posted on June 19, 2006 at 5:25 am

aurora says
dad, is it good to be home?
i say
home is where the heart is
i sense she may feel im evading the question
d’ya know what that means ?
i ask her
then i say
it means wherever yer loved ones are thats yer home
she fixes me seriously in her brown eyed gaze
dad, it also means that your heart is your home

i dig my daughters ever so subtle twist on this old cliche
that invests it with a whole new meaning
a lyrical move i go for often, obviously
a big picture evoked just from the slightest
change of preposition
or order of words

the doodles are already writing songs, actually
good melodies and stuff
evie wrote the cup of gleaming hearts
the song starts
“for the family……”
aurora wrote
i dont know what everything is( because thats what i know)
but it pretty much consists of the title sung overn over
its more of a chant
baby scarlet a humming and cooing all day
nk has discovered powderfinger….!!!???
i never thought itd happen
i am neutral towards the finger
i really like some of it
some i dont really like
but shes got a best of and she likes it, apparently
i guess it takes an american awhile to “get” the finger
which could account for their failure to conquer the states
my self
i reckon bernie onstage has a christlike qualiy
a distant stare, a vulnerability
their best songs are exciting and the rock
in unexpected ways
sometimes they seem like bad company
too meatnpotatoes for this old weirdo
lovely geezers
and church appreciators
one said to me (quite surprised)
i met you outside the rock arena when i was sixteen
and you were……(gulp)..nice
of course ian made a record with grant
the far out corporation
i feel a kinship with them
let them rock n rule the roost here in aust
better them by far than some of the silly ones
also doing big here

in fact im gonna stick their record on as i type the rest
if yer a bloke and you like a kinda neil youngy aesthetic
but a more tuneful singer
and some good lyrics
you should check em out
anyway theyre all billionaires
“cant ya put one of MY songs on yer next billion sellin’ record”
i josh haugy but cmon
i could buy a little house if ya just put ripple
or somethin’ on there

anyway nuff of that
as if those rock giants need space on this humble bumble bologg
a nice flight home
sat next a gas geezer from sri lanka
and hes a buddhist
and we’re off
didja know buddha was the 8th incarnation of vishnu
i ask him
yes, but i only read it recently….fascinating….
and what luck
or is it luck
that lord v sends a lovely bloke
that can discuss these things with me
and hes got the 1st hand knowledge
hes sad about the tamil tigers
theyll never win he sighs..nothing can ever happen

my luggage is there
oh god
the stupid sydney quarantine man makes me open my suitcase
all my shirts n underwear n socks n toothbrush n razor n stuff
explodes all over the place
“its the elephant, sir”
jesus, i got a little wooden elephant i bought nk
christ its a change from the day
some goon dusted down my passport n proclaimed
sir there is traces of the following drugs on your passport :
(type yer list here fiendsss)
anyway the wooden elephant is eventually given the go ahead
to enter this fine country
wouldnt want unauthorised wooden elephants runnin’ amok downunder
would we ?
i guess theyre tryin to keep out parasites
i saw a chubby little american boyscout
get his fuckin’ beef jerky confiscated
you just did that kidd a favour mr customs man
australia s the only country where they xray yer stuff
on the way IN ???!!
oh well keep those parasites out
i say

everyone likes their gifts
im not good at buying getting or giving gifts usually
but this comes off well
in the arvo
we have a walk on the boardwalk
and its as if michaelangelo has decorated the vault of the sky
with huge clouds suggesting beasts revolving around above us
mauves turn into lilacs n powder blues
the cold sea like metallic pastel
inspiring weather, fresh air
thismorning i take yon droodles to schooly-wooly
hit the pool
its about 17 i reckon, nicen cold
but not freezing absolutely like saltsjobaden in sverige
that was at least 4 degrees colder than bondi
and its their summer
we are used to warmth downunder
i mean its winter here
but i just did me yoga out on the porch
just in my shorts
and the sun felt very nice on my skinn
anyhow i promised to do something
so i gotta go
click yer heels 3 times and say
theres no place like home
(actually i woulda preferred the emerald city in oz
to kansas…but thats just me)

23 Responses to “home n hosed (i suppose)”

  1. avatar
    Galamor the wizard | 19 June 2006 at 6:36 am #

    I’m with you about Powderfinger. Too meat and potatoes for me too. What they need is a good dose of Cocteau Twins to make things interesting.

  2. avatar
    Azza | 19 June 2006 at 6:42 am #

    Glad to have you back safe and sound after your European odessy SK!
    Hmmm, 17 in the water heh? Maybe I need to move up a bit north. I think if I’d gone outside this morning in only shorts and tried doing just about anything it would’ve ended badly!

  3. avatar
    pharaoh | 19 June 2006 at 6:44 am #

    Hey Steve, glad to know your home and hosed with your loved ones (and wooden elephant).

    Have to agree with you on the ‘Finger, too middle-of-the-road for my taste… but you could do much worse than borrow from Neil Young I guess.

    I think i’d really prefer not to hear their take on Ripple.

  4. avatar
    mallory | 19 June 2006 at 9:16 am #

    welcome heart.
    Your description of the sky over the boardwalk gave me goosebumps.

  5. avatar
    m. | 19 June 2006 at 9:50 am #

    There is always something magical about the taxi/bus/car ride back from an Australian airport to your home.

    The warm familiarity and relaxed nature makes you appreciate that which most Australians blissfully take for granted.

    Maybe I am biased, but its more than just ‘heart is where the home is’

    There really is something special about that place, something you can tangibly feel.

    I miss it.


  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2006 at 10:01 am #

    Sounds like you had a nice, warm homecoming sk. Hope you get time now to relax and enjoy the sun before you head off overseas AGAIN!! I’m sure you’ll have some great “checking into customs” stories in the USA, I’ve heard they check absolutely EVERYTHING since Sept.11, especially you hippy muso types…so watch out!!!ha ha

    Take care and lots of love,
    Amanda P

  7. avatar
    12str | 19 June 2006 at 10:22 am #

    finally home then sk..
    was the the tour and the winterland experience as you expected it to be?
    from reading your blogg it seems that you had some good times..exept from the airports and flying =)

    take good care of yourself and your family..


  8. avatar
    veleska1970 | 19 June 2006 at 10:34 am #

    so the doodles are taking after dear old dad and writing now? that’s great!! maybe one day we will be able to hear it.

    glad you’re back home. enjoy!!

  9. avatar
    slacker0000 | 19 June 2006 at 11:17 am #

    just as as m said – i’ve not set foot in australia for over 13 years now – and am missing it more and more each year – everywhere is different (duh) but theres no place like oz – wish i could go back

  10. avatar
    John Garratt | 19 June 2006 at 1:12 pm #

    “actually i woulda preferred the emerald city in oz
    to kansas…but thats just me”

    My only experience in Kansas involves getting yelled at on a camping ground. So, I naturally second your opinion.

  11. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 19 June 2006 at 1:18 pm #

    Hi Steve,
    Welcome home – glad to hear the ‘girls’ all enjoyed their gifts, no doubt the best one being the fact that you’re home. Your doodles sound quite precocious sometimes. I had a few 6 year olds in class that had very ‘old’ souls – they must be on their 50th life or something. One girl told me, “I’m very sensitive. And I’ve had a very bad day.” I thought, what can of bad day can you have at 6??” (esp. since these kids live lives of privilege most kids in the world could only dream of..) Anyway…my favourite line today:

    “i guess it takes an american awhile to “get” the finger”

    Oh gosh, this American just took that in so many different ways, haha. Don’t know the music of the ‘finger’-
    Doesn’t sound like I’m missing too much –
    Enjoy all your moments at home before braving the U.S.!!

  12. avatar
    Richard | 19 June 2006 at 1:28 pm #

    Ahh…Rock Arena

    A venue just MADE for the Church!

    Intimate, acoustically perfect and always such an appreciative audience!

    Saw you there two nights in a row a few days after you released utmw. You can only have performed it live a handful of times by that stage.

    I was there with another Church nut (and some other friends who never quite shared our enthusiasm).

    We liked utmw but were blown away when you played Travel By Thought(!) as an encore.

    You guys were always just trying to please the masses…

    I’m glad that no one told me in 1988 that when I hit 40 (as I did last week) the Church would still be releasing albums (…or playing utmw at Commonwealth Games openings).

    I was such a self absorbed wanker that that sort of information might have made me uncomfortable in my choice of bands to love.

    Now (as an older, more worldly, wanker) I am able to look back on more than 20 years that have been punctuated every two years or so with records that, without exception, have contained songs that I have come to love.

    How LUCKY is that?

    I first “got” the Church listening to Seance with headphones on a night train from Bris to Sydney.

    I had not slept.

    It’s No Reason came on at first light, just as the train was winding through the Hawkesbury River oyster farms.

    Whenever I hear the fade out of that song I’m taken straight back to that moment.

    The bloke I was travelling with on the train (and who bought me Seance) was in Darwin last week to mourn my 40th. He had lost touch with the Church (despite gushing emails from me…every two years or so).

    He stayed for several boozy nights and I bombarded him with ‘recent’ Church stuff.

    I’m not sure he paid much attention at first – there was a lot of ground to cover and, in fairness, not every song was immediately catchy(!)

    Then I made him sit in the living room and I played “Invisible” loudly.

    And he was hooked again.

    Must’ve been the train.

    Welcome home.


  13. avatar
    CSTCoach | 19 June 2006 at 3:06 pm #

    Welcome home, Steve 🙂

    Your airport descriptions from HK were dead on. Flying isn’t fun anymore – I guess it only was the first few times. As it gets more common they treat you more and more like livestock, all the perks slip away… Hurry up and wait…

    The only other country I know where they x-ray you on the way in is North Korea (interesting comparison !?!). Looking for books, cell phones, radios… Craziest, saddest place I’ve ever been to.


  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2006 at 4:38 pm #


    glad to hear you made it home safely and enjoyed your trip and vacation. Excellent to hear of your extended Florida tour what a nice suprise, hope to catch a couple shows at least. All the best

    steve in Florida

  15. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 19 June 2006 at 5:06 pm #

    The border patrol leaving Canada weren’t very nice, either. All they found were clockwork ‘roos and rubber snakes.

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2006 at 5:59 pm #

    If the ‘finger is meat and potatoes, that’s some pretty good meat and potatoes… this Canadian gets it. Sometimes you need something straightforward, like an old seventies Status Quo album.


  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2006 at 6:42 pm #

    Was Buddha the eighth or ninth incarnation of Vishnu? And when should we expect Kalki?

  18. avatar
    invisiwoman | 19 June 2006 at 6:42 pm #

    May yer future journey’s be safe & well–& wear flipflops when ya fly

  19. avatar
    davem | 19 June 2006 at 6:46 pm #

    Glad you’re back safe & sound Steve.
    Hope you enjoy a good break now ready for the US leg.
    Never heard of Powderthingy. No offence to Canadian fiend but I don’t ever want to be in need of a 70’s Quo album. Not that my taste is perfect – far from it (Church apart).
    Felt like a bit of a lost soul on Saturday at Ashcroft, Razorlight, Feeling event. Nice atmosphere – 15,000 folk or so all chilled & happy. Pleny of anti-Blair comments from the stage.
    Think I lost the plot though at everyone singing in unison (& very seriously) “Like a cat in a bag, waiting to drown”…… Nice tune & all that but I’m not sure I’d want to be remembered for the line myself.
    Now I’ve offended all the Ashcroft fans out there as well as the Quo likers.
    Damn. I feel like Kilbey. But without the wit…or the brains…or the talent…or the looks…or the wooden elephant.
    Love you more,

    Dave M

  20. avatar
    daydreamer | 19 June 2006 at 7:23 pm #

    Oh Steve, think again. The Emerald City was all glitz and glamour, con artists and phonies.

    At any rate, I loved all your stories and I’m happy you’re safely home. And very much looking forward to seeing you’all next month here in Sunny California, where its summer again!


  21. avatar
    buckmoose | 19 June 2006 at 8:28 pm #

    We actually don’t have any Emerald Cities here in Kansas, contrary to popular belief. Though there are a few folks around strung out on Crystal (sadly).

    Kansas does have a Tallgrass Prairie Preserve that’s a fine place to commune with one’s soul…rolling hills, far from civilization. Everyone ought to try it.

    And what can I say, I love my Lawrence, my piece of the rock. My Bourgeois Pig coffee joint, my Love Garden for CDs and vinyl, my Replay Lounge for beer and rock ‘n roll, my Liberty Hall for arthouse cinema, my Lawrence Arts Center where my daughter does theatre stuff, my Massachusetts St with street musicians, pretty girls, restaurants and shops, my South Park full of fireflies this time of year, my oasis where Fred Phelps and Bob Dole actually fear to tread.

    On this we can agree: there’s no place like home. 🙂


  22. avatar
    the dean | 19 June 2006 at 10:17 pm #

    more tuneful than neil young? you must be joking.

  23. avatar
    captainmission | 20 June 2006 at 1:48 am #

    welcome home (where ever that is)

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