posted on January 24, 2009 at 8:27 pm

entering sleep another way
meander over verdant vista
hook up with yourself sometime
forever never over
the place where songs are
pictures of songs
vision of sound
songs growing wild
songs on the vine
songs for the asking masking and basking
songs long and short
songs of songs
what is a good song?
a good song makes it better
a bad song makes it worse
my songs avoid these issues
my songs are not good or bad
my songs are ideas
expressed by the uni-verse
through me
its only son
my songs are not about things
they are the things themselves
once written they exist eternally
once sung they move into your cortexes
my songs i heard on some wind
my songs i snatched from your dreams
my songs accompany me through life
they arrive before me and switch on the music
they wait till i am asleep n turn off the light
my songs are solid
my songs have minds of their own
when my songs hear a new song
they come running to me
“a new song a new song!”
my songs dont argue with each other over keys
my songs are so ambiguous
only god knows their true meaning
my songs have no true meaning on earth
i borrowed them from the thin air
i never remember their birthdays
once gone some never return
once youve worked them out
they will become shy around you
my songs are memoryproof
my songs are as good as their word
my songs are masculine feminine and child
my songs call on the past
they visit the future
they dabble in the present
they discover themselves
re establish a connexion
burn themselves onto hard distance
my songs go lala la la la la de da
my songs go bang bang bang
my songs howl in terror and delight
my songs are bait a trap a fix a stone
a stallion
a river
a counter point
a reprise
why dont we sing this song altogether
open our eyes let the pictures come

40 Responses to “heartbreaking blog of epic proportions”

  1. avatar
    Sheffield Tyler | 24 January 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    woof woof woof woof woof woof woof woooooooof!!!

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    Hmmm, I just checked the site meter at the bottom of the page. No-one on here posting from Sheffield. It’s you again, Barry, pretending to be other people, isn’t it.

    Gareth, Notts.

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2009 at 9:47 pm #

    I did NOT write the above post. Somebody out there needs to get a life.
    Gareth,Notts (the real fucking one)

    Great blog today.

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2009 at 9:55 pm #

    I wish I’d not started the whole woof thing now. Tyler thought what I said was funny and ran with it. Barry seems to have disappeared now which is all I wanted, and now that we’re back to nice blogs again let us all refrain from mentioning his name and concentrate on reading and enjoying these great blogs instead. Thanks.

  5. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 24 January 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    “when my songs hear a new song
    they come running to me
    “a new song a new song!”

    That is exactly how I picture the writing process of Steve Kilbey and The Church. All these great, creative ideas — bits and pieces, some that fit together and some that don’t and are saved for later — songs that are completed before songs that were actually started prior to those, keeping it fresh, vibrant and exciting.

  6. avatar
    Sheffield Tyler | 24 January 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    Is that you barry? Come out to play. Woof woof woooof little doggie. I’ll easily cruch you under my heel barry. Here doggie doggie, wooof wooof.

  7. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 24 January 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    Your songs are like time release drugs. They are not instantly potent but they gradually permeate into the mind, psyche, heart and soul and when they reach fruition they are musically medicinal.

  8. avatar
    iseult | 24 January 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    songs are spirits

  9. avatar
    Freddie | 24 January 2009 at 10:49 pm #

    All I know is that I love them.
    Speaking of “All I Know”,
    Yep, one of my favorites.
    But what’s so epic-ly heartbreaking?

  10. avatar
    EDD | 24 January 2009 at 11:04 pm #

    been strumming my guitar again. I pick it up several times a day. I’ve forgotten many good musical ideas(if I do say so myself). That’s just how it is.

  11. avatar
    m.p.k | 24 January 2009 at 11:10 pm #

    maybe this is why i never tire of listening to your songs… i’m not so much listening as experiencing the song happening

    my songs are not about things
    they are the things themselves
    once written they exist eternally
    once sung they move into your cortexes
    my songs i heard on some wind
    my songs i snatched from your dreams
    my songs accompany me through life
    they arrive before me and switch on the music
    they wait till i am asleep n turn off the light

  12. avatar
    veleska1970 | 24 January 2009 at 11:59 pm #

    brien has described it exactly. i couldn’t have said it better myself!!

    lotza love….

  13. avatar
    steve kilbey | 25 January 2009 at 12:17 am #

    thanks for the box of vids!

  14. avatar
    Sheffield Tyler | 25 January 2009 at 2:24 am #

    Barry?? woof

  15. avatar
    Sheffield Tyler | 25 January 2009 at 2:29 am #


    Woof Woof


    Woof Woof


    Woof Woof


    WOOF WOOF YOU LOSER TOOL – Where are you barry?? Woof

  16. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 25 January 2009 at 2:44 am #

    your songs are fucking marvellous….
    love always….

  17. avatar
    Sheffield Tyler | 25 January 2009 at 2:51 am #

    To the anon from two days ago, I just read your comment and I would like to say I AM NOT GAY!! I have had a little experimentation in the past such as a bit of slap and tickle with the boys after the cricket or rugby match. Typical shit. Wasn’t really totally my cup of tea.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 January 2009 at 4:27 am #

    Sheffied boy come out to play . You look sick and depressed in the picture above. why don’t you go see a doctor, puss

  19. avatar
    Richard | 25 January 2009 at 5:20 am #

    maybe it’s time to disable all comments for a while

    just til the goldfish forget you’re here

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 January 2009 at 5:41 am #

    Thank you for your songs. Looking forward to the new ones. So many different sorts of songs you just keep on reinventing yourself. Good on you.

    Saw Neil Young concert last nite.
    He is another great songwriter and performer. Very different to see at the back of the stage a guy doing some paintings while band was playing. Don't know who he was.
    Great concert, surprised he did the encore with a Beatles song, but appropriate for peace. Every time I go to Entertainment Centre have the dream the Church will be on that stage sometime soon.

    Peace & love

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 January 2009 at 10:44 am #

    Saw Leonard Cohen.
    How does Nick Cave get away with pinching that music and putting his own words/image to it?
    Man, have I been ripped off.

    I do think you live in la la land Kilbey, rock zone, far from the real world, where you can say and do anything and people who hate you for it are wrong.

    At least you are original at times. Look forward to critiquing your latest.

  22. avatar
    davem | 25 January 2009 at 11:08 am #

    Dabble was the soundtrack on my journey home today.
    Thank-you for it!!!

  23. avatar
    davem | 25 January 2009 at 11:16 am #

    the church Press Release, February 2009
    A new album, tour and more Unorthodox releases

    the church return in 2009 with a new album, a soundtrack, 2 EP’s on their own label and selected dates on the East coast of Australia

    In January the band released the Shriek: Excerpts From The Soundtrack” on their own Unorthodox Records in partnership with Wyrm publishing and noted American science fiction writer Jeff VanderMeer. In February the band release “The Coffee Hounds EP” Exclusive vocal and instrumental versions of “The Coffee Song” as well as taking on the Kate Bush classic “Hounds Of Love”

    Unorthodox Records will release the new album “Untitled #23” through MGM in March to coincide with Australian dates. The album will feature 10 tracks of thoughtful simplistic epics, unusual in its ability to be simultaneously dark and accessible. An irresistibly melodic album, dense, psychedelic, yet emotive and personal. Set in a lush soundscape carved out of another world, the band has succeeded in creating a listenable work of art, meshing guitars and rhythms into a sonic journey of intrigue and understanding. They will also release the 4 Track “Pangaea EP” that will include 3 tracks not on the album including “So Love May Find Us” a musical exploration in a heavenly, engaging 15 minutes of bliss.

    “So Love May Find Us Tour” Special Guests: ASTREETLIGHTSONG

    March 6th Regional Vic (TBC)
    March 7th East Brunswick Club, Melbourne VIC
    March 8th Theatre Royal, Castlemaine VIC
    March 9th Golden PlainsFestival (Meredith VIC)
    March 13th Regional Qld (TBC)
    March 14th The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
    March 15th The Factory, Sydney NSW….

  24. avatar
    catchow | 25 January 2009 at 11:17 am #

    a wonderful blog starring the Song,
    your way of thinking and living the
    Song;it’s full of originality and talent…No wonder your songs are so brilliant!
    only Steve Kilbey can write like this!
    to me one of your best blog!

  25. avatar
    don joe | 25 January 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    I have found that when I buy the latest from the Church, it never really impresses me. I don’t find it appealling. I then listen to the previous release on heavy rotation for some time and find all this new stuff in the songs till I’ve exhausted it. So about 3-6 months later I’ll play the latest album and it gob smacks me how brilliant it is and how much the band has progressed personally and as a group and will give this heavy rotation. It’s like I have to grow a bit more to really get the motive/drift of the albums vibe. Every album since Sometime Anywhere has been like this. It’s like the comment speaking of “Time release drugs.” It’s almost like the group has gone out ahead and cleared a pathway then I arrive at that some time later to journey along it. It’s an awesome thing I think. Most other music is just there. You guys as a group are unique. I have heard a lot of music but have never come across anything that resembles the Church. The solo work you all put out is exceptional, The Church brings something out which is missing from the solo work and it works a treat.
    We as a group of listeners are unique as well to be able to pick up the wavelength the Church put out and be able to relate to it, though our lives be quite diverse in culture, employ and experience. It’s great to be a part of this colony and appreciate the postiveness that we generate from this. May it continue for a long, long time. I hope it does, I’ve paid for four years of it 😀

    don joe

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 January 2009 at 2:36 pm #

    excellent blog sk


  27. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 25 January 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    Thanks, Davem.
    Really loking forward to the new Church album and the Pangaea EP.

  28. avatar
    Mr. Argent | 25 January 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    Keep on truckin’ folks!

  29. avatar
    Athanasius Pernath | 25 January 2009 at 5:25 pm #

    cool point don joe, hm, let’s try to remember…the first album release i consciously experienced was P=A, age 15. i was stunned and shocked and knew perfectly well i didnt understand shit. that album came to me as a huge riddle i had to solve. well i “solved” it some months later but every time i spin it i find new ways of solving it, new results, new details i hadnt seen, new interpretations. and it has always been the same after, though the amount of enigmas has decreased somehow, or is it me who just understands everything better from time to time. sometimes your musical mind unveils the musical mystery within in a second, sometimes you think it’s all too easy and you perish on some song’s hook’s barbs. and sometimes you might be a little disappointed because there are no mysteries and riddles…and no musical hues and colours creating that special synaesthetic experience only The Church does…that’s why i don’t really enjoy “Easy”, but love to wander on the icy paths of “Saturation”, watching Marty’s frozen guitar sparks and those huge spaces the drums open…

  30. avatar
    Sheffield Tyler | 25 January 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    I try to listen to Under the Milky Way at least three or four times every day. That song really changed my life. I’m not all that crazy about the early or recent stuff but milky way kicks ass! woof woof

  31. avatar
    Sheffield Tyler | 25 January 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    Hey Thomas Thomsen, I have an auntie who lives in Denmark and I am thinking of visiting her soon. What city are you in? You seem like a fun guy to hang out with, maybe down a few pints and listen to church music. Interested?

  32. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 25 January 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    I agree with don joe and Brien C. When I bought Gold Afternoon Fix, it took months for me to really appreciate the sound of The Church — not to mention Steve’s voice (which I now love) — and absorb it all and “get it”. And once I became the huge fan that I am, expectations were bound to be sky high with each new release. For a long time I only really liked the first half of Priest=Aura (plus Film), but eventually I came to love all of it. The production values — the raw sound — of Forget Yourself — also took a little getting used to. I didn’t dislike it, but now I absolutely love it. It’s my favourite Church album. So far.

  33. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 25 January 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    Sheffield Tyler…WOOF WOOF!!!

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 January 2009 at 6:33 pm #

    only just read the blog and comments,seems barry’s posted twice as me earlier,i guess i should be flattered but i dont swing that way barry,entertaining nevertheless!

    and my only comment today regardless of what barry writes 🙂

  35. avatar
    Sheffield Tyler | 25 January 2009 at 6:33 pm #

    I’ll take that as a maybe Thomas, Cheers!

  36. avatar
    CSTCoach | 26 January 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    that was a really cool blog. love to read about your motivations, what you’re seeking to capture, and compare that to what the songs called up in me.

    don joe, thomas and others, i know what you mean about multiple layers being revealed with each lesson. when i travelled central america back in 2000 i had only a tape playing walkman to bring along (portable CD players were still too large then, and ate too many batteries). I only had Starfish and Gold Afternoon Fix on tape, and so that’s all i took. I listened to them every day for 3 months and never got tired of them. Strangely enough, i heard more with each listen, picked up more nuances and more layers. And I can still listen to them just as carefully today.

    Since then, each journey i’ve taken has been accompanied by a Church soundtrack. And those albums will forever be imprinted with the landscapes of that place. For me, After Everything Now This will always call up the immense skies and endless rolling horizon of Mongolia.

    It’s really cool how music takes on a life of its own, and adds the stories and memories of each listener to the creator’s original motives and vision, to become something totally new again.

  37. avatar
    jax | 26 January 2009 at 6:09 pm #

    Great thread.. great blog.. been listening to Tin Mine all weekend.. have you all heard it? There is a song called ‘Espionage’.. wow.. pick it up..

  38. avatar
    CSTCoach | 26 January 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    Espionage is one of my favourite underrated church songs. It’s off disc 2 of Parallel Universe.

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    captain mission | 26 January 2009 at 10:56 pm #


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    ross b | 27 January 2009 at 1:00 pm #

    Lovely blog Steve, your songs are extraordinary, and wonderful.

    Deep and convincing too, opposite of trite or shallow. They are very potent and real.

    You’re the best, man.

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