posted on September 16, 2008 at 8:37 pm

in the purr-fect stillness of a spring morn
the alligator babies push against their leathery eggs
and soundlessly mouth the word mama
the distance stretched out taut like a prisoner
the mauve and purple distance where i hurl my song
hey i see the new messiah and i dig his crazy horns
hey i sew sequins on mother natures green gown
hey i make a ring of forget-me-nots for the prince of spring
all around the edges of the forest the woodland creatures gather
scratching at their whiskers expectantly and sniffing the air
the gnomes go abroad leaving their winter strongholds in the woods
the lily of the valley arrives white and naked
and she stands proud and un’shamed by the ford
in the holy mornings you will see her
open to the sky
drink in the rays
tapping moisture with aerial roots
sure enough the golden carp cavort neath her skirts
and the shy trout darts among the shadows
the wee folk from the shallows then come out
the fisherfolk and those who weave gossamer winged creations
the drowned girl sits up midstream and wonders
and titus groan, still alone
now an old old man
lives in a cosy bole
far from the halls of flint
everybody sing for spring
her ladyship arrives in a frock of flowers
sunflowers and moonflowers intertwined
and honey suckle and milky lemurian roses
and a swarm of attendant bees dressed royally in black and gold
and her little brownies who giggle and gossip till after midnight
indeed as the evening falls deep in the darkling dells
the immortals fade up into view
dionysus as a swaggering youth
mercury as a gentle fool
aphrodite dressed as a boy
athene with her bare breasts
aurora all golden brown and brown eyed
lovely eve mother of mankind
little scarlet all rosy pink and
gurgling like a brook
treespirits come forth!
demands jesus with his black jaguar by his side
and lo
out they come again
same as the last spring poem
those dancing ladies of gods garden
those strange spirits that live in oak and elm
see the birches supple step
see the larchs lithe limbs
the spruce sways on the spot
the pine girls whirl around
and music
who plays this sweet music
lord krishna appears
with all divine markings and all favourable auspices
he deigns to play his flute for us
oh delight for the dancers
and singers of spring
beautiful krishna walking from his beloved jungle
lovely radha draped round his neck
say this night will last ten thousand years
oh krishna we are weary of war and old men who shout
we long for lifetimes in the cool night
away from the glare of mortality
its never ending anxieties
let this night endure
let this night prevail over time
let the swans float forever on your rivers
let the mist drift forever past your moon
let all merry creatures and beasts go unharmed for this tonight
let zeus fetch his best blood red wine
and let the lord of arrows strike up his lyre
pinch a fat babys cheek and sing to luna
cavort in the groves with your lovers
let the glades be thrown open to nightingales
and lanterns strung between the bumping trees
let everything be blessed and nothing forbidden
let the gods mingle freely
let the celebrations never end
i sing my song for the forlorn and weary of heart
i sing my song for the lonely and for the poor
spring is here
spring is here
jump up from your beds
and rejoice!
winter is gone
renewal has come
the zephyrs are inviting
the stream is warm
the nights will be everlasting
spring magic
spring love
spring spring
la la la
tra la la
hey nonny hey ho
hey ho

57 Responses to “fond dew”

  1. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 16 September 2008 at 9:56 pm #

    A mystical, sanctifying and spiritual treat replete with KIlbey’s resplendent vocabulary and mystifying communion with nature and higher beings manifesting in the metaphysical spirit world.

    Best wishes to John Garrett. That man is a venerable and intellectual CD reviewer.

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 September 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    bebeautiful….n i pray.xo 🙂

  3. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 16 September 2008 at 10:14 pm #

    love always…

  4. avatar
    fantasticandy | 16 September 2008 at 10:37 pm #

    that one should cheer john’s spirits a bit nevits!
    of course the start of autumn here….
    nonetheless, a very beautiful time of year.
    brien…got new if you want it!
    cheers all!

  5. avatar
    veleska1970 | 16 September 2008 at 10:42 pm #

    finally, spring!! it’s been a long winter for you. we’re moving into autumn. it’s really beautiful up here in north texas, with all the golds and reds and browns. looks like i’ll have to dust off my camera soon.

    lotza love……

  6. avatar
    the dean | 16 September 2008 at 10:42 pm #

    Titus Groan – now there’s a character I haven’t encounted for a millennium.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 September 2008 at 11:05 pm #

    I’m not sure,

    the other day

    I wasn’t sure about

    noisy pink whales
    basking in an ecstatic peace of white hot noise,


    melody and beauty

    Now I am sure

    Making up for lost time?

    when time is irrelevant
    and at best dependent on the observer’s perspective

    all that matters
    what’s happening

    right now

    …look even Mr evil on lap steel has been relegated to history, just a footnote in the pain painkiller story.

    White H J astride a pink whale surfing a sonic wave leaving only silence in it’s i’de like to see THAT.

  8. avatar
    Cee | 16 September 2008 at 11:15 pm #

    Chasing warmth, heading to these coordinates in 10 days:
    Latitude is 21.943N.
    Longitude is -159.493W.

    Happy Mexican Independence Day, cabrones!

    Cee, La Mexican Cracker

  9. avatar
    matt davison | 16 September 2008 at 11:23 pm #


    Take care John…we all wish you the best
    I snapped my ankle on the stairs a month ago…very hard to walk, alway's in pain…

    gotta watch the simple accidents eh!

    I really want PK to excell in the music world…but my hearts with the Cherch, Isidore & all sk's work is brilliant -P Killer is fresh, new and awesome…but



  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 September 2008 at 11:25 pm #

    Painkiller arrived in mail from KH yesterday so it’s on it way

    Love the artwork !

    Love the music !


  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 September 2008 at 11:40 pm #

    It’s time to listen to FLEET FOXES…the perfect early spring soundtrack

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 12:18 am #

    the faeries of spring…n their depth of intuition,n compassionate kisses n cuddles.that is beauty,pure n simple beauty.soft n hopeful,the pools of their eyes,bottomless and eternal.x

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 12:51 am #


    Have you checked out “Radio Free Kansas” on the internet? Streaming Prog rock/Kraut rock 24/7!
    Amon Duul Baby!! Not achtung…

  14. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 17 September 2008 at 3:09 am #


    Si se Puede. It’s high time for a Cesar Chavez national holiday. Farm Union Workers of the world unite and take over. Vegetable, fruit and grain farm workers- not animal killing farm workers.

    Andy: Where can the Dudes Cd be purchased. im PATIENTLY waiting for PAINKILLER-

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 3:22 am #

    a painkiller is a painkiller is a painkiller.timelessly,x

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 4:20 am #

    yay verily ’tis a merry rhyme of gnomes and woodland dells

  17. avatar
    melissa | 17 September 2008 at 4:31 am #

    mmmm… honeysuckle, my favourite! Spring .. don’t you love it?! Everything smells so good outside at the moment 🙂

    So excited today … received Painkiller (and the fab tshirt). Just about to listen to it now! The art work is just amazing – beautiful!

    Thanks SK 🙂

  18. avatar
    markobears | 17 September 2008 at 5:50 am #

    If your mail is still broke try turnin off java then gmail should ask to load html version which is what i use on my slow connection.

  19. avatar
    fantasticandy | 17 September 2008 at 6:34 am #

    hope that helps!
    and i hope you don’t mind too much steve!
    andy L.

  20. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 17 September 2008 at 8:05 am #

    Fleet Foxes is a lovely band.
    The new release by Calexico, Carried To Dust, is excellent.

  21. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 17 September 2008 at 8:12 am #

    I just can’t seem to get enough of Real Toggle Action. For lack of a better desciption: What a cool song! Love the drums, the guitars, the bass. It’s just COOL!

  22. avatar
    lily was here | 17 September 2008 at 8:26 am #

    Here is my first review of Painkiller:

    “OH MY GOD!”

    Get a load of File Under Travel — track 6 on Painkiller when you can.

    Steve, your vocals must’ve been marinating in honey and some sort of holy water.. SUBLIME singing! And brilliant work by the Timebandit, WB, Skeet and Mr Graham Lee the pedal steel meister.


  23. avatar
    lily was here | 17 September 2008 at 8:27 am #

    Wolfe is NOT bad
    Wolfe is very good 🙂

  24. avatar
    i can't hold this one back any longer | 17 September 2008 at 8:29 am #

    So, Steve, what was it that made you record your own version of the entire Judas Priest “Painkiller” album?

  25. avatar
    lily was here | 17 September 2008 at 8:30 am #

    ps you must paint this blog

  26. avatar
    'joke' is a 4-letter word | 17 September 2008 at 8:30 am #

    Oho, my aching sides…

  27. avatar
    i wiah I'd held it back for longer | 17 September 2008 at 8:33 am #

    Sorry, Steve…

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 8:50 am #

    Fantasticandy, awhile back you were complaining about steve not personally giving you a chair to lounge in during his gig. Now you are peddling your merch on his site, nice work ‘ol chum.

  29. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 17 September 2008 at 8:57 am #

    spring ahead fall behind…

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 9:06 am #

    Don’t anger the Andy – he’s a fuckin postal worker! He’ll be keeping a list, dude, and one day he’s gonna fuckin blow!

  31. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 17 September 2008 at 9:16 am #

    Please fuck off anon at 6:50.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 9:27 am #

    Hi thomas thomsen from denmark you kilbey sycophant. you are pretty tough behind your computer, you obviously have never had that pretty scarf shoved up your arse. I am trying to have personal conversation with fantastic andy, he who never got a chair but got final revenge by peddling his shit cd on messr kilbeys site

  33. avatar
    whacko alert! | 17 September 2008 at 9:38 am #

    The psycho awakes…
    this is the one who accuses Steve of all kinds of ludicrous shit.
    The one who caused Steve to stop commenting here and switch off the anons.
    The medication’s obviously wearing off again…

  34. avatar
    big titty girl | 17 September 2008 at 9:39 am #

    Thomas, I think you’re an extremely handsome man!

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 9:42 am #

    Hey, psycho – you missed the upper case and the apostrophe out of “kilbeys”. It should be “Kilbey’s”, fucknuckle.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 9:43 am #

    Hey whacko, how ever mentioned steve? i dig steve, just don’t appreciate andy complaining about no chair and then using site to peddle gear, its the principle

  37. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 17 September 2008 at 9:43 am #

    Yes, I forgot my own advice to Steve: “The only reason this anon keeps coming back is because you respond to him / her”. Let’s all ignore the anon!

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 9:46 am #

    Steve, the psycho’s got out again! For everyone else’s sake, please switch me off for a bit!

  39. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 17 September 2008 at 9:46 am #

    And “big titty girl” – I appreciate that. Thank you!

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 9:48 am #

    you people are amusing, loyal sk fans who flock to the blog everyday and defend everyones honor via comments. when was the last time any of you hero’s actually sent steve a few bucks for his troubles? my guess is never hypocrites..

  41. avatar
    fantasticandy | 17 September 2008 at 9:49 am #

    hey anon…….
    i don’t think my ‘shit’ will be making much of a dent in steve’s sales!

    thank-you thomas,
    your’e a gent.

    please be nice to each other?
    life is too short for pointless bickering and name calling.
    my friend asked me a question,
    i gave him the answer!

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 9:54 am #

    everyone, instead of leaving a comment the next couple of days send sk a few bucks instead, cheaper than a dvd and much more entertaining and arrives daily, classy response fantastic andy, my apologies.

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 11:47 am #

    I still say the Andy will blow one day! Tis the lot of all posties!

  44. avatar
    restaurant mark | 17 September 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    hey everyone…i always seem to come in on the tail end of the drama. is that lucky or bad timing??? been busy for a couple days taking care of my sick kids…
    steve (from yesterday) i think you’d be a great professor…i’d sign up for the class…whatever the subject? so you’re celebrating the arrival of spring and i’m celebrating fall inching closer, cool weather, jackets…my skin not sizzling like fajitas when i walk into the light…you know…those things. i looked at photos from the show on ricky’s myspace site last night and spent about 30 minutes watching clips from youtube of it. very impressed, very jealous…
    outbound is on my profile player now…love it

    take care everyone

    rick wright-peace be with you

  45. avatar
    bye-bye 'hot-blooded' latino | 17 September 2008 at 2:33 pm #

    Good riddance, Maymi!

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 3:21 pm #

    I can’t stand this poetry shit, SK. Tell us about your wife,your kids,your bass, the Chrucnh, debating with Talcum Mournbull – tell us about youself. Don’t hide behind free-verse pomes that are a mask.

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    Kilbey’s such a contrary git, all we’ll get on here for the next 3 weeks is prose-poetry now!

  48. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 17 September 2008 at 4:39 pm #

    Hey SK,

    Happy birthday. I have Paypalled you %52 for the year’s sub. I read this blog very regularly and it’s totally worth it. Here’s a hug to you in Bondi.


  49. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 17 September 2008 at 4:40 pm #

    Oh yeah and congrats too for being regularly top 30 blogsites.

  50. avatar
    kat | 17 September 2008 at 5:15 pm #

    fucking leave andy alone, anon. he is a great musician, person, and loves sk and has done nothing but support he and any church or related band. in fact, the dudes of neptune have it all going on as far as i know. go listen for a change.

    i can’t subscribe, but i have doled out some cash for stuff i can’t afford lately. lucky people who got painkiller! guess i am never getting mine.

    fleet floxes are a great band. so are the walkmen. cannot wait to go see them live again!

    and thomas, i am stuck on untoward. i wish the church myspace page would post.

  51. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 17 September 2008 at 5:48 pm #

    Untoward is another favorite of mine off Uninvited Like The Clouds, kat. As is Song To Go.

  52. avatar
    Shawn El | 17 September 2008 at 6:48 pm #

    I really enjoy these bits, SK, where it sounds like you are expressing a joy and deep appreciation for the wonders of nature and life.

    “tapping moisture with aerial roots” is an interesting metaphor. I recommend The Secret Migration album by Mercury Rev – a concept album devoted to that kind of stuff. It works a lot better than one would think.

  53. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 September 2008 at 8:19 pm #

    good morning ,#five hundred n forty something.x

  54. avatar
    davem | 17 September 2008 at 8:26 pm #

    Lovely, lovely stuff SK.
    As we enter Autumn here, it’s impossible to mourn a Summer that failed to arrive.
    In lots of ways I’m looking forward to a cold and crisp Winter. In Britain we seem to be moving towards an endless run of warm(ish), wet days where the seasons merge. It isn’t good. I’d welcome effing cold right now.
    BTW still no PK here from KH.

  55. avatar
    steve kilbey | 17 September 2008 at 8:32 pm #

    its the idiot again……
    ah, the poor devil

  56. avatar
    davem | 17 September 2008 at 8:48 pm #

    Shows you can’t be ignored though killer!

  57. avatar
    persephone2u | 17 September 2008 at 9:41 pm #

    Another gorgeous blog. I wish I could think of something clever to add but I’m too tired and must now enter the world of slumber…

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