posted on July 30, 2009 at 4:16 am

down the rabbit hole
swallow me whole
he was sitting on a flight
that went up n down n side to side
will all flight attendants please take their seats
steve kilbey runs out of things to say
suddenly you extend out and life blurs
flying west n west n west n west
i cramped and cold hit home
i must need my head read
glad i got my shadow or i go crazy
my wife and children

i am home i say to the littlest one
but suddenly
i am gone
my wifes welcome extends until twin dawns
white nights of light
yet still i am gone
i pack my bag i ride to a big white colosseum
the money changers
the fur dealers
the swarm buzzing about again
i sit in the flying tube
squashed between sneezing geezer
and chubby mr business doing that sudoko numbers thing
no bumps
climb out
its warm n sunny
after some argy bargy
check in to modern apt style suite
you betcha
i tried to filmit but it was toolong

i get downstairs
share a ride with john butler
i get introduced to new guitarist jim
after a while
thru my blurry blurred life vision specs
its jim from midnight oil
yeah that sounds good i mutter or utter
the band is good
its an easy one to play
go where ever you will
i give the song my blessings
kev is there and hes so….kev
i stagger back to room
who am i ?
who did you say
i collapse in bed with jet lag
wake up feeling like i been king hit
cant believe michael jackson n gary glitter wore wigs
cant believe the senseless horror of ww1
cant believe the gospels and the gossip
cant believe in the city and its dreams
brisbane glitters outside like a fake sci fi city
from the 1970s
a big brown river pushes thru it
and the city races down to its edge
and chucks bridges over
and then the little beetley cars zoom hither n thither
and all the lights light up
and out on the streets
the old white australia days are gone
brisbane is brimming with every type of person
and i stumble thru the crowded streets jetlagged like lead
my eyes are crimson in my head
my circadian clock is frozen on 3 a.m.
manhattan and stockholm bedtimes both call me
my head cracks open
and out rolls insomnia
in a quiet room i see my new paintings
i hear voices of other musicians
i see them in the hall
the famous bunches of people
i am too tired
i keep my confused head low
i drink peach soy punch with aloe vera pearls
i eat a veggy pattie from subway
i am suddenly so tired
thats all

20 Responses to “living it larger than life”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 July 2009 at 9:16 am #

    holy falafel beatman. What a way 2 come home. Get some rest….soon. Did some nut put u up to a Blog thru this challenge?

  2. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 30 July 2009 at 11:26 am #

    jesus, betcha there's a similarity in appearance between you and al pacino in 'insomnia'……by the end of the movie he looked like utter hell……

    i like brisbane….it's kinda cruisy……


    love always…….

  3. avatar
    phil in Canbagerra | 30 July 2009 at 11:46 am #

    Hope you can place your eye balls back in your head soon and recapture the antiopdean circadian rythym…

    Dr Phil

  4. avatar
    Freddie | 30 July 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    Oh my goodness!
    Sleep well M’ Lord; find some rest.
    I would sing you a lullaby but…you need sleep.


  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 July 2009 at 1:04 pm #

    Order is restored – hope you're well and say hi to Moginie for me!

  6. avatar
    A. Kite | 30 July 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    Glad you're back in Oz safely, if precariously so (temporal)… And I'm certain those paintings, as they roll out of your consciousness and on to their respective canvases, will be magnificent handiwork… all with lives of their own.

  7. avatar
    John Garratt | 30 July 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    "cant believe michael jackson n gary glitter wore wigs
    cant believe the senseless horror of ww1
    cant believe the gospels and the gossip
    cant believe in the city and its dreams"

    Wow. That sounds too random. Time to just shut things out and focus on…one or two important things.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 July 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    Met Jim Moginie backstage years ago. Found him extremely personable with a depth I presumed would be behind the main songwriter of Midnight Oil.
    We missed ya Steve.

  9. avatar
    fantasticandy | 30 July 2009 at 2:14 pm #

    take another week off
    you need it.

  10. avatar
    Ellen | 30 July 2009 at 2:36 pm #

    I hate it when the pilot asks the flight attendants to take their seats. Bumpy flights are awful!

    So glad to hear you got back to Aussie Land in one piece, even though you sound thoroughly exhausted.

    Those veggie sandwiches at Subway are okay, but that peach soy punch sounds yummy.

    Rest up and thank you for taking time to "check in" with your fans.

  11. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 30 July 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    We all hope that the American tour was a financial success. John Butler is reportedly a very stellar guitarist. Keep vegan because the earth can be salvaged if all humans were vegans.

  12. avatar
    CSTCoach | 30 July 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    welcome back druid.

    insomnia sucks. melatonin can be great for banishing jetlag. helps the body adjust on the hurry up to new time zone. but you've gotta get a pure source. a lot of the supplements in health food stores are crap.

  13. avatar
    Cee | 30 July 2009 at 3:38 pm #

    At least the backup system came online, power down soon, Esteban.

  14. avatar
    veleska1970 | 30 July 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    glad you made it home safely. now you can get some much needed rest.

    how's evie doing? how's your eye?

    lotza love….

  15. avatar
    stealthblue | 30 July 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    Hiya Steve,

    Glad you made it home safely. Try to get some rest soon though. Sounds like you are on the cusp of serious sleep deprivation. No doubt your poor body is all outta wack from all the traveling back and forth. Try not to think too much about "things". I know I do that as well and it usally screws me up pretty bad…2-4 hours of sleep a night doesn't cut it all the time.

    Anyway, that gig sounded pretty cool. Heck, even playing with Jim M….awesome! Hope you had fun in the very least. I bet your family is REALLY happy you are back. So, go enjoy them. Thanks for the entry. 'Figured you were ok, just busy. 🙂 Cheers to you and all the other fiendss…

    Ben V.

  16. avatar
    A.M. | 30 July 2009 at 5:37 pm #

    I wish you the sweetest, most peaceful sleep. Glad you've been returned to your beautiful family safe and sound.

    sending the good vibes.

  17. avatar
    why does anyone do anything? | 30 July 2009 at 5:39 pm #

    i often ponder that question…

    sk, welcome home!

    there's a series called


    episode 'paradox' painter Robert Ryman has a pov maybe worth ur checking out…

    caution: hyperlinks may lead further down that rabbit hole…


  18. avatar
    ronbonham | 30 July 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    Glad your home Steve, hope you get

    back to "normal" soon!

    Now, for me I haven't been eating

    ANY meat or almost none animal

    bi-products for about a month

    and like you had said

    once you stop that "things" start

    to really happen. And letme tell

    you they ARE starting to happen.

    A clue is the subjuect matter for

    the song Lustre. I am really sorta

    freaked out man, don't know WTF is

    going on and umm, yeaaah?!?


  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 July 2009 at 6:21 pm #


    I'm back on chicken. the vegetarian dream lasted 2 months, man. but am still off the cows and pigs.

    Saw dylan perform 2 nights ago in the local ballpark. He's 68. It was a scorching set list. He was dressed like a civil war general, all black, including wide-brimmed cowboy hat. He's got you by 14 years and still going strong.

    Keep at it. Put out the Church double-killer album. get back on the road when you're ready.

    you have plenty to go. And it will all carryover into the next lifetime, so be thinking ahead.

    Wilfred Paradise.

  20. avatar
    EDD | 30 July 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    Wow, You made A plane trip and jetlag poetic. That's what you do. That's the thing. An oddly romantic view of a city. I felt that way when I would swoop back into San Antonio, Tx. I like that feeling. Of course I didn't do it for a job. It was all for fun. Ever been to San Antone, Steve? I used to live about half a mile from Randy's Ballroom where the Sex Pistols played.Evah feel like you been cheated?

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