posted on March 17, 2010 at 9:21 am

busy signal
the ancient world beckons
kings were kings
life was cheap
egypt stagnated out there in her deserts
the nile crocodiles while away the time
mummified remains
chariots of silk she rode
thoth ammon like a falcon machined head
ra ra ra
the poor widowed isis
the thief in the market
the fault in the material
the brambles in the bullrushes
white hippy moses
white powder of gold
the whiteman in me shudders
you little english bastard
still the vast expanses
still the watery tracts
a sect lived in these caves
their cats were fierce half domesticated things
artificial light candles mirrors
i speared a man and my spear was caught in his ribs
i drowned in my own blood
we worshippers before the prophet
the cult of aphrodite ravaged by disease
the dawn walkers the street magicians
cock of the north circumcised by rome
a real harlot striding through the stelar
fucked by persia
buggered in assyria
the survivors wandering in the fertile triangle
cohabiting with an angelic species
i smear butter on the sacrifices beautiful body
alexandria in spring yes i would recommend it
sir your carriage has arrived at the southern oases
lady your jackal has absconded with the victuals
master your solar system has blinded my eyes
the drums beat on
the flesh hits flesh
heave copulate conquer retreat scream die
a man from nineveh is here with the necessary items
admit him at once and silence or your tongue will be cut out
lewd scenes inside the temple
the great statue of osiris has crashed into the moon
the priests women eat the fruit of this earths loins
yet remain unrepentant
the brick pit
the grinding wheel
the stinking mud
pharaoh saunters about mincing like his queen never titty
job says fuck all this…is ‘e ‘aving a laugh?
robin hood says i am an anachronism in this story
kilbey/ hemingway in black n white down in florida
dolphins herald the proud beaked ships
great blue haired earth shaker appears from the briny depths
zeus brother son of a tighten
the underworld oh grim no hope dont die
so many wars
so many plagues
so many tiny details we could not check
the symbol of the fish
who will remember the mysteries except me and west wood
who will speak our dead language to the living god
who will nail us up like notices cracking in the sun
i come to pillage
i come to rape
i come to despoil
i come to consume
bring up the bloody elephants from the rear
let the archers loose the arrow
let the swords drink our enemies courage
let the grape be purple and the wine be dark
let the women be shapely and the men be strong
bring medicines if you have them
bring tablets from the mountains
bring girls from the cities
bring the future down on our heads
toppled in the dust
no more visitors
no more sound

35 Responses to “colossus”

  1. avatar
    Broken Toys and Heros | 17 March 2010 at 1:08 pm #


    all i can say is that i feel aggressive after reading that…wow.
    that is not a bad thing. sometimes , during the daily grind-we find our selves slowed by life and its pressures. nothing like inspiration from someone else to wake u up and take notice.


    P.S. nice to see stealthblue back commenting on ur diary. Ben-if u have time email me so we can figure out the Chicago show. Laura and I reserved the best booth for the show. thinking about dinner up the street at geija cafe. let me know.


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    LF | 17 March 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    I read that the Egyptians, being a people given to bold experiments, tamed all sorts of animals–hyenas, wild dogs, crocodiles, and cats. They gave them pet names except for the cats, who were all just called "mau" (cat). I had the hubris to give my cat a name: Ajax. He turned out to be a crazy motherfucker who fights with everything (though I still adore him). Guess the ancients knew a thing or two about beasts.

  3. avatar
    fantasticandy | 17 March 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    had just been listening to 'the egyptian' in the car prior to reading this!

  4. avatar
    Disenchanted | 17 March 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    Having read this blog for a few years now, I have to say that I've come to rather dislike you. It has affected my enjoyment of your music, I'm afraid. I wish I'd never read any of this and hadn't seen this personal side of you.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    tit a late ing

    and brilliant too

  6. avatar
    restaurant mark | 17 March 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    "job says fuck all this…is 'e 'aving a laugh?"

    i liked the ricky gervais reference from extras…as well as the whole thing

    i've seen ricky twice the last couple of weeks on the daily show and a new one called the marriage ref…my wife and i noticed your speaking voice and his are kind of similar. have you seen the invention of lying? pretty funny…

    take care

  7. avatar
    Ady | 17 March 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    Sublime. You paint a vivid picture, I can see it all so clearly….

  8. avatar
    steve kilbey | 17 March 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    i dont like me either
    and i'm stuck with it
    now fuck off!

  9. avatar
    davem | 17 March 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    heave copulate conquer retreat scream die

    That's about it.

    Most of us adore you killer!

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2010 at 8:09 pm #


    How could you not like a post like this and enjoy Steve's music? I think you are missing the point/plot altogether. It looks like Steve beat me to it, so no need to repeat it. It amazes me when people are so unaware of how life could be instead of how it is. I read a post like this and take it many different ways, and of course enjoy the like minded thoughts, and the music.

    Jason (Jmb066)

  11. avatar
    Broken Toys and Heros | 17 March 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    Dont sweat anyones opinion sk. keep doing what ur doing. there is a reason why people enjoy ur blog. there r days that i do not agree with the picture u paint-but i enjoy the gallery more then the individual pieces of work. yes-most of them are brilliant, but not all artwork is for everyone and we just move on to the next piece.


  12. avatar
    Freddie | 17 March 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    Reading this sure makes me glad I didn't live there…oh …yeah..
    but I can't be held responsible for all that trouble you caused in the ancient world.
    Looking forward to seeing you in the states again. I don't know…I reckon I like you alright. xoxo

  13. avatar
    LF | 17 March 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    God, you get up early. get more sleep!

  14. avatar
    EDD | 17 March 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    I was reading about Lester Bangs last night. He was into hero assasination. We forget they are just people. I was watching a film about Daniel Johnston. We forget thay can have big problems, too. I was thinking about all the music I like and thinking how it wasn't as hip as it should be. Then I woke up this morning and relised that it really doesn't matter. It's all about what moves you, personally.

  15. avatar
    EDD | 17 March 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    It always amazes me when I find out how unglamourous creative people can be and that's ok. Kerouac was just a guy sitting in front of a television drinking beer with his mother, in the end.

  16. avatar
    fantasticandy | 17 March 2010 at 10:43 pm #

    c'mon steve….
    why d'ya always react to this/these jerk/jerks?
    you show 'em how easy it is for them to hurt you by doing so.

    look…i'm not just a fanboy(or pointless detractor either for that matter)i'm a bloody good musician myself….'n i'm telling you now….
    your'e a f'kin' genius…and a nice bloke to boot(quite literally!)
    heck, i don't need to tell you this do i?

    kudos for publishing the snidey crass comment though….
    why can't people just be nice?
    what on earth notivates someone to be so mean and unkind to another person?
    perhaps they get off on torturing animals too eh?
    and speaking of animals…..where's our chum mr.comerford these days?
    and why do i keep using question marks?

  17. avatar
    princey | 17 March 2010 at 11:52 pm #

    I always enjoy your blogs about the ancient world, more of this please:)

  18. avatar
    cazziem | 18 March 2010 at 1:04 am #

    I so enjoy when your creativity mixes with understanding and construal of past lives and existences.

    Having read your straight forward response to disenchanted at 1:41 AM, I can only assume that this poor soul doesn’t understand of history, or the ability to accept your concept and interpretation of the long ago past. Maybe this is the really reason he/she is ‘disenchanted’.

  19. avatar
    eek | 18 March 2010 at 2:07 am #

    "Reading this sure makes me glad I didn't live there"

    I thought the same thing Freddie! lol!

    I have to admit I've never been one to say/think "I wish I was alive thousands of years ago." I like modern conveniences way too much for that. And I just know I'd be one of the poor people that had really sucky lives, even for that time.


    Alex Chilton died today. He was only 59. Sad news. 🙁


  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 March 2010 at 4:33 am #

    well that was entertaining

    d and t will be there to support ya at the enmore
    two small faces in the crowd

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 March 2010 at 5:07 am #

    How about some Kilbey thoughts on the passing of Alex Chilton?

  22. avatar
    WantonMyth | 18 March 2010 at 5:15 am #

    A regression session pouring out onto the page, leaving hundreds of images for integration . . .

  23. avatar
    Warpedjohn | 18 March 2010 at 8:00 am #

    eek said; Alex Chilton died today.

    In the mid-1980's inner city Sydney independant rock scene ( Scientists/ les Hoodoo Gurus / Tex Perkins / etc. etc. ) of which the Church were also a part, AC was a hero due to the Big Star albums.

    playing a Box Tops Greatest Hits LP right now. Imagine, AC was 16 when "the Letter" topped the US charts.

  24. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 18 March 2010 at 9:53 am #

    civilization's dissolution…..happens time and time again….when will it be our turn?

    love always……

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 March 2010 at 10:26 am #

    Just finished the Kilbey/Church Biography today…interesting read…I had a large collection of your songs playing continuously in the background and it was amazing how many times the songs would be on at the same time they were deing dissected in the book…. too bad the author was not into Church in the early 80's…but he did try and capture the essence..I'll give him that..It also showed me that Church music (and any music for that matter) is a personal experience and we all get different things out of it as I did not always see the things he was intimating…filled me in a fair bit on mid 90's Church…I sort of got distracted by family and life in general around "temple of Baal" times and good to put it all into perspective.

    BTW..I can sort of understand "anonymous" comments…in that your blogs are a warts and all account and sometimes the nasty side rears its ugly head…but then again we all have a nasty side to us..I know if my life was put under the microscope I would not always hold up as being a "nice guy" either….it is the battle we have within…so many times in my Mcjob I have to take a deep breath and not rip my boss's head off…but thats life. We can only try to lead the good life. Don't take it all to heart…just make sure you look after your family and everyone else can either like it or lump it.


  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 March 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    Steve, a man barely alive,
    We can rebuild him,
    We have the techno;ogy

    I mean
    Steve, a man barely supporting his families tofu lifestyle
    We can rebuild him
    Turn his shirtless blogs into geriatric porn,
    We have the cut and pastie.
    He wont publish this as his hairy cleavage hates critics

  27. avatar
    ronbonham | 18 March 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    Yes, RIP Alex Chilton. Big Star was my constant companion on my travels last year to see the Church. Had no idea Way Out West was about Denver until I read their bio.

    And in IL news, today it's a show in Austin TX for SXSW; hmm I seem to recall seeing the Church 6, 6! years ago TODAY in Austin touring FY. That show will forever be in my top 3 ATF's. Simply MINDBLOWING! And hand feed deer the next day in the hills of Texas only confirmed how special that 24hr period was for me. Our set today will be

    Ocean Singing
    Golden Arm
    The Horse
    Everything Aligns
    Nite of the Comet

    rb with a heavy heart…

  28. avatar
    fantasticandy | 18 March 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    alex 'n chris have got it on again and are wowing 'em in heaven.

  29. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 18 March 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    Guess I'll have to lump it.

  30. avatar
    John Garratt | 18 March 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    Warped, yeah, didn't Kilbey talk about "Radio City" here on the blog? "Back of a Car" specifically? Or was it "Back of My Car"? Ah hell, can't rememeber.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 March 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    i kind of agree with disenchanted im afraid.. why do these people kiss your ass so much preist=aura rules but enough already take a sabatical, recharge the creative batteries compulsive poetry addiction is worse than not writing at all. I know you have magic but I don't buy the albums anymore because you give the whole game away.. No I kind of don't want to know whats in your fridge..but I still think you are amazing one of the best song writers of all time..but stop fishin for this cheap praise and finish your fuckin' book.

  32. avatar
    Mary | 18 March 2010 at 10:53 pm #

    Disenchanted, you have got to be the biggest idiot ever, if you dont like it then you could do us a favor and leave, and as of Steve, you are a very creative person, I can understand some of the things you write on here and some im just wondering what its about lol, but you have lived a life thats for sure, you shouldnt dislike you, you are a great person and you have a great family and you should be proud of that, we all made mistakes but we learn from them and move on, im glad you dont let people like Disenchanted get to you, its funny how jealous people can get too! I soooo admire you 🙂
    love ya

  33. avatar
    princey | 18 March 2010 at 11:52 pm #

    How sad about Alex Chilton, another great one gone, R.I.P:(
    "Back Of A Car", one of the best songs ever written (non-Church!), I can listen to it over n over n over and love it more n more n more. I saw Alex Chilton (solo) at the old Continental Cafe in Prahran (remember that place sk?), he wore a silver sequenced jacket and sang cabaret most of the night, even "volare…whoa oh oh oh!" strange indeed

  34. avatar
    John Garratt | 19 March 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    "No I kind of don't want to know whats in your fridge"

    So…stop reading.

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 March 2010 at 10:00 am #

    Stunning piece, SK, I love these kinds of posts.

    Best to you & fam.

    c escherbach canada

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