posted on August 11, 2007 at 7:21 am

due to the most loathesome doof doof
coming up thru the flaw
i have moved out onto my back steps
from where i can see the hubba bridge
and some tall city scrapers silohuetted against the sunset
birds call n answer in the preternaturally warm dusky evening
the trees of the eastern suburbs rub against the light
producing a hallucinatory effect
the tiny leaves and dark shapes
white flowered hedges in gentle motion
honeysuckle fills the air
and the tibetan or nepali neighbours incense
paying homage to buddha n ganesha
the earth and the sun and the rain
have produced a thousand different things
out of the same ingredients
out of themselves springs forth life and more life
bee ant moth worm flower bark sap pollen
the agents of life
life which animates matter
where does this life come from?
to me
its not looking like an accident
not tonight
with the privelege of my little balcony
the pot plants with white stones
the almost soothing sound of distant traffic
between the people and the sea
everyday i bathe in the oceans briny coldness
the air caresses my skin
no thats not just a cliche…it really does
soft runs along my aching calves n tired wrists
occaisionally a dogs deep bark carries on the wind
different bird noises fade in n out like williams radiotronics
the air over the city goes orange
then pale yellow
then deep shades of blue falling down
the air over the ocean is a delicate lavender
a plane flies overhead a long way up
its getting dark now
a weird light is cast upon the lapptopp
the houses in the street change colour
the shadows sharpen
people go off to parties
drink alcohol
take drugs
cocaine hags gobble ecstatic oafs
pissed young bucks giving it all away
in the kitchens the oddballs losers n virgins accumulate
in the gardens the footy hero talks cars with his mates
in the swimming pool
under the blue water
some young fool is full of vodka n holding his breath
cars pull up in the driveway
dealers with little coloured envelopes
which makes em feel cold
little doses of euphoria n depression
white powders seducing your resistance
people in the bathroom screaming n carrying on
bleeding laughing living dreaming
a pizza gets delivered and knocked over in the carpet
your girlfriends little brother passes out
in the arms of a tranny
and the police have just pulled up over the street
some guys have gatecrashed
“wheres the women n drugs ?” they demand
of your parents who came back home early
the lights are on the blink
and that stupid prick billy franklin
has chucked dayglo gloop everywhere
people are vomiting
trying to get in n out
drunk stoned and raging wildly
charged up like a plutonium amex
not me boy though
ha ha
no
im sitting back in my little room
surrounded by my guitars n pastels
by my paper n my paintbrushes
a tube of manuka honey face cream
a statue of the patron saint of lost things
blu tack and a pencil
beyond this room the doodles argue
the baby coos
nk with her pod on earphones cooks din dins blissfully unaware
minna arrives for dinner
tonight im on telly in triffids special
i look a bit too excited for my own goode i reckon
a bit too self satisfied…..
a family night at home tonight
surrounded by females
deep in the bosom of the family
then
render me calm n serene

48 Responses to “doo doo doo looking out my back door”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2007 at 8:09 am #

    as the sun sets in sydney saturday begins in london – and i’ve got to clean out the loft as we are moving house soon – am very pleased also that i seem to have managed to buy a house just at the very peak of the market and that now the entire global (controlled by baddies) financial system seems about to crash down on all our heads

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2007 at 8:39 am #

    slippery dreams seem so far away
    u must have lost your mind
    u must have been edited
    by a best sellig author in his prime
    things seem oddly familiar
    cause nothins goin my way
    and today feels like everyday

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2007 at 8:41 am #

    beautiful….thank you for the visuals,so stunningly and elaborately medicinal for my ears n eyes…..hopefully,and thankfully,the party that I’m playing at tonight will be way more civilized than your recollection of “oh,my god,what am I doing here kinda scenes/parties”…there will be performances all night from alot of the so inclined folks…be great if the blog was in audio…the voice on this f*$^ing program,drives me F@#*ing nuts….have a lovely night,love to you and your girls,and the sweet feinds..as always,genx xxxxx

  4. avatar
    Justin T | 11 August 2007 at 8:49 am #

    Its a good night to stay home in front of the telly Steve.

    Great Australian Albums
    Born Sandy Devotional By The Triffids
    8.30pm – 9.30pm SBS
    Saturday 11 August 2007

    … This compelling and poignant documentary features interviews with musicians such as Steve Kilbey and Paul Kelly.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2007 at 9:06 am #

    awesome, you’re on tv
    is it greatest comedy classics or australia’s funniest home videos

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2007 at 9:11 am #

    eskay

    You are lucky guy to have all you got. Great family, beautiful views and wonderful attitude. only wish I could beat my demons

    rich

  7. avatar
    J38.4 | 11 August 2007 at 9:23 am #

    The eternally spectacular SK! Long may he Reign,Rock,and Rule! ox infinitely

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2007 at 9:48 am #

    Well, you do have it ALL sk, lucky man. Cant wait to see you tonight 🙂
    Love Amanda

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2007 at 10:18 am #

    yeah, well it’s a night in for me and the fambily as well…all in our jimmy jams (my daughter in her second pair as she got orange ice block all over her other ones)…i would love to see the sun set and the light change from where you were siting…seems like my little one loves dr who (i prefer the 1970’s ones myself)…well off to the telly to see this tv show that everyone seems to be talking about…let you know what i think later…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart
    ps have a lovely evening…

  10. avatar
    fantasticandy | 11 August 2007 at 10:20 am #

    you’ve lived in both…indeed, many worlds over the years steve…is the search for happiness and contentment over yet?
    or does it feel closer?
    i often wonder…

    very nice blog today killer…
    a tad revealing, no?
    luv to all!
    andy L.

  11. avatar
    meqluiades | 11 August 2007 at 10:48 am #

    So, when is The Church getting their airing on the Great Australian Albums series?

    Ahh, sounds like a beautiful sunset and all is well in the kilbey house this evening.

  12. avatar
    12str | 11 August 2007 at 11:33 am #

    hey man…
    why dont you re-record some of the spare bedroom sessions?
    so many great pieces of music…
    drum machines.. well i dont know about that..good for demos i guess..

    have a great day!

    pat

  13. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 11 August 2007 at 11:46 am #

    juz saw u ‘on telly in triffids special’ – lovely commentary on something that was part of the aural background to my childhood…
    happy w/e

  14. avatar
    veleska1970 | 11 August 2007 at 12:23 pm #

    oh, how breathtaking is your painting with words, steve. lovely, just lovely. even in describing the chaos around you, even in describing the serenity and beauty around you.

    “deep in the bosom of the family”
    insulated and content from the outside world. this is bliss. 🙂

    lotza love….

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2007 at 2:04 pm #

    the best nights, yes, those nights at home. more freaky conclusions, yes, please, they are so good. i mean i know the new stuff will be light years great. but those olde demos, man, they had innocence, they had a graceful, sentient blessedness………….or something like that.

    rmck

  16. avatar
    timf | 11 August 2007 at 2:07 pm #

    ah…much to be thankful for…

    thanks for the blog.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2007 at 3:16 pm #

    well,It fu%*ing rocked…thank you !love you incredibly muchly,impossibly muchly,really,.way more than I thought ever possible../.meJ38.4xxxxxooooo

  18. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 11 August 2007 at 3:38 pm #

    I live in a nice suburb outside of Chicago, a city rife with homicides, assaults, child abuse, gangs,racial strife, dogfighting and animal abuse. Chicago does have the venerable Mayor Daley but when he leaves the violence will get worse. I love Mayor Daley’s green agenda.
    Here’s the relevance!

    All I am saying is that I envy where Sk lives. The nature, the beach, the wildlife and an aura of some ecological serenity. Chicago is insane but I was probably destined to be born and to perish in greater Chicago-Land.

    Refo-Mation and A Box Of Birds are the most recent church Cd’s to resonate with me in supreme fashion. A Box Of Birds covers others songs and in many instances surpass the originals. It took ten plays for me to truly appreciate the stellar CD. I’m slipping away !

    It’s All Too Much is aptly on my CD player right now. Peace and Hope for the fallen human race which includes i !

  19. avatar
    a painter | 11 August 2007 at 4:10 pm #

    everything has two sides
    the beauty of day into the darkness of night
    I actually welled up whilst reading your day fullfillment.
    Your view becomes more critical as you go it seems, more descriptive.
    Yesterdays drive through Napa Valley just prior to dusk revealed fields upon fields of vineyards…rows and rows of perspectives.
    Laid our like a patchwork quilt, alternating patterns- always juxtaposing the qualities of light.
    There must be some 120 vinyards in that valley, tightly neighboring each other.
    Peppered with tasting rooms, restaurants, shops, galleries…the beauty torments me- how I love this vast garden!!!
    It’s lush upon the floor of the wide valley- it grows into the oak trees of the enclosing hills.
    As I drove toward home, dusk fell upon the the hills to the west.
    Stacks and stacks of hills- the richer blues in front into the light at back.
    The hills have harder contours at the top edges, the atmosphere at their base breaks there edges- separates their planes. Stunning.
    Some vistas also displayed the mirage of the bay at the floor….ah
    At this point I break down “I must return with my landscape easel, it’s always better from life”
    Napa Valley is so peaceful. sigh.

    Your harsh contrast of night,..somewhat of a memory, some agreements there.

    I appreciate my sanctuary, my shelter away from the rough edges- beautification every chance I get. It’s saturday am…time to run, then yoga, then paint!

    Thank you for letting us see through your eyes. I had to share the silence

    AA in CA

  20. avatar
    JONNY HOLLYWOOD | 11 August 2007 at 4:15 pm #

    sounds very relaxing and serene…
    Jonny

  21. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 11 August 2007 at 7:29 pm #

    AA in CA I envy you. I visited majestic Napa Valley when I was a college Student in San Diego 25 years ago. University of San Diego.

    Dear SK: A human angel sent me some live Church CDs. As I write I am elated and enthralled listening to a vintage Church concert in Melbourne 2006. The Crowd sounds almost as good as the nonpareil music. I am off to make a donation in honor of the angel who sent me the CDs. She is a living doll !

  22. avatar
    Leelinau | 11 August 2007 at 7:33 pm #

    magically delicious

    ^_^

  23. avatar
    andmoreagain | 11 August 2007 at 7:56 pm #

    Both sound good to me, the serene or the obscene there is no calm without the storm. No sadness without a little fucked-up-ness. I’m myself in a state of down meself and feels right and fine.

  24. avatar
    Richard | 11 August 2007 at 11:16 pm #

    saw your SBS spot

    no shame coming across as a fan!!

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2007 at 11:58 pm #

    AA in CA….your “valley”interpretation is really beautiful!..The gradual tones of the mountains is something that I had forgotten to remember…It is paler ,then mor of a deep tone/almost a muddy purple in the foreground…If Mr.Kilbey doesn’t mind ..I would ask you to tell me of colours of things….when you do that,It’s like I can see,because your words are …..AMAZING!…much love to you,gen xxxooo

  26. avatar
    over it | 12 August 2007 at 12:25 am #

    thats great girrrls. could you just email each other with this stuff so we can get back to the relevence

  27. avatar
    NickFiction | 12 August 2007 at 1:26 am #

    man, that was beautiful, thanks for sweeping me away………

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 1:29 am #

    hotel womb , i just revisited……. takes me there man takes me there………..

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 1:39 am #

    disillusionist …… forgot what a wonderful cd priest = aura is …….how does this stuff go unnoticed and morons are selling millions ?

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 1:53 am #

    thought your sbs spot was great…always nice to find out about inspirations and influences behind your music and poetry…will have to find a copy of born sandy devotional (WHAT!!!I DON’T OWN A COPY!!!)…i look out of my office window and i see the pure white australian sunlight streaming down on my back yard like was mentioned last night…ever notice the difference between the summer and winter sunlight in australia…summer sunlight can be like a soundless roar…winter sunlight can have the diamond-hard clarity of a needle…

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 1:54 am #

    oh yeah…last entry was brought to you by the Hellbound Heart XXXX

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 2:02 am #

    Excuse me if I go on a bit about the painterly-ness of Steve’s writing. I’m pleased both Brien and Genx appricate the beauty. Brien, you were in college 25 years ago? Wow, maybe you have some years on me!! I’ll try getting my blog info in order…again….

    AA in CA

    oh, the foreground color was a light ultramarine grey blue…it’s high summer so the dust particals really blasted the color!! couldn’t resist!! ha ha

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 2:12 am #

    AA in CA…you rock!..you are such a naughty tormentor!..thanks for the rainbows!….love,genx xxxooo …………///P.S. a short note to “over it”….get over it!

  34. avatar
    over it again | 12 August 2007 at 2:48 am #

    how much clearer does he have to be to you people?

    keep it relevant. think about it

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 3:10 am #

    why do i even listen to other music?

  36. avatar
    today life is, i notice the smallest things... | 12 August 2007 at 3:47 am #

    Distill the life that’s inside of me
    I’m anemic royalty
    Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld
    So I can sigh eternally…

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 4:06 am #

    *beautiful…melting source.dreams..so sweet…*

  38. avatar
    daniel12 | 12 August 2007 at 4:14 am #

    Great Blogg Nevets.

    I love the juxtaposition of nature and human folly.
    Very Bondi Saturday night.
    Carefull you dont have your ney’bores arrested though.

    My condolences regarding the down stairs doofheads. Such oppressive
    mechanical music is surely the soundtrack for the end times.
    I cant belive i used to listen to that shit.
    And supposedly free thinking feral types put on bush doofs?. Terrifing the animals, lighting fires and leaving rubbish everywhere. Those littes creatures of the earth must think it’s armageddon.

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 4:40 am #

    If there’s still at least two places on the planet I’d like visit it’s Austrailia and India. All your descriptions make me visualize and compare…your beaches sound like the water is chilly, but the color of light, the beautiful coasts, the culture, your telly shows! YES! I should order Aus. TV! (until I visit, *wish want)

    HH, yes I think that’s a sensitive observation about the time of year and how it affects the color. I’ve noticed that about the time of day with photos…morning shots look cooler than warm afternoons.

    AA

  40. avatar
    X PLEASE!? | 12 August 2007 at 5:35 am #

    paint me…

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 5:40 am #

    in trinity..not the pick not the vision…beyond?{?}so colorfulX

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 6:18 am #

    Thank you!x

  43. avatar
    the dean | 12 August 2007 at 6:57 am #

    The triffids show was superb, all those old images,film and the heartfelt songs. Like all great stories so much more poignent when there is loss.
    Sk was inciteful and enthused.

  44. avatar
    davem | 12 August 2007 at 7:41 am #

    Glad you managed to escape the doof doof and bring us something of such beauty.
    All those wonderful things in the world you described that happen/exist despite us and our attempts to ruin everything.

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 7:50 am #

    H.Heart….hello,beautiful lady!…and I know you are..I can see that from ten thousand miles away…my mother took a photo of me,at xmas,on my back stairs,dressed up in my daughter’s “dress ups”.the light of summer mornings,on my back verandah,must be the inspired place,for insighting happy riots,and throwing wishes to the winds…bring on the spring!…love,genx xxxxx

  46. avatar
    donna | 12 August 2007 at 8:57 am #

    Beautiful Blogg…gave me goosebumps and brought a big smile to my face.
    Glad you are using your m.honey cream on that handsome face steve..let me know when you need some more.
    What an ideal night at your place, surrounded by all your girls! Peace and serenity..it is what we all seek and thank goodness after a horrible week, calm has finally come back to my world..

    Thank you for sharing the beauty you see..

    Much luv,

    XXD

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    mattdavison | 12 August 2007 at 9:58 am #

    nothing more needs to be said…………..

    md

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