posted on July 5, 2009 at 8:43 pm

fanciful fool out the back of theatre
an enclosed courtyard
the soft breezes sing
the sound in my ears
last nites music still plays on
i get up
i go on
i get going
i go hot n cold
i crouch i lunge i stand still
i kneel i dont know why
hamilton ont
hammer town
walk the streets
at least i been here
tired ness stricks me
i must stop before

42 Responses to “dans le jardin”

  1. avatar
    Renee | 5 July 2009 at 9:22 pm #

    Such interesting faces you make in your photographs
    not sure whether to laugh or be fearful
    either way, it's good to see you
    and any entry you take the time to write is appreciated


  2. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 5 July 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    I hope it won't be too long until The Church'll tour again. And next time hopefully in Scandinavia, too. Looking forward to seeing Grizzly Bear in concert in a couple of months, though.

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 July 2009 at 10:08 pm #

    aurora says…I am jealous you got to see the fireworks on the fourth of july, but you looked really cool on stage.
    Love biggle

  4. avatar
    Steven | 5 July 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    File under the surreal – heard the church played in public places twice the last two days – and in the most unlikely of places.

    1. Outdoor mall in Huntsville, AL had "Metropolis" playing from the garden speakers.

    2. Taking a piss at a Chili's in Cartersville, GA "Unified Field" was playing over the restaurant speakers.

    True story – I think the stars are aligning again for the church.


  5. avatar
    Shawn El | 5 July 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    The garden looks nice at least.

    I heard Hamilton is like the Pittsburgh of Canada. Ha! I can say this since I'm from Pennsylvania.

  6. avatar
    Shawn El | 5 July 2009 at 10:46 pm #

    BTW, be sure to rock out for the VDGG crowd at tonight's show. Middle-aged prog rock fans still buy records, I think. 🙂

  7. avatar
    Jasperina | 5 July 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    Yoga will keep you going. Lunge forward, deep breathe and it somehow finds you. That is the magic of yoga after a while of ongoing practise as you already experience it follows you wherever you go. When you feel a decline whether it be emotional or physical its magic just surges in of its own ago. Sending loads of good karma your way.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 July 2009 at 11:27 pm #

    You're such a whiner. Stay home.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 July 2009 at 11:31 pm #

    You look so much more comfortable up and about and onstage.
    You should really get some sleep tho you know.
    I know some artists that seek the altered state of sleep deprivation
    and it is not so good to witness.
    You look so fabulous onstage that you really should be better rested.
    Rock and roll is such a health risk.
    You are being very brave for the sake of reputation and fans.
    But I worry (potentially I am entirely over cautious…).
    So long as you know that.
    Love ya work

  10. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 5 July 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    suscribe to the church, sorry i no have credit card esskay, plus i already gave you the great escape story so you shoould be my paypal…lol

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    Anonymous | 6 July 2009 at 12:06 am #

    ok here goes ..hey doctor kilbey can i borrow your time machine …how else could you have known about m jackson .."anaesthesia" what he died of…and 'this is it "his name for final tour"

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 July 2009 at 12:15 am #

    seriously doctor ..reading the lyrics makes me even more freaked out ..the mention of london..fistful of cash ..

  13. avatar
    Mary | 6 July 2009 at 12:26 am #

    Aurora sounds so freaken sweat! and i never said this before but you sure do look really good with those glasses, im about to start yoga with a friend, she started a long time ago and told me that her yoga instructor has ms and that i should go with her, so im about to go, wish me luck!

  14. avatar
    lily was here | 6 July 2009 at 1:43 am #

    Very similar surrounds to my kids school, and you do look like a young professor. Like Renee sez, thank you for sharing!
    Cool vid by PV yesterday the photos by belfrank. Everyone appreciates it!


    ps my skin crawls when im that tired, not sure how you're doing it but a spare day between Buffalo gig. not sure of the travel distance but looks kind of close?

  15. avatar
    NURKIN | 6 July 2009 at 2:24 am #

    i wish you guys would play below the mason/dickson again someday.

    you used to answer the comment section occasionally. if you still do can you (or one of your minions here) post a setlist?

    also do you (they) ever ever play "Desert?" christ i love that song…(anyone?)

  16. avatar
    Freddie | 6 July 2009 at 2:41 am #

    The fanciful fool looks a lil’ perplexed in the fist pic and what’s that expression on the other two? Is that a dare M’ Lord or is that your calculating face?

    Hope you have (or had) a great show tonight and hope you catch up on that rest you need.

  17. avatar
    Jim | 6 July 2009 at 3:47 am #

    hope things are getting better
    you're appreciated
    please don't stop coming to the usa
    we love you
    your music is a remedy,
    a tonic
    a mixture of all things wonderful
    pangaea, will we be attached once,

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 July 2009 at 6:35 am #

    Interesting point made by anon at 10.06. Not the first time that your lyrics have been interpreted as prescient. I remember there being a suggestion that Numbers was also seen as prophetic.

    Wouldn't go boasting about it too much, otherwise you'll get burnt at the stake!

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 July 2009 at 6:37 am #

    Wow, your gig looked awesome!

    There were even some people clapping.

    Not easy to manage while clutching a zimmer frame.

  20. avatar
    fantasticandy | 6 July 2009 at 7:41 am #

    the VDGG crowd will totally love you guys.
    you will win loads of new fans.
    give 'em your best!
    the two bestest bands in the world…on one fukin' stage all in one night…..awesome!

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 July 2009 at 8:42 am #

    Ere, Kilbey, one of your eyes is higher up than the other!

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 July 2009 at 8:48 am #

    1.40 hrs to drive 40 miles?
    Big wow, it takes me 1 hr 10 minutes to go 8 miles on a bus in Birmingham!
    Think yourself lucky, cobber!

  23. avatar
    linjo | 6 July 2009 at 8:50 am #

    and you doing the very best you can, what more can a man (or woman) ask of themselves? Aint that what life is all about? That is why you inspire Steve. Linda

  24. avatar
    Richard | 6 July 2009 at 11:27 am #

    something really odd

    ran into a bloke I know pretty well on friday afternoon

    he was a bit unwell

    said he had swine flu – I laughed – he said 'but I do'

    found out this morning that he died on the weekend


  25. avatar
    Critic with purées on | 6 July 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    You're going hot & cold? I wantchoo heart & soul… take it easy man, rock on!

  26. avatar
    fashionista | 6 July 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    Combat shorts, cut off army shirts, and now a hoodie?
    Just stop it, Kilbo, grunge is deader than Kurt!

  27. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 6 July 2009 at 1:34 pm #

    I like the fact that you even post comments like this:

    Anon: "You're such a whiner. Stay home."


  28. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 6 July 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    I'm sad I missed you in Philly..on vacay with the 'rents..but I cannot WAIT til Wed! See you at Irving Plaza, weee!

  29. avatar
    Dannis | 6 July 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    You guys were fantastic last night in Hamilton. Thanks for the incredible night once again. We were in awe of you and your music and hope to see you again soon. Safe travels for all of you–and it was great meeting you Craig!



  30. avatar
    SALLY | 6 July 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    Well I for one am very happy you endured all that horrible traffic/roadworks to cross the border and play Hamilton last night. I drove from Toronto and my only wish is you had played for much much longer. Wonderful stuff. I think you will like Quebec City a lot more! Cheers and keep up the great muzak.

  31. avatar
    Sigur | 6 July 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    You trying to perfect Clint Eastwood gaze?

  32. avatar
    dr. piggyjackjackjack | 6 July 2009 at 2:40 pm #

    Richard, you've probably got it too now, droog!

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 July 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    Ok, u can chuck words around, gargle a tune n spill a few paints pretty well.
    But man if u were Hawkeye's brother, they'd call u Odd-eye!
    That right eye's a good quarter inch above the left, bub.
    Sorry n all but truth is truth.
    Now ur aware of it u'l think about this on n off for the rest of ya life, i reckn!

  34. avatar
    Ellen | 6 July 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    I'm getting a kick out of reading the comments from fans who have seen you play in other venues during this tour.

    Steve, thank you for all you're doing to play for your fans – putting up with hours of driving, sleep deprivation, lousy hotel rooms, etc. – all so fans can watch you play. It is greatly appreciated!

    Oh, and I like those intriguing photos. The jardin looks rather lovely and peaceful.

    Hope you can get some rest.

  35. avatar
    CSTCoach | 6 July 2009 at 4:36 pm #

    You guys absolutely rocked last night (despite the grungy surroundings – wow, my first time to experience culture shock in canada).

    My only complaint is that it was too short! You were just getting started and it was all over (thanks to the double bill). I swear it felt like 5 minutes went by.

    So….. i was left with no choice but to book tickets for tomorrow night's show in buffalo 🙂

    can't wait to hear the full setlist, after that tantalizing glimpse last nite.


    – ps – eekie, picked up the box set at last night's show. beautiful work!!!

  36. avatar
    Cocoamo | 6 July 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    Speaking of whining, at the Pittsburgh concert I left while still floating on the ether from my close encounter of the Church kind–about the third song. My ears hurt, I could feel my pancreas vibrating, the light fixtures were shaking. Ironically, as I stepped into the street, I heard, barely audible above the din–No, no, no I must be on my way….Go home and listen to my CDs SADLY.

    Our beloved Church, sacrificed to the Godess of Loud? Can we let them know we would still enjoy it if it were not SO loud?

    A quick google reveals prolonged exposure over 80 decibels increases risk for acoustic neuroma (brain tumor) w/symptoms of tinnitus and hearing loss. Intense sound depresses immunity, raises blood pressure, causes deafness and tinnitus etc. etc.
    Rock bands often exceed 150 decibels. Self destruction.

    So we kill the goose that lays the golden eggs? (And, Steve, I call you a goose only in a GOOD way…)

  37. avatar
    m.p.k | 6 July 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    Steve, it's all just fodder for more art…

  38. avatar
    J Street | 6 July 2009 at 6:47 pm #

    Now that I've had nearly a week to get my bearings after the show I saw, may I just say that the set list that you're touring with is virtually flawless? The choice of songs and the performance went beyond anything I expected.

    Whilst listening to P=A, I was struck by how "Old Flame" would have fit in perfectly with your new material, bookending a longer piece, perhaps? Something about it just stood out this afternoon, and I had to make a pithy comment about it. Is it because I'm still reacting to what I've heard? Or am I pointing out the obvious–you can't play for seven or eight hours.

  39. avatar
    fantasticandy | 6 July 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    sounds as though you 'n the druids done good yet again!

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 July 2009 at 9:48 pm #

    haha!are we talkin',"Dirty Harry"?…..or"Every Which Way but Loose"!!

  41. avatar
    m.p.k | 6 July 2009 at 10:21 pm #

    Take care of yourself SK… don't overextend. Legends are falling all around us and I don't mean MJ. Some of the greater lights are leaving this earth. Please stay around and shine a bit longer… and don't be afraid to retread if necessary.

  42. avatar
    Brenton Diaz | 6 July 2009 at 11:54 pm #

    Tomorrow night is oh so close! I'm so looking forward to you rocking Buffalo!

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