posted on February 1, 2009 at 9:36 am

so tangled tonight
such a fair light
its so still
my heart drags
the stars
the clouds
all the usuals
this is hurting a bit
i sang today
yeah i stood there singing
where was i?
far far away
singing this about that
i sang some song
same song
about pursuit
theres me in my mansuit singing pursuit
the drums go boom
the guitar go clang
the bass go throb throb throb
some people clap
i sing some more
i stand there singing more to the grapes n trees
i stand there looking out at it all
i sing some more
they clap some more
i walk off
clap clap
i smoke some dope
i talk some talk
i eat some dinner
i hit the road
thats it

32 Responses to “flatlands”

  1. avatar
    princey | 1 February 2009 at 10:22 am #

    Love that song, lucky grapes’n’trees 🙂

  2. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 1 February 2009 at 10:43 am #

    shit mate, sounds like a bit of a downer at the moment…..shit…listened to painkiller this afternoon and my god, please believe me when i say that you have a profoundly wonderful gift and my life’s a better thing with your creativity in it….there’s lotsa people here that feel the same, i’m sure….
    love always…..

  3. avatar
    davem | 1 February 2009 at 10:59 am #

    Never forget there are so many of us out here supporting you, thinking of you and gratefully enjoying everything that you work so hard to produce.

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 February 2009 at 11:17 am #

    the highs and the lows but remeber thier are witches in the mexican sky and teradactils over texas

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    lily was here | 1 February 2009 at 11:19 am #

    We were too far away to be seen by you, at Bimbadgen. I hope you could hear us cheering! But, we sure saw you in utter brilliance, onstage and on the big screens – a fantastic performance Steve! Stolen Property was THE shining light of them all, loved it, loved you putting your all into those songs. Way too short a setlist but for us it was such a treat just to be there. The maddening heat kept the front-seaters away at the start i guess but it was worth melting in the sun to be in the presence of such consummate performers.

    ps and what about Leonard Cohen? wow, i cant describe what a treat that was.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 February 2009 at 11:33 am #

    Things are not as bad as they seem.
    They are worse than that.
    They are also better than that.

  7. avatar
    Richard | 1 February 2009 at 11:45 am #

    sounds pretty good to me

  8. avatar
    fantasticandy | 1 February 2009 at 11:48 am #

    been there, got the tee…
    it’s just the way of things.
    without our irrationality, where would we be?
    a safe place?
    would you want it if you found it?

    hey, if love equals balm……
    you got more than enough to cover those scrapes eh?

    can’t help, can only care.

    the best to you all
    (in particular luck to a little guy called davis who’s been dealt a really crap deck),
    andy L.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 February 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    Oh Steve,

    I think about your fat little fingers now and then.
    I admire the fact that you have accepted your lot, and no longer crave center stage.
    You have come to, and of age.
    A genuine Time Being.

  10. avatar
    pennybridge | 1 February 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    Not much to say
    Just love your words everyday

    Keep it up

  11. avatar
    eek | 1 February 2009 at 1:34 pm #

    The opening spot when you are performing during bright daylight just doesn’t seem conducive to creating transcendence.

    Please remember that what you create is very special, even if you don’t always feel it.

  12. avatar
    eek | 1 February 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    Some more pics from the Hamer Hall Triffids gig. Click here to see.

  13. avatar
    seoigh | 1 February 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    grapes n trees need love, too

  14. avatar
    Freddie | 1 February 2009 at 3:16 pm #


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    kat | 1 February 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    hang in there as best you can, sk! its hard when you feel detached, but maybe you really do need a break, as HH mentioned.

    thank you for all you are, & the music, its been real therapy for alot of fiends, (and me as i drift in and out of the doldrums)



  16. avatar
    veleska1970 | 1 February 2009 at 5:29 pm #

    is it me, or do you sound a little lonely? i hope you’re feeling better.

    lotza love…..

  17. avatar
    markobears | 1 February 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    I was singing along to paradox and luster last night while driving. Never infront of anyone.

  18. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 1 February 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    Gettin’ a little crowded in here methinks!

  19. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 1 February 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    You always give it your best SK. You’re a great writer, blogger, lyricist, vocalist, bass player, vegan, environmentalist and father. You’re as talented as Ray Davies, George Harrison and Michael Stipe. The Church has five albums that are as good as Radioheads best albums. Lamentably, you’re talent has been overloooked or not even exposed to many commercial entities. Your loss is their loss.

  20. avatar
    steve kilbey | 1 February 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    i appreciate yer kind words

  21. avatar
    veleska1970 | 1 February 2009 at 8:22 pm #

    i appreciate yer kind words”
    you’re most welcome, sweetie.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 February 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    i always thought you were my steve kilbey………but i must admit i’ve learned to share these last few years. never wanted anyone to not like you. hurts too much. trying though……..


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    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 1 February 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    I’ve decided to write a letter to the editors of the following music magazines, Uncut, Mojo, Record Collector, and Rolling Stone, and ask them all to please do a long, thorough and informative (not to mention long overdue) article on The Church now that they have a new album coming out. Naive? Yes. But I’m gonna do it, anyway.

  24. avatar
    nickfiction | 1 February 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    man, ya brought me down some there Kilbey

  25. avatar
    catchow | 1 February 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    nothing to add except that it’s always very pleasant to read your magic words about music!

    Hellbound heart: you’re right!

  26. avatar
    EDD | 1 February 2009 at 10:40 pm #

    Gosh didn’t even know who tha triffids were befoe now. good stuff. i miss out on so much being socially retarded……

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 February 2009 at 11:39 pm #

    Not only the grapes and the trees felt your song, because on the wind I’m sure I heard you. And right now in these words I can feel your grief,it’s seems to be mixed with loss,aloneness and regret.

    For your sake I hope you can remedy it and begin to appreciate your time here right now. I wish for you the courage to be the man that you are. I pray for you healing.

    May you find the love and peace you deserve, always.

  28. avatar
    ross b | 2 February 2009 at 2:24 am #

    it’s a wide open road..

  29. avatar
    matt davison | 2 February 2009 at 3:50 am #

    I am feeling much the same..(worse) only real difference is that you have the creation of wonderful music to get ya through….


  30. avatar
    matt davison | 2 February 2009 at 3:52 am #

    well really it’s just a phase sk. try being this side of the ditch.. at least you have song!! feeling much the same here really..tell RM that costs were to much to really concider so quickly.. more time in the future for that I think.

    Regards M,

  31. avatar
    lily was here | 2 February 2009 at 8:03 am #

    We were captured by your performance the night before. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the gig at Centennial; would loved to have been there to experience it all again – even with the wrenching heat. And I would loved to have filmed Bimbadgen just for you to look back on and see that you have nothing to be down about, it was a very powerful performance. Cohen fans got a mighty fine entree. Perth, the Triffids homeland, will be dynamite.

  32. avatar
    Darkgrace | 2 February 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    Hmmm….someone is quoting Robert Fripp!

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