posted on May 25, 2009 at 8:44 am

the washed out glare of a bondi winter sky
as the last days of may truly came
my eye throbbed like a bitch
the light stabbed me and i flinched in its rays
my ears both gone
one of my eyes going going…
i jump on a bus to the eye specialist
the regular quack took one look n said
get thee to the i-specialist
my eye is flashing and furry and fuzzy
it looks real weird like a lemurian shamans eye
the eye doctors preps to measures n prods my eye (ouch)
i get my pupils opened right up
i read a terrible story in waiting room
how we fucked the murray valley
cut down 16 billion trees
nice work
seems trees attract rainfall
well whattya know
one still feels so sorry for the farmers left
stranded by the lands sudden frigidity
the great murray river has been diverted to a standstill
its stagnant and toxic and all because…..
because theres too many of us
and we’re greedy
and we’re humans
and we’re human
and we really think the earths resources are infinite
that the murray river could never run dry
no matter how much was taken out
its all fucked up
for everybody
rare red gum trees suddenly dying out
a sobering tale and close to home
did you know the sahara was once a rainforest?
trees attract rain…..dont cut another one down please
not in the amazon….ah but theyll keep going
till theyre all gone
just like the indians said we would
till the last fish
till the last tree
till the last buffalo
mr kilbey
the i-doc summons me in
peers into my fucked eye
seems my ocular jelly took a bit o compressing
or whatever
gotta go back next week
see if i have torn my retina
you dont wanna go blind on yer tour says i-quack
come back next week..maybe ya need a laser….
and if you feel a grey shadow coming on
then call me immediately……!
i walk back from the junction
my eyes sensitive to all the lights
jesus the onstage lights would be murder
hope this goes away before tour!
my eyelid a lovely scarlet purple

25 Responses to “beware the grey shadows”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 May 2009 at 9:39 am #

    love .xo

  2. avatar
    the dean | 25 May 2009 at 9:45 am #

    also damming rivers to create artifical lakes decreases rainfall.

    good luck with the i

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    fantasticandy | 25 May 2009 at 9:50 am #

    take it easy killer, get yerself sorted for the tour eh?
    let’s face it….it’s the most important one for years.
    be well friend.

  4. avatar
    12str | 25 May 2009 at 10:01 am #

    Shit SK…!! sounds nasty..hope it gets better soon..take care.

  5. avatar
    princey | 25 May 2009 at 11:17 am #

    I didnt want to hear this happen to you sk, not at this point just before your tour:(
    Would sunglasses look daggy onstage??
    Take care and love always,

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 May 2009 at 11:24 am #

    Do paint the “light show” given by the eye later.

  7. avatar
    Shawn El | 25 May 2009 at 11:51 am #

    You could wear an eyepatch and play yon goode pirate Kilbey on the upcoming tour.

  8. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 25 May 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    …well i suppose the article on the murray river and how we continue to royally screw things up is better than a six month old womans day which is the kinda thing that a lot of the surgery waiting rooms i’ve ever visited seem to have….

    as for your eye, for christ’s sake take it easy, ok?

    love always…..

  9. avatar
    Freddie | 25 May 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    (sigh) You had me worried (hugs).
    Must thou be so clumsy?! xoxo

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    Jen Jewel Brown | 25 May 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    Bloody hell squire – a man acts chivalrous and is attacked by a great exploding gob of champers cork. It’s just not right.

    Re the Murray – hopefully the floods dousing Qld and NSW will give her a big drink somewhere, somehow. Let those lungfish wriggle free. Douse the buried seeds. Soak the wretched roots. Feed those precious river red gum giants. Wash the salt far and wide.

    Meanwhile found something you might like. I’m not a fan of Facebook, but Care2 (great site) have a milestone to announce re that and a good idea to trumpet here:

    “This week we saw a milestone in online animal activism: the animal rights cause on facebook has now reached 3 million members. Are you a member?

    “While this news does not mean anything directly for animal welfare, it’s an interesting landmark and a sign of the growth of our movement. Social media structures like this provide activists with an easy way to organize and quickly mobilize a large group of supporters to take action. With this facebook group you can send one quick message 3 million people who can sign a petition, send an email to a politician or CEO, or donate to a particular cause.

    That’s exactly what the the adminstrators of the animal rights cause on facebook are doing. They’re are asking their members to donate $3 each. If everyone did it, that would be $9 million. That’s a lot of money, but it’s also a little unrealistic to expect that all of the members would donate, especially in this economy. Even if only 10% of people decided to donate 3 bucks, that’s still $900,000. That money could go a long way towards protecting animals.”

    Get well soon eye mash


  11. avatar
    veleska1970 | 25 May 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    i’m glad you made it to the doctor. i’m sending good vibes your way that everything will be fine.

    lotza love….

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    CSTCoach | 25 May 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    You’ll be ok sk. Retinal tear can be tacked down with the laser, but don’t fuck around and go over straight away if you notice that black spot. Saw many such injuries from blows to the looker. Just hope it fades before the tour – although a black eye might just add to yer image.

    re: desertification and how we ruin the world. such a sad, sad tale. we love to delude ourselves, and we have an amazing capacity to do so. spent the past two weekends planting a big veggie garden in my yard. planted a new tree back there as well. small things, but if only each of us would do a few small things…

  13. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 25 May 2009 at 6:59 pm #

    The last crisis SK needs is eye damage. Let’s pray it heals. One of the many reasons I respect SK is that for years he’s known that human overpopulation is the world’s emergency crisis and veganism is both a moral and planetary imperative for mother earth’s sustainment.

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    pennybridge | 25 May 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    Hope your eye will be ok before the tour. We all hope for a quick recovery.
    I´m sure a Jack Sparrow image would look good on you.

    Winter in Bondeye? Hmm… Not exactly permafrost I guess.

    Besh wishes!

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 May 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    Another under-rated artist gone here in the states.

    Jay Bennett (ex-Wilco) 1963-2009 Rest In Peace

  16. avatar
    davem | 25 May 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    Keeping it all crossed for you SK.

  17. avatar
    somebody who knows, | 25 May 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    Don’t be in denial of the fragility of your situation,SK.Be gentle on yourself.No over-exertion.No lifting heavy things.Hydrate your body.Steer away from codeine as it dehydrates the body.Rest up.Gentle exercise.Lots of vitamin C.Get your lovely wife to give you a scalp and neck massage to increase blood flow to your head for regeneration.Maybe some “eyebright”and “bilberry” from Russell.Don’t be a hero!!!{Men are renowned for not going to the doctor unless they are in serious crisis.THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO BE A HERO.} blessings to you ….. Your music and art have touched so many.I am sure that with all of the goodwill directed toward you,the love will make magic happen for you.Speedy recovery,Steve.peace’n’love.xoxoxoxoxo

  18. avatar
    EDD | 25 May 2009 at 8:53 pm #

    What a strange turn of events. Party on Steve! Get well Soon!

  19. avatar
    eek | 25 May 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    I’m really happy you went to an eye doctor, even the possibility of a detached retina isn’t something to fuck around with. And if you get any of the symptoms he warned you about make sure you do call right away, no matter what time or day it is. It really is the type of situation where time is of the essence.

    I remember reading that even clearing space just for roads through rainforests upsets the balance so much that they die. And once the rainforest dies, for the most part nothing else grows there (or at least it doesn’t grow well). Rainforests are amazingly complex and fragile.

    You would think that once people know that clearing them doesn’t bring enough long term positive, but that’s obviously not the case. The people doing it too often figure there’s always somewhere else to exploit when thee current one is no longer useful.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 May 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    if you have to wear an eyepatch, and crawl on stage cause you drank too much (plus) you better fuckin be there. I did not wait 21 years to see you guys live only to have you not show. LOL! All kidding aside, get well soon mate and stay away from that bubbly.

    sorry to disagree with you brien, but let us not be so arrogant to suggest we can control or sustain mother nature. That would be like saying we can move gods hand. Yes, we are impacting her more than ever, but it is not she that is in peril, but the human race as we know it. at present population levels we are nothing more than a cancer on the planet and she will do what she must to rid herself of it. Sorry to be a downer but i think we have surpassed the tipping point of where we can pull back and save ourselves from mass extiction. As Leonard Cohen put it I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE BABY…IT IS MURDER.
    Mother nature WILL live on…she will do the killing.

    tim fenn

  21. avatar
    iseult | 25 May 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    I don’t pop my cork for every eye I see

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 May 2009 at 2:06 am #

    Hmmm, eye see…..

    Man that sucks. Take it easy, I’m sure everything will work out. Can’t wait for your Slim’s show June 12. The Church is one of the few bands these days I will expose to my aging eardrums. 🙂

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 May 2009 at 3:30 am #

    perfect child stuck on replay in brain for weeks, cannot stop, no complaints ,but since you obviously have done this on purpose please suggest alternative

    peace and word to your mothers uncle

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    Anonymous | 26 May 2009 at 4:53 am #

    You’ve certainly had a rough trot lately olde bean. Still, it’s better these things happen here rather than overseas. Hopefully you’ll be fighting fit for the tour.

    After all, this could be the taste of victory.

    Lady Di

  25. avatar
    mcook5 | 26 May 2009 at 5:08 am #

    Good luck with the eye Steve. I bought Metallic SK the other day, cant wait to put that up in the house.

    Well, I have another subject to talk about. Why no legit live Church DVD?? Let me know if I’m wrong but I do not know of any. About once a week I get up in the morning with a wild hair and put on a live DVD and blast it. Lately it’s been I dunno, Queen, AFI, maybe some Fleetwood Mac, (I know weird combination) but looks and sounds so good on the 50″ and with the surround sound, oh man, just crazy bitchin. I’m always thinking WHERE IS MY FAV BAND IN THE WHOLE WORLD? 30 years and no official live show released? You guys must have filmed some decent shows, no? DVD that shit!! There’s some good quality live clips on the church website, I’m sure that show at least was recorded. I’ll buy it, I’m a graphic artist, I’ll do the cover or you paint it.

    Lets’ do this!

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