posted on September 20, 2009 at 3:15 am

38 Responses to “gethsemene”

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    robertmadore | 20 September 2009 at 4:13 am #

    On piano Killer?

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    chrome3d | 20 September 2009 at 4:22 am #

    Thank you. Beautiful.

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    Matt | 20 September 2009 at 4:23 am #

    Absolutely beautiful!

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    triantelope | 20 September 2009 at 5:22 am #


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    vortex | 20 September 2009 at 5:25 am #

    brilliant! sounds a la 'unearthed'…which is my fave album of yours.

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    Jasperina | 20 September 2009 at 5:59 am #

    Glory and mercy that was a real fine collage. Back to the garden…heard Bill Henson give a talk last week about Romanticism and how vital it is for us to exist amongst the beauty of trees.

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    fantasticandy | 20 September 2009 at 7:59 am #

    lummy steve!
    what with yesterday's as well….

    c'mon…..just how big is the sk stockpile?
    …and….your'e still adding to it all the time?
    how the f**k do you choose what to put out?
    do you have a quality control system of any kind?(family, friends, fellow muso's ect.)or do you choose alone?
    i mean….are there really no clunkers at all in the killers canon?
    not even one?
    just wondering.

    still quite staggered by yer recent brushwork mate, let alone all t'other stuff.
    no two ways about it, your'e one of the hardest working self-employed blokes around!

    p.s. i finished mr. lurie's little tome a couple of days ago,after waiting aeons for it to arrive.
    i made a casual quip about your own honesty and candour making it seem redundant.
    yeah,….well, it's now official!
    officially redundant that is…
    i mean, where was wendy fuller?

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    Anonymous | 20 September 2009 at 8:33 am # just lifts those cobwebs and shifts the thoughts away to feelings warm and true. god bless you steven kilbey…

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    pennybridge | 20 September 2009 at 8:49 am #

    Dear S.K:

    Thanks for letting us see all those different sides of your persona.
    Advice to the Sales Manager of TTB: Make sure that Sydney tourist information will subscribe generously to your Paypal.
    The beautiful pictures of the city make me wanna go there …

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    cazziem | 20 September 2009 at 8:59 am #

    Music and lyrics, what more could we ask for!

    The garden of the prophets eh?! Yes SK, I can see why you'd need to get back there, and whilst you never preach, you have many followers around the globe who find solace in your life's work. Rest assured that when you enter the garden, I for one will not fall asleep, nor allow you to be betrayed.

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    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 20 September 2009 at 9:02 am #

    gethsemene sums it all up for me…

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    12str | 20 September 2009 at 10:04 am #

    got to get me a Mac!!!
    Cool SK..really…really..instant! Polaroid music!?…snapshots of an inventive process..
    respect man..
    Sylvians new album..
    you and him are up there, on top in my world..

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    Freddie | 20 September 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Lovely! Some really odd imagery in there tho' 🙂

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    the dean | 20 September 2009 at 10:11 am #

    the difference between stephan stills and steven kilbey

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    fandorin | 20 September 2009 at 10:57 am #


    i mean i know most of your released songs if not all, and i know them pretty well.

    this is pretty much one of the very very best. if not the best. not a single redundant sound in it. the detached singing tries to get to me so desperately in its, again, triumphant sadness and poignancy. the chords glitter and oscillate between major and minor, all chosen with the most assured hand. the happy/sad play once again in perfection. and the singing…the nuances, the voice breaking in a state between despair and hope…the velvety intonation…

    once the song reaches "be somewhere" and that synth starts quietly wailing in the background, i get those bellyaches usually caused by lovesickness or something very very very beautiful. if you ever plan to record some of your ttb sketchbook songs, make sure that one's included pleeease..

    steve, that's one of the most beautiful songs i've heard anywhere anytime…and you know, i am a fucking music snob, and i don't say it if i don't mean it.

    staring out of the window, watching autumn conquer northern germany: athanasius

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    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 20 September 2009 at 11:06 am #

    Another lovely song. And a nice little nod to Woodstock at the end of the video – and still so true after all these years.

    How old are the songs you've been posting lately? Frustrating to think about all of the unreleased Kilbey stuff found both here and on YouTube.

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    Anonymous | 20 September 2009 at 11:12 am #

    Another day and the genious manages more output

    you r a legend

    is there a more productive artist alive?


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    Hellbound Heart | 20 September 2009 at 11:30 am #

    well frig me yesterday and today were friggin' unreal….thanks!!!!!!
    just wonderful!
    any chance that these offerings will make it onto an album of some kind?

    love always…..

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    Richard | 20 September 2009 at 11:34 am #


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    lily was here | 20 September 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    Steve this is a killer song, 'tis beautiful!!!
    Video's great tho' the scrolling words are a little pesky.. .. sometimes 🙂 Loved seeing Grant in there. Thanks for putting this together, loved it three times already.


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    Altres | 20 September 2009 at 3:37 pm #

    Wow, Steve, what a beautiful song. Thanks for sharing.

    Hope everything is going great. I've not been here in a few weeks due to family/work/life balance, but the fog is clearing.

    Love to you and all of yours,


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    kokky | 20 September 2009 at 3:59 pm #

    thanks Steve. Beautiful. Loved it

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    Mr. Argent | 20 September 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    Thanks so much, SK. Your peripheral wisdom is immense and everlasting!




    The Garden called Gethsemane
    In Picardy it was,
    And there the people came to see
    The English soldiers pass.
    We used to pass — we used to pass
    Or halt, as it might be,
    And ship our masks in case of gas
    Beyond Gethsemane.

    The Garden called Gethsemane,
    It held a pretty lass,
    But all the time she talked to me
    I prayed my cup might pass.
    The officer sat on the chair,
    The men lay on the grass,
    And all the time we halted there
    I prayed my cup might pass.

    It didn't pass — it didn't pass —
    It didn't pass from me.
    I drank it when we met the gas
    Beyond Gethsemane.

    –Rudyard Kipling

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    bc | 20 September 2009 at 5:52 pm #

    great song, heavy message and lovely imagery.

    i'm off to the garden, thanks

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    davem | 20 September 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    You make that sound so beautiful. Gethsemene.
    Acceptance of fate. Willing sacrifice.

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    meh | 20 September 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    me likes it!
    Funny, turning up the volume on my computer speakers attenuates that 60hz click that'scropped up for reasons not yet figured out by this technical tinkerer.
    So i guess i gotta turn it up.

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    Brien Comerford | 20 September 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    Awesome song and video replete with nature, animals and peaceful Hindu and Jesus imagery. Like MACCA SK can instantly create songs.

    Related note. A music critic lauded Sk's vocals and asserted they are a fusion of Dylan, Bowie and Bono. NOT BAD !!!

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    steve kilbey | 20 September 2009 at 9:18 pm #

    dearest people
    i am so happy you like my song!
    am planning on releasing a little dvd/cd of all this new stuff…..
    love on ya!

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    plumlady | 20 September 2009 at 9:53 pm #

    Got to Get Back to the Garden:
    I'm just returning from HugoStock, a tiny music festival in honor of Woodstock's 40th…cool timing there. Love all the tarot and various religious imagery. And the garden scenes are very lovely and relaxing also; is that all in Australia right now in season?

    The autumn equinox is just about upon us here; the time of balance, particulary important to you Libras. Your images are very comforting as we move into that turn of the wheel of the year.
    Thanks much.

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    Anonymous | 21 September 2009 at 1:58 am #


    Yes, still checking in. You're still pouring it out.

    The left half of yer brain must officially be a shrunken raisin.

    To the road, man, back to the road, back to the States, please.

    Wilfred Paradise

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    Anonymous | 21 September 2009 at 1:58 am #

    dvd/cd. yes yes yes

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    Anonymous | 21 September 2009 at 1:58 am #

    dvd/cd. yes yes yes

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    Anonymous | 21 September 2009 at 2:45 am #

    A truly beautiful track. I hope this ends up on an album someday!

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    Anonymous | 21 September 2009 at 2:58 am #


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    Midnight Toker | 21 September 2009 at 5:56 am #


    These "Freaky Videos" are delicious indeed my friend! Little niblets and appetizers, just waiting for the FEAST! Love the songs and nibbles all the way from across the USofA. I'm still trying to sober up from your other freaky videos, eh!?

    So do you have huge/multiple hard drives that you use to assemble these new/older archives from, with small dosages of tasty goodness? How many monitors do you use to forge the unexpected delightfulness we see in front of us? How long does it take to assemble one of these little treasures?

    Anyway…long live the "Freaky Videos", can't wait to see these on 8 Track, Laser Disc, or VHS/Beta format sometime soon…awesome!

    Saint Louis, MO USA

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    Ellen | 21 September 2009 at 3:36 pm #

    … sigh …

    Songs like this little gem are what drew me to The Church. The texture, the layers, the sounds, ahhhhh…

    This song is gorgeous and I'm thrilled to hear that you plan on making a DVD/CD!

    Thanks, Steve.

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    pernath | 27 June 2012 at 8:07 am #

    oh…where is “Gethsemane”? One of my favourite songs…just disappeared into a black hole. I love this one, deeply – any chance to upload this again?!

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