posted on March 21, 2008 at 7:57 pm

strange gloomy weather falls down on sydney
me n my little woofle go out early
for walky talky
i dress the woofle in the doodles clothes
and she looks pretty good considering shes 2
and theyre 8
we go outside she says cold
she says wind
little consolation of my olde age :
darling little woofle
wont you take a walk with me
(little woofle take a walk with me)
cmon woofle think how happy baby
we could be
(little woofle if you walked with me)….
this family has a lot of songs we sing
about doing everyday things
(usually written by moi…of course)
we have
tell me who
(who who who)
who is yer favourite doodle
(who who who who)
who is yer favourite doodle
(who who who who)
who is yer doodle now
wa wa wa wa wa wa wa wah
oh do you like that little starr?
(i love to drive her in my car)
oh do you like that biggle childe?
(well her charms just drive me wild)
please tell me who….

both the woofle song n the fave doodle song
set to bona fide great 50s chord progressions
and catchy melodies that stick in your head
the family all joins in (including twillies if theyre here)
singing backing vox, taking turns with lead vox
of course then theres
the gotta have doodles song
which is a frank sinatra-y affair
you gotta have….doodles
you gotta have….doodles
cos doodles
are oodles
of fun
(fingersnap, fingersnap)
yeah!
(the yeah! whispered by the woofle like a real jazz cat)
anyway
we’re walking down street singing the woofle song
woofle n i grokking north bond-eyes incredible profusion of flowers
i need look no further than this
for evidence of god
(evidence of god…the idea is ludicrous)
here are pure white frangis
here are some with lovely lemon yellow tinges
here are some practically the most delicate pink you ever saw
here are hibiscus flowers with various subtle n gaudy hues
cactii with bulging pink n purple flowers
passionfruit tree flowers
the weeds all flower too
and the elephant ears ferns n boston ferns n money trees
i think of going n visiting michael h
who is as lovely a bloke as you could meet
but it is good friday before 11
then there he is walking down the street
larger than life
he must be a nice guy cos the woofle
leans outta my arms
to plant a big wet woofley kiss
on his stubbly face
im driving over to teepees
to work on new chrch album
on the way there
i visit my friend
who doesnt seem to wake up
as i sit holding his hand
oh he was in a deep restful place
and of course
i did not resent him his near absence
he was in a much nicer room today
some scented candles were burning
and brian enos music for airports tinkled almost silently
i talk to him about eno
about dylan n harrison
who my friend reminds me of
i talk to him about what i believe
sometimes he gently squeezes my hand n moves
ever so slightly
when i leave
and the next of his many friends n family come in
he opens his eye a little
gives me a sleepy grin for a miilisecond
i cant stop thinking about him
i meet his mum n dad who are the loveliest people
i go out into the rain n wind
i walk across a park in darlinghurst
im crying my heart out
and i need to have a piss
i just walk up to tree
and stand there
in the middle of sydney
peeing and weeping
no one around at all
so no indecent exposure charges yet
on the otherhand it hasnt made my career take off
a la bill wyman n stones…
also
was supposed to be in paper yesterday in fridays metro section
as it was good friday
there was no metro n next friday is too late for my gig
gulp! have i fallen through the cracks again????
have a safe drive to tims
through kings cross william st
into sydney
out the otherside
over anzac bridge
(we used to call it madonnas bra)
up past rozelle
balmain
drummoyne
over gladesville bridge
into ryde
east ryde
putney
i listen to brainwashed by george harrison
his last album
its a beauty too
a beautiful reading from “how to know god”
by the indian sage patanjali
segues into the last song
the soul doesnt love
the soul is love
the soul doesnt exist
it is existence, itself
then at the end of the song
george chants and the lovely indian-ish music returns
suddenly a great comfort fills me
i think of all the good people waiting on “the otherside”
grant n george
my dad
jeff buckley
maybe soon my friend
oh if only these guys will appear to show me the ropes
when i turn up in that peaceful place
anyway down i go tims drive
hes pottering round in his studio
soldering leads or whatever it is
we listen to the 4 songs so far completed with vox
the 1st is a stately piano driven progression
we have put almost choral-like voices on
frankie from dublin is guest playing guitar
and his languid flourishes stretch across the music nicely
the next track is the dumb rocker called i cant let it go
written pre-ayahuasca but eerily presentiment
oh my little saviour
on her good behaviour
all he things she gave ya
now you cant let it go
i wanna get up
i wanna get off
i wanna get out
but i cant let it go…
next up is
anchorage
a dark twisted song full of winter n turmoil
weird lyrics ive written too:
the bars are all closed today lady
its a long way down to the middle of town
i’d hate to see you break your crown…
and then later im shouting
i’ll slap it out of you
i’ll slap it out of you
peter plays 2 bass guitars
im playing neil youngy stuff n piano
tims added some mellotron
its roiling n boiling stuff
the 4th track
is a sad and pretty song
tim says this is my fave but i like em all
and have listened to them with almost fresh ears
we have dinner then
which consists of four pieces of toast
2 vegemite
2 peanut butter
its all i ate all day ‘cept for a packet of crisps
then in 2 hours we do a song called pangaea
it was really cool
and im rather happy with it
but it needs loadsa work
needs mwp n pk to play on it some more
still aint heard shriek soundtrack
but tp assures me its something special
long drive home
listen to george again
home to bed
everyone sleepy
early night
today=chrch rehearsal
oh dear
i hate fucking rehearsing!

36 Responses to “easter eden”

  1. avatar
    davem | 21 March 2008 at 10:07 pm #

    Prayers for your friend.
    Great news about the new stuff.
    I just so, so, so, love The Church.
    xx

  2. avatar
    fantasticandy | 21 March 2008 at 10:51 pm #

    such a sad blog today nevits….
    but then… you said the ‘m’ word..
    and things seem a little better.

    dave ‘n i are going to have to have an arm-wrestling match or something like that to decide who loves you most!
    or maybe a bateman’s and veg dhansak face-off?
    preferabaly after attending the lizotte’s gig!

    andy L.

  3. avatar
    isolde | 21 March 2008 at 11:45 pm #

    very vivid blog I liked it a lot

  4. avatar
    issakimani | 21 March 2008 at 11:58 pm #

    I am glad to hear that you got to spend time with your friend. I know that heartache that you are feeling, I am so sorry. I do believe that our loved ones are there to welcome us when we cross over.

    All my Love,
    Kari

  5. avatar
    nickfiction | 21 March 2008 at 11:59 pm #

    when’s that church album due? approx?

  6. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 22 March 2008 at 12:47 am #

    I discerned much benevolence in this blog. Sk’s love for his friend, his children, God and nature. Conversely, why does Sk have so much bad luck. The Herald article is pushed back a week in the aftermath of his foot injury, hearing problems and throat woes? I enjoyed Sk’s references to George because musically and spiritually George is a kindred spirit of SK’s. Like George(but without his millions) Sk manages to transcend the material world.

    The new Church CD will inevitably be awesome.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 March 2008 at 1:02 am #

    Oh SK,
    heartfelt words today
    its hard to walk away
    sometimes the soul rests in contemplation.. its good youre there for him… prayers sent…
    Brainwashed is real nice,glad it wasnt over-jeff Lynned,I had it on vinyl but lent it to my bRother.. so now Im all itchin to hear it.. Been listening to alot of Ahmad Jamal, hes definitely the one of top pianist, the song Poinciana is divine, Ive been infatuated with Modern Jazz Quartet for about 5 yrs now, and Im thinking about becoming a vibraphonist, They just sound so otherworldly, like church bells in waves of timeless ripples..
    Rather excited about the upcoming album, it sounds great, you should let me play vibes on it… haha…
    anyway keep your head up and keep rockin… jaime r…..

  8. avatar
    Ethereal Butterfly | 22 March 2008 at 1:18 am #

    In my view, not entirely a sad blog today Andy, a combo of much of the human condition; joy & love, sadness & pain, passion & the discipline of hard work. Looking forward to that new Crunchies album…
    Just for the record Hellbound H, I agree with you ( yesterday, I’m not into organised religion either;(war, child-abuse, missionaries fucking up cultures etc being the some of the worst outcomes & why I turned my back on my church). However, organised religion can serve to initially open the door to our spirituality, this often being our first experience of it & it is usually where we return , to an extent, if we take ourselves down the path of a broader spiritual investigation.
    I’m off to http://www.pointnepeanmusic.com festival, today & tomorrow, & a gorgeous day for it, it is too Melbourne TTB friends. I hope some of you can come on down to the most salubrious end of the Mornington Peninsula….. Paella at 6pm?

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 March 2008 at 2:48 am #

    Wonderful blog today.
    Steve you are truly something special.
    In your own strange and unique way…you sometimes are a marvelous example of God’s message.
    It is my own personal belief that we will be greeted on the other side by all our family and friends who have gone before us and it will be one hell of a party.
    Regarding Brainwashed…I heard that not too long ago for the very first time.
    I was very impressed and was surprised that it was that good considering all he was enduring in his life at that time.
    Looking immensely forward to new Church release.
    To all…including all non believers as well…I hope you all have a fantastic Easter weekend with your families.

    Take care,
    Mark
    Tampa, Fl

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 March 2008 at 3:23 am #

    Steve, you didn’t fall through the cracks Metro came in the Thurs SMH this week with the interview printed.
    take care
    Adam

  11. avatar
    syrinx | 22 March 2008 at 4:34 am #

    anchorage..

    I lived there when I first heard priest = aura. I’ve told that story though. The memory remains perfect and intact. A keeper.

    I look forward to a song called anchorage. Very much so. Much.

  12. avatar
    eek | 22 March 2008 at 5:55 am #

    I love the family songs. That’s so sweet!

    You’re a good friend Steve. Unfortunately sometimes it hurts like hell — that pain is the price of love. My thoughts are with you, your friend, and his other friends and family.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 March 2008 at 6:09 am #

    it never ceases to amaze me that how music always flows in your words.

    love

  14. avatar
    linjo | 22 March 2008 at 6:21 am #

    Steve dont say you will be with Jeff Buckley soon. I am crying here. Little bit Pist yeah. Last Goodbye is my favourite song of all time, together with Boston’s ‘more than a feeling’ (god i am getting old !) Love you Steve and would love to give that little Woofle such a cuddle and hug, I love little kids so much! sorry for so much emotion! appreciation of the thought that so many beautiful intelligent people give on this blog, you are all amazing. Linda xxx

  15. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 22 March 2008 at 10:27 am #

    went to see my loved one who has bone cancer today…to see her sunken and bruised-looking eyes and the life and cancer pulsing beneath the papery-looking skin hurts my heart in a really raw and horrible way…you were standing in the rain crying your eyes out, i’m doing it now in front of the computer…oh god i hate to see Grace like this and i love her so much and she’s fucking dying and there’s nothing i can do to save her…i hope there’s some kind of heaven after you die because Grace is having her hell now…my daughter is named after her so i suppose there’ll be a little bit of her that lives on…

    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
    That saved a wretch like me
    I once was lost but now I’m found
    Was blind but now I see…
    love always…

  16. avatar
    melissa | 22 March 2008 at 11:37 am #

    ‘the soul doesnt love
    the soul is love
    the soul doesnt exist
    it is existence, itself’

    Really love that 🙂

    Love & healing thoughts to you and your friend & his family..

    Take care & hope the Churchy show goes well tomorrow!

    x

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 March 2008 at 12:01 pm #

    Yes your family songs are so sweet, very similar to what many mums and dads sing to their kids.
    In fact a group called The Wiggles made a very nice business out of it.
    I cant believe that in one breath you slag off the wiggles and in the next you recite your own family song, much like any other repetitive narrative that appeals to kids.
    You do have one thing in common with the wiggles, you both do central coast gigs(only theirs are much bigger).
    I bet they don’t hate you though.

  18. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 22 March 2008 at 12:45 pm #

    Really looking forward to the next Church album, Steve. Always exciting to hear what your latest music sounds like. Each albums sounds different from all the others and yet the music has all of the beloved trademarks of The Church sound. I know I’ll love it, and that it’ll be worth waiting patiently for.

    But, Steve…WHERE’S PAINKILLER?

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 March 2008 at 1:09 pm #

    solemnly waiting for new music.
    greedy fiend, greedy…

    love ya. blogges are excellent
    each and every day despite….my….lack of comment…
    richard

  20. avatar
    cita | 22 March 2008 at 1:09 pm #

    An angel is love.
    The soul is love.

  21. avatar
    fantasticandy | 22 March 2008 at 1:48 pm #

    anonymous 11:01pm :-
    steve actually takes time out to sing to his kids personally,
    it’s not quite the same as plonking them in front of a tv and giving the job to ‘the wiggles’ is it?
    happy easter to you too.
    luv,
    andy L.

  22. avatar
    Melquaides | 22 March 2008 at 2:46 pm #

    you mentioned song written pre-ayahuasca. Did that experience make you feel effort up to that point was something other than genuine?

    I bet that tree in the middle of Sydney is bringing up a field of wildflowers as we speak. ha.

    I can hear those family songs. Woolfie seems just the most enchanting little thing.

    I hope your friend finds comfort and healing. almost made me want to cry hearing you say you had a good cry outside the hospital. very touching.

    Cheers, Brian

  23. avatar
    Roadie J | 22 March 2008 at 3:28 pm #

    you and your friend are in our thoughts.

  24. avatar
    matthew | 22 March 2008 at 3:39 pm #

    Firstly, so very sorry for your ill friend… that’s a very hard thing, & consider my thoughts & prayers added. Secondly, the descriptions of upcoming songs + lyrical snippets sound quite brilliant, can’t wait to buy that peace of plastic! Take care SK.

  25. avatar
    JJ | 22 March 2008 at 4:28 pm #

    I remember my one visit to Bondi, from across the ocean blue…incredible array of vividly blooming flowers, shrubs and gardens, very lush and beautiful. The underground station there charmingly Victorian, some Jules Verne touches here and there of fanciful ironworks. Was October, my favorite month, Spring in Sydney. It all seemed strangely exotic and otherworldly to me.

    I selfishly look forward to the new album, with the anticipation I always have for Church creations. Spring is arriving here in Atlanta as I tap this out on my back deck. I hope the best for your friend, though it sounds discouraging. The Other Side; Night Friends coming through the mirror….will they be there? Life’s greatest mystery; what is waiting behind the mirror.

    George…I used to love how the one side of White Album ended on “Long, Long, Long,” with George’s plaintive wail and that final plectrum scratch across the metal strings of his acoustic guitar, then the sound of…..a door closing? I would be in that nether-state of semi-consciousness, and would slowly stare at the ceiling, finally leaning over to flip the vinyl record over to the next side. i love that song to this day.

  26. avatar
    blackeyes | 22 March 2008 at 4:42 pm #

    to anonymous 11:01pm :-
    please dont put Steve’s name together with “the wiggles”; he has completely Nothing in common with them.

    The wiggles “make business” as you said; Steve creates music.

    As the songs he sings to his own kids, i can only see love in it. He’s not going to sell it for money, OK you knucklehead ? sorry i’m not as polite as Andy.

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 March 2008 at 5:11 pm #

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  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 March 2008 at 9:31 pm #

    Dunno, man, I like Marty n Pete’s guitarplayin – i’d sooner hear them than some guest player. Sorry.

  29. avatar
    tiger | 22 March 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    i have indeed seen many beautiful people pass over
    shoulda checked out San Francisco
    in the late 80’s
    and my dad, his boyfriend & I
    we all knew where our place was
    in the pews to sit because we went to so many funerals.

    and if god is in flowers
    or words
    god is in your friend, too.

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 March 2008 at 11:29 pm #

    My dears,

    Happy Easter to you all…a fleeting comment but heartfelt none the less.

    We have chickenpox in our abode this Easter weekend (watchout SK, it’s going around the east!) My little girl dynamo is prone on the couch, spotted and weak. So I’m in a locked-down quarantine situation. Time to read through the SK archive and have a chuckle or two at a few past diamonds.

    Au revoir,

    B.Bon

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 March 2008 at 11:52 pm #

    come on people now………
    it had to be a setup
    it’s just too perfect
    woofle, doodles, twillies, wiggles?
    they all break into song about the mundane events of the day?
    “wanna go walky woofle?”
    and the doodles sing woofle walky
    and the twillies sing walky woofle
    and capn nevets sings walky talky
    tiki taki trek
    surely our humble narrator planned this ironic juxtposition
    weeks ago for his/my/our “amusement”

    oh but wait………

    i remember now…………..

    i used to believe gaf was one of the most brilliant, ahead of its time, concept records since “village green preservation society”
    all about how the music biz strangles the very artists they pretend to support
    slaving for the pharoh for his condo made a stoneuh
    sell it to metropolis like pt barnums EGRESS
    pulp fiction sci/fi over true human experience
    the city of ephesis, full of artists whose very prosperity choked the harbour with silt from the river that they misused
    the struggle to court the muse under the buzzing flourescent light of the workaday monday morning
    (not sure on how this one fit cept russia fell, autumn/afternoon are endings and howard hughes got rich
    good song though figured maybe producer dint get the concept and wanted marty to sing a rocker)
    the more you try to manipulate the mystery of the essence less magic happens
    an aging pop stars vanity
    band member falls by the way for what ever reason
    but the train wont stop, theres a schedule to keep
    band member succumbs to numb the pain of it all
    life is but a stage and we are mirrorly players
    and we must grind, grind it out
    (my favorite part is the e-bow wine hangover and the asprin bottle lid)

    I figured you musta spent hours to get this great work to have that on the money “phone it in” matte finish (seriously not being sarcastic here it fit the concept in my mind)
    the title was easy to get
    label wants more gold and the jones this afternoon means we fix it tonight or else
    i even loved the album art with your pics obviously fotochopped over cleverly apropriate panoramas
    peters space echos represented by an observatory
    steves had the structure of architecture
    ploog with the rock and the rythmic tides
    marty with the chimey church bells
    and I thought it was all one great inspiration pulled off as sacrifice to make a poingant statement

    I guess sometimes its best not to know what the artist has for breakfast

    and sometimes the artist doesnt know what “a muse meant” when he hears it

    i will save you the trouble of telling me and fuck off now

    love, tre

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 March 2008 at 12:36 am #

    Achhh…there’s always gotta be ONE…

    B.Bon

  33. avatar
    PAGEY | 23 March 2008 at 1:07 am #

    another thing you hate. cooool. add that to easybra

  34. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 23 March 2008 at 1:15 am #

    An idle mind has much time today. Under The Milky Way is not even in my top 25 Church songs. If you include Sk’s solo CDs it’s not even in the top 30. Nothing prior to Starfish is even being considered unless they are on the 2007 acoustic CD.

    Happy easter to all. I’m glad it does not have all the pomp and commercialism of depressing Christmas.

  35. avatar
    blackeyes | 23 March 2008 at 1:49 am #

    i remember i didnt like it too much when i first listened to UTMW, not as the “othertime” or “nothing inside”, but now it surely is my favorate one. a real beauty.

    have a wonderful evening today, Mr.Kilbey.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 March 2008 at 4:55 am #

    STFU BC


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