posted on July 31, 2006 at 6:00 am

wake of the storm
everything been smashed
malls n markets abandoned
trees blown down
flotsam n jetsam
smashed windows
empty shops
rusting hulks
the brave and resilient people who made it thru
lord preserve them
we hit the gulf
the gulf of mexico
its warm
its balmy
over long bridges that go for miles n miles
over the sea
all the weird new cars over here i aint seen before
the humvees
the porsche 4 wheel drive guzzling planet draining monsters
the traffic abounds
we pass bellingham gardens and some bayous
dense thick swamps
a place for nevets yeblik to meet a voodoo chile
a real zombie n dead chicken allusion
push those pins in nevets
push those little pins in
whose effigy do ye burneth
now do the voodoo you do so well
all those shops with skulls n powder
but dont ask any questions about her
all your songs come back n bite yore ass nevets dont they
no no muse that is not the case
but your words torment you nevets…admit it at once
no muse it is the balm of the tormented man
that he may forget at will , i have this ability
and often do i exercise it…
then tell them nevets
tell them of alabama
tell them of mobile where yer best frend jc n mr sleigh
escaped from
muse, you know i was half asleep
listnin to hawkwind space ritual
i but glimpsed the city fromma dream
and drifted back
nevets tell them of the beggars at the service station
tell them of the explosion of vegetation
nature prevails…
itll take five minutes after humans disappear
before the jungle swallows this whole place up
and swallows it down too
tonite im in a nice room looking out at leafy hedges
a blue pool undulates in the sickle moonlight
there is a gentle haze over the world
light is diffused
the temperature is the most perfect temp i ever felt
you wouldnt want a split nano up or down
the night air fills up my stuffy room slowly
i blow a bone
i need to do some yoga
i need to call nk n doodles
but its so late now
and 2morrow another long drive to fort lauderdale
early morning
but i certainly travel
and i see such stuff
and i try to remember it
and drag it into songs
for y’alls pleasure
thats it
its early morning now

52 Responses to “florida”

  1. avatar
    The young relict | 31 July 2006 at 6:34 am #

    Brave on good soldier…. Hope Florida treats you better than Sew-erleans.

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 July 2006 at 6:34 am #

    I’m still here.


  3. avatar
    salim nourallah | 31 July 2006 at 6:41 am #

    hang in there sk…you’re 21 and climbing straight to the toppermost of the bloggermost!!!!!

  4. avatar
    syrinx | 31 July 2006 at 6:49 am #

    Florida: “Please God, make me good, but not just yet.”

  5. avatar
    flowerpower | 31 July 2006 at 6:55 am #

    Nevets, you stories of services stations and long bridges remind me of the end of paradise and the odd pink flamingo and large white suits and magnums (not the ice creams)….

    Travel well troubadour

    Dr. Phil.

  6. avatar
    fantasticandy | 31 July 2006 at 7:02 am #

    more songs about swamps! yeh.

  7. avatar
    Jesuskrishna | 31 July 2006 at 8:12 am #

    be nice to Virginia, I mean Florida.
    Keep Peter away from the alligators and Marty away from earthbound.
    Don’t have too much fun, it’s not very rock n roll….

  8. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 31 July 2006 at 8:21 am #

    “i blow a bone”

    Ok. I must be tired. I am not really…getting that. Anyway….

    Your blogs are like mini-movies in my mind. I feel I can see
    everything you write about. You make it so vivid, so alive. How do you do this? Can you really forget at will? Will you teach me this trick, nevets? I will pay any price. : ) then again, be careful what you wish for.
    good luck in florida…

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 July 2006 at 9:01 am #

    Enjoying your post on tour

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 July 2006 at 9:34 am #

    Thanks for the late night blog sk, sounds like a perfect, warm night to rest up after all that rockin’ n rollin’. And thanks for all the travelling, remembering, dragging in all the beautiful things you see along the way into a song, just for our pleasure…..and what sweet pleasure that is! Thatsa for sure!!!!

    Love and kisses,
    Amanda Princess

  11. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 31 July 2006 at 9:42 am #

    “I Am a Town”
    (Mary Chapin Carpenter)

    I’m a town in Carolina, I’m a detour on a ride
    For a phone call and a soda, I’m a blur from the driver’s side
    I’m the last gas for an hour if you’re going twenty-five
    I am Texaco and tobacco, I am dust you leave behind

    I am peaches in September, and corn from a roadside stall
    I’m the language of the natives, I’m a cadence and a drawl
    I’m the pines behind the graveyard, and the cool beneath their shade, where the boys have left their beer cans
    I am weeds between the graves.

    My porches sag and lean with old black men and children
    Their sleep is filled with dreams, I never can fulfill them
    I am a town.

    I am a church beside the highway where the ditches never drain
    I’m a Baptist like my daddy, and Jesus knows my name
    I am memory and stillness, I am lonely in old age; I am not your destination
    I am clinging to my ways
    I am a town.

    I’m a town in Carolina, I am billboards in the fields
    I’m an old truck up on cinder blocks, missing all my wheels
    I am Pabst Blue Ribbon, American, and “Southern Serves the South”
    I am tucked behind the Jaycees sign, on the rural route
    I am a town
    I am a town
    I am a town

  12. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 31 July 2006 at 10:12 am #

    you perforate my life with a soundtrack
    punching holes in my heart
    more to the point
    trans atlantic train station
    please forgive us father for we have , oh man have we…
    the awkward feeling,
    dizzying anticipation leaves me
    nervous and shaky,..
    leaf without
    a tree
    reminds me that as soon as your done
    your done and gone
    my punching bag heart is three story walk up with as many rooms as u see fit ,.. two swimming and one drying pool,. 0408 bedrooms,.one custom fit ,tricked out mangy smoking jacket (purple)
    stay as long as you like it..

  13. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 31 July 2006 at 10:16 am #

    you drug us into
    your song ,……
    no wonder i feel so,…….

  14. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 31 July 2006 at 10:24 am #

    ive gone off ,..and i think someones ringing my belljar,….

  15. avatar
    veleska1970 | 31 July 2006 at 10:47 am #

    ah, florida~~i miss the beach. there aren’t any around here, and pensacola was only a 4-hour drive from home.

    **sigh** oy vey.

    well, please keep traveling and seeing so that we can continue to enjoy your songs.

    lotza love…

  16. avatar
    isolde | 31 July 2006 at 10:58 am #

    yeah calling down zebedee daal i know how you feel
    i just had to take a few days orf in realiteel
    loved yore kid story bout the joint in the dunny
    your such a cool writer and mighty funny
    in fact you got just a lil bit o the linger
    of that rye catchin guy in jay dee salinger
    whos that bloke starling peckin our verdelay
    get back in your cage you cheep twitty jay
    hf is the mozart o this comment box
    more style and grace than your red robin sox
    nice spot o rhymin in bucks burnetts pomework
    you sho havva done yer ole esskay homework
    nevets say hi to flipper
    bud sandy and skipper
    cos afta skool that porpoise wiv no poipurse
    was really a ripper
    hava go in the mangrovey skoobmobile too
    swathe thru them crocs in that florida zoo
    that pool sound way cool and the tempy so rite
    sweety dreamin hunny onna hot summer nite

  17. avatar
    Fandorin | 31 July 2006 at 1:11 pm #

    a real zombie n dead chicken
    push those pins in nevets
    push those pins in nevets

    that reads like a Scott Walker lyric. I’ll beat a donkey in the streets of Galway…and stick the fork in him…

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 July 2006 at 1:19 pm #

    Sounds like you spent the night near Tallahassee. It is five minutes from becoming the Jungle again. In fact they use to film Tarzan movies south of here.

    Tom L.

  19. avatar
    biggle boggle | 31 July 2006 at 1:30 pm #

    SK, your musical taste is impeccable. Space Ritual!

  20. avatar
    John Garratt | 31 July 2006 at 1:44 pm #

    Hey Fandorin, cool beard.


  21. avatar
    Samosanx | 31 July 2006 at 1:52 pm #

    “wouldn’t want a split nano”

    …good, that’s a good one nevets, mind if i use it?

    random opening of book I bought the other day: Soul of the Samurai …here goes….

    True and False Mind

    There is a poem that says,

    “It is the mind
    That is the mind
    Confusing the mind
    O mind,
    To the mind”

    There ya go SK…


    oh well, if I coulda given you a leaf from the fishtail fern next to my balcony i would have..


  22. avatar
    CSTCoach | 31 July 2006 at 2:10 pm #

    really enjoying these. a lyrical soundtrack for america, like the soundscapes one travels through when plugged in to the church…

    safe travels…


  23. avatar
    Matthias | 31 July 2006 at 2:20 pm #

    steve, can you start posting the set lists from the various shows? I have only been able to find one on-line from the current tour.

    Thanks. Look forward to seeing you in Detroit, Michigan.

  24. avatar
    gavgams | 31 July 2006 at 2:34 pm #

    Nevets, I remember Hawkwind. Bought about three albums, like “master of the universe” what a trippy drone. I was about 10.
    I been listening to another LP from same era and I still reckon it’s great: The Butterfly Ball (and Grasshopper Feast). Roger Glover and friends. The greatest kids music record. It is great music / arrangements and a kind of exploding operatic hippy optimism.
    I love NSE&W. I sort of associate it with Roman which has that killer guitar riff and the Killer cool float over like power cruising and lines like “water all my orchids” which helped turn me on to Orchid growing and reading books like Susan Orlean’s “The Orchid Thief” which is set in Florida, half in the Everglades. Great read if you can get it down there, Nevets. Contains amazing info like how these bastard real estate agents scattered Aust’n meleluca seeds from the air over everglades with major ongoing consequences.
    Have a nice time with verdant nature and microorganisms, Florida style.

  25. avatar
    Renee | 31 July 2006 at 2:57 pm #

    Great post Tony!

    Actually Steve, your probably seeing more of this country than the average american
    certainly more than I have seen, thus far
    although most of your readers seem well traveled (they are anything but average!)
    thank you for bringing these uniquely different places to us
    hope we’ll get the opportunity to hear how these experiences manifest themselves in your songs
    this blob (instead of blog) will serve as your memory, we all know how the ‘green stuff’ makes you really forgetful!
    “forget at will” who are you tryin to kid!

    I remember driving through florida headed for the keys
    it was wide open, vast and green
    big blue sky stretching overhead
    with big white cotton ball clouds
    moving so fast, yet it didn’t seem like we were going anywhere
    I kinda feel like that now 🙁

    Enjoy the drive
    take in the views
    and let you mind soar into the big blue

    PS Nice to finally be in the same time zone as you

    luv you!

  26. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 31 July 2006 at 3:11 pm #

    The wind is blowing in from the West, I can almost smell the sweet Hawaiian ginger.

  27. avatar
    bucks burnett | 31 July 2006 at 4:14 pm #

    O U C H ! !

    I should’ve moved that thing.

  28. avatar
    Robin in the Hood | 31 July 2006 at 4:27 pm #

    Notthing is forgot’n

  29. avatar
    stealthblue | 31 July 2006 at 5:58 pm #

    Hiya Steve,
    So, yesterday my goily and I are at Costco, which in case you don’t know is a HUGE super store (wholesale) where you can buy everything under the sun in enormous quantities etc…very American, but definitely a global concept these days, right? Interesting place actually.
    Anyway, I looking for a new camera and off in the near distance I hear a very low-volume hint of UTMW (of course). So I ran over to the area of origination and found the stereo unit it was coming from and CRANKED the volume and started hollering to all the passersby that this was the best band in the world and they are here, now…touring the states and will be in Chicago on Aug 18th at the park west, etc…that felt great. Even got a few interested souls that remembered the song…”they’re that 80’s band right??” is usually what I hear before I so eloguently correct them and inform them of their ignorance ;)(in a nice way though) Anyway, I kept it up until one of the little blue vests came after me and told me it was too loud. I had to inform him that he was incorrect, that you can never play The Church too loud and that I would turn down the volume as soon as the song was over (plus I bullshitted him by telling him that I was interested in this unit and needed to “hear the quality of the speakers” hehe-good speakers they were, but I already have a system) Well, just thought I would share that with you, very proud moment. Cheers, amigo…

  30. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 31 July 2006 at 6:17 pm #

    Thanks for being such a great pusher!!

  31. avatar
    CSTCoach | 31 July 2006 at 7:17 pm #

    Well done BV!

  32. avatar
    stealthblue | 31 July 2006 at 7:28 pm #

    It was a REAL pleasure, guys! Thanks! Believe me, I enjoyed every second of that!
    Take care, y’all!

  33. avatar
    davem | 31 July 2006 at 8:44 pm #

    Nice one BV,
    Wonder if it’ll work in Waitrose?
    Number 21 in the personal blogs & giving Tesco a run for its money!!! Fiend power.
    love you more,


  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 July 2006 at 9:09 pm #

    now i understand why the crunch decided to spend so much time in the south. so you could gather material to write lyrics! bravo, it’s all coming together now.

    looking forward to falls (the) church…

  35. avatar
    DJK082067 | 31 July 2006 at 9:16 pm #

    Park West 08/18 in Chicago. 2 days b4 my bday. My beautiful bride bought the tix. Park West an incredible venue. Concrete Blonde a few eons back thrilled us barefoot. Can someone who has witnessed the best from down under give hint to the setlist. I know it will be acoustic and for the Park West.. it will be amazing. Love is a dream I may never wake from. I love you Laura for this wonderful gift of an evening w/ the brilliance of The Church. Favorites: Reptile,Mistress and Feel. Enjoy Life

  36. avatar
    eek | 31 July 2006 at 9:58 pm #

    For everone looking for setlists: Cut and paste this link. If the show date is highlighted you can click on it to get the setlist for that particular show. 🙂

  37. avatar
    Renee | 31 July 2006 at 10:01 pm #

    I’m just curious about something:
    I’ve seen this question posed a number of times,
    and I’ve seen it discussed on another site
    why the interest in the set list?
    I guess it can be assumed
    that their gonna play a lil bit o somethin from the new album
    and then a lil bit a stuff from their other albums
    Just listen to everthing over and over again like I do
    and you’ll be well prepared for the show!!!

  38. avatar
    Chela | 31 July 2006 at 10:09 pm #

    I have to stop treating Sunday night as if it were Saturday night!

  39. avatar
    swampmonster | 31 July 2006 at 10:12 pm #

    In Auckland PL did the Church Justice, he played like only a true fan could..with heart, even the small crowd of indie teens clapped and appreciated this strange but familiar jingle jangle.
    Pete would have been pleased at PLs 12 string plethora slam.
    Matt Davison.

    ps.. SK watch out in those By u’s the gators can creep up on but real quick.

  40. avatar
    veleska1970 | 31 July 2006 at 10:55 pm #

    BV~~YOU GO DUDE!!!

    thanks for doing your share to bring the church to the ignorant masses….

    you know, on the drive home from the concert in dallas the other night, my fiance said to me: “that was a great concert!! why is it that the church is not more well known?”

    i said: “beats the shit outta me. i’ve been wondering the same thing myself now for over two decades now.”

    (sorry for the profanity, momma kilbey, if you’re reading this…)

  41. avatar
    veleska1970 | 31 July 2006 at 11:01 pm #

    i say we start a grass-roots movement….everybody getcher church music out and crank it up as loud as possible….in your car, in the store, at work, wherever and whenever…i’ll bet there will be more than a few out there who will turn their heads and say “who’s THAT??? they’re freakin’ awesome!!!”

  42. avatar
    DJK082067 | 1 August 2006 at 12:29 am #

    Renee…I am only curiuos about the setlist because my wife is not familiar with the gospel. When she had heard that I was excited about The Church coming back to Chicago…she thought it was the mid-late 80’s metal band;Metal Church. With the hectic and crazy lives we all most exist in, if I was to intice her w/ all the magic. We would have little time to ourselves and probably be really close to the actual concert date (08-18). I am curiuos by nature. And was severly disappointed when Depeche Mode cancelled their May show in Chicago. We saw them in Nov. of 2005 and I investigated their setlists and they were changing it up for the final American leg of the tour…with 6th row seats dead center and sitting in a hotel bar across from the Allstate Arena only to find out the show was finally cancelled aprox. 2 hours before the show. DM’s current setlist at that time was changing up the encores w/ some really OLD stuff. I understand that they will play both new and old. I just wanted to be able to have my wife get a feel of how the songs were going to flow.

  43. avatar
    Renee | 1 August 2006 at 2:05 am #

    Indeed your beloved has given you a wonderful gift, one that I’m sure will be looked upon with great fondness for many years to come
    May she be as enchanted with their music as I have been these many years, and may I say
    I have yet to see a performance from them where magic wasn’t created!

    I wish you and Laura much love and happiness!

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 August 2006 at 3:25 am #

    yeah…umm…this is ridiculous….censorsheep because of a guy wanting to know about the setlist??!!! come on! almost every sane person has an interest in set lists, it shows, err, the evolution (or de-evolution) of a band during a tour. am i nuts?

  45. avatar
    smoochgirl | 1 August 2006 at 4:31 am #

    We all know the church is highly under-rated and should be MUCH bigger than they are with their unsurrpassed talent. However, for selfish reasons, I’m glad I got to see them live as they are because if they were as publicized as they deserve to be, I wouldn’t have gotten to sit so close to the stage. 🙂

  46. avatar
    littleginseng | 1 August 2006 at 8:15 am #

    Welcome to the heavy air state, Steve. Looking forward to seeing you and the boys on Friday night. I hope the crowds are large and kind. Cheers! Al

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    Anonymous | 1 August 2006 at 10:14 pm #

    Nothing to Fear in America

    Nothing’s going to hurt you here except yourself,
    You’re worried about your money,
    Or about your kids
    That’s only because you don’t really know yet,
    That you’re going to die and the knowledge you’ll have then
    That you’ve forgotten now has fled your mind
    Nothing can hurt you here,
    You’ll always have enough to eat
    You’ll always have the endless skies of this ancient land
    The only thing you take are the memories of radiance
    And what parts of it you helped to create,
    Memories you made that are worth remembering in
    Songs sung by the stars,
    Did you do enough for even one line?
    And if not, that’s no sort of crime.
    It’s no crime.
    Cuz there isn’t anything to fear here,
    There isn’t anything to want here
    There isn’t anything but this once you die
    you transcend the illusion of differences in time,
    It’s all just an instant and none of the stuff you’re
    Fearing or desiring that locks you out of the radiance
    Has any substance whatsoever.
    You think you need to accept and reject things,
    But that’s only because you don’t know what you’re seeing at all.
    You don’t know what’s happening at all.

  49. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2006 at 4:59 am #

    wow sk, you’ve been spammed. welcome to america.
    and you thought it was only yer email…


  50. avatar
    captainmission | 4 August 2006 at 12:05 am #

    ‘blow a bone’ say what!
    fantastic landscape you paint with words

  51. avatar
    Pelham | 6 August 2006 at 10:11 pm #

    Steve, if I can use your first name – never having met you and all – I want to say how bad I feel for you and the others. You’ve come at a very bad time for this country culturally. You should be playing to sold out arenas and the Dave Mathews Band should be kissing your asses. (Figuratively, of course.) Sad to say, I miss that country that will never be. But there are hardcore people who are devoted and I am surely a devotee. I’ll be at the show Wednesday in Falls Church, VA (Irony in a city name, gotta love that.) I’ll be flying in with a young friend who has never seen you and is only now discovering your music. So the torch will be passed to a new generation. The legacy lives on. And so on and so forth.


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