007 at 4:19 pm #

    “many who are gone reach me somehow”

    You’re lucky that way.

    At the risk of sounding maudlin and/of accidentally soliciting sympathy, my father is gone and I can’t reach him anywhere. He’s nowhere.

    John Garratt

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    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 5:06 pm #

    Yeah, F— U2. How come no one ever talks about Be Bop Deluxe? Listen and learn people.

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    davem | 2 August 2007 at 5:50 pm #

    Nice one SK.
    U2? Overblown, pompous, self-righteous stadium rock. I admit I’m partial to a wee bit of the Bunnymen & plenty of copey but U2? Nope. Simple Minds …nope.
    Dunno about you at the gates Killer. Didn’t JC say there was no way to the Father other than through him? I think he may be a tad elitist. Cool but elitist. I’m not sure producing the worlds greatest spacerock will cut it with him.
    love you more,


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    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 6:00 pm #

    “im thinkin of closing down the fucking comments
    if u2 is the best thing you can come with
    keep it relevant or dont comment
    last warning”

    Yeah, “keep it relevant”…translation:

    Keep the comments about me.
    Worship me.

    You all know I’m right about that, none of you will admit it. Talk about major narcissism.

    So U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 and turn off the comments already and the blog for all I care. I’m done with it, so you can save your “fuck off then” for another commenter.

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    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 6:43 pm #

    so, I guess I am hearing that sk wasn’t in u2, or rem neither, right?

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    davem | 2 August 2007 at 6:58 pm #

    To anon at 4:0 AM…. “keep the comments about me…”
    To be fair it is SK’s blog. And U2 are a load of shite.
    Have a nice day.

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    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 7:17 pm #

    U2 aren’t a load of shit, but maybe you are…one day you’ll come down a bit from your Sk obsession and see what a fool you’ve been…or not. It’s always absurd to see negative comments about Rem and U2 when in fucking fact they are part of the same fucking triumvirate as the Church- each offering something a little different.

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    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 7:45 pm #

    davem, you’re one of the worst worshippers on here, so I think you’d pretty much say anything to fluff SK’s feathers. All this ‘love you more’ garbage…you don’t even know the guy so how the hell can you love him (more)? That’s pretty weird, pretty fake really. “I love you postman, I love you stranger walking down the street who might be an axe murderer for all I know, I love you SK.” Give me a break.

    Personally I hate U2, so this has nothing to do with U2, but I just think when you go back and look at the comments SK makes in this here forum the only thing he responds to are overly-glossy worshippers or people that try to detract from his worship and I just think it’s become rather sickening.

    And so why am I still here one has to wonder? Because I just think it needs to be said and I guess I’m hoping that one, just one of the decent seeming people that make comments in here wake up and smell the coffee and realize you are no less important and contributory to this world than the likes of SK and you shouldn’t be dismissed as anything less.

    I’ve been following this blog for a while and I kind of liked it at first but the more I read it and read the comments I realized there was something very unhealthy going on here. I get that a blog is narcissistic by design, no duh, but all the comments about gazing at his own face and interviewing people (like his own kids for christsakes?!) and asking them questions about himself just seems sort of over the top, don’t you think? I can’t imagine doing that. “So, child, what you think about me?” And then some commenter from out of nowhere makes some worshippy comment and SK’s all gushy, or someone criticizes him and it’s all “fuck off then!”

    Something’s just not right here.

    Nobody’s perfect and even SK admits that about himself, but who the hell thinks about themselves this much.

    He’s always complaining about an empty feeling, well, here’s a thought: think about someone other than SK for a change. It might fill the void.

    You can all deny it all you want but tell me honestly who hasn’t thought the same thing at least once? It’s really soured me on the Church and that sucks.

  87. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 8:10 pm #

    But wot about Jeff Beck?

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    CSTCoach | 2 August 2007 at 8:15 pm #

    well, i logged on to write glowing things about U2 but i guess that’s out…?

    nicely written today. i loved the “what and why you write”. Though i’m a little fucking dismayed that Ole Grizzly Pete didn’t remember milky way. Surely JC coulda conjured it up for him?

    Liked yestaday’s blog too, but didnae have a chance to comment. Brought back memories of getting the leather strap in grade 3, just before it was outlawed over here…

    after that it was one suspension after another. i just didn’t like being told what to do… All the same, i’d like to think that i had a penchant for clever schemes, that i added a bit of poetry to the usual getting in trouble at school…

    i wouldn’t worry too much about people you were mean to back then, SK. i thought that way for a while, and even felt pretty guilty. but i guess that independent spirit that was being expressed was simply the seeds of those qualities you later drew on to stick to your creative guns, to not be swayed by where the biz wanted you to go, to stay true to your muse. I guess that’s the good that comes with the bad. How can we know, until we reach the end and have the benefit of hindsight (not the compilation)?


    – offline for the long weekend. have a good one, fellow fiendss 🙂

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    Anonymous | 2 August 2007 at 9:51 pm #

    Worldly Steve, very worldly.
    You like the forests with some Animals, Figures lurking in the mists, a birds eye view, blissful fields. St. Peter with Christ. Yes indeed.
    All these visual emotions are immediately designed, amalgamated in mind from archives…a grand design.

    Some of your illustrated words make me think of Klimt.


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    U2 Fan | 2 August 2007 at 10:05 pm #

    I remember when U2 were just starting out …. i can remember the ” unforgettable fire ” album it was awesome, i rememberi had that and the heydey album. i wonder what happened to those heyday shirts/ i wonder if sk and bono are friends or still talk to one another …. I have read that bono some times calls sk for career advice!? is this true?

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    BONO | 2 August 2007 at 10:10 pm #

    hello church fans maybe if sk stops his blogg you can all come over and read the u2 website ….. ( if you all wish to discuss the church in my blogge I will not get jealous or act like a bitch just because i missed the boat at my career….

  92. avatar
    MEM | 2 August 2007 at 10:12 pm #

    sk, there’s an
    Alex Grey on ‘Reality Sandwich’
    of interest

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    marty willson piper | 2 August 2007 at 10:13 pm #

    hey bono maybe you can give me a slot playing in U2 so i could make some money and pay all this damn child support and but some new jeans without holes in them……

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    sk moves in mysterious ways | 2 August 2007 at 10:17 pm #

    this is the Bondi strangler, i must comment on all these people making comments regarding U2, if that mother fucker lived here in bondi I would stalk him and piss in his fucking garbage cans too….. but i heard he lives in like a castle somplace protected by guards. these u2 fans are truly ” pissing ” me off. donot make me start these comments full of urine again. Fuck off U2 fans go leave comments at bonos blog. PISS OFF!!!!

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    xerxes | 2 August 2007 at 10:20 pm #

    i am the god of this blog and i want you all to stop making comments about u2… please

  96. avatar
    Mrs,. Peacock | 2 August 2007 at 10:23 pm #

    A killer lyric,that I’ve borrowed/ used more times than I am happy to have had to, “It seems you think,I promised you the moon.You must be seeing stars”….my……how just a few small moments and lines can alter your footsteps…life,is willingly yours.In its prismic and raw state,as it floats,and circles,and freefalls………There’s so much more fun to be relished…..The * relevance* of this comment……Jesus definitely does want you for a sunbean!ox

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    daniel12 | 2 August 2007 at 10:37 pm #

    You See !

    He’s not the Messiah !

    Just a very naughty boy.

    Now Bono on the other hand, ha ha. Na just jokeing.

    But seriously , Whatever you think of U2 you’ve gotta admit.
    Nobody has channeled the currency of rock stardom into greater good more than Bono. In particular his work with fighting poverty and has delivered some remarkable results. For this reason I think people forgive his narsissism and messianic tendencies. Besides it’s a cack live and U2 wouldn’t be the same without the old messiah routine. I’m not a fan but on a good night U2 live are quite an amazing spectacle. The little bugger can really sing too.
    Ballads for the common man folks.
    That’s what sells truckloads.
    Too much elitist cool just chills people. Just ask Ian McCullogh

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    Anonymous | 3 August 2007 at 1:34 am #

    U2 have sold more records than the Beatles and Michael Jackson put together. While they have maybe reached their peak, they have many years writing classis songs. And too Bono is for the people. he cares and tries to change them. He is not a selfish person. Unlike others. U2 FOREVER! I used like church but will not back down on my U2

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    Anonymous | 3 August 2007 at 3:10 am #

    i’m sorry but i am truly baffled by most of what i’ve read above…

    i come here to read what this man writes because it fills in that human element missing from all the years of listening to his music….and before anyone starts saying “oh great…another damn worshipper….” that’s not why i’m speaking up.

    The man basically opens his front door and a whole troop of loonies walks in like they own the place, piss in the corner and leave only to return the next day and repeat the whole thing all over again.
    Kinda ironic that he asked recently why people weren’t born with manners…

    He takes the time to paint a big picture here and everyday it seems to me like it’s in a different medium. Does anybody notice that?
    He gets treated like the fucker in a carnival that does caricatures…
    “draw me this….draw me that….”
    The Mr. Kilbey Show…stick yer hand up his ass and make him spout want you reallllllly wanna hear….

    I thought the purpose of this place was to be himself. His candor is second to none. Why anyone would want to stifle these kind of characteristics is beyond my comprehension. All this fluff that ends up here in the comments is exactly the kind of thing that does it. Why bother taking the time to do it at all? The painting is on the wall but these fuckers are staring blankly out the window on the other side of the room….

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    Anonymous | 3 August 2007 at 12:18 pm #

    These comments have put a sneaky grin on my face -steve, they might not be relevant in any way,shape, or form -but for the occasional reader, to come along and read this silly rot,it really does seem quite funny. Even from the point of view of noting the difference between those who like to leave somewhat….how to describe them… “ethereal” comments and the..other ones…bloody funny. Somehow knowing how much they must annoy you makes it amusing -I realise that’s a wicked thing to say due to the effort that you make here to write so well and thoughtfully. It must all be as annoying as hell.

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