posted on June 23, 2009 at 3:42 am

we become becalmed in traffic
stopped to a standstill ion
the trees and forests
the meadows and fields
american life in the summer time
i drift off up a river with my sioux friend
we wander thru gentle vegetation for years
we meander through the past
i like the things you sing he says
they are somehow consistent with my own ways
we take sacred herbs and we apprehend reality
by the sandy banks of the rushing river
white birds appear in the blue sky
i say goodbye and walk thru a door in a tree
into a huge restaurant
people doing the tango
a quartet plays in a cage
the waiters dance about
life is easy
life is good
we smile and order
delicious food materializes
i eat mine down n get up n rush off
outside its raining
windy and rainy like a film set
like smalltown usa
or some blacknwhite tv show i saw at aunty mays
here i am
im in america
look here i am can you see me here
wait till i tell dad and kathy
wait till i tell hubba bridge
someone tosses me my bass
i stride onstage in some redlight
wham whack bam boom blam rama dinga lingo
thwack rumble humble brangle dam dam dam boom
crack whack bam bam bim bim wallop danga ding dong
jesus what a racquet
rocking in the free world
everything on eleven
yeah they clap n cheer
go go
hey you gotta admit my knees are in goodshape
rock n roll thats what it is
with a little bit extra whatnot
banga shanga ranga dong ding crash wallop
yeah we play on n on
i scream out i whisper
i rock n jump n thump n all the rest
whatever it all means
how can i tell
i fall down a hole
and im in a hotel having a very very bad dream
everythings going so wrong wrong wrong
beneath the thin veneer
in my bad n naughty dream
i was alone
god dont let me be alone
i woke up with a start
it was 10 a.m.
the pool guy was out there working on the indoor pool
some nice paintings hung on the wall
i hadnt noticed them earlier
the bad dream shatters me somehow
i was crying in it
i do yoga watching the poolman clean the pool
i wonder about his life
about his wife n kids
about his holidays and his car
next thing i’m up on this roof
a guy from alaska whose invented powdered beer
i look out over milwaukee
i think
what made milwaukee famous
made a gooseball out of thee
the guy is a very nice guy however
we talk for a while
we smoke the pipe of peace
we talk of cabbages and kings
he is surprised to see me fly off the roof
and over and out over the greatest lakes
i swoop down over the warm waters
i shoot past boats like a white mist
i see my sioux friend on a shore
we sit together
he surprised i can be so dumb n smart
at the same time
he shakes his head and laughs
i knew youd come back
i alight on the stage
i take up my axe
i go down to slaughter creek
the audience….we slay em
me n my friend
i heft my mighty warhammer in a sonic arc
i crouch low as i take on board your charge
i see my friend disappear in a volley of digital shots
i battle on down the aisles of truck stops
staring through glass cases at beers n wines n coffees n sodas
i must look like a freak
i catch sight of myself
a lunatic loose in the wal-mart
a crazy olde prophet who forget what he was s’posed to say
a jazz crusader all blurry at 3 in morning
at 3 in afternoon
the road truly doth go on forever
i see bikers n trailers n sailors n failures
i see houses and theme parks n giant mice n bulls
i see mansions n hovels
i see the good n the bad
i see the places go by
i see the blue summer sky
i try to hang on to myself
whoever you are now
yesterday is so gone
but isnt that how life ends?
i feel small n alone suddenly
milwaukee is a huge place
a huge city as big as sydney easy
and im down by the lake
homesick n ache
nice room
i hear a foghorn boom
the a.c. slightly sings
like the american road sings
yes it sings its songs
listen says tim
the two sides sing a different song
like a female vox from a mellotron
man you should stop now
stop and get some rest
come in from the heat

22 Responses to “more instant”

  1. avatar
    adina | 23 June 2009 at 4:44 am #


    your here already >_<

    If I had any energy I'd
    hunt you down & demand you
    say my name in that fuking
    evilicious voice of yours

    damn bitter pill's a hard


  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2009 at 4:51 am #

    Must be some fucked up Jazz … hopefully the gigs are closer together from now on.
    Hey thats a Crystal Set song!

    Dutch Pierre

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2009 at 5:45 am #

    Aussie Whitman : ) How's the eye doing..?

  4. avatar
    frostatmidnight | 23 June 2009 at 5:53 am #

    "a lunatic loose in the wal-mart"

    I've never actually been inside a wal-mart before, but this I would love to see!

    love ya,

  5. avatar
    Mary | 23 June 2009 at 6:00 am #

    Hi Steve, i just got the new book in, the first time i got it, it was ripped so i had to return it, i was pissed but i just got this one in and i cant put it down lol, it is really good, robert did a good job making this book, you thought no one would read it lol, wish i could have been there to get it autographed, oh well, hope you are well rested and you guys have a safe drive to your next place!

  6. avatar
    WantonMyth | 23 June 2009 at 7:02 am #

    America… Don't blow it, Wyatt.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2009 at 9:24 am #

    I mosewell be there



  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2009 at 10:59 am #

    Your friend is not Sioux Cee is it?

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2009 at 11:01 am #

    Fuck the sacred herbs – what about the 11 secret herbs & spices in KFC?

  10. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 23 June 2009 at 11:56 am #

    some beautiful writing, steve…..a colleague of mine taught in colorado for a year last year…she absolutely loves america, the natural beauty and the history of it and she can't wait to get back there in a coupla years' time……i think if i went over to america i'd focus on its natural heritage…..

    keep on taking care of yourself….

    love always…

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2009 at 11:58 am #


    Keep heading east to Falls Church please, since we're coming up especially to hear the new songs. Traveling from North Carolina.

    I have jinxed prior shows perhaps, so i'm looking for the Church of yore, the Church of 2009, the Church that rocks hard and mixes it all up.

    Chapel Hill, NC (Cat's Cradle) in 2001 (?), your instruments didn't arrive from NYC. You didn't have all your special gadgets and such. Myrtle Beach, SC (House Blues) in 2006 (?), your lead guitarist walked off the stage during Song # 1. It weren't no migraine best I could tell. Was too damn hot for all the fans to drive down to Myrtle, which is the capital city of american decadence, deep south and deep fried style. All you should have said to the audience was "myrtle-mother-fucking-beach-yall". Not sure your booking agent meant to scare you that way. You should have eaten some of the fresh south carolina peaches – you may have missed them – it was the tiny produce stand tucked away behind all the concrete and neon.

    but we'll be in falls church, looking for the rare form this time around. sounds like you're giving it to them this go around.

    I am a collector of books, espec signed ones. am gleening hint that perhaps you may be willing to autograph this new book of yours. that would be nice touch. a very nice touch. it would go on my shelf along w/ my signed Carolyn Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Jerzy Kosinski, Burroughs, etc. Yes, it would, really would.

    we are big fans, dating back to 86 or such. i respect the older rockers. there is no need to stop. willie hasn't stopped. bob hasn't stopped. neil hasn't stopped. it only gets better. keep on playing the songs.

    we'll see you in america again 3 years hence perhaps. but please don't skip falls church before you leave.

    wilfred paradise

  12. avatar
    tendraftsdeep | 23 June 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    Keep on Rocking Mr. Kilbey.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    KC was cancelled?
    Big fucking wow!
    I had tickets for a gig on the Heyday tour and they cancelled the night before!
    How the hell d'ya think THAT felt?!

  14. avatar
    Freddie | 23 June 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    A lot of times when I read your blogs (ones like this) I’m left with my head a’swimmin’ from all the odd juxtaposed images you somehow manage. It’s like reading work of strange modern painting full of detail and surprises.

    And I only have three more days to wait to see y’all live, in person; ROCKIN’ Cleveland and then Pittsburgh and…what’s a whatnot? 🙂 I think maybe you’re a whatnot 😀

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    Anyone ever tell you, you guys sound a bit like old REM?

  16. avatar
    Cee | 23 June 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    the a.c. slightly sings
    el aire acondicionador canta
    like the american road sings
    como la carretera americana canta
    yes it sings its songs
    si canta sus canciones
    listen says tim
    escucha, dice tim
    the two sides sing a different song
    ambos lados cantan una cancion diferente

  17. avatar
    ((((((bug | 23 June 2009 at 5:11 pm #

    Haaaiii Steve

    Thanks for the blessed show.
    I had a picture of us taken with a long exposure colored lens camera. I will post it to your myspace when i have it developed & we'll see if there is any spooky action.

    your Sioux friend

  18. avatar
    Craig Miller | 23 June 2009 at 5:40 pm #

    I like thinking of myself as a distance crunching honcho with an Eventide TimeFactor echo unit.

  19. avatar
    interlude | 23 June 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    soft sand and night sky
    tide somewhere near
    nearly a moon fully jeweled
    warmth darkness
    throats sullen silent

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 June 2009 at 6:29 am #

    Sioux Cee I like that one Linda, very funny.

  21. avatar
    lily was here | 24 June 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    8:59pm .. ha! no, i havent been called that in centuries and last i looked i was female 🙂 was flying high in the milwaukee sky with another sioux, but i have been known to astral travel when Im weary


  22. avatar
    Cary | 25 June 2009 at 12:42 am #


    Saw you last night in Milwaukee – you signed my Untitled #23 vinyl. Was going to ask you how yoga was going. I had been doing it for 9 months now and I agree it is quite transformative, but lost the habit a few months ago. You've inspired me to take it up again. You're right – the sooner the better. Keep as well as you can on the road. You guys rocked last night – thanks for bringing great music through the midwest.


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