posted on December 1, 2010 at 9:08 pm

saturation of glow

skull still reverberating in reddish pulse

lights come off n on at the periphery

stranded in some troubled sleep

isolated insulated dragged down the whirly pool

an alarm goes off

the steady australian rain

sydney like a bedraggled tart wincing in the deluge

man life sure is strange

there is magic but its not what you expected

power which weakens

knowledge that punches you stupid

things get faster here on earth

my life picks up speed racing towards its flashy full colour climax

the mirrors fog up i cant see them myself

wound up

all exhausted

i read a review of a guy called kilbey and some record from the eighties

i cant feel anything for this cat

i dont wanna hear his record

i got  lotta thoughts but no idea

a lotta ideas but no plan

a lotta plans but none of em gonna work

its night now its really raining

a lorry lumbers in the distance like a bear

the cafes shut early

the  cockroaches scurry for shelter

a bird gets trapped in the house

some rumbling sound like thunder i cant tell what

lights in distant houses glow like blurry stars

the mobile phone purrs and flashes

only 2 fish left in the tank now

cars in the garage getting fixed

come n get it tomorrow the bloke said on the phone

i bought some ginger wine to warm me up

its summer tomorrow but inside i freezing

scoff a load of chocky biscuits dipping em in strong coffee

marvellous sense of detachment creeping in

ooh having my holiday at home now

sometimes life is good and bad and everything at once

a bug in my wine i spat it out

the sky is a strange weird blue

i feel ok


i feel ok

30 Responses to “lightsocket”

  1. avatar
    Karen | 1 December 2010 at 9:28 pm #

    just posted on the other one and this one popped up after may as well say some random shit..

    thats a freaky looking thing whatever ever it is scary eyes

    scotch finger bicuits dipped in tea far superior
    ginger wine eh? not the stuff I drank 30 yr ago no doubt..when I was 15 my first drink was stones green ginger wine in the back of a panel van at a quarry anyway..

    keep swimming

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    princey | 1 December 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    Goody for u dearest sk
    nighty night.

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    Shoffy | 1 December 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    Good on ya Kilbey.

  4. avatar
    veleska1970 | 1 December 2010 at 10:32 pm #

    “i feel ok
    i feel ok”
    🙂 🙂 🙂

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    Richard | 1 December 2010 at 10:43 pm #

    well good
    how’s that bondi cigar box going?

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    Amanda | 1 December 2010 at 10:57 pm #

    I wrote a review about some music the new Kilbey wrote once upon a time:

    Holidays at home are mighty fine 🙂

  7. avatar
    Christine | 1 December 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    It’s summer…I waited up…and it’s still raining…

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    Freddie | 1 December 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    Aye, life is always “good, bad and everything at once”. I know what you mean about waking up to a sense that everything is going all wrong and having a cold feeling inside. And then other times waking up feeling warm and like everything’s all right with the world. Life is always, good, bad and everything at once, but we choose which to focus on. I’m a sunny type but I have plenty of bad things. Simply by changing my focus, I could become a moody depressed and miserable person. But why would I do that?
    Indeed, rest your mind time being, everything will be fine.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 2 December 2010 at 12:45 am #


    Whats wrong with the Falcon?…will she be alright?, she is such a treasure. I know you love her dearly. Its winter here now in Chicago. Woke up this Wednesday morning to temps in the 20’s and snow flurries. Wishing, wanting, summer again. I should have embraced each passing summer days warmth as a memory safe in the womb. Summer days long gone. Winter with his cold grasp, tightening my skin and taking my breath. I can watch it leaving me now as the chill sets in. Please …. oh please !!!! Tell a tale of summers beauty and sparkle to warm a freezing soul….please…I beg of you , my long away friend…

    Darrin K.

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    david | 2 December 2010 at 1:47 am #

    i see a man … in a room …painting…in red y fronts..

    peace.. ah i meant paint ..warm.

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    bc | 2 December 2010 at 2:13 am #

    glad you feel ok

    “marvellous sense of detachment creeping in”

    happy holiday

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    cazziem | 2 December 2010 at 2:49 am #

    I guess being OK is better than being sad? But hey look how much you’re loved SK, even insects want to share a drink with you. haha! Bottoms up my friend. xx

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    JW | 2 December 2010 at 4:39 am #

    Nice shirt! 😉
    Yes….You are Ok.

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    bionicanna | 2 December 2010 at 4:49 am #

    mesmerizing pic. looks like it’s drawn on a lightbulb.

    “there is magic but its not what you expected
    power which weakens
    knowledge that punches you stupid”
    …so true

    hope the bug didn’t drink too much. a good quality extra virgin coconut oil will also warm ya up from the inside (apparently by speeding up the metabolic rate). i’ve slowly worked up to a spoonful in a warm drink, or straight before a meal, and the shivers are gone. it’s easy to carry around in a GoToob.

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    dwellingwell | 2 December 2010 at 5:48 am #

    “its summer tomorrow but inside i freezing

    scoff a load of chocky biscuits dipping em in strong coffee

    marvellous sense of detachment creeping in

    ooh having my holiday at home now

    sometimes life is good and bad and everything at once”

    I can relate to that. Not the freezing inside . It is cold out now though. I am detached as well, But not cold. Never cold. . Looking at things from a wider angle. Nothing to proove.Not trying to convince anyone of anything.Not trying to change people or the world. It is what it is and I avoid all the darkness as best I can. Taoism has helped me tune my life in . I feel an unfolding taking place. Not sure where it will lead. I do not need to know though. It’s ok. . Like the Swervedriver Lyric on “The Birds” :
    The sun makes my eyes burn
    And it must be my turn
    To fly with the birds this time

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 3 December 2010 at 12:59 am #

      I hope it’s good, your turn that is… so good to read your comments again. Thanks.

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    Jonny Hollywood | 2 December 2010 at 6:01 am #

    I feel a bit down myself today esskay, strange weird and blue…

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    Tanya | 2 December 2010 at 6:03 am #

    Ginger wine; nice. As a lover of both ginger and wine separately, I am now on a quest to find ginger wine. Could be a good digestive as well. I wonder if I will be able to find it in the states… Take care.

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    isolde | 2 December 2010 at 7:37 am #


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    Ellen | 2 December 2010 at 8:44 am #

    Hmmmm, ginger wine, chocky biscuits, strong coffee … sounds good, actually.

    Been re-listening to Untitled #23 – sigh, it’s like a breath of fresh air. Thanks, Steve. I’m SO looking forward to your next visit to Los Angeles.

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    Stephen | 2 December 2010 at 8:50 am #

    Right. Don’t often post so apologies if this is a wee rant. Been ‘into’ the Church since early 80s (Unguarded Moment the hook for me as well I’m afraid). Used to go by a maxim that if the b-side was ok then maybe an ok band. And ‘Busdriver’ was well ok. You maybe don’t see it, it’s like looking at old pictures where you look gawkish, but all the elements were kicking about even then. Took a while for me to get into the first album though (being honest)…see I was a bit of an SLF and Undertones fan at the time, and The Church come from…somewhere else…

    Around that time I also liked a song by a guy called Rick Springfield called ‘Jessie’s Girl…teenage stuff

    Drove from Aberdeen to Chester for a holiday pre-school exam results. Best thing about the holiday was seeing ‘The Blurred Crusade’ in a shop window…jaw drop. On the drive back at night I heard ‘Field of Mars’ on Tommy Vance Rock Show. Got in the door in the morning and my O-Grade results (Scotland) were there. So The Church soundtrack for that.

    Later that year (82) a mate got tix to see a band called Duran Duran. Remember being in the foyer at The Capitol, Aberdeen, when I heard you guys soundchecking and I went ‘Shit, that’s The Church!’ and everyone looked at me like I was the alien!!

    Ach, you’ll have heard all sorts of stories over the years. I’m writing this during a period after my father’s death where I’ve been the one trying to sort out all the admin and tax stuff for her. So I started typing this a kind of chronology.

    The Church – not just during the 80s – have been a major part of the soundtrack of my life. I still have my moments where I ‘get it’, things that make me smile, new songs that make me realise that I sail on a ship with fools through this life.

    Better go just now, sure I’ve given enough fodder for somebody to call me all sorts.

    But, before I go, do yourselves a favour and make sure you’ve tried to align the planets for the Opera House so that (a) Jorden does the sound (b) all kinds of recording are adequately catered for and (c) for yourself


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    Donna | 2 December 2010 at 11:43 am #

    It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay
    It’s like rain on your holiday
    And isn’t ironic..don’t you think?
    Yes…the good with the bad…

    Steve, I was VERY concerned when I read there are only 2 fish left in the tank. I thought, what the heck is going on over there!!! 😉

    Stay dry!! Lotsa love from, Donna

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    Bibb Falkner | 2 December 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    i wish i could Man-up and not be such a fucking crybaby, jesus

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    Jasperina | 2 December 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    Steve hope it’s ok with you to put a post here about a group exhibition I am part of. I have some Ceramic work currently on show at…

    Pine Street Gallery and Creative Arts Centre
    64 Pine St
    Launch Friday 3rd December

    All welcome

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    BigSmilesKate | 2 December 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    Hey SK,
    That pic looks like one of my scans! Rainy days in Melby too. Going through yet another round but will be there in the balcony at Lizottes next week. Cannot wait!

    Big Smiles

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    davem | 2 December 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    Shouldn’t you be practising your drums?

    Nice post Stephen…I queued for hours in ’82 with those bloody Duranies for tickets for the Brum gig. Sadly, SK pulled the plug on the tour so I missed out.

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    nickfiction | 3 December 2010 at 5:41 am #

    best wishes SK , your friend < nickFiction

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    sarah | 4 December 2010 at 8:30 am #

    beautiful weave of the saturation of glow. true magik.

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    eekie | 4 December 2010 at 11:38 pm #

    “cars in the garage getting fixed”

    Ugh. Mine has to go in…I told it “this is a really lousy time for this, you know that, don’t you?” and I swear I heard it give an evil laugh. >:(

    “i read a review of a guy called kilbey and some record from the eighties
    i cant feel anything for this cat
    i dont wanna hear his record”

    As disconcerting as this is to many fans, I think this is certainly understandable. I don’t know that I would even recognise the me of 20 or 30 years ago. It’s as if I was a whole different person then and I’m not at all sure I’d either like that person or want to delve into her thoughts.

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