posted on May 14, 2009 at 7:41 am

kilbeys hypothyroidal dream
kilbey wakes up in a cold room
a blonde woman enters flicking a little bag of something
iggy sits on his chair in arkadia/lemuria
stroking a hound and a cat
the blonde says
been asleep long?
aphrodite smirks and fingers her golden apple
athene looks like mimi and caresseses her monstrous hounds
scarlet kilbey pushes my last 2 hundred dollars worth of toys
down into a black black hole
i put my hand in there
and horror of horrors something pulls me in
hera says what wood juno?
(thats a graeco- latin pun folks!)
hera takes a picture of it all with her camera
hera today gone tomorrow
iggy wears his silver pants n cuban heels
his long limp insolent hair
hes the perfect paris
the blonde says
lets get started
i watch her face
i gotta get on
i gotta get off
i gotta get under
and i cant let it go
i drop 200 mikes more of thyroxin
my thyroid starts to warm up
im a lamb bore genie stuck in third gear
the blonde says
watch this
the blonde says
can you see
the blonde says
can i put some different music on
whattya want i say
i want you she says
no i dont wanna hear me i say
it puts me off
iggy chooses aphrodite
i can make you happy jimmy she says
with what you know that should be easy… iggy quips
hera with the red hair is predictably miffed
im gonna make yer life a misery , paris hillbilly.. she says
just you shut your mouth
the blonde sloshes down some bubbly n ribena
i wanna hear song for the masking she says
the song comes on
iggy taps his foot
nobody ever…ah but you want me to
now i cant concentrate on what i’m doing
some one breasted female warriors show up
the blonde takes off her shirt and pants
my medicare card chop chop chop on a plate
lost in a white wilderness of female flesh
jehovah appears and says
put me on the guest list in st louis
the blonde says
do you want to stop or go on
what do you want i ask
to go on she mutters
iggy says
yeah man
dont mind me
the dogs growl
the leaves n vines tangle
the love is increased
i say wow
the blonde says
hang on im feeling a bit dizzy
aphrodite says
a golden apple …well whaddya know?
athene says i coulda burned yer fate in the sand
hera says i coulda given ya a six * review
everyone else says oh killer be careful now
steve kilbey says shucks folks…i’m always careful
my dentist says
your enamel is fucked!
my doctor says
your liver is semi fucked
my ear quack says
its disgustin’ whattya did to yer ears
my accountant says
they want yer balls over two easy installments
the kids say can we go on yer computer
the neighbours say
oh he was such a quiet man
the hyperbole says !!!!!!!!!!!
the blonde says
ok…i’m ready to begin again
she says
im fighting just to feel it
but i’m gonna reveal it
yes i say
let everything be revealed
no one mentioned utmw
how strange!

19 Responses to “in between the ether and the waterline”

  1. avatar
    Leelinau | 14 May 2009 at 8:52 am #

    Everything seems like a dream anyhow…

  2. avatar
    12str | 14 May 2009 at 9:16 am #

    all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream..

    Are you awake killah?

    or in the twilight..

    strange and wonderful stories emerge from your keyboard..

    keep em coming..


  3. avatar
    eek | 14 May 2009 at 10:04 am #

    “the neighbours say
    oh he was such a quiet man”

    Uhoh. Isn’t that what the neighbours always say when someone goes postal?

  4. avatar
    iseult | 14 May 2009 at 10:07 am #


    local raconteur of all things striped and sunlit

    bob from brisbane


    which links to

    which features

    which links to

    1st august briswegia!

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 May 2009 at 10:52 am #

    “..One breasted female warriors show up from”

    Saved my day : )

  6. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 14 May 2009 at 11:09 am #

    yeah well i heard that it’s the quiet ones you gotta watch…….kinda picture iggy as a satyr….
    love always…

    listening the #23 for the umpteenth time and the beauty of it hits me every time…..god you’re good steve (as well as the rest of the boys of course)…such humanity in your voice…

  7. avatar
    princey | 14 May 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    O funny you are, but the wild one got her! Yeah, I’m fighting just to feel it, sometime soon I hope.

    Thanks for the giggle tonite,
    love Amanda

  8. avatar
    CSTCoach | 14 May 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    jesus, what a crazy mix of greek myths and rock culture ya got swirling around yer inner space…

    been thinking some more about your blogs on writing. i wanted to add that your lyrics, and especially your prose poetry stuff (like the lovely liner notes from starfish, and sundry things online), and especially especially your reading of Rimbaud, turned me on to poetry.

    like so many others, i’d had any interest in poetry beaten out of me in high school english classes. they completely ruined it with their overanalysis, and their choices, such that a barrier was erected and i was unable to feel it.

    why couldn’t they have introduced us to ‘a season in hell’ or some of the surrealists? something we’d identify with?

    anyway, among many other things, your work opened the doors of poetry for me, and it has made all the difference. in my perceptions, in my writing (use of rhythm, the sound and feel of words, compact imagery,…). So thanks.

    It may also amuse you to know that a good friend of mine, a high school english lit teacher, is playing your reading of season in hell to his classes. we never really know how far our ripples spread…

  9. avatar
    davem | 14 May 2009 at 6:24 pm #

    hera says what wood juno?
    (thats a graeco- latin pun folks!)
    hera takes a picture of it all with her camera
    hera today gone tomorrow

    (that’s a Beano pun folks!)

  10. avatar
    loolaabillions | 14 May 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    i’m up early….

    just had a dream of you
    found you working
    you had two shop’s next to
    each other
    one a mechanic’s and the
    other an art gallery
    you told me to go on
    as you locked up
    and i met up with you at
    the end of a bridge
    then we talked
    you were reserved but pleasant
    then i found a painting on the ground
    and got lost daydreaming
    staring into it
    when i looked up
    you were gone….

    how strange. xx

  11. avatar
    Freddie | 14 May 2009 at 8:15 pm #

    “iggy pop as paris chooses out of 3 saucy goddesses
    and lotsa dogs and arcadian foliage and its BIG!”
    After reading today’s blog,
    I’m thinkin’ maybe it’s a bit too BIG? ;-D

  12. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 14 May 2009 at 8:24 pm #

    Untitled # 23 is incredile but nothing can top the “Forget Yourself” and “Beside Yourself” recording sessions. Those two CDS are are beyond perfection.

  13. avatar
    catchow | 14 May 2009 at 9:18 pm #

    what a dream!…
    you should make a painting of all
    this!…especially a portrait of
    that amazing blonde!….

  14. avatar
    K.P.BUK | 14 May 2009 at 9:47 pm #

    far away the clamor…

    in between the

    water in the camera,
    my goddess…

    in between the gambits…

    god, all the love you
    gave to

    us all….

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 May 2009 at 11:59 pm #

    drove from asheville, north carolina to pittsburgh. made a purchase.
    really enjoyed the accompanying cd. bought tickets to the rex show. was only gonna go to the d.c. show….since no atlanta………bringing friends..even trying to bring kids. both shows are 21 and over. will keep trying. bought ben frank. went to philly. saw the damned. yeah, the damned. u23 is absolutely magical. my 8 year-old's favourite album. thank you so much for these years and those years. see you soon.

    richard & good wife

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 May 2009 at 12:16 am #

    u23 is at #26 on the sales chart.

    depeche mode is # 44.



  17. avatar
    princey | 15 May 2009 at 6:24 am #

    Hi sk, I’m so excited I just got your print “Emergence” back framed and ready to hang on a wall in my humble home……it looks gorgeous, you’re the best:)))

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 May 2009 at 6:50 am #

    DM had a vid on youtubes start page.
    I think a vid is what the church needs. Not too many if any top songs are vidless.

  19. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 16 May 2009 at 9:37 am #


    You betcha!

    I’ve asked myself that very same question: Why Untitled # 23? As wonderful as it is, so was Uninvited Like The Clouds, Forget Yourself and After Everything Now This. But it could very well be because of your more “accessible” singing as well as the fact that the album is very focused as a whole: 5 minute songs and just 10 tracks.

    However, Untitled # 23 is still too new to me, so I don’t know yet if – in time – it’ll make more sense to me.

    Forget Yourself is still my favourite The Church album for a number of reasons, but I couldn’t possibly narrow The Church album releases down to a top 5 list. It would have to be a top 10 list (in progress).

    In no particular order (except no. 1):

    Forget Yourself
    Untitled # 23
    Uninvited Like The Clouds
    After Everything Now This
    Hologram Of Baal
    Sometime Anywhere
    Gold Afternoon Fix

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