posted on April 1, 2006 at 3:49 am

sitting here in a new caf
right across from the pacific ocean
a not so balmy afternoon
here on the eastern coast of australia
winter winter winter
oh youve been a servant of the evil one
i hate autumn n winter
maybe thats cos im in the winter n autumn
of my life
the cold cuts thru to mah bone
the wind rips me open
and my songs escape
the sea is dark blue
about as inviting as funeral parlour
whitecapped and turbulent
it hurls sandfilled waves
at the shore
the sky is filled with racing clouds
every now n then
the sun breaks thru
it still burns
and itll still burn ya
no matter how cold it gets
the place is quite deserted
the tourists musta fled
real fairweather friends i guess
marty arrives
i guess hes gonna do the books
or something
he berates me for my one finger typing
he says hes got something to run by me
i gotta finish typing this tho
i dunno where i was going now
the cold wind keeps blowing
id guess youd call this cafe the opposite of stuffy
kinda like onetime
when i checked into my hotelroom
in nowheresville usa
i walked into my room
something different here
tho not immediately apparent
its very cold n fresh in here tho
must turn off ac
gee the windows are clean tho…
the windows….
hey hang on
(approaches windows and feels that there aint no windows)
there aint no fucking windows in my room
but the air was fresh
and it was very quiet
sooner or later
if you stay around longa nuff
everything will happen to ya
even getting a hotel room
with no windows
it aint all glammer my fiendss
it aint all dancing on clouds
nevermind all that
a new season has come to bondi
summer is over
thanks for your lovely love

30 Responses to “marine side story”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 April 2006 at 4:47 am #

    Hi sk
    Just read your blog about your sick daughter, don’t worry, doctors perform miracles these days and I’m sure Sweden has the best of them. She’ll be ok sweets.

    Well it was worth waiting 2 years to get my hands on ULTC, WOW…it blew all of me away! Gave me goose bumps all over. What beautiful and emotional music, singing, production, mixing, mastering, engineering, guest muso’s etc…..
    the perfect record, I’ll be listening to this ’til the day I die.

    Love always from one of your many fiends out there,

    Amanda Princey

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    Bionaut | 1 April 2006 at 4:48 am #

    Hey, why not have Marty guest blog for ya? I’d love to read what’s on his mind, too. And don’t take his shit about your typing. It’s for a good cause – us!

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    Hello Howlow | 1 April 2006 at 6:06 am #

    The next time Marty berates you for your typing might be a good opportunity to bring up the way he holds a Bass!haha (surely he’s gotta be taking the piss)
    Might be time to tour OS, so you don’t have to weather the weather (actually you could have endless summers that way, anyway I’m sure you’ve already thought about that)

    My love to you and your family

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 April 2006 at 6:08 am #

    love ya, sk

  5. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 1 April 2006 at 6:36 am #

    me have your summer right here… in this room…me am waiting…
    for you…

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    Queen Hatshepsut | 1 April 2006 at 7:10 am #

    You are not dear friend, even near the winter of your life….maybe the winter of your discontent right now, but alas, you are still young, and fresh and vibrant…hell I’ve got grandmothers marching headfirst into their mid 90’s – I hope I keep reading your beeeeeeeutiful prose for decades to come. I’m counting on you! Good Lord man, don’t go all Shakespearean sonnet-like on me now! I didn’t think anything could be more lovely than hearing you sing, but even your blog sears my heart at times. You’re a day ahead of me, a season backwards, upside down (ok, maybe we’re backwards and upside down) but alas, the words still hold sublime beauty, sadness, magic. And if this is what one fingered typing produces, tell Marty to stop being such a twit. A git. Whatever. I’d tell himself, but first we’d both have to be drunk, in some club, with loud music playing and insults flying. 😉
    Be well, no April Fool’s this year, just continued good thoughts for you and your family.


  7. avatar
    Andrew Macrae | 1 April 2006 at 8:52 am #

    Just wanted to drop a note to say I read every day, and I dig what you’re doing. I’m really enjoying the new record, too, man, it’s magical! Not cloud-like at all, nor uninvited. So pleased you’re still rockin.

    PS When’s Marty getting a blog?

  8. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 1 April 2006 at 12:19 pm #

    sulferic crossover
    the fumes confuse
    how easily we blind
    ourselves to what’s to lose
    so we cannibalize our words
    find comfort in those grey waves
    hope tomorrow’s better
    hope there is still so much to say

    great melancholy
    in your blog today sk
    welcome and uninvited
    hard to encompass it all
    with a word or one’s life
    but you certainly do it
    better than most
    thanks for the window
    into your world
    with love, tp

  9. avatar
    Daberhasher | 1 April 2006 at 2:17 pm #

    i know and can see those autumnal clouds so well… scudding perhaps… i’m just exiting a physically, and therefore psychically, brutal winter…
    no beauty this year, but a fine lesson in harsh lowpoints…
    but it’s cycles, rhythms and patterns, innit… embrace them all and ride it out…

    and now, as i crouch close to the warm and breathing earth and count the tulips coming up around the Virgin’s feet, i have that rebirth, that restoration of faith… i send all the goodness i can to you and yours… all i have to give is LOVE… thanks again for sharing so much of your living being, olde beane…

    i was wondering, have you ever been to Abby Falzon’s house and GARDENS in the Nambucca valley… i’d love to see your visual interpretation of the place…

    sorry for rambling…….


  10. avatar
    mattdavison | 1 April 2006 at 2:17 pm #

    steve, just caught up with yesterdays blog. my thoughts are with you, elektra and all the other killbees. Matt and donna.

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 April 2006 at 3:10 pm #

    Hey SK

    ULTC is a masterpeace!!!!!!!!(don’t know where to start)

    ….and Leverage is such a great track, p’tonic delay, lush reverse reverb on the vocals and the drums remind me of Ride (who had my fav drummer, except for TP of course)

    thank you

  12. avatar
    Andromeda7 | 1 April 2006 at 3:58 pm #

    new elp a real slow burner, gonna be lightening and growing with this one for some time. feels like an instant classic, just add sea monkeys, but i wish you’d get nick launay or a good mix specialist onto it because i rcckon it’s a tin of kerosine
    and a rag and a lighter waiting to go off

    WIIIIIILD Vocals, lyrics,
    beautifully uninhibited
    a grower
    how about the way you guys work together
    it’s deadly and organic
    your cover is growing on my desk, it’s taken root and started blooming
    and moving, it’s a kind of ccruhh shangri-la

  13. avatar
    daydreamer | 1 April 2006 at 8:32 pm #

    Hello Steve,

    I read this blog pretty much daily. Sometimes your words infuriate me, more often you make me smile or laugh. Always you make me think.

    For the risk of sounding like a fool, I mostly stay away from the comments section. But I just wanted to check in and say thanks.

    Love to you and all the Kilbettes out there,

  14. avatar
    Mr. Ricky | 1 April 2006 at 11:53 pm #

    Sending positive vibes Elektra’s way!!!

    To you and the rest of the family as well!!!

    My Eternal Love,

    Señor Ricky;-)

  15. avatar
    MEM | 2 April 2006 at 1:46 am #

    …you will always be spring and summer to me, sk, many prayers to you and yours

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 April 2006 at 4:16 am #

    PK has come to Bondi? just joshin’ and being silly but keep warm and we send all our love and good karma to you and yours, gonna be a rough week for ya all. Hugs.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 April 2006 at 6:01 am #


    Joyce would be proud.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 April 2006 at 6:03 am #

    that’s James, by the way, though i’m sure your mum is too.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 April 2006 at 10:42 am #


    this blog business is a cunning scam. yesterday, i bought the block single and all that cos ive been reading everyday for free and now, out of an unexpected feeling of guilt, i walked past the church section at my local and felt an overwhelming urge to fork out a contribution to your fund (I normally just buy the lps, have done for 20 years). this is the first time ive bought a church single. but ya know wattt,lucky that its excellent,not at all what i expected but what a grower!! played it to my wife (been raving for weeks to her about yer blog – she rolls her eyes), and eventually she succumbed. ” it grows on ya” she said.

  20. avatar
    Youth is not wasted on the young | 2 April 2006 at 2:41 pm #

    Thought this was a funny story!
    The other day I caught a train and these little private school kids with Brian Ferry haircuts(long fringes) and iPods were talking about The Strokes etc, then one of said to another what do you mean you’ve never heard the Church? listen to this its mad!
    All I could think of was, what the fuck, my favourite band is being plundered by 17 year old posh Xavier College kids who are probably going to meet up with there girlfriends from MLC and smoke a spliff.
    I didn’t know how to feel after that, so I put my iPod on and listened to Easy and thought if these guys mention MBV, I going to deck em and cut off their pretentious little fringes.
    The little shits reminded me of me at that age. Spose I’m just jealous of their youth and good taste.I wish I was 20 years younger.
    BTW ULTC is mad.

  21. avatar
    Brad | 2 April 2006 at 4:18 pm #

    Good music being plundered? If they’re listening to the church, strokes, and MBV and liking it then I would think that’s a good thing. Maybe I just had to be there to get what you mean.

    Strokes and Interpol got a bad rap because they caught on with High Schoolers too, but the music’s still good IMO. I’ve been trying not to be too over-sophisticated with music in the last few years – I was missing out on some good stuff.

    I wasn’t gonna comment on comments, but I always do. I enjoy your automatic writing style Steve, as in – Marty comes in – but I digress – et cetera. The first thought best thought theory.


  22. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 2 April 2006 at 9:32 pm #

    if you stay around longa nuff
    everything will happen to ya
    even getting a hotel room
    with no windows

    Si permaneces un largo tiempo
    todo te sucedera
    hasta conseguir un cuarto sin ventanas

    Nos vemos pronto
    Eso espero

  23. avatar
    Rubikon | 2 April 2006 at 10:20 pm #

    Some people will steal anything – you can’t even leave windows unattended these days.

    I kind of like the melancholy of Autumn, the stormy skies, the quality of the light – but Winter is just too bloody cold.

    Wrap up warm.

  24. avatar
    Ross | 2 April 2006 at 10:29 pm #

    Thanks again for a great read. love to ya.


  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 April 2006 at 12:03 am #

    its the tasman sea steve the tasmun sea mun

  26. avatar
    eek | 3 April 2006 at 12:06 am #

    There is wisdom in autumn. I see, feel, hear that wisdom in you, and it is very beautiful.

    I send my continuing positive thoughts and best wishes to Elektra, you, and the rest of your family.

  27. avatar
    icebell | 3 April 2006 at 1:57 am #

    Between No windows and the Lobster comming back to life…….this is why I read you Blog.real Comedy

  28. avatar
    tex | 3 April 2006 at 12:03 pm #


    Truly sorry to hear about your little girl – hope all turns out well.



  29. avatar
    John Garratt | 3 April 2006 at 1:24 pm #

    Hey, if it weren’t for winter, many of us would never have been conceived.

    Oh, and I suppose Marty types with all his 20 fingers?

  30. avatar
    rubikon | 3 April 2006 at 1:29 pm #

    john garrett…

    Well he is a dexterous man.

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