posted on December 17, 2006 at 11:18 pm

oh muse oh muse
here i am nevets
here i am sweet childe in time
where am where am i my muse
wil-os house little nevets in brrrs-baine
its warm n overcast little muse
aw, your favourite weather tiny nevets
kind wil-o nevets
to let nevets stay here
not nasssty hotel…ooh cold n unfeeling
oh thanks wil-o for my brekky juice
and for the water pressure
now muse i must smokemore
because my velocity has sagged
oh kind wil-o tuning nevetss guitar
no nevetss would never hurt kind wil-o …not now
snap out of this!
oh sorry muse lassa nites gig us unbalanced me
a miasma even you could not penetrate
like releasing doves into a void
our songs n our jokes ….
where did they go
nevetss like your olde dreams
where did they go?
i play for hours n hours
up there in a cold blinding spotlight
my fingers aching n longing to disengage
my throat constricted n numb
i croak out my songs like an olde crow
i play with the dexterity of a doll-fin
we drum up a little little crowd
pygmy ordients
out there some where
like eldorado
hard to pull off the trick in these lounge room conditions
its like i told em last night
theres this film of me about 16
prince valiant hairdo
my silly violin bass unplugged in
(i had no real amp my fiendss)
and im going crazy on this silent film
my fingers running over the bass
at impossible lightnin’ speed
it woulda actually sounded inaudible
except for a few thunka pop slap slap
and the faces im pulling….
every agony n the exstacy grimace n pout
as i try to play every note at once
then my father pans out
to show me standing there
in the middle of the lounge room
only my brother john about 3 or 4 at the time
standing there looking at me
as if nothing ridiculous aint happening
just par for the course stuff for those days
yes i was a tennis racket strummer
me n russell
russell had a badminton racquet…
i’d put on please please me
and do all the inbetween stage announcements
we gonna play anna
and i’d really go over the top on this song
cause i was boyishly enamoured with an anna at school
so i put a lot into my tennis racquet n mirror interpretation
im listening nevets…
this was long ago
long before i first contacted thee
oh sweet n blessed day my muse
flatter me not foolish zeitbeing
i am your muse only
and when i die darling muse
do you die with me…?
oh no hush now mortal man
a muse cannot die
i will be transformed into your new muse
when you live in the white future
already foreseen n described n mapped in mimesis
you will call me wendy
oh ha ha thats it in a nutshell
meanwhile we sitting here
at wil-os v. pleasant abode
muse i must burn willows musical branches
must keep searching for the stuff i need
to keep searching for the stuff i need
must keep fighting this fight muse
stop struggling nevets…take some timeoff
a holiday…it would be so nice…
its true muse i suspect my sanity
talking to imaginaries
seeing voices
over n above me
hey ho whos there
mrs doasyouwouldbedoneby
and timebeing lives out his days
only time separating him from the ash
all this you see
and then
the white future
the colourless time
the peacefull moment
the long white night of the tyrant
the silent city
where nothing shall ever happen
is this it then muse?
yes yes maybe
but now we must away nevets
we must train your diamond eyed gaze elsewhere
brisappointment disbane
i just think the conditions werent right
not like in melba-beyorn
it happened there
but not here
tyvarr we say in swedish
fuck em if they cant take a joke
i say mostly when i know im wrong
but afterwoods
a few say
hey it was okay

58 Responses to “briz’s bane”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 12:14 am #

    You’ve still got sydney to look forward too.

    Keep your pecker up till then.


  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 12:25 am #

    it just happens that way sometimes. no-one’s fault. i did a wine dinner the other night. same thing. just didn’t have it. and didn’t care.

    so….you’re giving kev carmody a hand. at least that’s what his web site says. thank you, nevets.

    really liked that kev carmody album yous guys did together.

    bootleg of melbourne 10-07-1992

    nice. yous guys were thrashin good

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 1:44 am #

    It was great last night. I’m embarrassed about the poor turnout but there was NO ADVERTISING. Even the free music rag made no mention in the gig listings. Perhaps you couldna hear but we cheered, and laughed at your jokes. Everyone there much appreciated your’s and Marty’s indeed marathon effort.

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 1:55 am #

    I thought it was a great gig, Brisbane last night, and I’ll tell everyone whom I know who knows the Church that it was. And well, last time I’d seen you play was with Grant in Jack Frost. I really enjoyed it. I liked the banter too, as did most of the audience in my opinion.

  5. avatar
    Jay | 18 December 2006 at 3:21 am #

    If this comedy thing dosent work out you & Marty can always fall back on the singing/songwriting. Its the Church, even a bad night is still good.
    It was just “ok” but really thats ok with us, except for there maybe not being enough people there to cover your flight & expenses so you wont be so keen to do it again.
    Remember Brissie instead from rocking out with earth affirming moves at the tivoli not by an off night with a small crowd a night before a week day.

  6. avatar
    ben | 18 December 2006 at 4:12 am #

    its amazing me to hear what is being said away from the noise. love seems to be a popular subject that dispite my efforts i couldnt ignore. its also amazing how far we will lose ourselves trying to ignore it. does anyone care that love is nothing more than a choice, which is liveless w/o truth and deed. this is work, which we are required to do anyways. and work is lifeless if all hope of love is gone. love isnt however selfish to those who suffer without out, but gives to those who listen and remain hungry. and we cant love an search at the same moment, an that thankfully means its free for the asking. trusting this was no task at a time were trust was no more

  7. avatar
    clapton beyond | 18 December 2006 at 4:49 am #

    Hey I listened today to that Church/Jammed CD I stole from you in Dallas – quite good! More of that, please. Good driving music. Mohawkwind.

  8. avatar
    captainmission | 18 December 2006 at 4:52 am #

    sometimes ya gotta have a down to know what the up is, if it was all up there’d be a ‘mu’ or an ‘se’ or even a ‘me’ or a ‘us’ but add another polarity and you get a muse. and we do love ya for it.

  9. avatar
    ambnt1 | 18 December 2006 at 6:06 am #


    If it’s any consolation, as a young lad of 18 or 19, I often attempted an SK impersonation in front of a mirror air-bassing on a TENNIS RACKET (I am not shitting you) to the “Heyday” album, and of course lip-syncing all the words. And that ain’t no joke (you can disappear in smoke)…


    n.p. some ambient thing

  10. avatar
    flowerpower | 18 December 2006 at 6:19 am #

    The global audience adores you etherically from afar…


  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 7:18 am #

    nice wil-o!
    uhh…just one of those bad nights as they say
    Anna – such a beautiful song of longing and loss

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 7:23 am #

    Oh poor sk, it sounds like you need a really relaxing hot bath (I went to a Japanese bath house once and the temp of the water was 42 degrees!..ahhh…I can tell you it makes all the worries in the world disappear in a flash!), a hard massage, a smoke and sit in silence for a day. That should do it!

    Love Princey
    P.S.I sent my subscription money to you today, I hope it gets there!

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 7:38 am #

    According to Marty last night, Steve is being sued for something he wrote on the blog! If true, my bet is on Nick Ward…

  14. avatar
    verdelay | 18 December 2006 at 7:56 am #

    The Lady don’t work for you alone, see?
    She’s got clients all over
    She’s oversubscribed
    She’s fully booked
    She’s clocking up the overtime
    She’s so busy they went and hired eight more
    And still that’s not enough.

    And we moan like children when our Lady attends to another for a moment.

    And she’s always cooing “patience childe”

    But we continue to stamp our feet and pout because we know that in truth we are CRUMBLING TO PIECES

    And there ain’t much time…

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 8:32 am #

    The Brisneyland gig was fantastic.

    OK, so the crowd was small (no advertising), many of the dour troops of the Troubadour were
    sat on the floor (that’s cause we smoke heavier shit than Melbournians score) and the venue
    is awkward (toilets located behind the stage????).

    If anything, you held back on the banter – no dicslosure on the impending legal action, the
    Bobby Flynn anecdote got vetoed, and the threatened “Bennie” Fanning impression didn’t
    eventuate (thought you were saving it for the encore). Still, there was immense joy in the
    dexterous spanish dancing, sublime tuba effects in Two Places At Once, and explosive prog
    rock bass solos.

    Please don’t mistake our awe for ennui.

  16. avatar
    Imber | 18 December 2006 at 8:39 am #

    Well, I loved the show last night. Your voice sounds better than ever.

    It was lovely talking to you.

    By the way…those chi gong lessons sound very tempting. How do I sign up for THAT??! 😉


  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 9:20 am #

    “Don’t chuck a William” ?
    That is fucking funny.
    Even better than
    “See any Noahs”
    and that was pretty damn good.
    Got any more, Killa?

  18. avatar
    sockfacepuppetmuch | 18 December 2006 at 9:39 am #

    I am sure you have been there before.. But Its still hard to shake… *That))) “Oh Fucc didde happen!! Thing.

    don’t fear we alll lovff ya more than ever..

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 10:43 am #

    ben, what if you’re afraid to choose love? At this very momento, i have been given a chance to love. i’ve never chosen it before and i’m afraid.

  20. avatar
    isolde | 18 December 2006 at 10:50 am #

    Uno, due, tre, quattro, cinque, spunque, sei, sk, sette, otto, nove, dieci

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 11:09 am #

    its the solar flares

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 11:10 am #

    Steve for what its worth,i thought it was a fantastic concert,you guys were brilliant . You might have thought you were playing to the school audiance, but not from were i was sitting. Was the thing not advertised ?,brother and i booked tickets not to miss out,2 and a half hours of you guys for 15bucks whats going on ?

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 11:16 am #

    yea, I’d pay a 100$ (if I knew far enough in advance 😉

  24. avatar
    Rusty P | 18 December 2006 at 12:08 pm #

    Steve, I loved the music, banter, anecdotes, and especially the paradoxicalness of the night.

    My brother and I made the journey from PK country to be there (Noosa would have sold out again!).

    It was a privilege to hear ‘Disappear’

    Who is Craig Obey anyway?

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    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 12:52 pm #

    BTW You owe Jane Elliot (Ed Kuepper’s Cello player) a big apology for how you treated her on her way back from you know where.

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 1:13 pm #

    said to my wife, the last time i sat on the floor like this at a gig was to see the triffids at the mosman hotel about 1983. then you go and play wide open road.

    thought it was a pretty special night, still taking it all in really. kinda glad (all over) i didn’t have to share it with a lot of people.

    sometimes the artist is not the best judge of what he has produced.

  28. avatar
    restaurant mark | 18 December 2006 at 1:40 pm #

    sorry about the off night…seems like the people who were there did have a good time though. but anyway, don’t let it bring ya down. it happens…even to the best of ya! take care.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 1:54 pm #

    tanks for the wonderful tour of your secret room for the memory again

    sued, you say? my money’s on an american

  30. avatar
    John Garratt | 18 December 2006 at 2:21 pm #

    Who is ‘Superlative’?


  31. avatar
    JJ | 18 December 2006 at 3:18 pm #

    I woulda been there in Brissy if I coulda found a transporter beam from Atlanta; half a world away.

    Tennis racquet air guitar – been there myself miming to The Fabs as a boy. Had to look up Tyvarr in online translator thingie. I agree with others here; even a “bad” gig from Cherch is superior to good gigs from many others.

    Was raking leaves yesterday in unusual spring-like weather, while headphones & iPod served up “Old Flame” as neighbor was burning leaf pile. What a magic, inspired gem, and sublime moment, as I stared off…focusing on some distant time in the past. Caught in a lost moment of reflection.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 3:36 pm #

    If they’re suing now, just wait until the blog book comes out!


  33. avatar
    veleska1970 | 18 December 2006 at 5:16 pm #

    i’m sorry your gig didn’t go too well last night. a better one next time, maybe??

    don’t worry~~your muse isn’t going anywhere…. 🙂

  34. avatar
    nickfiction | 18 December 2006 at 5:45 pm #

    at least ya got a cool blog out of it!

  35. avatar
    stealthblue | 18 December 2006 at 5:51 pm #

    I totally would have been there if it was even close to possible. I am sorry You had an anti-rush last night. What are you gonna do though, know what I mean? “Screw-em” if they can’t take a joke. Ya just take it all in stride. It sounds like there were at least a few good folks out there to support, so that’s good right?? Anyway, buddy-boy, I hope you feel better and just know that you are loved…by probably even MILLIONS!!
    Mucho love and respect,
    Ben V.

  36. avatar
    davem | 18 December 2006 at 8:34 pm #

    When are you coming back to England?
    Don’t make us wait two years.

    Dave M

  37. avatar
    Anthony | 18 December 2006 at 9:10 pm #

    hey ben,
    not sure what yer on about with “love is a choice”, but i assure you, if you have to choose it, it’s not love. love just is and there’s nothing you can do about it… and that’s also the beauty of it. if you start trying to intellectualize love, you’ll never have it… plus you’ll be completely missing the point.

    self portrait—absinthe looks great with our christmas decorations.

    love and peace,

  38. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 18 December 2006 at 10:03 pm #

    brisappointment disbane huh, me will never disappoint you, me am 2 @#$%&! beautiful…
    The Dragonfly

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 11:40 pm #

    who’s suing ya?! hmmph! someone who cannot take the truth? is it about something you wrote here?? my money’s on that fat american or maybe its … (scrolling through long list of people you could’ve offended here) … oooh! 🙂 Dont worry, i think they have internet access in the joint!


    ps Chrissy Hynde seems kinda scary SK… hope she doesnt run off with you!

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 December 2006 at 11:49 pm #

    Happy hour at the pig and whistle tonight.
    Connie is going back to Argentina next week and she’s taking some Chrunch with her!


  41. avatar
    eek | 19 December 2006 at 12:48 am #

    I think most of us realise that sometimes a performance doesn’t transcend no matter how hard you try. And that sometimes it soars, sometimes it crashes, and sometimes it’s just ok aspect of live performance is part of what makes them so exciting.

    I’ve seen The Church 10 times. A few of those shows have soared; most of the others were good to very good. I loved them all. A big part of the reason I loved them all is that I could feel the desire and attempt to make each show soar, even if it ultimately didn’t quite happen. You’ve never stopped trying and that in itself is exceptional.

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    Anonymous | 19 December 2006 at 1:16 am #

    yumm space cake

    see you next tuesday SC

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    Melquiades | 19 December 2006 at 1:37 am #

    Halooooo Steve.

    I was listening to Hearts Of Space on my local radio station and what did I hear John Deleburto Announce? Members of The Church create some mezmerizing tapestries coming up. I was glued….. It was one of those moments where I thought a message had come my way, noticed it, but didn’t take the high road. Anyway, It was Gilt trip, man! very cool to hear your trance inducuing verses cascading over the space frequencies.

    Hope all is well with you

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    Melquiades | 19 December 2006 at 1:47 am #

    Sheila Chandra was mentioned on John Diliberto’s of Echoes (Wind’s Of Space) fame. Supposedly she performed on-air in the studio. very cool.

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    the mall troll | 19 December 2006 at 3:42 am #

    walking along some big shopping mall yesterday and there it was, UTMW oozing like a snake out of the house PA, senerading the xmas shoppers with its dulcid velvety tones. It’s a funny old world we live in.

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    Anonymous | 19 December 2006 at 3:54 am #

    Hey ya,

    Never mind about this show, I wasn’t there, so it didn’t happen anyway, an existencialist claim, although that might sound too twentieth century…
    I am still waiting to see what will happen in this all-time favorite soap opera, KillBillAndTheMuse. Oh, well, that script is outdated as well, but aren’t we all a little outdated nowadays… Outatime. Listening to some Crosby and Stills, with Young, drinking coffe at 1:00 a.m. with a trail of cigarettes… and the years drift away, running off, time runs out, and we’re still. Old reptiles, godamnya, rusty mirrors don’t reflect very well. The sparkling lights of an old apartment and a wine-drinking rug have faded, the belief is faded, but not vanished. There’s always a silvery question mark dancing to the tunes of Relics…
    There’s still a riddle waiting for an answer. Sphinx austral, it aches hard to think that it will all vanish, that that’s that. That’s that? Oh heavens, the mirror story of my life… it shouldn’t end up like this, a vanishing silvercord between heart(ache)s. I’d like to be sure that we will all eventually be welcomed to reality, hahahaha. Lives are waiting, waiting to find their keys. Too long a soap opera… a mexican one, sometimes.

    Enough for the night. Enough for this summer, for us, the civilization of the south.

    Hugs from me.

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    We all need Fathers like you, Steve.

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    Gilt Trip. I get it now.

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