posted on November 28, 2007 at 1:58 am

this world continues to amaze
i need to balance the bad with the good
i need to stop wondering why people let it happen
because after all
what could we have ever done
elli n minna come over
we get to chatting about the election
and elections in general
now imagine elli n minna
all swedish leftish and
so idealistic and naive
they are still operating under
a very 16 year old assumption
that this world is fair and or just
someone mentions mr g w bush
elli and minna couldnt believe that
when we told em
he had the election rigged
by various ways
disallowing votes from largely democrat voting areas
how the high court appointed by his own cronies helped him
how the whole dubious malarkey went down in a state
and climate lovin’ experienced peaceful al gore
did not get the gig that most americans wanted and had fairly
voted him into
but that a blatant cheat and imposter
a privileged and spoilt child
a draft dodging drug using drunk drivin’ business ruiner
a man of very average intelligence and no charm or grace
an untravelled man
an inexperienced man
seized the throne in the most powerful kingdom in the world
and everybody sat back and let it happen
elli and minna screaming at me
but why didnt anybody do anything?
im sorry my girls
but what the fuck didja think we coulda done?
a revolution?
cos as far as i know
thats the only way to deal with usurpers and despots etc
we in the west
we just had to wait it out
till he goes
and then in time
we can all look back and see him
for what he is
just like johnson and nixon and
their belligerent australian equivalents
because this guy has caused
a lot of people to get killed
some of them definitely didnt have to be dead now
many of them innocent families
thats right children were killed and hideously maimed
as in vietnam
who deemed this necessary?
what great statesman persuaded us in the west
that we needed to kill some more children somewhere
to guard liberty
because they hated “our” way of life
and then
and oh this is this ironic twist de la creme
when his own country actually needed him
when serious calamity struck
he was
if you dont believe it go to new orleans
and buy yerself a
make levies not bombs t shirt
but what are we supposed to do about it?
no i dont have no answers
im a pop singer after all
not even a good or popular one either
im just saying
i just accept it in numb denial like all the rest
we pretend these idiots know what they are doing
we KNOW in our heart of hearts they dont….
the job of leading a country
especially a huge and powerful country
requires a charismatic genius
who can speak 5 languages
has spent much time abroad
he should be artistic athletic humble patient
etc etc etc
its the most important thing in the world
cant we agree the system is failing us
look at ww 1
so many of us killed, brothers and sisters
why oh why did we believe it then?
why did we all have to die in this war?
but what could you do
we dont want to go to jail
we dont want a revolution either
we just want to raise our families etc etc
same as it ever was
the top guys should be appointed
like any other top job
the elections are a joke
you need money
you need to navigate the party faction bullshit
you need propaganda and secret backers
you need cronyism and nepotism
all that caper
no real person actually fit for the job is gonna go thru that
the 2 party thing is bullshit too
especially when they are almost the same
except one gets you involved in more wars
where is the choice?
should we be the ones even doing the choosing
i mean
as it goes
we the people
havent had much luck
in getting the right guys into the jobs
look at all the complete fools
the west has elected to various jobs since whenever
sorta people who led us into loadsa wars
im not talking just the english speaking west either
europes produced a few individuals
who were responsible for oceans of blood needlessly spilt
no idea is worth one drop of blood
unless it be your own blood you spill
unlike the idea of say
the domino theory
a lotta people died for that
or christianity
a lotta people died for that
or witchcraft
a lotta people died for that
her brave son who gave his life to save the slogan
my daughters outrage at “the way things are”
forces me to take on the weary realist with them
i know but what can ya do i just say over and over…..
we need a revolution of the heart
as soon as the next guy comes along and starts talking bout war
if its not a war actually involving somebody invading us
us in the fucking west i mean
yes yes
try and stop wars if we have to
but not start the ones dont need to be started
its never worked
ww1 and ww2 were mostly west against west
we annihilated each other just about
and we invented and used atomic bombs
havent we learnt anything?
we need to be more careful
we need to examine the way we’re doing things
we need to take care of the poor and old and helpless everywhere
we need to be compassionate towards the “dumb” beasts
who dont speak our lingo
no more fucking wars
no more fucking bombs
try to entice some intelly-gents into these gigs
like that guy they had in india before they shot him
and old abe and jfk who they also shot
and his bro
who they also shot
they even killed marilyn monroe
and we find out
40 years later
and go
oh….thats just awful
and turn away
go back to deletin’ some stuff outta my ipod
and i say
what the fuck can I do?

46 Responses to “engine ears”

  1. avatar
    veleska1970 | 28 November 2007 at 3:50 am #

    i say we need another boston tea party. of course, i’ve been saying that for quite some time now…..

    what can we do? probably not much of anything. the people in power are too deeply entrenched. and voting for one candidate or the other doesn’t make any difference, because a politician is a politician is a politician.

    i appreciate your daughter’s sweet naiveness. it’s too bad we don’t keep that outlook as we age…..that just might be the solution to everything!!

    lotza love…..

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 November 2007 at 4:27 am #

    in this day666 and age666 we vote with our purchases. thats all that matters these days…

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 November 2007 at 4:30 am #

    haha…but you forgot to mention the ironic titanium titanic robotic arm thts wedged firmly in gw’s nether regions,thats operated by the handful of blokes/women? who actually know the agenda…..and isnt it ironic,that alanis morisette’s “ironic” song,has more instances of “thats a bummer”,than “ironic”….ya know,”theres a black fly in your chardonnay”????? if you asked me?thats a “bummer”,not “ironic”…how ironic is that?!….a wish for peaceful,thoughtful revolution across our universe…that’d be one of my wishes for today….have a luvverly day SK!…and all other fiends and friends…love,as always,gen xxxxx

  4. avatar
    the dean | 28 November 2007 at 4:59 am #

    As soon as public office becomes a career there is a problem. Getting power then retaining it while social justice ceases to be a goal.
    USA is one step from dictatorship. History repeats, all roads lead to Rome.

  5. avatar
    JONNY NOT YET SO HOLLYWOODISH | 28 November 2007 at 5:27 am #

    so tell me then why do some rockstars tell people to rock the vote when they should be doing the opposite, if the people didn’t go to the polls and vote, I wonder what wood happen…

  6. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 28 November 2007 at 6:04 am #

    Sk is correct about the malevolent Bush-Cheney regime. However, it must be mentioned that radical Islam is even worse. Brainwashed people killing innocent children, women, men and animals to appease their GOD ! America and England should not be blamed for Zimbabewe, Sudan and other despotic, murderous African Nations. F U Bono ! Sk was right about Abe Lincoln. In 1860 he said that a true human being respects both human and animal rights.

    I repeat that the west must embrace India. The latter is the light. It’s a Democracy. 200 million peaceful vegetarians. Who hates India? Radical Islam and China. Religious and atheist bigoted killers hate India.

    The US and the UK must embrace themselves with India. I get no support but I Know I’m right on this issue and the meat issue and the weed issue and Jeff Beck issue and the Morrissey issue and obviously the SK and The Church non-issue!

  7. avatar
    better | 28 November 2007 at 6:50 am #

    Keep on Keepin on…
    revolution of the soul is the salvation…
    know history for what its worth…
    it only emboldens the real virtue and strength of the peaceful way…

    The dualistic mind commands and relies on Judgment, on separation, and distinction from its true nature…
    this is life and the way for so many, full of distraction of confusion and fear Rather than seeing the connections of our humanities, our forgiveness, our compassion, our utilization of our divinity… We must carry on.. for our dance and song… into realizing ourselves and drawing strength towards cultivating a better realization… Its so easy for many to blindly accept and fall into Maya and foster spiritlessness… India is such a blossom on this blessed earth….
    Om Tat Sat Om……
    keep on keepin on…
    One love…

    jaime r……….

  8. avatar
    damien | 28 November 2007 at 7:09 am #

    It’s an eternal question that will never have an answer, what to do about the corruption and violence that seems to be a precondition of living on this planet.

    I guess we can only try to make a positive impact on those around us (and the animals) day to day.

    Not much to offer to the discussion today, I’m afraid, SK.

  9. avatar
    captain mission | 28 November 2007 at 8:33 am #

    the only war worth fighting is the war within- have a private revolution
    thats where it starts and thats where it ends

  10. avatar
    Sunshine | 28 November 2007 at 9:28 am #

    Thanks for writing this, SK. I enjoyed the idea of you and your daughters, who are nearly voting age (assuming it’s 18 in Aus), having this conversation. I hope to be able to carry on such conversations with my kid(s) down the road.

    It’s maddening to feel so helpless when things are so messed up, but I’m really hoping the next US presidential election effects a major change. I still feel disenfranchised by the ’00 elections. I am surprised at how many republicans now don’t support GWB, and equally surprised that any still do.

    My own dad (staunch republican) and I (left-leaning type with no real party loyalty) have an agreement never to talk politics, yet he manages to sneak in some little jabs every so often and is reminded to keep a lid on it. For some reason, he still supports GWB, and I can’t understand why. He’s a well-educated medical professional (a well-read, thinking person), and it pains me that he could support someone who’s so clearly not qualified for the job… not operating with a full deck, etc. I mean, once GWB was put in office (not elected, mind you), it made me realize how much of a puppet/PR position it is. Basically, Cheney’s really doing the job, Bush is just signing the checks Cheney’s written. If Bush can get the job, any schmo with dough can.

    I’m not one to talk politics, really, because I feel my intellectual ammo falls short of what’s needed to carry on a proper debate. I just know which issues are important to me, where I stand on them, and which parties fit my stance.

    (oops… sorry for the diatribe)


  11. avatar
    esne snoner | 28 November 2007 at 11:41 am #

    quoting from diary of a bad year by j m coetzee the best book i have read all year – “the alternatives are not placid servitude on the one hand and revolt against servitude on the other – there is a third way – chosen by thousands and millions of people every day – it is the way of quietism – of willed obscurity, of inner migration” – what can you do sk? keep leading at least some of us down the path to veganism, yoga, meditation – and please keep providing music that inspires – thank-you

  12. avatar
    mattdavison | 28 November 2007 at 11:42 am #

    We didn’t start the fire…..


    (911 inside job, U bet..

  13. avatar
    Ethereal Butterfly | 28 November 2007 at 12:04 pm #

    The existentialists believed that the world was full of lies, aimlessness, meanness and hypocrisy these beliefs being based on the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre a philosopher and playwright. Sartre believed that human life is absolutely meaningless and pointless. He totally denied the existence of any God, any reason for living, and any pattern to human life. We are born with nothing, and return to nothing. Sartre argued that human beings must face up to the pointless absurdity of their lives, and then they will be free to take actions and make decisions which reflect the terrible reality of existence.

    But what should we do about injustice in politics and in our day to day lives? What would Jesus, Ghandi and Buddha do or have done? Faith, hope and love were their common mantras (in my view). But I don’t believe any of them would give up trying for change for the better.

    And I just have this to say in conclusion – the path to change is never easy but (looking back in time to my sentimental journey way back to the age of 70’s Glam Rock and tongue- in- cheek Rock & Roll)…………………….. it’s a long way to the shop for a sausage roll….

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 November 2007 at 12:15 pm #

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)

  15. avatar
    matthew | 28 November 2007 at 12:41 pm #

    Amen, Mr Kilbey. Spot-on, and thanks.

  16. avatar
    matthew | 28 November 2007 at 12:46 pm #

    PS! The new pic with [insert indigenous instrument here] is brilliant!

  17. avatar
    don't worry kyoko | 28 November 2007 at 1:36 pm #

    they can kill a man or woman, but they can’t kill their words
    they can’t kill their ideas
    but too much cynicism can eat through a man like sulphuric acid through a Valiant
    cynicism burns holes in one’s ability
    to achieve
    a gentle revolution
    if you let it
    let that sweet precious hope and fervour rule
    the meek shall inherit the earth
    the passionate shall fight for that earth not being ruined
    activism the best cure for what’s a man to do
    go plant a tree
    go talk to somebody old in your community
    go pick up rubbish on the beach
    lead by example
    cure thyself from within
    they say our eyes see
    what’s inside us
    do you think it’s true?

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 November 2007 at 2:05 pm #

    Good one…you’re good when you talk politics.

  19. avatar
    restaurant mark | 28 November 2007 at 2:14 pm #

    don’t have much time…gotta get out the door…but just wanted to say, very good one today…couldn’t agree with you more…it’s hard for me to read the paper, watch cnn…i do it to stay informed??? but it’s painful, makes me mad, sick, and feel helpless all at the same time.

    speaking of cnn…meant to tell ya that a couple of weeks ago…out of town working…woke up watching cnn, they were talking about something deadly coming up after the break…so while going to it, reptile started playing…the line about being dangerous…last thing i expected to hear…hope they paid ya???

    take care everyone


  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 November 2007 at 3:02 pm #

    Brien, I’ve seen more absolute and desperate poverty in India thatn anywhere else I’ve travelled, and that includes parts of Africa. The Indian system really isn’t one to admire or aspire to.

  21. avatar
    mandn | 28 November 2007 at 3:05 pm #

    AMEN Orpehus!

    the only question I ask myself these days is
    WHY? WHY are they STILL in power?

    *shakes head and fists at the useless masses*


  22. avatar
    mandn | 28 November 2007 at 3:08 pm #

    p.s. – I am sending this to EVERYONE I know.

    hope you don’t mind.

  23. avatar
    Cee | 28 November 2007 at 3:26 pm #


  24. avatar
    scott | 28 November 2007 at 3:50 pm #

    What about the war on drugs, a domestic war which costs the US taxpayers about 50 billion a year. Every 40 seconds or so, someone is arrested for possesion of weed in the US. F’em I say.

  25. avatar
    Cee | 28 November 2007 at 4:01 pm #

    Ok I had to re-group. Here’s what we can all do:
    Watch where you put your money.
    All the Netflix subscribers out there? The CEO is a big Swartznegger supporter, so your $$ is funding Arnold’s political agenda.
    Those with a 401k or 403b retirement account, stock portfolio, etc… check what your investing in…Halliburton, anyone?
    Reassign your investments to kinder companies and always follow the money trail.

  26. avatar
    mandn | 28 November 2007 at 4:23 pm #


    but I LOVE Netflix…



  27. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 28 November 2007 at 5:05 pm #

    ANON: 2:02 AM

    You are correct. Too much poverty in India. That’s why they should be the largest recipient of US, UK and European Aid. India’s the world’s largest Democracy. It’s overwhelmingly Hindu but it has a Sikh Prime Minister and it used to have a magnificent and humane Muslim President, Abdul Kalam. Its current President is a woman and they have had a female Prime Minister. A much more inclusive, enlightened and humane country in comparison to China and/or Pakistan. Brien-Out !

  28. avatar
    Ansible Jon | 28 November 2007 at 5:19 pm #

    nice to see a little political ire out of you once in a while, tb.
    i sometimes get lost in thought wondering just how different the world might have been if al gore might have won (or should i say won AND claimed the prize to that victory) the election.
    imagine if 9/11 still happened and al gore were president. do ya think he would have reacted the same as dubya? instead of being the bullish, flexing, “yeah,-whatever-you-say-world-we’re-going-to-do-what-the-f-we-want” country that many other countries have come to despise and mistrust, Gore could have set us on a path where the world could have come to our aid and we could have possibly and finally taken a significant step to joining the world village instead of insisting on remaining an island.
    and i can honestly and unashamedly admit i will get teary and genuinely melancholoy when i think on the death of Senator Paul Wellstone. truely, the man would have become the greatest president of his generation had not bush conspired to have his plane crash. if you dismiss the above acusation, just look into it sometime and discover just how possible it is.
    going to go sulk (cry?) a bit.
    thanks for being there, being…

  29. avatar
    takin it to the streets | 28 November 2007 at 5:51 pm #

    what can we do?
    we can vote with our actions
    we can vote with our $$$
    yes a revolution of the heart
    yes we can think globally and act locally..
    we can communicate with like minded individuals to make change happen in r own hometown.
    we can write letters
    we can protest
    we can withdraw contsent
    if you believe we are killing the planet then don’t drive a fucking hummer.
    we can make sure the tea we are drinking is organic and fair trade
    we can eat locally grown fruits and vegtables
    we can learn about the issues
    educate ourselves
    we can read books like
    “good news for a change, hope for a troubled planet” and put ideas into action.
    there ARE things we can do if its the environment or war or poverty and while you can say it won’t make a difference…it will to you. it allows you to sleep at night knowing that you are doing your best to live a clean life with as little impact as possible on the natural world and if enough
    people do, it will make a difference one person at a time.
    vote with your $$

    i saw on the tube the other night george w as tradition dictates he host the nobel prize winners at the white house. Yep there he was congratulating al gore. He won the presidency but al won the peace prize…hmm..that had to be an akward moment.

    you are right you are just a pop singer. Neil Young does an entire album about the war enocouraging people to impeach the president and of course no one is listening cause he gets no radio play and i don’t think he went into it thinking he would change a thing but to do nothing would be to consent to it. It was his small way of to withdraw consent and say this is not alright.


  30. avatar
    timf | 28 November 2007 at 6:01 pm #

    anon at 11:15 said it best..

  31. avatar
    davem | 28 November 2007 at 6:23 pm #

    You’ve contributed more than most SK. Always thought provoking. Agree with Timf. As individuals we can each do our best and try and influence those around us. Hippy idealism but good vibes are good vibes. I’m a veggie ‘cos of your influence – making me think, read and find out more. I try and do positive things with my life and to be the best I can for the people I interact with.

  32. avatar
    timf | 28 November 2007 at 6:32 pm #

    echo what davem said…it was you sk that led me back to vegetarianism…i was for about 5 years and strayed until i discoverd your blog about a year ago and am back on the wagon…you have an influence and you use it well.

  33. avatar
    Joanna Satana | 28 November 2007 at 8:43 pm #

    Mr. K, I apologize in advance for the tangent….

    I remember the beautiful idealistic optimistic WE CAN CHANGE IT ALL! WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE rose colored glasses I too peered thru at their age….

    Even with all the protesting and letter writing and groups formed and voting I’ve done over the last 20+ years later, it all leaves me so broken and disheartened. FEW things have changed, and MANY MORE have just gotten more dismal. What the fuck to do???

    It seems that all the collective “we” can do at this point is send positive energy out into the cosmos and hope that eventually it’ll come back to out-weigh the bad. Live our lives as best we can, help when we can, and spread kindness and love to everyone we can.

    And ROCK ON CEE! Thanks for the Netflix heads up. Dominos Pizza is another that is directly funded by the fundies. Don’t like their mumbo jumbo? DON’T GIVE THEM YER $$$! It’s sadly what makes the world go around anymore, but $$$ SPEAK LOUDER THAN ANYTHING! MAKE YOUR DOLLARS (or pounds or whatevers) *YOUR* WEAPON AGAINST THEM!

    Brien, two words: caste system. or Bride Burning. Or Dowry Deaths. What’s inclusive or enlighted about these things? India is home to some of the most GLARINGLY horrific human rights offences on this planet.

    I’m not saying they’re worse or better than anyone else, just be careful making such blanket statements about any country or its peoples or groups. You’ll always find someone or something f’in it up for everybody.

    There apparently is no eden in hell. Atrocities against people and animals alike, by these bags of flesh claiming to be “human” are a global common. *sulk*

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 November 2007 at 9:39 pm #

    yes timf, anon at 11:15, quoting Maragaret Mead the anthropologist, summed it up.

    And knowing the effect of taking responsibility for the choices we make.
    I remember Melquides’ pics of Al Gore’s save the earth gig the next day – MOUNTAINS of waste! And how much power was used – what was the real energy cost of that worldwide gig to conserve energy?
    (which may have been worth the cost – to publicise the issue)

    What gets my goat is lefties and greenies wearing those ridiculous wasteful useless rubber bracelets with slogans on them – the idiot hypocrisy is astounding.

    The personal is political.

    I think killa’s dissemination of ideas and good will balances out the carbon required to create it


  35. avatar
    fantasticandy | 28 November 2007 at 10:05 pm #

    don’t take more than you NEED…not WANT,
    help those who need it,
    and be nice.
    this is the answer to every problem that has ever existed.
    there you go….simple as that.
    no lofty existenstial bullshit.
    sorry the cure for all ills is so basic…nothing to discuss really.
    just do it…and EVERYTHING will get better.
    andy L.

  36. avatar
    Daberhasher | 28 November 2007 at 11:30 pm #

    keep the light shining dear ones, we’ve seen this all before…
    different actors, same play that has to play out…
    and what the fuck can you do???
    um, enjoy the living earth,
    while it’s still here that is…


  37. avatar
    Owl | 28 November 2007 at 11:32 pm #

    A – Nothing but teach by your own example.
    I always want my kids world to remain magical and right but I know they will have to face the hard light of reality, thats the parents job, to prepare them for the world out of the nest. Owl tries to stay in his nest in the hollow in the forrest..but then I’m not a child anymore.

  38. avatar
    CSTCoach | 28 November 2007 at 11:35 pm #

    yeah, its so fucking frustrating. and there’s nothing worse than feeling helpless. it seems to me that the system is so totally screwed the only answer is to burn it all down and start again. plus, working within the system they’ve got the deck stacked against you.

    but i do think there’s hope in individual change. choosing to be informed, educating oneself and choosing how you spend your money, what you support,… And ideas are powerful, whether they’re transmitted through a blog, through a book (novel or not, and even – dare i say it – travel literature -because though we’re different on the surface, we all have a common humanity, and travel writing can bring that home).

    I think art and music can make a difference and can help to create a shift in consciousness. And a shift in consciousness may be the only thing that can save us.


  39. avatar
    veleska1970 | 28 November 2007 at 11:39 pm #

    well said, ryan. right on the nose!!

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 November 2007 at 11:54 pm #

    we’re just a million little gods
    causin’ rain storms
    turnin’ every good thing to rust
    I guess we’ll just have to adjust
    (Arcade Fire)

    Lady Di

  41. avatar
    bruce cockburn | 29 November 2007 at 12:16 am #

    gotta kick at the darkness
    until it bleeds daylight
    -bruce cockburn, lovers in a dangerous time
    stealing fire – 1984?

  42. avatar
    CSTCoach | 29 November 2007 at 12:38 am #

    thanks V 🙂

    also wanted to add that the community of good people who have been drawn to this blog, and the fact that such people exist, is some small cause for hope, IMO.

  43. avatar
    taking more than his money's worth in the comment section | 29 November 2007 at 1:06 am #

    with ya ryan and kitty kat

    if we cant do it
    lets hope the next gen
    can get it right
    those who say we cant change things may be right
    but we can lead the way for others to get it done
    most idealists of the past 40 years did the talking i think the next gen is going to take action in large numbers together
    as this noosphere envelopes the planet and communites come together from all corners of the globe (like right here on this blog) and use this tech to spread ideas it will have a greater visable impact real change than we ever could imagine achieving in our generation
    evolution doesnt happen overnight keep your eye on the ball
    to give up just because it isnt happening fast enough is the greatest tragedy of all


  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 November 2007 at 1:21 am #

    i’d rather stay all swedish leftist naive and idealistic than go towards the dark
    those girls of yours are are credit to you and their gorgeous mother

  45. avatar
    eek | 29 November 2007 at 4:29 am #

    I got a rude political awakening when I was 16 also — Ronald Reagan was elected president the first time. I couldn’t believe it. And then he was re-elected in a landslide. That’s when I learned a sad fact — the electorate is stupid.

    It seems to me the only solution is for each person to vote for the lesser evil and live his/her own life as ethically as possible.

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