posted on January 23, 2008 at 2:21 am

on the balcony
in the film
i mean
that film they made
they used your song
and on the balcony it was summer
oh it was always summer
some a summer
the bodysurfers
the wetsuits hanging over the fences
their blond hair under the outside shower
and the leafy shady places down the path
and the garden where we smoked dope and played mah jongg
a kind of pavillion
a kind of a afternoon
a kind of an obscured sun
and the spiders n worms under the planks
and the sound of a far away radio
and the love lonely songs it emitted
and the cars that sat parked in the drive
and the letters yet to be delivered
advice i never heard
exuse me did you leave this behind
splinters of it all
bits and blobs
dobs and knobs
blows and shows
empty bottles
sandy soil
cig butts
bits of paper
a key
a dead birdling
a rock
a stone
a blade of grass
a drop of water
smell of rain
smell of lightning
smell of food cooking

32 Responses to “perma n temp”

  1. avatar
    veleska1970 | 23 January 2008 at 4:06 am #

    ahhhh….summer. i’m really dreaming of it right now. especially of summers past, of long long ago.


    lotza love….

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    the dean | 23 January 2008 at 4:09 am #

    Is that the same balcony from yesterday?
    How the church music is going is the question everyone wants to ask.

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    Hellbound Heart | 23 January 2008 at 4:59 am #

    this is such a lovely and melancholy piece of writing…musing about summers gone by…
    this summer up on the north coast has been wet wet wet…pretty much daily rain in some way shape or form and at times humidity so dense it feels like a moist blanket, sweat beading on your skin and refusing to evaporate…waterfalls down the side of wollumbin and surrounding mountains and gleaming in the steamy air…
    i tell you, lack of sunshine affects you in a bad way…need some ultra violet…

  4. avatar
    Dig | 23 January 2008 at 6:12 am #

    I’m assuming you are talking about BLACKROCK or its just a coincidence – this is a sad loss

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 January 2008 at 6:15 am #

    Titanic Days I love that song!

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    Anonymous | 23 January 2008 at 6:36 am #


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    Sunshine | 23 January 2008 at 7:15 am #

    I really hope your voice is doing better, sir.


  8. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 23 January 2008 at 7:48 am #

    111, 222, 333, 444 , 555, 666, 777, [888], 999…
    The Jesus & Mary Chain

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    lily was here | 23 January 2008 at 8:12 am #

    The faintest whiff of saltwater always spells summer and freedom to me…nice jotted memories sk, sadly interspersed with tragedy clouds, helicopters and Blackrock, Heath’s first movie, a brilliant career over and out, your anti-theme sitting just below a State of Graceful Mourning.


  10. avatar
    melissa | 23 January 2008 at 9:12 am #

    what a heartbreaking day it’s been..thinking ’bout things and reading here your poignant post now has made me feeling sad with the memory of summers and days and loved ones that are no longer here.


  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 January 2008 at 9:14 am #

    why do we get so sad about those we dont know?

  12. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 23 January 2008 at 9:37 am #

    it should have been me instead of Heath…

  13. avatar
    Linjo | 23 January 2008 at 9:40 am #

    Dont say that mate, enough sadness

  14. avatar
    Melissa | 23 January 2008 at 10:06 am #

    Linda, can’t speak for anyone else, but this is me

    can’t help it I’m ‘fraid 😉

  15. avatar
    isolde | 23 January 2008 at 10:46 am #

    thank you melissa that was interesting i agree with everything in this related one too

    heath ledger was a beautiful soul

  16. avatar
    Melissa | 23 January 2008 at 11:44 am #

    thanks Isolde 🙂 Just feel sad today, that’s all.. a big admiration for HL’s work.

  17. avatar
    matthew | 23 January 2008 at 1:19 pm #

    fantastic!! i lived it all

  18. avatar
    veleska1970 | 23 January 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    awww…..thanks for the link, eek, but it doesn’t work. i get a 404-error message. 🙁

  19. avatar
    eek | 23 January 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    Let’s try this again….

    A little something for your listening pleasure! 🙂 Someone on the Triffids board just put up an audience recording of Stolen Property with SK singing.

    Stolen Property

    Scroll a bit over halfway down the page to find the link.

  20. avatar
    fantasticandy | 23 January 2008 at 4:50 pm #

    thanks holly,
    …but i can’t get it to play!

  21. avatar
    veleska1970 | 23 January 2008 at 4:51 pm #

    thanks, eek~~it worked this time. 🙂

    steve: no one, NO ONE, on this planet has the passion and longing in his/her voice like you do. beautiful. and thank you for sharing your gift with us.

  22. avatar
    John | 23 January 2008 at 6:49 pm #

    Summer. Nice. It’s in the freaking teens (fahrenheit) over here.

    John Garratt

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    davem | 23 January 2008 at 8:24 pm #

    Hope the album’s going well, sk.
    I don’t watch many films so I have to confess I’d never heard of Heath. Love to all fiends who appreciated his talent.
    Take care all.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 January 2008 at 10:18 pm #

    If you’re ever looking for inspiration for songs, pack up the fambley in the falcon & head to the Northern Territory.
    Uluru, the Olgas, Kings Canyon, Kakadu, all a magical & spiritual experience.

    There are plenty of wide open roads & marvels of nature begging for a gifted songwriter.

    Lady Di

  25. avatar
    Richard | 23 January 2008 at 11:38 pm #

    watched the DVD for the first time last night

    invisible and bye bye pride in the one song! I felt like a kid who’d just got to pick his two favourite scoops of icecream.

    (now you listen to Lady Di – them’s wise words)

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    lily was here | 24 January 2008 at 12:31 am #

    The dvd is absolutely glorious! SK you are a glowing adonis on a 12 string, totally in your element! Xmas in January. You’d be tossing possums not to buy it 🙂

    Richard, from Darwin i’ll never forget the tantalizing markets at mindil beach, sitting on the big rocks there, in the water, watching sunsets! (are they still there, the rocks?) The best view on the planet.. & those amazing, powerful lightning shows in the top end! Oh, and eekly ice-hockey games… never any ice, we’d have to retire to the pub… goddamn!

  27. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 24 January 2008 at 1:41 am #

    Davem u must see the movie Candy. On another note Radiohead is on the newest cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. They are so over-hyped that I must concur with Morrissey when he bemoans the inordinate media hype given to “Radiodead” and “Oldplay.” Mr. “Meat Is Murder” had a good opening night in London according to the London Times and The Torygraph. His earlier band “The Smiths” were also over-hyped. Their last two albums were their only vintage Cds. Like SK, Morrissey improved with age. SK is the finest psychedelic, dreamy music vocalist and MOZ rules glam-mope rock.

  28. avatar
    nickfiction | 24 January 2008 at 1:51 am #

    great one today! hope you are well!

  29. avatar
    melquiades | 24 January 2008 at 2:19 am #

    I can smell rain

  30. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 24 January 2008 at 3:29 am #

    got the goose flesh from “stolen property” thanx fer the linky

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    CSTCoach | 24 January 2008 at 3:10 pm #

    Thanks eek! you rock! 🙂

    what an incredible performance!! the power comes through in an audience bootleg – what must the live show have been like?

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 January 2008 at 5:33 am #

    heartbreaking .

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