posted on August 15, 2008 at 9:49 pm

i’m kilbey
who are you?
i paid my dews before you were outta short pants
and they call me old man skyriver
giver of boons
tinker of tunes
i sing but i dont dance
i been to jail
i been to france
i been to helvetia n back
with out e’er a backwoods glance
(e’er… poncy!)
yes i am the velvet throated poet
oh how i know it and then
blow it!
(a mod ‘un de quincy!)
the fool on the hill
man i’m sitting here so still
still i’m sad…..
my encyclopedia brain
with half the letters missing
dont go dissing me cur
youre just a blur on the silent screen
youre like something in be tween
have you come to praise or bury me
have you come to drown or ferry me
hey i rhyme on time; how very me
i am so self obsessed i forgotten my name
i hate myself but its love to blame
viva la difference but its all the same
hey did i ever tell ya bout the time
i was recording in manhattan
i got the vu meters to flatten
ya see i could detect a pattern
i was snorting some brown powder
i was supping on some vegan potato chowder
i was strumming my bass much louder….
never mind me
i often digress
i bullshit you
then i truly confess
bless you reader
hail thee oh subscriber
you kindness doth sustain me
(can ya lend us a fiver?)
i am the keeper of the flaming frame
sleeper you should keeper
the words seem to have ironed things out
the dope seems to have cleared things up
steve kilbey all defiant despite his recent losses
knocked out by phil e stein
and mod n times
the killer as they call him
has adjourned to his corner
yoga is massaging his shoulders
chi gong takes the mouthguard out of his gob
swimming tries to stitch his swollen eye
in every painting you do kil-bo
one eye bigger than the other…why bother
and why twins
i guess he’s not a mono zygotic kinda guy
the rhythm n rhyme have disinte-grated
all the hoo hah now a-bated
whats left?
a slinky bass line
the smudge of a shadow on yer eyeline
the whisper of some words on yer grapevine
enjoy me freely
i wont be a round forever
they dont do this model so much these days
i hear the new guys dont know their eros from their venus
how much distance i must put between us
the australian us
the euro-pean us
the dream bus is calling us
too much
magic bust
magic free dirt
hey every body call me mr guy forks
cos i am discombobulated
sometimes im good
sometimes im mournful
sometiimes im friendly
sometimes im scornful
im an arrogant little prat
an irritating brat
scare the hell out of a bat
prattling on with this n that
how much do i promise
how much do i deliver
a brittle precious little
hey i’m everything at fucking once
no one here knows what i can n cannot do
i can spell through as thru
cos i’m so good
that i make mistakes
like swimming in black lakes
full of voracious vermillion snakes
like the lamia who ate rael
or buffalo ballet by john cale
if there was a rock ph.d i’d be at yale
i always fail
i always fall
i always fill yer head with nonsense, thats all….
why do you love me love love me do
you love me oh say it long and hard
say it with your credit card
say it with a glassy shard
or something i possibly marred
i’m kilbey
i’m my own man
but you could rent me…anybody can
for half an hour
increase your power
beauty like a hairy flower
knock ‘er over n wow ‘er
i am the one they simply call him
i was once known as slim
i got vitality n vim
my receiving is dim
dim, sim
flim flam
no ham or spam
was glam
now damn!
clown prince the neverking
not that anyone was wondering
nice day here…no thundering
guess i’ll have a fucking swim under then
poach some pears
see to my affairs
trim my beards hairs
listen to some kevin ayers
descend the stares
never see
suntanned druglord
for all the tourists
down by the sea

28 Responses to “avoid disappointment ; enjoy ttb ice-cold now”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 August 2008 at 11:08 pm #

    who don’t care
    how it is
    to be loved
    for free.

  2. avatar
    restaurant mark | 15 August 2008 at 11:21 pm #

    “a slinky bass line
    the smudge of a shadow on yer eyeline
    the whisper of some words on yer grapevine”

    that was a great one…good way to start the weekend

    take care everyone

  3. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 16 August 2008 at 12:34 am #

    you know esskay if i had ‘a’ credit card i wood be your paypal till the end of days, oh and by the way nice blog today…
    Jonny Hollywood

  4. avatar
    Polydora | 16 August 2008 at 1:02 am #

    Mr. Guy Fork and Ms. Lady Spoon
    lost their “precious little”
    in a bass line made of cobalt blue
    notes that hooked and shook,
    twisted and tangled every
    old man skyriver akillbo.

    The end.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 August 2008 at 1:20 am #

    thanks ms dora!that is beautiful….reminds me….i must do the dishes!;Dxo

  6. avatar
    princey | 16 August 2008 at 8:17 am #

    Nice rhyming sk! Here’s some more..

    I enjoy ttb sizzlin’ hot
    That’s when ttb hits the spot
    I forget ttb….not!
    Have a luvly Saturday evening sk, love Amanda

  7. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 16 August 2008 at 8:46 am #

    Very enjoyable read, Steve. Some of the rhyming made me chuckle.
    Steve Kilbey, the fall guy, still standing tall guy.

  8. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 16 August 2008 at 9:28 am #

    Seems to me the title of today’s blog might be aimed at our Brien…?

  9. avatar
    ross b | 16 August 2008 at 10:35 am #

    avoid disappointment?? – don’t go gaf-ing! 😉

    and here am i, enjoying the ttb with ice-cold vb in typical ozzy fashion, swimming the sea of amber on a frigid saturday night.

    you’re a crack-up!! All the best, r.

  10. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 16 August 2008 at 11:00 am #

    love always…

  11. avatar
    that slappin' funkin' bass | 16 August 2008 at 2:05 pm #

    hee hee….’s’funny,killerbee .;) 🙁 :/ x

  12. avatar
    Abel Tasker | 16 August 2008 at 6:02 pm #

    Hello beings

    although sk professes hatred for rap
    (I guess I’m not usually in the mood for it either)

    the love of rhyme and wordplay is shared (not to mention the bravado)

    tribe called quest, anyone?

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 August 2008 at 6:13 pm #

    “or Buffalo Ballet by John Cale” ? Genius!
    On a sideline, I’m surprised at Brien, actually. SO surprised in fact that at first I thought someone must’ve hacked into his google account or summat. Anyway – Buffalo Ballet by John Cale! Yehman!

  14. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 16 August 2008 at 6:26 pm #

    I’m innately a very kind and compassionate person. Lamentably, I’m overly-sensitive, too emotional, pedantic, psychologically damaged and overly intransigent. If a person is 48 and still likes Morrissey it’s a sign of alarming arrested development. The Doors song “People Are Strange” somehow envisioned me.

  15. avatar
    tim | 16 August 2008 at 6:37 pm #

    down by the sea
    see what you see
    be what you be
    or get on with the show
    what we all want
    you already know
    its not just any note
    its not just any smoke
    its not mitch miller
    its not ben stiller
    its certainly not filler..
    tell me..where’s that painkiller..

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 August 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    Welcome back, Brien.
    Please stay.
    Oh, and I’m 46 and still like the Smiths!

  17. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 16 August 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    Yes, welcome back, Brien. And yes, you are a very sensitive person. So am I, so I can definitely relate to it. I was hoping you hadn’t decided to leave permanently.
    By the way, Brien, do me a favor: go to YouTube and search for Dan Fogelberg – A Cry In The Forest and let me know what you think. It’s a song that deals with how we as human beings are treating this planet – nature and animals.

  18. avatar
    steve kilbey | 16 August 2008 at 9:02 pm #

    the smiths formed at a church gig in 1982
    how seminal is that?
    (mr humphries!)
    welcome back brien
    im 53 and i still listen to t rex!
    17 comments after that brilliant rap…?
    bah humbug
    wheres me homeys n me posse?
    cos im a bad g-star
    with a mo fo tude
    and a water pistol

  19. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 16 August 2008 at 9:15 pm #

    Steve. Thanks for being amenable.

    I Thought It Was Going To Be

    Steve Say’s Goodbye !
    Brien Say’s Hello !

    I’m addicted to Jim Beam (Bad), black beans(healthy) and The Time Being(Illuminating).

  20. avatar
    linjo | 16 August 2008 at 9:56 pm #

    Hey great way to start a Sunday. Strange that I feel such relief.
    Is that true about the Smiths Steve? I do remember the Church tapes and Smiths tapes being on my player around the same time and it was a bit of a competition who had the best voice! Yesterday I bought the best of Blur. Forgotten they had so many amazing songs. Lovely sunny happy Sunday to all. Linda

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 August 2008 at 11:04 pm #

    Seminal fluid flowetry… Sk
    Gerty Bush in full effect..
    So good..s… I am battered n bruised ready to be dipped into painkiller substance im trembling and limping.. how to press on and play….g’day


  22. avatar
    eek | 16 August 2008 at 11:20 pm #

    17 comments after that brilliant rap…?
    bah humbug
    wheres me homeys n me posse?

    I couldn’t comment before because I was so overwhelmed by your writing I was rendered completely unable to type. 17 comments after that brilliant rap…?
    bah humbug
    wheres me homeys n me posse?

    I couldn’t comment before because I was so overwhelmed by your writing I was rendered completely unable to type. Thoroughly enjoyed it though.
    I never have managed to get into the Smiths — Morrissey is just too fucking whiny for me.

  23. avatar
    eek | 17 August 2008 at 5:15 am #

    Ack! Repeating myself is what I get for cutting, pasting, and posting without checking. >:(

  24. avatar
    tim | 17 August 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    i agree eek..had the same problem with morrissey i could never tell if he was whining or singing
    is it possible to be
    too british…if so
    they were..the smiths lacked something for me…maybe it was soul..
    it was like the band could only run in one gear…it all sounded the same…it was as if it didn’t get on the record if it did sound depressing….as for the band forming at a church gig…now i know who to blame.

  25. avatar
    steve kilbey | 17 August 2008 at 9:00 pm #

    smiths = very samey

  26. avatar
    princey | 18 August 2008 at 3:25 am #

    Hey don’t knock The Smiths!!, they’re my fave band after The Church, best bass/guitar combo in the world (after sk/mwp of course!) how can you beat “The Queen Is Dead”!!!!

  27. avatar
    eeh, councillor mucklin | 18 August 2008 at 10:26 am #

    If you were a northern softyboy in the 60 & 70s you'd have been gobsmacked when you first heard the Smiths in the 80s because that was your life, that was, and no-one had ever articuluated anything like that in music before that.
    And yes, Morrissey & Marr finally settled on Rourke & Joyce and then they all went off to see the Church that night. It is true – Rourke has confirmed it.

  28. avatar
    tom courtney's winklepickers | 18 August 2008 at 10:28 am #

    And I should’ve added that, yes, I was and am a northern softyboy!

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