posted on June 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm

a high and lonely destiny

the dull ache of music the throb of desire

i stand by myself in the dark and conspire

i stand with my trespass and the Hesperus is in

but nobody knows just where to begin

but  talking snake who was living in eden

his envy was black his jealousy bleedin’

his malice towards the innocent eve

has gotten us here if thats what you believe

i myself once saw a nymph in a glade

she begged me come hither and started to fade

interpret this thing uh how you see fit

hammer on then after hit after hit

hammer off youre caught in a swamp

at the sky box office  without any comp

have a word to your friends up uh at the top

just ask them where they think it will all stop

prince william-frogge from alsace -lorraine

conquered the heart of a girl from far maine

and five asian boys who carried his spear

and a sad swedish lad  that bring up the rear

i memorised the clouds from 2 skies before

i recorded the sound of the shadows on the floor

i bolted my mouth and smiled with my door

it was then that i realised where we’d met before

on some sunny riverbank drowsing at noon

i was dressed all in houndstooth and phrygian moon

you… wore your  favourite of all womansuit

made from fine weather and the leather of newt

i divine the fine line between the mine and the thine

on sunset and vine in edenic  sunshine

on the corner of queen street i was just one more jack

with my angles gone wrong n there not coming back

with my forget me not who and my blind envelope

dismissive despair cos i cant bear no hope

the conditions i appear upon i fear not complied

i take my guitar and sulk round outside

and the abbot of funkytown was le cardinale hippe

his drum of a brain with the stick on the lip

i uh never could see his trip with jehovah

but when kingdom dot com he’ll be rolling in clover

yeah my heart is a temple with its moneychangers

and my mind is a maze full of lost strangers

and my face carved by ancient and my beard chinese white

and my wonder whatever i did with the night

i just wanted to say well thats all about it

i come to the end uh n i better uh quit

i wish you good luck in all you entail

be careful i hear  they put the moon up for sale…..








39 Responses to “moon up for sale”

  1. avatar
    Corona | 8 June 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    a series of edgy poems as of late?… perhaps, chalk it up to the major solar flare 😉

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    DavidP | 8 June 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    nice one sk
    some real clever lines there
    there’s a red moon going to happen next week
    16th June, 4am to 7am Sydney time
    wonder if also the mountains will crumble into the sea then…

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    Ess | 8 June 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    my head a vice
    my stomach twisted willow
    a dart in my chest
    a ring in an ear
    i haven’t looked up from this fucking screen all day
    but i can’t remember what it was that i wrote
    did i tell some leader how not to lead?
    did i tell him he was no more than a weed?
    i said someone was corrupt didn’t i?
    or was that a country? oh my oh my
    i think we went down to that funky old town
    but they couldn’t work out how to walk on a ground
    i guess i’ll find out when the bile excretes
    i guess that’s what happens when you believe what you say
    they love you they hate you they hate you all the same
    the hiss and the dear are all one game
    i go to bed with my hide of protection
    from the diners arriving when the night runs aground
    my head a little released by the flow of a current
    my soul paying the toll and waiting for its silence

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    Wilfred Paradise | 8 June 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    It’s a top tenor, or top ten in the states, can hear the drums, you can improvise the base, then add a little guitar for the hook, can then line up your fans. wilfred paradise

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    Heather daydream | 8 June 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    jeez..again I say your writings should be published in hcopy and tomes from library shelves and borrowed read to children in schools and adults in coffee shops and on beaches and beside fires out back and down south and in waiting rooms and at bus stops
    i’m off to look for the national treasure nomination site


    • Jmb066
      Jmb066 | 10 June 2011 at 9:35 am #


      Steve has a book, actually two books in one Earthed/Nineveh. Earthed if you can find the Ryko CD has the book with the instrumntal tracks and is a great combo. The book has Earthed plus Ninevah all of which you would enjoy if you like what you are reading here. Hard to find these days but if you look around it can be found.

      Steve if you have some copies say in a box like those Jack Frost CD’s a few months ago I would love to get a new copy. My son used it as a coloring book and so some of its a litte messed up. He was so proud of his coloring and it was my fault for leaving it in his reach so all I could do is smile and then scream later when he was not around. I know you have kids so you understand. It will have to do if you dont have anymore, but if you do say the word and I will paypal you for a new one.



  6. avatar
    Freddie | 8 June 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    The end is the logical place to quit and sometimes the beginning is the best place to end. But rarely do we discover that we can find neither where it began or where it will end.

  7. avatar
    kell | 8 June 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    Hare Krsna Steve

  8. avatar
    Boriah | 8 June 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    Hold on to the memories of water. Hatred is healthy.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2011 at 12:07 am #

    hi i am a jealous little fucknuckle and i regularly crop up here
    to berate steve kilbey with an ignorant and unfunny comment
    ok here goes todays written in stupidity because
    i dont understand the quote “a high and lonely destiny”
    is from the magicians nephew spoken by uncle andrew
    and kilbey is quoting it very tongue in cheek
    ok here goes
    heres what i came up with in my envy and plain idiot fashion
    are you ready?
    an old and moan ee destiny
    a broke and bony destiny
    A steve the croany destiny.
    Where the fuck is my hot wife!!!!!!
    (probably nowhere because i’m an ugly useless knob)

    • avatar
      belfrank | 13 June 2011 at 12:09 am #

      Let me guess – the man of many names…. DK? IC!

      • avatar
        thetimebeing | 14 June 2011 at 1:14 am #

        you are a bloody good friend…gee youre very caustic with the geezas ya dont like…yeah i can dig it

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 14 June 2011 at 12:50 pm #

        Can u please leave me out of your blog responses? (DK? , Were u imping me?) . SK clearly knows that was not me writing that response. I would just like to be left be. I do not want to attack or degrade anyone on this site, can you please do the same and not implicate me (Darrin K.). Thank you in advance.

        Darrin K.

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    . | 9 June 2011 at 12:48 am #

    “a high a lonely destiny”
    the white sky reminds me
    of gazing into the summer freeze
    of blinding hot and swirling rays, please
    give me a cool drink to ease
    the dull ache and unforgiving
    pain and dreams of a young teen
    age or circumstance prevent release
    into anything bigger or better than these…
    podunk southern towns thrown between the pine trees,
    a waking prison to so many who want more and daydream…
    but all was not lost and luckily for me
    the moon was a record shop, spinning like a glowing 33
    raining moondust down upon me in the form of cassettes and CDs
    english, australian, american, irish, and even cantonese
    music, my salvation from the ancients who believed in me…

  11. avatar
    . | 9 June 2011 at 1:29 am #

    “a high AND lonely destiny”

  12. avatar
    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 9 June 2011 at 3:13 am #

    Your stirring and spinning as you write accordingly. It is your tempest that we bare witness to. Your world, your words, your rage. Each passing blog feels like something unsettled, which may be good from a creative standpoint. Although we did not chose this life, this birth, we endure onward into what remains unknown. I know of no one who has any answers but more questions than time.

    Take care and be well my far away friend…

    Darrin K.

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 9 June 2011 at 8:08 am #

      Just an FYI… Dispatch played here in Chicago last night indoors at the U.I.C and tonight are playing a sold out show OUTDOORS in Millennium Park. The current temperature is approaching 100 degrees, Chicago has been in a heatwave for days now. I have to miss tonights show because my back is in really bad shape, so i gave the tix to my son and his friend, they are 20 years old…they can endure the heat.

      Darrin K.

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    Tanya | 9 June 2011 at 3:20 am #

    As an x-communicated J.W, I never saw the trip with Jehovah either. Reveling in your relentless rhythmic rhyming? Now, that’s I trip I see.

  14. avatar
    Jonny Hollywood | 9 June 2011 at 3:41 am #

    fly me to the moon, I walk to visit the dark side 🙂

  15. avatar
    kell | 9 June 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    “I myself once saw a nymph in a glade.
    She begged me come hither, & started to fade.”

    Remember the Faery Song? Your poetry reading at The Lounge, Melb, (1994?) Thought that was a true story, about how you once got approached by a man in Ireland, with an amazing piece of music that had been found ~ they felt you were the only one in the whole world who could do it justice. The story then followed of what ‘the world’ did with this unbelievable piece of music……(hence, your decision to leave it well alone).
    Oh man, was that a true story?

    One other ‘true story’ is the ‘true’ account of a Rev from a couple of centuries ago, it finally got published, called “The Secret Lives of Fairies and Elves”.

    (I also have some heartbreaking stories of my own to add to the mix…maybe i’ll try & put it all together in some tasty digestable form pretty soon….i wonder if there’d be any point in doing it? Any time left?)

    Dear Faery Faun Elven man, you are…you are….you are…

  16. avatar
    Heather daydream | 9 June 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    I went to the Australian National Trust website and sent them an email saying I wanted to nominate you as a Living National Treasure. Will advise when I receive a reply.

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    david | 9 June 2011 at 10:23 pm # people know …do they know we can only take so much?…dont they realize that when something is lost, if we dont pursue it right away it gets further and further from us…that hurt needs healing and will invariably find it ? if you love someone …and lets say someone loves you gotta wear it like a badge of courage…no body loves the lovers ..everybody wants them to fail..time is so precious ..time is so short..get on a plane ..mail a ticket ..send a letter ..send a friend.. lock yourself in a room until its done{resolved}finished{new}over{begun}. just like when you beat the H..dont wait for something to happen …catalyze ..peace , david

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    johnnydangeriously | 9 June 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    A note for mr. obama..
    Let’s see, Mr. President.­…escalat­ing the war in Afghanista­n….attac­king and intervenin­g in the internal affairs of sovereign Libya….a­nd now stepping up attacks in Yemen….

    Yes, it’s time to get that Nobel Peace Prize down from the shelf and polish it up a bit…it’s been looking REALLY tarnished these days!

  19. avatar
    AnOrneryMouse | 9 June 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    Whoah! …cloaking device clearly ain’t functional… awkward?

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    Crasher | 10 June 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    A big lunar tick from me.
    Off to see GB3 tonight.
    Venturing out on a lovely crisp Melbourne winter evening.
    Call me mad ( which I am of course..I never shop in Sanity),
    but I prefer the Winter here.
    No bushfires…elegantly dressed women..
    and the Footy !!

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    kurtez | 10 June 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Check out Dave Lowery’s (of Cracker) new solo album The Palace Guards, and its brilliant track “I Was the Man Who Sold the Arabs the Moon.”

  22. avatar
    hellbound heart | 11 June 2011 at 8:04 am #

    my womansuit’s feeling bloody worn out right now….
    love always….

  23. avatar
    davem | 11 June 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    How did the GB3 gig go?

  24. avatar
    Lady Di | 11 June 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    What a gifted wordsmith you are sk.
    You’ve sure taken us on some journeys lately and stirred my emotions.

    Lady Di

  25. avatar
    linjo | 12 June 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    How did Broken Records and Blah Blah get back on? That is sooo funny! Yep Steve you are the Messiah of lemmings! I must say though that I am in awe of the integrity of the comments! I have trouble at times to understand your poetry and at times just take it as a personal interpretation! xxx

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    Crasher | 12 June 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    The GB3 gig was very good.
    This despite SK having issues with the sound guy.
    A nice Lady standing near me said that it was nearly impossible
    for you to hear what you were singing.
    I hope that’s accurate.
    From the floor (20 feet from the stage)you and
    all the other musos sounded great Steve.
    Enjoyed Philippa’s singing..encored a couple of
    Underground Lover’s songs…I think.
    Slightly trippy, with some lap steel, nice drumming.

  27. avatar
    andy | 13 June 2011 at 7:43 am #

    how did it go with glenn & co?
    hope you had a good ‘un boss.

  28. avatar
    Cecilia | 14 June 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Adonde are you?

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    Lara | 14 June 2011 at 10:58 am #

    So wish I could have seen GB3. Why do I not live in Australia?

  30. avatar
    lisa k | 14 June 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    “I memorised the clouds from two skies before”
    I love that line.

  31. avatar
    Meg Manestar | 14 June 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    Great poem.. Love the meter.. Beautiful phrasing.

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