posted on December 24, 2010 at 7:01 pm

madman across the water

well i am the timebeing

its 7.28 pm and its about 22 degrees centigrade

i sit at my kitchen table

i drift from my mansuit

and i float thru the skies of my beloved town

somewhere my feet are cold

somewhere my hair turns grey

somewhere my eyesight so dim and furry

who  am i who am i who am i

i still dont know i say merry christmas

i wish you all yuletide cheer

christmas is for small children

i was one once you know oh yes

i walked home from school on the last day

my mother and i did the tree

decorations from the old country with unfamiliar evocative smells

i was so small you see

i was just a boy giving it all away

christmas came n went tho i willed it to stay

i begged it to last forever

it was like a dream everything gone soft and glowing

i was half in england oh i loved the carols

christmas cards with geezas in top hats n carriages in the snow

fogged up windows n merry gentlemen all over the place

pine trees and sleighs and women with huge dresses n elaborate hats

oh they believed in jesus they believed in merriment alright

‘andsome fellas from 1856 squiring the ladies to church

or to the elephant n castle

yeah christmas spirit fill me with mixed (up) emotions

i feel lonely i feel pressured i feel released i feel silent night approach

round yon virgin mother n child reunion of the snake eyes on a pair of dice

while shepherds watched their flocks by night

and the three wise guys dressed like groucho marx

and the angel of the lord

can you possibly dig how magnificent this cat is

blond haired piercing blue eyes

at once both man n woman

those powerful beating wings as white as santa snow

straight outta heaven with some important gig

a saviour this time no less to proclaim

even the beasts getting in on the scene

the oxen all dewy eyed after ploughing the field

they grok the baby j and the can feel it even through their wooly heads

oh man let us adore him

prince of peace yeah

whats wrong with that?

walking on the sea of galilee

i seem to digress

christmas eve all around me tho i cant feel it

i will skype my kids i hope to talk

they are happy in sweden getting christmas in spades

aurora has written a formidable play

eve remains happy and bouncy

scarlet is learning swedish rapidly

meanwhile i plod away at my doom

wendy the w.w. says ha ha youve lost control

i do an interview with my brother rusty for a doco

i can just rave on n on at the drop of a hat

didnt you notice?

christmas eve is soft n gentle in sydney

living is easy for some i must not complain

i’m still behind in many ways

behind my mask

well i’m looking n i see whoever you want

changeable fixed rate

same old same old

but now completely different

different christmas same cake

old box but new present

same present different future

the myrrh n the frankincense n the gold

the elves and the rain dear

satan claws coming down the chimbley

may all your christmases be time being christmases

good yules you fools

go for it with my blessings

54 Responses to “christmas eve sydney 2010”

  1. avatar
    Karen | 24 December 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    jesus …
    no offence its chrissy eve…
    but your peepers are really peeping in that pic scary sad eyes

    I cant say anything I dont know you & everyones behind thier masks so thats ok
    least the kids are well

    love your work man & if im a fool well so be it

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      bionicanna | 25 December 2010 at 12:13 pm #

      judy garland would look out of her eyes that way sometimes. maybe that’s just who i see because of my strange connection to her.

      wishing a magical holiday to sk and all the readers. i enjoy your comments just as much as the blog.

      and i couldn’t ask for a better gift than the atlanta date being added. so thrilled!!!

  2. avatar
    Dutchpierre | 24 December 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    Happy Xmas Stevo & it sounds like you’re gonna have an awesome 2011 already.


    Dutch Pierre

  3. avatar
    trish | 24 December 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    Peace and warmth find you on this eve, Mr. K.

  4. avatar
    trick of the light | 24 December 2010 at 8:15 pm #

    New Years is always better than Christmas anyways….blow out some cobwebs and have a grand one.

    I wish you all the best for a peaceful and happy Holiday Season 😀

  5. avatar
    princey | 24 December 2010 at 8:20 pm #

    Thanx Killsy, Merry Xmas to u too, hope seeing/talking to the kids on skype makes your xmas day special.
    love Amanda

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    DavidP | 24 December 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    hope you have a spiritually rewarding Christmas Steve
    glad to hear your girls are getting on ok in Sweden

  7. avatar
    melby symon | 24 December 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    Steve….Hope that you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.

    Thanks for the sensational Christmas present that you and The Church gave myself and others in Geelong on the 18th.

    Best wishes and Merry Christmas to all Time Being fanatics from the bottom of the world

  8. avatar
    ross manley | 24 December 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    all that we once thought of as yule’
    now brings with it, a different high tiding
    you live by the sea
    and me
    as i grow older
    just feel like hiding,memorey
    are all our thoughts
    simply guiding us
    on our travelers way?

  9. avatar
    Ingrid | 24 December 2010 at 9:14 pm #

    Your Christmas reflections echo with many. My Mother is from Hertfordshire. My brother is spending Christmas with us although his daughter will be in another state (not quite so far away as Sweden). I am sure your daughters will be missing you too.

    Just want to tell you that I love this website, its really amazing, the poetry, art, music. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Happy ChristmasXXX

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 December 2010 at 9:42 pm #

    Yeah,not every peeps have a merry one…..
    Mine went down the drain today.Then thankfully,some cheer came along in the form of Tantalised on radio.Of course I turn on full blast and grok.
    Then tonight my little’n and I put out carrots and water for rain-dears plus shortbread and soy milk for father christmas.Lots of questions asked,which was so much fun to answer.Then went looking for something else to give raindeers…..bananas!!!So sweet.
    All the best to you in the year ahead,Steve!

  11. avatar
    DarlingBabyPie | 24 December 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    ….Do you have to drift back into your “man-suit” if anyone comes to the door??

  12. avatar
    Rusty | 24 December 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    Best wishes for the Yooltide season.
    Thanks for today.
    Rest peacefully Dear Fellow.

  13. avatar
    Shoffy | 24 December 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    Steve, thank you for the year, you’ve brought me a lot of happiness. Have a great Christmas mate, you and the family. Shoffy

  14. avatar
    redgrevillea | 24 December 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    you’re right, xmas is soft & gentle in S and it doesn’t feel like xmas eve…the carols can be lovely but here where it’s humid and warm it’s often hard to feel it.

    ….got the headphones on….Penny Lane now playing, been listening to magical mystery tour album….ooh, still love those beatles!!! hugs man, hugs!!!

  15. avatar
    Abel | 24 December 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    Feliz Navidad, maestro!!!

  16. avatar
    cymbal | 24 December 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    i went early this morning to buy some coffee
    ‘easy’ played over the car speakers, nice and loud
    all around outside was sleeping and quiet, holiday lights on houses
    anticipation in the air although the magic is slowly fading
    kids growing, siblings drifting apart, a certain loss of innocence
    i take comfort in the cyclical pattern of man, wherein we shine and dim
    no happiness without sadness, vice versa, enjoy this temporary stay
    let the music ring like those carols from your past
    make it jolly, make it last

    merry christmas mr. steve!
    you are surrounded by those who appreciate all you’ve done and do…

  17. avatar
    Jason (jmb066) | 24 December 2010 at 10:52 pm #


    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. This is always a special time of year, too bad people were not like this all the time. I thought/hoped you were going to be with your kids after the tour and during the holidays? I am sure you miss them and them you. Enjoy your time with them on Skype, its good to hear they are doing well. Sweden must be an amazing adventure for them. None of us can replace that feeling you get when being around your children, but we are here for you if you need us.

    Happy Holidays,


  18. avatar
    Martin | 24 December 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    “round yon virgin mother n child reunion of the snake eyes on a pair of dice
    “. So comically poetic, Killa.
    Skype seems to bring the world a lot closer.
    Living is easy with eyes closed. Unfortunatly we must open them when we just don’t want to……
    Joyeux Noel, Steve….

  19. avatar
    Michelle Roach | 24 December 2010 at 11:00 pm #

    Just about to do the santa thing.Surely my sons have well & truly crashed.Merry Christmas Steve.Thankyou for the music.Love Michelle & family.XX

  20. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 24 December 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    Merry Xmas Steve! May it bring peace, happiness & much joy your way! xxx

  21. avatar
    andy | 24 December 2010 at 11:38 pm #

    white christmas here steve,
    quite magical really.
    bests to you and yours,
    much love,
    andy,chrissy and the girls.

  22. avatar
    Perry in FLA | 24 December 2010 at 11:47 pm #

    A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.

  23. avatar
    Freddie | 25 December 2010 at 12:13 am #

    It’s a full house in Sweden, huh.
    These are the kind of Christmases kids remember fondly.
    I wish you could be there with them.
    Never-the-less, Merry Christmas madman across the water.
    We love you. ♥

  24. avatar
    davem | 25 December 2010 at 12:14 am #

    Merry Christmas!
    No doubts you’ll be missing the girls but you can’t keep a good man down. And boy are you a good man.
    Love ya.

  25. avatar
    Patrick Rose | 25 December 2010 at 12:26 am #

    Yuletide greetings to you Steve!

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 25 December 2010 at 12:41 am #

    Hey SK-

    We all love ya dearly, like a family member, and I am glad this strange year is coming to an end with Holidays meant for children all around this great globe. I hope the joy and spirit of the next couple days finds a way to wash away the mess that you, I , and so many of us need to be clensed and set free from. “2011” will be the year of ‘the church’ with you…yes- our beloved moderator, as THE FRONT MAN !!!! Personally, emotionally, and professionally…your finest year to come !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I wish everyone a safe, Happy and Healthy Holiday and wish Grand Blessings for all and a great New Year.

    I wish you were not alone right now, please ring those beloved brothers (any near family members) and spend some quality time with them and their families. Please take care of yourself and dream sweet reunions with those precious angels. The time is nearing-they are as excited as you are to hug and love them. Your spot on about Christmas being for the children – my little angel Kristians eyes are so wide and filled with oceans of blue. She always sits next to me when I reply to your blog and she says “Kiss Steve for me daddy”, and I tell her that his incredible children will do that for all of us, than she replies: : “you are a pair of sox to me” and giggles into a roaring laugh because she now is in on the joke, and asks me to play the ‘doggie cd’ (P=A) …and I comply.

    Darrin K.

    Merry Christmas Steve !!!

    • avatar
      Jonny Hollywood | 25 December 2010 at 11:38 am #

      Hey Darrin K.

      Thanks for the Xmas Card!!!

  27. avatar
    Martha | 25 December 2010 at 1:28 am #

    Wassail to you, and many charmed moments on this year’s Yule!

  28. avatar
    lisa | 25 December 2010 at 3:16 am #

    Glad that your girls are enjoying a white Christmas in Sweden. What a beautiful experience they must be having. It must feel like a strange Christmas for you. Please know that I am (and all of us out here in Kilbey-land are) thinking of you and sending love and warm wishes your way. You really do add so much to my day. I love tuning in to see what new brilliant and beautiful creation you’ve come up with. You are amazing! Thanks Steve.

  29. avatar
    Lisa | 25 December 2010 at 3:35 am #

    Warm holiday wishes to you and your children this Christmas season! I’m a little bothered by satan claws coming down the chimbley though – creepy.

  30. avatar
    neptune | 25 December 2010 at 3:48 am #

    I have my mask on, hiding behind locked door …. I am trying not to let it all bring me down, but you aren’t helping much. LOL …. Try to have a happy day.

  31. avatar
    jaime r.. | 25 December 2010 at 4:01 am #

    Much Love to you SK.. take good care of yourself.. and share in the amplitude of peace in these very needed times.. many blessings :)aime r…

  32. avatar
    plumlady | 25 December 2010 at 4:08 am #

    Mary Christmas Steve and all: It’s a wonderful snowy day in the Midwest. But Steve, your childhood memories sound like something right out of a Dickens Christmas…adorable, sentimental and what I’ve always thought Christmas to be in my head. I hope to go to England for the holidays one fine day. Glad to hear that the girls are doing well; how wonderful for them to have so many multi cultural experiences; not many kids get that opportunity.

    Thanks for all the great music and blogs this past year, Blessed Be to all.

  33. avatar
    evilren | 25 December 2010 at 5:34 am #

    it doesn’t feel that bad to lose control does it? Well, anyway, I enjoyed
    my time being with your time being this year and look forward to hearing
    more from Steve Kilbey in the new year. Best wishes to you and yours in
    the new year Steve.

  34. avatar
    Tanya | 25 December 2010 at 5:57 am #

    Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, ‘Festivus’….Happy and Merry whatever ones’ belief to all. Ahh, the Power of Myth and the imaginations of young children fufilled everywhere.

  35. avatar
    Galamor the Wizard | 25 December 2010 at 6:29 am #

    Have a great Xmas Time Being. Just remember what George Harrison said in 1966 (just before Sgt Pepper), “The future stretches out beyond our imagination”.

  36. avatar
    Melissa | 25 December 2010 at 11:36 am #

    a groovy festi-mas to you and your fambily sk and to all the fine folk here at the TimeBeing 🙂

    lotsa love xx

  37. avatar
    Jonny Hollywood | 25 December 2010 at 11:51 am #

    Happy Holidaze SK!!! call me blessed one (928)706-0224 for a jolly good time…

  38. avatar
    cazziem | 25 December 2010 at 7:49 pm #

    Merry Crimbo SK. I genuinely wish you and your fambley a fatastic 2011 full of love laughter, harmony and of course a trip to the UK lol. xxx

  39. avatar
    Heather daydream | 25 December 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    Thanks agin for The Time Being Steven; and Best y’all

  40. avatar
    Ross in | 26 December 2010 at 12:43 am #

    Found this today on the Inter-Webs… (; Don’t know if it’s upside, Yuletide-down or profound.

    Carol our Christmas (A New Zealand carol)
    Carol our Christmas, and upside-down Christmas:
    snow is not falling and trees are not bare.
    Carol the summer, and welcome the Christ Child,
    warm in our sunshine and sweetness of air.
    Sing of the gold and the green and the sparkle,
    water and river and lure of the beach.
    Sing in the happiness of open spaces,
    sing a nativity summer can reach!
    Shepherds and musterers* move over hillside,
    finding, not angels, but sheep to be shorn;
    Wise ones make journeys, whatever the season,
    searching for signs of the truth to be born.
    Rightside-up Christmas belongs to the universe,
    made in the moment a woman gives birth;
    Hope is the Jesus gift, love is the offering,
    everywhere, anywhere, here on the earth.

    Music: Reversi Colin Gibson (20th C)
    Words: Shirley Erena Murray (20th C)
    *musterers are ranchers

  41. avatar
    eekie | 26 December 2010 at 5:20 am #

    Great photo. You have a far away, haunted look. Can’t help but wonder what was going through your mind at the time. An interesting, evocative photo. Certainly not the typical Christmas snap!

    Glad to hear the girls are doing well and having a good time. It has to be a marvelous adventure for them. I hope you had a good Skype session with them. Take care of yourself, Steve.

  42. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 26 December 2010 at 5:22 am #

    Christmas blessings fot the boundlessly talented Steven John Kilbey.

  43. avatar
    Lara | 26 December 2010 at 6:45 am #

    Happy holidays, all. SK, I just read Rushdie’s new “children’s” book, Luka and the Fire of Life. Would be a good Xmas present for your daughters, especially if they are into ancient myths. Not as quite as brilliant as his earlier one, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, but the content of Haroun might not be apt at the moment.

  44. avatar
    Jasperina | 26 December 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    Good tidings to you Steve and all the TTB’s. Christmas here in Sydney wafts in like a hazy breeze. Maybe it is all the warm air and quiet streets. I went walking last night and it was so silently festive I started to wonder where everyone had gone…all the front yards adorned with the eerie flashing of xmas lights but no one about.

  45. avatar
    hellbound heart | 26 December 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    christmas day came, christmas day went and i spent it with my family….rang up relatives who had no one to spend christmas with and were too far away to join us, rant up relatives who were too old and senile to remember who they were talking to, remembered loved ones who are no longer here…..kinda bitter-sweet, really……

    love always…..

  46. avatar
    hellbound heart | 26 December 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    rang, i mean….i hate typos….

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    Donna | 26 December 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    “Different Christmas, same cake” and the same cookies, the same tree, the same guests, the same meal, the same gift cards. It was a great day! I hope yours was, too. Little Scarlet is picking up Swedish! Love it!

  48. avatar
    adam | 26 December 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    blessings SK to you and your tribe.

  49. avatar
    Linjo | 26 December 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    Hi Steve! best wishes to you. Hope the little chicks are loving their white xmas! Sure they are missing their daddy so much. Weird how the average adult gets into such a commercial frenzy about Christmas, especially the agnostic or atheists! Anyway we are all so indocrinated now! It is a nice time to be with the fambley! Pity about the rain up here tho xxx

  50. avatar
    pennybridge | 26 December 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    All of my top ten Church-songs are available on Spotify
    – except the faboulus “Day 5”
    C´mon Steve, Christmas is for sharing;)

  51. avatar
    lily was here | 28 December 2010 at 10:25 pm #

    Fab photo Killer! Thought about you missing your girls, you’ve given them a really special experience to be in Sweden for xmas. Enjoy the serenity and catch up with yourself again xo

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