posted on December 19, 2007 at 7:49 pm

you genius
you fool
you everyman
dream dream dream
your rest-less dream
you shake and move inner bed
natalie dreams on quietly
you try not to waker
oh my olde shoulders ache
my mind
out of control
left to its own de-vices
right out of itself
that stupid mind of mine
which i could gladly badly strangle
a womans voice from the past:
why cant you just be an ordinary person?
and everyone of em
trying to remake me as ordinary
trying to break my spirit
but really meaning to break my mind
knowing full well
what my mind was
what my mind usually liked to do
and what it was capable of (becoming)
my head seems to exert a uneven steven pressure
all over my neck and soldiers
how they rebel against its idiotic ascendancy
deep in my minds ipod
the raspberries were playing over and over and over
eric carmens italian-american perry como piano voice
crossed with the who and the beatles and the small faces
playing over and over in the falcon
now nicknamed tibor
after my old nazi-apologist ancient history teacher
now the dream had put the raspberries into its own version of pro-tools
ED : a music mixing and editing programme
it was playing the same lines incessantly
it was needling them into my brains teeth
it could reproduce it perfectly
scarlet kilbey in the kitchen
ricki and glenni are watching the sk show
first scarlets happy theme song
there she goes by the las
she rocks around jumps into my arms
i move her towards each of the 2 guys in turn
as she moves through the air she fixes her gaze on em
and then bursting into a smile as her nose gets closer and closer
as i move her through the air
she remains rigid in my arms
in a kind of woofle flying posture
like in that picture by botty-jelly
where zephyrus is carrying some hot young breeze
who will blow warm all over venus
he also raped nymphs a fair bit
which apparently is alright if youre the north wind
he had his wicked windy way with one nymph
who, not a nympho
was quite pissed off
and zepho
to make it up to her a little
turned her into prima vera
with flowers bursting out her mouth uncontrollably
thanks zeph, i feel much better now
then scarlet kilbeys poignant song comes on
gabriel by lamb
she turns her head up to the light
which still tried to shine through the clouds
her gaze spoke volumes
her gaze was biblical seductive innocent
it was wildy happy
it was deeply sad
she saw some unsawn entity
some thing unseeable except to scarlet
her eyes widened and the blue became bluer
a subtle film of moisture suggesting a tear that never came
hovering on the edge of rapture and grief and triumph
scarlet was gently moved through the air by her father
enthusiastically pointing out her show-biz eyes to his friends
but scarlet looked like cleopatra and magdalene watching christ
she looked like annie lennox looks when she sings
gazing off across the universes
piercing the seven veils
as lambs lovely track gradually builds in intensity
scarlet reaches some lofty plain
her eyes which have seen the glory of the coming of the lord
her eyes which are saying to a million other eyes
i will never see you again
wise eyes in such a babyface
this paradox does its paradoxical thing
scarlet is one born torch singer should she choose to do so
her instinctive feel for musics joy and melancholy stuns me
she communicates all this with her body
which moves around in a way both graceful and humourous
her husky voice which is always in the right key
and her eyes
which imply endless stories
and implicate you in their distant look
as i toss n tern
her eyes in my mind
lamb join in with the raspberries
flying to addle-laid
city of churches
but not the church
never liked us that much there
tonite thebarton town hall
as ‘orrible as it sounds
last time there over twenny years ago
opening for iva iceblock
in his incarnation as greek god
complete with long flowing curly locks
little waistcoats bare feet and karate kicks
which punctuated beginnings and endings
well why not if im doing yoga lunges
anyway i remember some ugly little scrubber
so enamored with ivy
that she stood at the front all thru our set
mouthing silently
fuck off i hate you
or something
she fixed her glare on me and never let up her mantra-hex
as soon as her little hero appeared
dressed as an aussie apollo
she forgetting her disdain of me
screamed and wept and jumped and screamed
oh frabious day
calloo callay
she chortled in her joy
i could imagine a vague repeat of that in some respects
like the gent in melbo who yelled get off all through our show
as if a plebeian philistine like him
could fuckin’ understand how good we are
like a bozo who always eats big macs
trying to review a gourmet vegan restaurant
hey baybee
i didnt care then
i care even less now
yeah i bet shakespeare bores ya as well
you thickheaded planks
casting pearls before swineheards
addle-laid big deal
this is all in my bad dream
in my whirlpool mind
its going round and round
my white hot anger at the blackmail idiot
and the white moths larvae sliding over the kitchen ceiling
not from the vents as ricki said
its an inside job
and theres another thing evolution cant explain
worms and caterpillars turning into moths n butterflies
pure chance gave us the chrysalis
yeah yeah sure it did
thats it im outta steam
i never even got to the nightmare i was gonna tell ya bout
too bad
i forgot

27 Responses to “night mayor”

  1. avatar
    Richard | 19 December 2007 at 9:26 pm #

    You reckon YOU have nightmares!

    I had a dream with Janette Howard in it the other night. And what’s worse, she was actually some sort of saviour figure.

  2. avatar
    princey | 19 December 2007 at 9:52 pm #

    I don’t know if I’ve missed something here, but it doesn’t sound like a bad dream to me at all so far sk!
    Scarlet sounds like such a gorgeous being, I’ll have to introduce her to my little one in 15 years time, (yes I’ll still be attending your gigs!), they’re a match made in heaven!

    Hope you enjoy tonight sk, wish it was Melby though. I was thinking since Marty is in oz at the moment, it would be great for you and him to do a “sk vs mwp” gig again, it was fantastic last year, what do ya reckon?

    Take care and have fun in your fav city tonite
    Love Amanda

  3. avatar
    Starfish Dreams | 19 December 2007 at 10:02 pm #

    Had to go and get one of these account things. I’m really more than content just to read Steve’s beautiful words most of the time. But if a subject comes up and I feel I can make a relevant comment, then I’ll toss out a few lines. Being a Church fan here in the states tends to find you turning other people onto this great band most of the time. Under The Milky Way will come on at work and I’ll hear “one of the best songs ever written! Who is this?” When I saw this blog…I found it to be a dream come true. Other Church fans to converse with. But having been burned badly in the past and having to change my email address…I really don’t like signing up for this, that, and the other thing. I can relate to Steve’s email troubles well. I’ve been there. That’s why I chose to remain anonymous. But just like anywhere else in life…it only takes a few A-Holes to screw up a really good thing. So here I am. I am truly happy to be a part and I hope I will be welcome. The only comment I’d like to make on today’s blog is that in my humble worthless opinion…Eric Carmen is one of the most underrated songwriters ever. You’re the man Steve. Great one today.

    Tampa, Fl

  4. avatar
    matt d | 20 December 2007 at 12:08 am #

    Iva Iceblock.

    Hee he……

    Sk you know how much I love him..

    (in Wellington people!! the killa sings a less than complementary version of “Crazy” in my car.

    and in Melbo “don’t believe anymore”…

    I secretly think sk likes a bit of the old icyhouse….

    Hey who wouldn’t. still the band to play to the biggest number of fans ever in AUS NZ. 1.3 million people in their ten ish years on the road.. Go Iva



    Manne Iv-a hada few

    But nothing worse than a Baz Lerrman film. Arrrrrrrrr

    Or President GWB being a long lost relation.

    Or the Church disspanding…
    Now thats a nightmare!!

    Oh sk rock em in Ade…
    If I end up back stage at that one I think I ve really got a problem

    Off to Iva .com for a bit


  5. avatar
    Melby Symon | 20 December 2007 at 12:41 am #

    Steve…Amanda’s so right…Melby not only deserves a big dose of SK, MWP and the Church (cos of how much we “get” you), but we also NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED it.

    I like Adelaide, but if the philistines there don’t appreciate you, then Melbourne will turn out to welcome you back with open arms.

    The Northcote Social Club gig was an absolute blast last December.

    3 hours of raw energy, humour, awesome music and obvious enjoyment by yourself and Marty was great way to finish 2006. Can Amanda and I coax you back soon if we say “please” over & over again.

    Safe flights to Sadelaide & back…

  6. avatar
    Celticat | 20 December 2007 at 1:18 am #

    hey Steve,

    I don’t know WTF is going on but I’m hearing the Church whereever I go – be it the shops (UTMWT on Flat Screen Telly in Harvey Norman), Metropolis on local commercial radio station at work, Unguarded Moment on radio and heaps more – perhaps the momentum is building?

    Much Love

  7. avatar
    craig1.618 | 20 December 2007 at 6:38 am #

    your kung fu is strong sk

  8. avatar
    melissa | 20 December 2007 at 7:27 am #

    ‘pearls before swine’ .. ha! That’s something my sis loves saying (and she loves the Church as much as me). Fortunate enough not to have any buffoon’s near us last Saturday night, but if we did, they’d surely receive a mouthful from my sis 🙂

    Hope Adelaide treats you well, as they should .. and Perth too on Sat’day. One of my bestest friends is going along to see you guys in Freo and I’m so excited for her – her first Church! I’ve been slowly converting her in the past few months 🙂 And another SK/MWP show??? Yes please!

    Also loved reading about lil’ Scarlet’s reaction to hearing her favourite music.. that’s so beautiful!

    All the best 🙂 x

  9. avatar
    princey | 20 December 2007 at 11:14 am #

    Geez it’s quiet around here tonight sk. Hope it went ok in Adelaide.

    So, there’s 3 of us who want you back here, how’s about it?????

  10. avatar
    isolde | 20 December 2007 at 11:17 am #

    adelaide’s not that bad
    Would I lie to you honey?
    Now would I say something that wasn’t true?

  11. avatar
    fantasticandy | 20 December 2007 at 1:06 pm #

    ‘hey little girl’ was playing on the radio as my eldest daughter was born!
    feb 16 1983.
    andy L.

  12. avatar
    Melby Symon | 20 December 2007 at 1:24 pm #

    Hey Steve,

    Amanda, Melissa and Melby Symon are now clearly united in their “pleases” to bring SK and the Church back to Melbourne for some seriously phenomonal…mind blowing gigs in 2008.

    I dunno about you SK…but I couldn’t resist an offer like that!

    Hope tonite went well and that the ear is not giving you too much grief.

  13. avatar
    restaurant mark | 20 December 2007 at 2:23 pm #

    scarlet sounds like an amazing child…my little girl naomi just sings everything to me at this point…if she can say it, she’ll sing it. great sense of timing already…pretty on key too. both of my kids are bouncing off the walls with it so close to christmas…ready for it to get here and be gone…

    take care


  14. avatar
    CSTCoach | 20 December 2007 at 2:59 pm #

    on the road at the moment. just a note to say i enjoyed this one, specially the opening stuff. stay well. good show tonight. that’s all.


  15. avatar
    John | 20 December 2007 at 3:03 pm #

    Someone yelled for you to get off? That’s incredibly rude. I can’t imagine doing that to a band I didn’t like. No one deserves that. Least of all the Church, considering I waited years and years and years to see you live in 1998.

    John Garratt

  16. avatar
    Altres | 20 December 2007 at 6:38 pm #

    When I was working in Aberdeen in early 1986, I met Annie Lennox in the street, and got to look straight into those amazing oceanic eyes. I said, “Hello, what brings you back to Aberdeen?”, and she said, “I’m back for my father’s funeral” and I saw the sadness and joy of lifetimes of seperations and rejoinings with a man she loved. On another level, I wish I’d never asked the question as I just said “I’m so sorry” and let her walk off along Union Street unhindered.

    What a beautiful woman, one day I hope to meet Scarlet. 😀

  17. avatar
    davem | 20 December 2007 at 7:36 pm #

    Scarlet….the new sk?
    Don’t ever become ordinary Steve!!!
    And as for that chap in Melborne. If I’d have been there he may have been able to shout “get off” once, but not twice.

  18. avatar
    davem | 20 December 2007 at 7:46 pm #

    Oh, and please say hi to Ricki for me. He was so nice to me, missus m and my eldest when we saw the bjm this year in brum…and has he listened to those original creation 45’s yet???!!! Hi ricki!!

  19. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 20 December 2007 at 9:20 pm #

    killer is a genius. My neophyte mind could only grasp a portion of today’s psychedelic blog. I dug what I grasped hence I did not need straws.

    George W. Update

    Australia, New Zealand and Europe condemn Japanese whaling. Bush administration stated it’s totally acceptable? Bush White House negates California green “ecologically clean” emissions iniative. Bush dines on steak on December 19. All within the last 24 Hours. Thom Yorke had it right when he aptly titled an album “Hail To The Thief”! Musically that CD is on a par with Uninvited Like The Clouds. My sporadically astute mental acuity impells me be strongly prefer ULTC.

  20. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 20 December 2007 at 11:45 pm #

    i love it when you rave about your family…gabriel by lamb’s a beautiful song…my daughter’s transported by anything musical, really… she loves singing to just about anything and shakes her groove thing like crazy…
    love always…

  21. avatar
    veleska1970 | 21 December 2007 at 12:59 am #

    “as if a plebeian philistine like him
    could fuckin’ understand how good we are”
    no fucking kidding!!!! if he disliked you that much, he could have left and come back later.

    what an idiot. if he wasn’t so bizzy yelling at you, and would shut his trap for a moment and listened, he just might have understood. tsk tsk~~people with closed minds. they don’t do it for me.

    “her instinctive feel for musics joy and melancholy stuns me”
    why? she has your DNA!!!!

    have a good day, steve.

    lotza love…..

  22. avatar
    MEM | 21 December 2007 at 2:27 am #

    …small dream of u and the sea,
    i wake and remember
    what i was looking at…

    …next time,
    i think,
    i will awake
    and not be fooled
    by the dream…

    but the sea was wonderful,
    “you can see yourself
    in the waves…” you said,

    don’t be fooled,
    get off light…


  23. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 21 December 2007 at 5:18 am #

    Sk’s ” Images Of London” rendition is incredible. Thank u to the celestial commentor who sent it to me. “freaky Conclussions” is the great Syd Barrett album that he never made. Remindlesness is a real trip beacuse the spirit of Jim Morrison seemed to help him with that trip.
    I’m the hybrid commentor. SK=Syd Barett, John Lennon, The Byrds, Pink Floyd and Jim Morrison with Gandhi’s aura ensuring the production is refined.

  24. avatar
    triantelope | 21 December 2007 at 1:17 pm #

    chance doesn’t even come into it.
    evolution is the opposite of chance.

  25. avatar
    veleska1970 | 21 December 2007 at 2:13 pm #

    has anyone else noticed that since steve has turned off the anon comments, how his comment count has dropped dramatically? goes to show that 4/5 of the stuff previous was utter garbage.

    i’m soooo glad you did this, steve. this has been a deep breath of fresh air.

  26. avatar
    tim | 21 December 2007 at 10:15 pm #

    I agree with veleska 110% and her pointing that out raises the bar for any comments since the riff raff are disposed of at least for now…guess we better be better at what we write….ah…fuck it
    i haven’t a clue what im talking about…

  27. avatar
    princey | 21 December 2007 at 11:44 pm #

    Hi sk, missing your bloggin’, but I just realised you must have gone to Perth straight after Adelaide without your imac! I always worry about you when you don’t post a blog, but it’s good to have a break I suppose (I mean it’s good for YOU, not for the fiends!!).
    Have a great gig tonight, I read Chris Isaak is playing as well, wow, I’d LOVE to hear him sing “wicked game”…brings back memories of that sexy video clip, mmmm niiiice!
    Take care and look forward to you blogging really, really soon.
    Love Amanda

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