posted on May 15, 2006 at 9:30 pm

good day
hows life in the multiverse, today?

before i go any further
i must shamelessly spruik my gig
this friday night
at the winebank in sydney
martin place-ish, 9 15
with my jazzcats + laney
please come
itll be yer last chance to see me for a while
unless you live in hungry
or eyeland
or grate brittin’
or spane
after that im having a brief holiday
with my twillipops
who turn 15 on the 7th of june
which is why elli is elektra june
and who i wrote that song june for
for the first time ever
little minna is taller and heavier than her sis
ah i said
you can beat her up now
minna says
yeah i know
elli is quite over her op now
and thanks fer yer support
after a few setbacks
minna is looking at her options…
hoping to spend some time at their country house
which has no lectricity
no running water or conveniences
back to nature
you wash in the lake there
hoping it aint too cold…
but cold is relative
i ring minna
minna its cold here
what is it?
its 16 degrees
minna says
its warm here
i say what is it
its 16 degrees
there you go
one mans blizzard
is another mans heatwave

sweden in summer
is just about the nicest place ya could imagine
stockholm empties out
you got the city to yerself if ya want
the archipelago!
the forests!
the islands!
if you aint ever been to scandanavia
get thy ass there now at once
you wont be disappointed
those swedes look like us anglo types
but underneath their quite different
thoroughly civilized
a different take on things

i love sweden in summer
it doesnt ever really get dark
the evenings stretch on and on
strange light
those melancholy swedes
the huge mosquitoes i never expected
the cold water that flows under the warm
the deep ancient lakes
their ceremonies and rituals
one of the 1st countries to turn their back on war
you gotta go there to understand em
its worth it tho
dark n miserable in winter
the north explodes into colour when its warm
sometimes summer never really materializes
and then you get 17 degrees and overcast
for 3 months and this plunges em
into a northern despair)
at first the scandics seem a little cold and snooty
but thats just the way they speak english
dont let it put ya off too much
any way
thats where i’ll be for a cuppla weex in june
and im happy bout that
i guess thats really it or today
been playing the go bes a lot
i wonder where grant is right now…?
goodbye fiendss
lotsa love

31 Responses to “i really thought it’d go on forever”

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    verdelay | 15 May 2006 at 10:02 pm #

    Not sure what to expect after the Bardo Topol, but I expect Grant’s somewhere like Sweden right now…

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    veleska1970 | 15 May 2006 at 10:33 pm #

    my goodness…..15 years old. my how time flies. happy birthday to them.

    enjoy your trip~~don’t let the big mosquitoes chew you up too much.

    grant’s with you right now. he always will be…… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    mattdavison | 15 May 2006 at 10:43 pm #

    There is a place in New Zeelund called the Emerald lakes (Ki- ewi)… Northland, looks like the lost world…clear slightly translucent green and blue with stark white sand like flour…surrounded by Norfolk pines and lonely Aussie Eukeee trees. Its beaches look like marble from the hills and the lagoons appear like jade and emerald as the morning sun wakes the native birds…No Snakes . No spiders. No Aussie rules supporters….No Howard No Coles checkouts. No CNN…Just like 60 million years ago Thats where Grant will be. Come see for your self Thats why they call NZ Godsown.
    Meet two girls from SFWEDUN and the want to live on those lakes..must be like there.

    LV m
    Hope MWP is organizing everything for a smoove tour.
    For the life of me I cannot understand why you guys are not going electric????? on this one.

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    Handyman | 15 May 2006 at 11:19 pm #

    Wow, guess I never knew the kids were 12 days apart literally.

    Sounds like a nice trip you have planned. Enjoy it all. Best to the girls. Mine will be on an island on the beach!

    See ya soon!


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    Anonymous | 15 May 2006 at 11:29 pm #

    hi sk
    do so wish i could
    make your gig
    Friday night …
    or any of
    the upcoming
    church shows

    your holiday
    in sweden sounds
    enjoy e and m
    and all of
    their beauty –
    happy 15th !!

    and rest up for
    what i hope
    will be a visit
    to your fiendss
    in the us

    carpe diem

    “i really thought it’d go on forever”
    that line gets me every time sk

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    12str | 15 May 2006 at 11:44 pm #

    dear mr steven kilbey!
    sweden in june can be heaven or hell…only the meteorlogists can tell….=)
    we swedes worships the sun…throughout summer we sit glued to the tv…waiting for the almighty weatherman to come on,with promises about highpressure and heavenly heat…
    alcoholic offerings to the gods of good times….chanting as we swallow the liquid down…
    midsummerinsanity…maidens picking flowers to put under their pillow while horny vikings wait to fullfill their dreams…
    its the season of hope (…and dope!)nature becomes the highlight,a never ending adventure.. life has returned to our frosen limbs.
    swedish winter is like limbo..
    the maidens becomes martures
    waiting for salvation..
    we men caught in purgatory for a crime we never commited..

    so i welcome you man!

    ta de lugnt!


    ps. wouldnt mind going to a crunch gig…been to long now mr k!

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    one rigid finger typist | 15 May 2006 at 11:54 pm #

    good stuff sk

    been listening to the gobbies non stop all week. the songs shine through even more now. you never fully appreciate something until it has gone unfortunately. saw a little tribute on some sunday morning show (the one with jana pittman). my wife turned the telly on and there was grant, talking about the future and how happy he was. “the future is so bright…I don’t need to wear shades ” he said. cut to a live version of finding you…”What would you do if you turned around
    And saw me beside you
    Not in a dream but in a song?”. achingly beautiful is the expression I think.

    good luck for the friday gig. hard to get there for non sydney-ers but…

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    Paige | 16 May 2006 at 12:04 am #


    Thanks for the update on the twillies. I’ve been thinking of them often.


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    Anonymous | 16 May 2006 at 12:47 am #

    Enjoy your holiday after the shows!

    The netherlands…while close
    was a revelation for me
    a beautiful place with truly kind people

    enjoyed MWP this last saturdaY
    out here in the southern california

    he did a cover of the killing moon
    even mac the mouth would have been proud

    with the moon rising in the background

    OOOOOh his tristesse was very pretty

    good luck with the shows

    springhill fair is on regular rotation.

    hell, they’re even giving snow job air time on all music guide

    i really shouldn’t comment while drinking…oh well.

    take care,

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    12str | 16 May 2006 at 12:51 am #

    cant get the base out of my mind!
    a month of sundays
    day of the dead
    city………and so many more!
    as much as i love the guitar work of the church…i really dig the bass!
    the link between it all.
    bringing that special depht and feeling,conscious in the background but still so present!

    ( the great guitarist!!;) )

  11. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 16 May 2006 at 12:54 am #

    grant mc is with ME…

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    veleska1970 | 16 May 2006 at 1:28 am #

    i don’t normally comment on comments, but i have to agree totally 100% with 12str…’s all about the bass. (steve, i wonder how many bass players you’ve inspired out there that never would have thought to pick up that instrument if it weren’t for you??)

    steve, i am gaga over the bass in “appalachia.” was it a 6-string?? it makes the speakers in my car vibrate…the entire chassis buzzes when i’m going down the road!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    persephone2u | 16 May 2006 at 1:34 am #

    So happy that your daughter has recovered! I have an acquaintance in Sweden and have heard nothing but wonderful things about it. It’s good you’ll be going back and spending time with your daughters. I’m heading back to London yet again this month, but without family this time and will miss your show by just 2 days. I wish you well and much success in the rest of your life and endeavours!

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    Anonymous | 16 May 2006 at 1:36 am #

    Hey steve

    about a year ago framed posters from the old Continental Cafe were auctioned off as a fundraiser for radio RRR here in melbourne. I managed to pick up the Jack Frost one, which is signed by grant and yourself. your signature was across grants face on the poster, while he had his across your face, along with the words “Stevie K Rules!”

    over the past week you’ve been missing him, thinking about him, wondering where he is now…

    i can see him hanging out at the great gig in the sky, and everytime your name comes up i’m sure he tells them just that – stevie k rules.


    ELVIS: hey you’re grant mclennan, right?
    GRANT: that’s right.
    ELVIS: i really love your ‘watershed’ album
    GRANT: thank you. some of your stuff’s not bad either.
    ELVIS: ever since you arrived last week i’ve been listening to the first jack frost album a bit.
    GRANT: oh yeah? i really like that album. it’s something that steven and i are both quite proud of.
    ELVIS: what’s he like, anyway?
    GRANT: steven?
    ELVIS: yeah.
    GRANT: stevie k rules.


    JC: hey.
    GRANT: hey.
    JC: that was a great gig tonight.
    GRANT: thank you. i really liked your performance too – you’ve got good stage presence
    JC: cheers. i love that ‘finding you’ song you do.
    GRANT: thank you.
    JC: although i don’t actually own any of your stuff. do you have any CDs i could listen to?
    GRANT: sure, drop by my place later. i’ll lend you the jack frost albums.
    JC: jack frost?
    GRANT: yeah – some things i did with steve kilbey. they’re really good.
    JC: kilbey?! you did an album with him?! he’s meant to be really difficult to work with, isn’t he?
    GRANT: no, not at all.
    JC: yeah?
    GRANT: yeah – stevie k rules.


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    si-kli | 16 May 2006 at 3:49 am #

    nice one damien. Yeah it sux being in north oz, miss a lot of the action ie. Live music. Almost went to brissy for april show, but cyclone threatened, and couldn’t leave. S’pose i’ll just have to make some of me own.
    Great bass line in June steve, how it drops down and then continues at the top of the octave is very loopy. Very cruisy, a fav off forget yourself. Had a laugh when i first bought that album with a miss-hearing of “ain’t i welcome with well-hung!!” which admitedly was too crass for you. You have deadly humour with sayings though.

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    juniper | 16 May 2006 at 5:53 am #

    Right on about Scandinavia in the summertime…my man comes from Finland…the Archipelago in June..simply beautiful. Dig Stockholm….Is Helsinki on the agenda? If you take a ferry across (along the Archipelago…very scenic) the harbour there is gorgeous and there’s a lovely little island to see….a “back in time” sort of place and lots of artists displaying their crafts. Good luck with the shows.

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    Anonymous | 16 May 2006 at 6:33 am #

    Hey, why not do a gig in Stockholm while you`re there???

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    movitz | 16 May 2006 at 11:18 am #

    Well said Steve. As an Australian now living in Sweden I can say you really summed them and the place up perfectly. ‘at first the scandics seem a little cold and snooty
    but thats just the way they speak english
    dont let it put ya off too much’.. so true!:) It’s spring here now and the forest behind my house is full of vitsippor (wild flowers) och myggor (mozzies) have put a pic up here I also hope you play up here in s.w.eden.
    Ha det bra!

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    Daberhasher | 16 May 2006 at 11:22 am #

    the other day as i started my bike ride into work, a red fox ran in front of me… we checked each other out for a sec, than he continued off into the woods… he looked like Grant, of course, the traits all fit… so i guess Grant is everywhere right now…

    someday i’ll go to Sweden and delve into my roots in the land of oaks… sounds a bit like Maine, ayuh… do they get the black flies too??? wicked… well, have a blast with your blessings and rock out on your summer hols…


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    B Raine | 16 May 2006 at 11:39 am #

    wonder what the INT flights are like this time of year, If annyone wants to do a random act of kindness——Boston—SYD for the weekned, would rock my world…and than some

    And I promise to be at the gig…smiles

    Visiting Grahmn is on my to do list as he graciouslly included me w/ speedpoets!!!!,

    could leave the return open?:)))))0))))) ahh dream me a dream…

    those things dont happen,,unless well,
    the universe will demands
    pI’ve always heard in Scandinavia are all beautiful blonded with incredibly long legs (painting idea)

    ok so i dont mind sitting in coach redeye is fine; though if ya REALLY WANT to go all out &want to treat me like a king..never did fly first class, not this hillbilly…maybe i could carry some package or something .
    Me– still-hasnt slept so im more than a bit giddy,,but dead serious…..any takers…SK? lookin your way…:)))

    fiends (sk the biggest one of all!!!)
    ok one more torterous minute))))))))))))
    Steve,could I twist your arm into visiting Boston or better yet Portland ME…Lots of big(hair) bands play here….Its a small port town, w/ a air in the summer, the old porte is wall to wall pubs&cobble stone streets. Bostonians escape here as it is a relitiveley safe city, just big enough for Culture, and small enough so, you have a small town feel w/ the community you can stumble out onto the peir and listen to the fog horns or walk around mackworth island, where Stephen King may have gotten his ideam for pet cemetry,,,,,The beauty is astonishing, However the local artsy scene is kinda bostonian….If you sell, than we’ll include you in our cliche,,,so its got that hard surface to penetrate
    Jim Carroll did a gig at GENOS’amazing!!!could compare to the largest space at the Middle EAST IN Boston…..

    No worries….Theres a Hilton,,lol…also camps w/o running water. I’ll make sure to keep August BLEEDaway from you, so he doesnt mumble red-eyed lyrics and spread his whisky breath….the exact second before I shake your hand….oh he always liked the limelight…..
    So to SK’s subconcious for years to come.
    Portland maine…Lobsters and real hardworkin folke, than the rest of us strarved for quality entertainment…

    I can see it Now “The Church”
    finally they’d come out like roaches
    in the sunlight…..

    I cried inside when inxs did that reality TV show to reinvent the band,,,good marketing idea…BUt its like you guys are so so so so much more….I just wish everyone could know that your making better music today than that hit back in the 80s’,,,everone ive turned on to you is addicted better than any drug….
    Youd be very welcome here….
    ok birds are not singing, but it tis raining and i must sleep…tangeant, yes..but this is me,,i will not edit for OR TO appear AS I AM NOT
    mourings are my time for sarcasm

    I know its unnerving if not impossible to react to every post, especially confusing well ,ill let you decide
    But I must SAY re-reading your blog
    answers alot of my deep life questions.

    short of switching souls for a minute
    You have such ability for a glimpse inside your perspectives,,,guess im becoming a fiend

    That is a great talent.

    Thank You a million more times for the inspiration….

    it is not how, but rather solidifying dreams choosing to live To lIve…
    Talent doesnt hurt either..But fear is great if one feels it and uses it.Guess im still at the person im beginning to see…Once I dint want to know the person confusion about your person, your art and well just wanted the music,,,,,,, IE>>>uickly
    In NYC…..Knitting factory
    BOYZ looking in the park for you did they make it back?(lost kids looking or so they said)
    It took all i could not to show them where to go…..That was a pivotal time where, I decided I couldnt be infatuated with Your personal life(than),,,,It was the music we came to see….

    ending on a personal note

    Than, when i was in my teens-20’s I never could fully comprehend how my brother idolized you and your music, because we were both affected ,me personally and he more…
    How could this Musician have so much-that my brother looked up to. when he knew

    …Durring the peak of my gear dayz and im sorry to go heavy on this topic…but My Brother knew gear was a liar and a dead-end road,,,He’d helped me come off many times…..I WAS TOO CAUGHT UP IN how he could still feel you had so much to teach him. …when I myself..was battling with the affliction…
    can u get a sense of how i was at a loss for comprehension……i fealt almost as though
    his looking up to you was in vain in one way, re: all he knew about seeing me,almost die from it, and others who did,,,
    so that all came out–
    if u like to respond(or if you can or want to or whatever== have time) Im just curious if you could put into words this…
    from your perspective,,,,,
    annyway, Steve .I know there are hundreds buying for your time..
    so if theres anything perhaps where you may understand as one gearhead..recovering to another.
    Recently, a talented man died I knew.
    and It was all synchrfonicity, how i found out…and It threw me…even though he only touched a small part of my life, he was one of those talented
    ones, that annyone hates to loose.

    be safe…im now officially a feind!!!!

    Brian R

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    Anonymous | 16 May 2006 at 1:08 pm #


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    CeciliaGin | 16 May 2006 at 2:44 pm #

    …easy baybee…
    Hooray gig
    Hooray holiday
    Hooray Elli and Minna
    Hooray month of June
    Hooray 15
    Wow…just realized your Swedish mermaids are Geminis!! True twins…yikers!

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    John Garratt | 16 May 2006 at 5:09 pm #

    “if you aint ever been to scandanavia
    get thy ass there now at once
    you wont be disappointed”

    Okay. Send me a blank check.

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    davem | 16 May 2006 at 5:15 pm #

    If we’re talking some “bassic” inspiration I always adored SK’s part on A Month of Sundays. Pinched it loadsa times!!

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    Letango | 16 May 2006 at 6:55 pm #

    I was 19. Staying at the Apf Chapman (sp?) youth hostel in Stockholm. It’s a ship, moored in the bay. The month was May I believe or it was late April.

    I met a nice girl named Regita, a DJ from Berlin, with black finger nail polish and messy blond locks. We were sitting at one of the tables in the common room drinking and talking when a happy incident occured. Band members from Spacemen Three were trying to get through to their tour manager (or someone of the sort) to work some important tour details out when this Russian man, who spoke no English, kept hanging up their phone mid conversation. The guys tried to pursuade him to “quit it,” but everytime they called back he did it again, ranting something in Russian, wanting them to join in with him. Join in on what we all wondered. Finally they gave up and we all look to the Russian, giving him our full attention. He jumps on the table and starts a song and dance. Wanted everyone to get up and join him. That is a nice memory. Oh, and the Swedes were nice too.

    On a train ride from the Netherlands across the channel to Sweden, I shared a car with a Norwegian and Swede. They had a six pack under the seat and were drinking. They offered me a bear we got to talking about my travels and shortly thereafter asked me to choose the better country of the two (oh what a bad position to be in). I somehow skirted around giving an answer by saying 777 in Swedish for them three times. Never could get that whistle sound down. They just laughed their asses off; say, “no, like this…” and I’d have to try try again. What a lovely ride.

    Is it true Swedes can get 5 weeks paid vacation a year
    and 1 year paternity leave for fathers?

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    Elduvik | 16 May 2006 at 6:58 pm #

    Hurrah for Elli- do you remember, I told you everything would turn out alright.
    If you need any specialized advice, you know who to turn to…
    I can’t wait for the Borderline shows in London- I’ll be flying in from Italy just for this occasion- like last time at the Mean Fiddler… hope I can shake hands with you again, Cheers


  27. avatar
    John | 16 May 2006 at 10:32 pm #


    wish i was there for the show, but i’m a continent or two away.

    please come play austin, texas someday soon.

    john in austin, texas

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    matthew | 16 May 2006 at 11:20 pm #

    Ah, ‘June’ -my fave of FY, and an alltime fave too. Now I know why it’s so beautiful – there was a muse. Gotta work that one up live (please}.

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    matthew | 17 May 2006 at 4:36 pm #

    OK, on further and more complete reading… thanks for the update on the Twillies. I’ve wanted to visit Scandinavia since I started reading Tove Jansson’s books at around 10 yeas old. What a beautiful part of the world! I’ve been playing the go bes a lot too.

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    Thor-Arne from norway | 17 May 2006 at 10:09 pm #

    I can confirm that scandinava is beatiful,and I would love bbeing in stockholm in june,maybe I could meet S.K and the twins, who sing so great.I love that song.However northern norway and mine little town Bodoe isent that bad.Hopefully we will have a very warm summer.or a lot of cold rain.I don’t care.Then I can listen to church,s.k,paul kelly,go-betweens,grant,robert,witlams,the new stems cd,perry keynes,jack frost is on its way again maybee whit some ex.tracks to me up north.and if I want to go to australia,I have to wait until my baby daughter is getting older.She is 1 year and just beautiful, and she loves aussie music as her father.anyway,s.k and I have at least 1 thing i common.we have bought a doughter in scandinaviA.

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    Anonymous | 17 September 2007 at 1:49 pm #

    You’ve been a whore for so very long. You could just strip yourself down, and make a semi-honest album, like Starfish, or the one you tried to be honest with, with Brita. It didn’t work out, and I’m sure your whorish ego and pop considerations won the day. Though I can FEEL that your best days as a songwriter are still ahead. We won’t have to wait ’til you are eighty, and gasping for the breathy notes,…, but please, do lose the bullshit on the next one, PLEASE! I hope you never make another ‘Metropolis’. Even if you’re starving poor.

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