posted on June 9, 2007 at 7:50 am

the storm continues
sydney is lashed and bashed
people go missing
me and girls poke thru wreckage on the beach
assorted bits of fishing tackle
plazzy bags
a dead octopus
dead fish
cig lighters
plazzy bottles
sea weed
string and rope
things hard to identify now
cigarette butts seemingly indestructible
jellyfish n bluebottles
the sea has hurled the sand up on the boardwalk
i have never seen that before
and it looked like it had snowed in bondi
out of the purple sky a maelstrom was unleashed
even as we stood there marvelling
sand and rain combining in the air
shot towards you by 100 mile an hour wind
like small concrete icicles ripping at yer face
the heavens open up and you got yer deluge
the sea rears up and roars
and the sky becomes blacker than black
a single star somehow shines forth
a dog is hit by a car across the road
it tries to stand but it falls down again n again
nk gasps and her eyes fill with hot tears
i pull my yellow rubber hood hard over my head
scarlets transparent rain protector keeps inflating
with each gust of wind
woooooh she keeps saying from inside there
we hurry home down the lanes and alleys
past blocks of flats and mini mansions
past the rusting hulks and the bmws
past dripping cactii and soaked armchairs left out for rubbish
lights flare red and white on the wet roads
inside its warm
i see my computer on kitchen table
i approach
and write these

36 Responses to “black night is a long way from home”

  1. avatar
    the only ones | 9 June 2007 at 8:19 am #

    Nice read.

    Now can the matt davisons/matt davvydsons and their various alter egos and sub-commenters please leave their prattle out of these comments.

    Their nonsense demeans the soul and intention of this work. this isn’t your 15 minutes here, boys.

  2. avatar
    fantasticandy | 9 June 2007 at 8:32 am #

    what a day!
    andy L.

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2007 at 8:41 am #


    Lassa nite I had a dream. You were teaching a cooking class at evening college with a group of us. We were making a tofu sauce or something. After the class you were going to play for us. You came around checking the sauces and seemed pleased. Then you came to me. In your best “Peter” voice you said “I’m sorry, this one’s not up to scratch. You’ll have to stay behind.” So I was kept in, while you and the others all went off to the private concert. I was one unhappy litte vegemite.

    Which brings me to: It’s a long time between gigs sk. This native is getting restless. Magic hand permitting of course.

    Lady Di

  4. avatar
    eek | 9 June 2007 at 8:42 am #

    Sounds like one hell of a nasty storm. Glad you all made it home safely.

    Poor dog. 🙁 I just gave my Zekie a big hug.

  5. avatar
    paul lightfoot | 9 June 2007 at 8:46 am #

    ..and now the storm heads our way and is due over Auckland tomorrow lunchtime. Meanwhile.. Andy L basks in 25C Worcester heat.

    Paul L
    New Zealand

  6. avatar
    paul lightfoot | 9 June 2007 at 8:53 am #

    ..and Saturday’s NZ Herald – “Time Out” upcoming gig guide says:

    Steve Kilby (The Church) Transmission Room. 28 July

    They always did only ever put one “L” in Willson-Piper in this crap newspaper, but they could at least put an ‘E” in Kilbey.

    Paul L
    New Zealand

  7. avatar
    paul lightfoot | 9 June 2007 at 9:00 am #

    I’m sure Matt D will sort it out won’t you Matt? :).. But then it’d read something like :

    Killer (The Crunch) Transmishion Room July 28


    He’ll gimme shit for that 🙂

    Paul L

  8. avatar
    paul lightfoot | 9 June 2007 at 9:13 am #

    “..but they could at least put an “E” in Kilbey”

    and I know I’ll be putting an “E” in Kilbey when I see him.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2007 at 9:28 am #

    “worst flooding and most concentrated extreme conditions” states the news broadcast, since 1971…glad that you are all safe and warm….is there anything “WE” can do about the weather?………..”The Little Prince” should be taught in our schools{instead of this stupid guilt trip”it is gods will”or “the devil is to blame” bullshit}…..the torturous weapons we provide to the creatures who implicitly trust that “it is the way it is” we have claimed animals as our property…house them in “easy times”,but in a flash take no responsibility for their wellbeing or safety,because we are “more evolved” and “we just dont wanoo!” maybe am just hungover and cranky….but “THE LITTLE [FUCKING] PRINCE”…….Mmmmmmmm…….genx xxxxxxx

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    Anonymous | 9 June 2007 at 9:38 am #

    and an extra kiss for lil Scarlet……she sounds like the sweetest little cherub.a big smoochy one little chicken X love genx

  11. avatar
    davem | 9 June 2007 at 10:59 am #

    I’m gutted about the dog. It’s really upset me!!
    True about the ciggie butts. Bloody evil things.

  12. avatar
    melquiades | 9 June 2007 at 11:10 am #

    what a storm.

  13. avatar
    Altres | 9 June 2007 at 11:12 am #

    Beautiful and poetic, Steve, strangely enough we had a massive electrical storm the other night here. Sheet lightening ripping aprt the sky.

    I’ve really got to take some time to read more of your blogg other than just the occassional weekend. I must be due you another financial hit soon too. 😀

    There’s a video of a gig I gave in Edinbugh the other week at my site. We krauted them out.


  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2007 at 11:18 am #

    Why didnt you stop the car to rescue the dog???????????????

  15. avatar
    Ansible Jon | 9 June 2007 at 12:26 pm #

    that storm sounded:
    a bit like life.

    all those time i wish i was an animal (besides this one) i stop and wonder how wonderful it would feel in the middle of a storm. no cozy house, just outside in the elements. only the strong, eh?
    love the words you used to describe such a thign of frightful splendor…

  16. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 9 June 2007 at 12:44 pm #

    this is interesting:

    …but as i always say, where there’s a will – there’s a loophole

  17. avatar
    fantasticandy | 9 June 2007 at 1:26 pm #

    the weather here in worcester is sooooo different!
    it’s a scorcher of a day!
    beautiful blue skies!
    verdent greenery, trees in blossom,
    carl’s bringing his stix around later to do some new drum tracks for the ‘single’.
    iv’e got a few bottles of fine ‘goliath’ english ale,
    and wer’e gonna’ have a nice barbie!
    my eldest daughter, camille, makes great veg kebabs….yum!
    your’e all invited!
    steve, don’t forget yer plank,
    we’ll give ’em all half-hours worth of space rock ok?
    i’ll go warm the mellotron up,
    see you later!
    andy L.

  18. avatar
    Tim | 9 June 2007 at 1:44 pm #

    Today’s post. A nice little slice of life…

    You could make a million writing country songs…

    I hear nashville calling…


  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2007 at 2:30 pm #

    sk goes nashville when really he should visit asheville.


  20. avatar
    kat | 9 June 2007 at 3:41 pm #

    sk, disturbing dredge after a storm – reminds me of nc after a hurricane.. don’t know that i would call it cleansing..more like erosion… oh! the dog being hit made puffer (my beloved dawg) & i sad too.

    andy L,

    have fun jamming!! veggie bbq sounds good. any food does, actually…

  21. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 9 June 2007 at 5:11 pm #

    Ugh..horrible. Poor doggie.

  22. avatar
    CSTCoach | 9 June 2007 at 5:49 pm #

    its so nice to watch a raging storm, esp a snowstorm, from inside a nice warm room, warm glass of brandy and a warm girl by your side, cat curled around your feet…

    its sad to see the sea throw up so much trash. no matter where you go it seems to wash up. when will people ever wise up that it comes back, and they end up living in their own filth???

    sad about the dog. well described in just a few words. its futile struggle to stand back up. perhaps its confusion, what happened, why to me, why don’t my legs work anymore? i find myself feeling much more sympathetic to animals than to most people. i think because they don’t bring our cruelty onto them, but they get it anyway…


  23. avatar
    snowfaller | 9 June 2007 at 6:13 pm #

    Wow – sounds like a crazy storm down there…

    Glad the Kilbey clan is safe.

    Storms are great – the power of our Earth. It makes you wonder how people can disrespect it so much…

  24. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 9 June 2007 at 7:04 pm #

    Was there anything you could have done for the injured dog? Paul McCartney and Chrissie Hynde would have stopped their cars to help. So would have milions of other animal lovers. The malevolent person who hit the dog did not bother to stop his or her car. A polluter and a killer !

  25. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 9 June 2007 at 7:22 pm #

    Dear fantasicandy: whenever I visit your band’s website I always think about Julian Cope. He’s the far-out Druid who is almost as talented as SK. SK has been consistently brilliant since 1986. Julian Cope is erratic. My favorite Cope CD’s are Peggy Suicide, 20 Mothers and Interpreter. SK’s blog was harsh reality today. Cruelty to animals, mankind polluting the oceans. Anybody with any conscience needs to escape the reality of this fallen world and the malevolent Homo-Sapiens that are ruining it.

  26. avatar
    knot | 9 June 2007 at 8:39 pm #

    perhaps then the dog did die
    but his energy can never perish
    and in the wind
    with jellyfish, kelp and suchlike

    a new creature is somewhere born

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2007 at 9:43 pm #

    Everyone in Persia probably feels like that too……….Massive storm in Oman,same days

  28. avatar
    fantasticandy | 9 June 2007 at 11:12 pm #

    dear brian,
    thank you for your wonderful compliment.
    you are most kind.
    we feel we have the same aims as messrs. cope and kilbey.
    we share your views about the world we live in.
    when i next change our myspace song lineup at the end of the month
    i will make sure the song ‘interesting times’ is among the selection as i belive it’s message is close to your own heart.
    once again, many thanks brian!
    i do not imagine you are easily impressed!
    andy L.

  29. avatar
    BLUE HIGHWAY | 9 June 2007 at 11:59 pm #

    Hey Esskay,
    What is your favourite Rolling Stones song so me can add that one to me next dream…
    Jonny Moondog

  30. avatar
    NickFiction | 10 June 2007 at 12:58 am #

    cleary the world is nearing it’s end

  31. avatar
    tristan | 10 June 2007 at 1:59 am #

    To “the only ones” (6:19pm),

    Have you not heard of “live and let live” ?

    …or are we commentators meant to assume an attitude of reverent awe, studied silence or subdued appreciation before setting foot on these hallowed pages ?

    Bekanntmachung ! – facetious commentators will be up against the wall at dawn.

  32. avatar
    isolde | 10 June 2007 at 3:13 am #

    Ich liebe Sie Tristan

  33. avatar
    zebob | 10 June 2007 at 3:14 am #

    Fortunately one of my dogs is part greyhound. Fast but none too bright. Many years ago he got out of the house and got that crazed look in his eye; that chasing him would be a great game. He was a few years old at the time and would blaze back and forth, daring you to try and catch him. But he took this one opportunity to run across the busy street. I half closed my eyes, knowing what was coming next. He turned to cross the street as a car was approaching. I’m screaming. My wife is screaming. The dumbass runs INTO the back of the car as it passes by and trots casually back home with a gash on his shoulder. He’s about 13 years old and hasn’t lost much in terms of footspeed. He’s still dumb as a post but we love him to bits.

  34. avatar
    JJ | 10 June 2007 at 3:51 am #

    Rider on the Storm….I like storms, though I hope it’s not destroying things or killing anyone. There’s a certain elevating feeling as storms approach; I later read that ions levels in the air increase. Wonderful descriptions, reminded me of when hurrican ivan came up from the Gulf of Mexico to Atlanta, the sky was a surreal black for several days, rain lashing and trees swaying for 24 hrs.

    Just returned here from my Mexico seaside work journey, good to be home. Batten down the hatches in Bondi. Doesn’t Oz need the rain though?

    Trash – the ubiquitous detritus of civilization is everywhere, isn’t it? I see it all around, everywhere, no matter how remote a place seems, there are the cig butts and bits of plastic. Here’s an extreme example of what’s being done to the earth:

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 June 2007 at 4:47 am #

    i don’t understand why you didn’t go home and get your car and take the dog to the vet? even if you don’t want to keep the dog or pay the money to fix it you could have had it put out of its pain and misery.

    you talk all this hippy shit but when it’s time to actually do something for another sentinent being where is the action?

  36. avatar
    Celticat | 10 June 2007 at 10:55 am #

    I just absorbed that as I read it. So many memories – you brought them back so quickly so vast.

    Thank you

    All my love


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