posted on July 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm

wandering ponderer

in my new zealand oh the mountainsides so fucking green

we successfully resist the outside idiocy

we dont frankly care what great britain or the united states says or does

we are here in this safe place

we are at peace with the world and ourselves

we are a southern hemisphere skandanavia

this integrity you envy will never be bought

some beautiful volcanic paradise place

i wander to the beach sometimes attended by laughing maori girls

singing some beautiful song i am too old and too new to understand

they dance and move through nature

as i merely walk

women of warriors i must look so strange to you

they laugh

all men are strange to us…

the water is cold and i feel great fish and whales in the green depths

i travel in the footsteps of nature

i meet the locals

the men are fierce and handsome

the women are elusive and smiling

i have these beautiful tattoos i am yet to decipher

the story of a people and the islands they came from

the journeys the battles the betrayals the cruelties the endurance

we remain defiant

truth maybe means a bit more here

yeah we’re old fashioned we still dont mind a bit of truth

yeah in my new zealand where shayne carter is the prime minister

and things are sharp and wryly in focus

the pm said fuck all that bullshit

my new zealand does exactly what it wants to….we earned that right…

the cabinet is the bats and the chills and bailter space and the verlaines

and that amazing guy who was the best david bowie other than the real one

aleister or something or other

and in my new zealand where dragon are all alive again

yeah scented gardens for the blind

take me to the april sun in christchurch

north island south island  i’m everywhere

forests and marshes and valleys and crags

the snow and the sea and the rocks and the sky

walking along singing my song in my new zealand

 

 

 

27 Responses to “my new zealand”

  1. avatar
    Kurt | 15 July 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Well you’re a coming to the right place my friend. And I’ve invited the best david bowie other than the real one, along to the Auckland gig.

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    . | 15 July 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    a vast opening leading to middle earth
    big enough for even gandalf and the hobbits
    they were there before our mortal births
    along with the natives who lived and endured
    the fires from the sky that shaped and forged
    a most magnificent landscape, so clean and pure
    an eden among edens, the ship is leaving, climb aboard…

  3. avatar
    Wilfred Paradise | 15 July 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    SK:

    Had a listen to Untitled 23 last night as I strolled around at night. Such a great album. Please take your bandmates back into the studio. Don’t do the song commissions at the expense of this, please. YOur band is on a roll. Crowds will be twice the size in the States next spring. But at least give us another record. Another greedy fan, wilfred paradise

  4. avatar
    nic | 15 July 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    beautiful SK … I totally get it … I lived there for three years … and it has been close to my heart ever since xxx

  5. avatar
    Dutch pierre | 15 July 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    cool

  6. avatar
    davem | 16 July 2011 at 12:59 am #

    You look dapper!!

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 July 2011 at 2:57 am #

    that’s true – what an unbelievably lovely people/place.

  8. avatar
    Grace | 16 July 2011 at 3:20 am #

    Truly a magical place. Happy you are enjoying it.

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    Anonymous | 16 July 2011 at 4:41 am #

    Makes me reminisce back some decades, to my Kiwi boyfriend at the time, with whom we both found a common interest. Our love of a band called The Church.

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    monksphere | 16 July 2011 at 5:09 am #

    Dear sir, perhaps your New Zealand is the island Huxley wrote about in Brave New World where the “savages” are marooned, with their daft ideas and rejection of the modern world–them natives call it today. And you have stories, no fear of truth, Bowie, Nature in her infinite forms of beauty, Kilbey singing his song, etc. Where do i buy the ticket?
    Wondering are you the panderer?
    Lots of love, Ciao

  11. avatar
    Ron Bonham | 16 July 2011 at 5:40 am #

    Nice to see a mention of the Chills there, Submarine Bells is a lost classic, IMO. With Don’t be Memory being the song that still resonates with me, such great heartbreaking lyrics;

    I almost wish I could forget you
    In reality I won’t
    Though Summer with my arms around you
    Seems hopelessly remote

    It won’t be long
    And our love is strong
    It won’t be long, it won’t be long
    if nothing goes wrong

    I would tell you loves eternal
    But eternity is such a long time
    Which we both know we won’t handle
    With solitude so unattractive

    But we don’t have long
    And now we’ve this greenhouse on
    No, we don’t have long, we don’t have long
    Has something gone wrong?
    Aaahhhh

    I’ll try to delay this desperate deal
    By mailing eight letters that say how I feel
    For if you weren’t here
    There’d always be clear reminiscence

    Sensing your presence
    Don’t be a stranger
    And don’t be – memory

    Cozy in the North wing
    Taking turns at Swamp Thing
    Listening to The Byrds sing on the tape recorder

    Praying that we might gain time and understanding
    What’s the use, the phone rings
    Sends another order

    The uncaring power of memory
    So crippling in its clarity
    Those spiteful spikes of sentiment
    I’d love to make some sense of it

    But I won’t be long
    And our love is strong
    No, I won’t be long, I won’t be long
    Has something gone wrong
    Aaaahhh

    Sensing your essence
    So reminiscent
    A forgotten flavour
    Don’t be – memory

    Feeling resented
    Unrepresented
    Please don’t regret it
    And don’t be – memory
    I almost wish I could forget you
    In reality I won’t
    Though Summer with my arms around you
    Seems hopelessly remote

    It won’t be long
    And our love is strong
    It won’t be long, it won’t be long
    if nothing goes wrong

    I would tell you loves eternal
    But eternity is such a long time
    Which we both know we won’t handle
    With solitude so unattractive

    But we don’t have long
    And now we’ve this greenhouse on
    No, we don’t have long, we don’t have long
    Has something gone wrong?
    Aaahhhh

    I’ll try to delay this desperate deal
    By mailing eight letters that say how I feel
    For if you weren’t here
    There’d always be clear reminiscence

    Sensing your presence
    Don’t be a stranger
    And don’t be – memory

    Cozy in the North wing
    Taking turns at Swamp Thing
    Listening to The Byrds sing on the tape recorder

    Praying that we might gain time and understanding
    What’s the use, the phone rings
    Sends another order

    The uncaring power of memory
    So crippling in its clarity
    Those spiteful spikes of sentiment
    I’d love to make some sense of it

    But I won’t be long
    And our love is strong
    No, I won’t be long, I won’t be long
    Has something gone wrong
    Aaaahhh

    Sensing your essence
    So reminiscent
    A forgotten flavour
    Don’t be – memory

    Feeling resented
    Unrepresented
    Please don’t regret it
    And Don’t be-memory

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 16 July 2011 at 2:33 pm #

      Sk-
      Thanks for the visionary tour of a far away land from my perspective (Chicago is a long way from everywhere, anywhere…but its a city like no other- its alive and living, breathing lifeform itself)

      Ron- I always read what you contribute, and to be honest…i’ve read todays contribution many times. If it is no trouble, I am unfamiliar with what you wrote, can you shed a brighter …more definitive light on your translation. I really enjoyed it and how it flows effortlessly.

      AsAlways,
      Darrin K.

      For those of you who know some of my story and my disabilities with my back (pain and injury). Today, friday morning outside of Chicago, I finally had my LAST court date in my lawsuit regarding my injury and all the parties involved, which has gone on since…April of 2006. The judge found 100% in my favor and restitution must be paid accordingly from this cases inception up until present day. Yes it is great, and a windfall. But all on the past, present, and future suffering that I have endured with such a horrible affliction. So, I am very thankful…this will go a long way in saving for my little ones education, and continuing my 20.year olds current education (in school to become a teacher for early childhood development).So…thank you to everyone who offered me well wishes over the past several years, and also your concern SK. This electronic village has kept me afloat emotionally and has been a great distraction when times were difficult. But now that’s finally over, my family and I have won and a great burden has been lifted. Thanks again everyone !!!

  12. avatar
    Mike | 16 July 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Hey Steve,
    Forgive me for inquiring… any news on the new Isidore? Hasn’t been over a year?

  13. avatar
    Martha | 16 July 2011 at 11:54 am #

    can I meet the Feebles there??

    shit, I want to travel far away somewhere again….

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    Steven Krut | 16 July 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    The best David Bowie other than the real one? Isn’t that what everyone was trying to be in the early ’80s? Nobody succeeded. Not even Bowie himself unfortunately. 🙂

    Glad you’re having a wonderful time in NZ. I’ve always heard great things about it.

  15. avatar
    Jonny Hollywood | 16 July 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    can’t wait to visit your new zealand 🙂

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    Exess | 16 July 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    on my old blue island it’s déjà vu all over again
    on the radio april sun in cuba erupts for the squillionth time but I can’t ever find it
    maybe its at home in New Zealand
    blah blah blah, the wizened lion out of time, the dams and the damned
    yada, yada, yada, the canopies and the reels, scratched vinyl spinning too slow, can’t remember what’s new, what’s old, what’s crap, what’s intact
    dreams of six cats and a kitten, the intruder at the window with diabolical intent
    forked branches, forked tongues, fork in the back, fork in the road
    this way, that way, who would know
    the junction warms to all things equal

    bouncers now employed for the thugs and meanest spirits
    to fly swat bullies in a single zen like slap
    to extract the pasty spurts from free wheeling spitters
    free deliveries to waste dumps or returns to all emitters
    to disrobe the cowards who cloak ill intent, who can’t live their own life
    can’t let others breath as they like
    to expose dark wart-like erosions that come from such loathing
    redemptions not available, no forgiveness without a name
    to forever be stuck inside is their prize

    singing up a spirit inside a blind alley fable
    over those unlovely dice
    the bones that waste without tender mercy
    the strokes so sinuous, so ever enticed yet sweetly restrained
    singing up an epiphany for the hapless pilgrim
    the weary outside the temple denied love’s tender alms
    we’ve been here before, same speak same signs, same dah dah dee dah
    singing up a hag with tales of rusty mountains and older drumming dragons
    wielding potions and devotions to expel the sprays of toads
    singing over the golden one with strains of love impaled
    wooing strangers holy in wait
    calling spirit to yearn for its delicate flesh
    in dream the mother died, a murder proclaimed
    the distracted dawn too slow to wake
    its essence now too cold to disrobe
    the eternal idol erupts with all its grace
    am I old enough now to succumb to its embrace

  17. avatar
    Kristine | 16 July 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    It’s always so nice to hear people mention The Chills. New Zealand sounds like a paradise made in heaven and I can see what you mean about Scandinavia as Milford Sound reminds me of a tropical version of Norway’s fjords. Hope you’re enjoying yourself and having a great time!

  18. avatar
    andy | 16 July 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    lovely musings today killer…..

    darrin…about time too!
    why do these kind of cases take sooooo long?
    most pleased with the result for you.

    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 17 July 2011 at 12:35 am #

      Thanks Andy-
      I meant to tell you that I JUST received the cd’s (dated 4/07/2011 on the packages postage) Thursday. It looks like someone open the package to see what was inside, customs?

      But thank you so much, you probably think I’m a horrible person for not replying to your package- but I just got it. It took over 3 months to travel from England to Chicago? No-i think someone opened it and than sat on the package for quite some time before they taped it back together and sent it on its way…really weird !!!!!

      AsAlways, (and a very big thanks !!!)
      Darrin K.

    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 17 July 2011 at 12:36 am #

      And thank you for your well wishes…it took over % years from the time of injury to the time of final settlement…how pathetic is that. But thank you again for your attention and concern.

      Darrin K.

  19. avatar
    redgrevillea | 17 July 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    A lovely land, yes, beautiful New Zealand..

    next time I visit I plan to go down to Invercargill. Never been that far south in NZ. It’ll be during winter and I’ll just stand frozen to the docks staring out to the south pole…

  20. avatar
    Canadian Eskimo in NZ | 18 July 2011 at 8:43 am #

    I’ve got my ticket for Auckland on the 28th – see you soon!

    PS That one little 2 second glimpse of an echoing chord at the beginning of Tear It All Away is the soundtrack of my youth. Make this old Eskimo happy and slip it in somewhere during the gig 🙂

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    Kristina | 19 July 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    the cabinet is the bats and the chills and bailter space and the verlaines.

    So good to hear you mention these wonderful NZ bands of a certain era. Still some of my very favourite bands, along with The Clean, JPS Experience,Straitjacket Fits and The Able Tasmans.
    The Bat’s “Daddy’s Highway” and the singles, “Shadows” by The JPS Experience and The Chill’s “Pink Frost” are masterpieces.

  22. avatar
    hellbound heart | 19 July 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    I AM GOING THERE ONE DAY!!!!!
    it’s amazing how such a small place can produce such a lot of damn fine music…..
    love always……

  23. avatar
    freakalily | 28 July 2011 at 1:24 am #

    It’s taken me this long to get back here, but I must thank you for the ‘party’ at Mojo’s…..it was a truly magical night.

  24. avatar
    jon | 9 September 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    this wouldn’t be the alastair you’re thinking of, would it?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyNgubOPqtA


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