posted on July 26, 2006 at 5:32 pm

undulations in the graphs
the needles jump
the alkaloids merge
the chromatic ascent
the morning star
summer time over
black neon water
imperialista surprise
santa fes cool groves of pines
creature, what art thou?
followed thru the reeds n rushes
the magician
the scientist
the priest
the scholar
the neophyte
the hanged man
the future
what do you see in my hands
5 daughters and a long life
what do you see in my hands
money and suffering
what do you see in my hands
soothing touch in turmoil
the numbers stack up
partially chemical, partially spirit
i am
i slip thru the atmosphere
like electric intrusion
like x rayed luggage i am transparent
cooked up in the soup of life
reabsorbed in ozone stinking machinery
plated and pressed
minted and new
churning out the tunes
sing a song of sixpence
pocket fulla wry
mesquite trees
in the ordinary life and times
in the turning of the centuries
texas moon
texas tea
body of christ
impressions of another world
long avenues of the americas
the conquistadors
the indians
the mexican generals
remember the alamo
remember the moment before
forget yourself nevets yeblik
these anonymous rooms
the elevators to the 13th floor
the thunderstorm and its aftermath
alone under the blankets of air
no room service today
please do not peturb
knock knock
the window opens of its own accord
streets below
mixing in , blending in
millions of people
everyone doomed
a question of time
this is all we have
and the night
and the relief brought by sleep
dreams of dreams of dreams
days go by
days go, bye
what did you want again?
i’d quite forgotten
love is what we came here for
and a rusty white car
and where the badge was
i can still see the word

53 Responses to “potentiator”

  1. avatar
    davem | 26 July 2006 at 6:28 pm #

    You’ve thrown me. Any mention of remember the alamo & I’m in a yorkshire pub waiting for the wolfman to attack after a very poor joke.
    13th Floor Elevators? Mighty fine…You’re gonna miss Me is a def Desert Island Disc….7 Sk’s plus that!!!
    Love you more,

    dave M

  2. avatar
    davem | 26 July 2006 at 6:31 pm #

    I need to get a life. 1st post twice in one week makes me a real lurky, stalky man.
    Damn this blog.Off to check the tour dates – know you’ve had a date cancelled but guess you’re due to break a leg real soon.


  3. avatar
    CSTCoach | 26 July 2006 at 7:05 pm #

    Wow. You are seriously on a roll these past few days. I’m really fucking enjoying these.

    Gotta send you on tour more often… 😉


  4. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 26 July 2006 at 7:24 pm #

    me love’s eternal glory is here in me dark room waiting for you…
    Lord Anu

  5. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 26 July 2006 at 7:38 pm #

    Senses alive and dancing to your eternal vibration.
    Tu hermanita,

  6. avatar
    persephone2u | 26 July 2006 at 9:07 pm #

    You’re lovely Steve.

  7. avatar
    syrinx | 26 July 2006 at 9:18 pm #

    flight of stares
    i think we’ll recognize you anyway
    you can tell us what’s up top
    we can catch you if you fall

  8. avatar
    Paige | 26 July 2006 at 9:52 pm #

    Wow…beautiful, beautiful. I’ve got a part of me that’s desert, and yet I’ve never been. I gotta get out there, climb out of whoever’s car and bask in that heat. I dream of gila monsters, become them, my mouth dry and tongue thick like theirs. It’s been happening since I was a child. I wish I understood why.

    Thanks for making me feel like I’m there, Steve.

    See you in N. Myrtle Beach next weekend…


  9. avatar
    Chela | 26 July 2006 at 9:55 pm #

    I’m not there yet.

  10. avatar
    Renee | 26 July 2006 at 10:05 pm #

    Hmmmm…..very interesting

    you didn’t mention the Lovers!

    Actually you came up as:
    the CHARIOT
    You represent a difficult battle, and a well-deserved victory.
    You tend to struggle to get what you want, both internally and externally.
    You excel at controlling opposing forces, getting down the same path.
    In the end, you bring glory and success – using pure will to move forward.

    Your fortune:
    There is great conflict in your life right now, either with yourself or others.
    You must find a solution to this conflict, which is likely to be a “middle road” between the two forces.
    You posses the skills to triumph over these struggles, as long as your will is strong.
    You are transforming your inner self, building a better foundation for future successes.

  11. avatar
    the dean | 26 July 2006 at 10:17 pm #

    Last night I dreamt I was swimming with a dolphin that was singing in dolphin squeak the guitar part from hotel womb.

  12. avatar
    john in austin, tx | 26 July 2006 at 10:57 pm #

    are you in austin yet?

    need any recommendations for good veggie food?

    if so, check out casa de luz on toomey rd… all vegan/macrobiotic. you have to clear your own dishes and table though. 🙂

    if you need anything while in town, i’d be happy to help. john at metatractor dot com

  13. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 26 July 2006 at 11:04 pm #

    f**k that was good!

  14. avatar
    veleska1970 | 26 July 2006 at 11:05 pm #

    it’s so amazing how you can paint with words. nice one today!!

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2006 at 11:13 pm #

    woah.. I am getting on this train with you rM Yeblik. I get a glimmer of Gibson today mixed with day old Castenada and Don Van Vliet.. stripped of time and space we can be anywhere with anyone, again.. see you in SF


  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2006 at 11:38 pm #


    Don’t worry about the first post twice in one week…..I’m rockin’ that spot regularly myself and put it down to the serendipitous nature of the internet and differing world time zones….after all…how do you know La Kilb is not deliberately posting when he’s knows you’ll be online…??

    Au revoir.


  17. avatar
    captainmission | 26 July 2006 at 11:44 pm #

    beautiful word sculpture shaman, infinity and eternity is where i go when i listen to the church

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2006 at 11:46 pm #

    Hmmmmmmm wow……

  19. avatar
    baby | 27 July 2006 at 12:14 am #

    dexo & ruby
    after capture
    in the colussus p.o.w. camp
    where cigarettes became the normal currency though, of course, barter was never extinguished

  20. avatar
    Demeter | 27 July 2006 at 12:15 am #


  21. avatar
    verdelay | 27 July 2006 at 12:15 am #

    Sounds like you’re approaching my old neck of the woods (all stretched and bruised with the hanging).

    The doomed millions were a dead giveaway.

    A mantra and a charm for your safe passage, Nuncle.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2006 at 12:34 am #

    the scythe of the mind
    cuts through the line
    equally untangent
    untangible transient
    beyond your wordly mind
    deserted psychedelicatessen
    oh nevets, to be loved
    to be lost
    to be founded
    and conquered
    to forgive and forget
    to forge fluent in flaming tongue
    forget the aNaciremA
    weve been here way before
    at a time when pteradactlions
    and ilhuitemoks beamed down from the nebulae
    be still heart, this is just the memory jumping ahead
    racing towards the frequency
    the wave of the scythe
    the rebound of infinity
    happy trails to yu

    the clocks have stopped
    yet the bells ring on and on they go

    jaimito r.

  23. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 27 July 2006 at 12:55 am #

    i plyed the mask from my face only to reveal another ,..several more attempts,..lightning de ja vou,..i began to pick at the corner of the mask , just where it blocked my tear ducts only to reveal ,..undernearh , another mask,….i put a bag over my head

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2006 at 1:57 am #

    Love and Eternity…two beautiful words sk, and whenever they’re written into songs, poetry, stories etc, always make my heart melt, especially coming from the one and only sk…you’re such a heartache!


  25. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 27 July 2006 at 2:20 am #

    “this is all we have
    and the night
    and the relief brought by sleep”

    Oh yeah, you’re singing my song now SK. I imagine you, sitting in the airport, banal insanity going on around you…and no one knows that a poetic genius sits typing away…breaking hearts and healing souls, one key, one letter, and one finger at a time. (I actually wrote “type” first – which I guess makes sense too)…
    love always,

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2006 at 3:14 am #

    Tumbleweed connection…
    love is the opening door
    love is what we came here for
    do you know what I mean?
    have your eyes really seen?…..

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2006 at 3:41 am #

    i can see your heart glowing shining throbbing searching aching
    i wish i could…

  28. avatar
    trsitan | 27 July 2006 at 3:44 am #

    Not much other than -Fabulous!!! Thanks again for sharing.

  29. avatar
    Dig | 27 July 2006 at 6:13 am #

    write on!
    I kinda feel like I should be paying for this. Once again brilliant!


  30. avatar
    syrinx | 27 July 2006 at 8:36 am #

    Somehow I feel sometimes
    that we are letting you do our work for us
    but unskilled labor can be had for a song
    and you sing them so much sweeter
    than ever we could

  31. avatar
    fergal | 27 July 2006 at 10:23 am #

    was there an empty birdcage on the 13th floor?

  32. avatar
    Renee | 27 July 2006 at 12:55 pm #

    I’ll tell you what I see:

    laugh line~ barely visible
    time line~ non existant
    side line~ occasionally
    by line~ frequently seen
    pick up line~ no longer relevant
    fine line~ kinda vague
    song line~ plentiful
    unemployment line~ quite long
    bottom line~ always is one
    ley line~ you have many
    power line~ quite prominent
    life line~ we all need one
    shore line~ beautiful
    food line~ says you like meat
    “straight” line~ you’ve got one!
    front line~ sore subject
    state line~ crossing many
    border line~ heard song this morning/ also recently played venue
    bass line~ very deep

    and last but not least:

    the FINSH LINE~ sorry Steve, your not even close!

  33. avatar
    John Garratt | 27 July 2006 at 1:01 pm #

    If only I had a car that lasted for an eternity.


  34. avatar
    Andromeda7 | 27 July 2006 at 1:11 pm #

    beautiful disintegration
    needles always scattered,
    eternity on a sydney pavement
    soon returning to big molten glass waves, the cold push of the bay and the moon

    meanwhile nonsense evaporates
    peace enters its own head
    like a bull into a ring
    that finds no opponent
    but the song of a wind
    and a hundred friends

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2006 at 1:17 pm #

    Hi, Mr K. I’ve always wondered this and have never read any answer in any interviews with you. I was wondering, when you are travelling around or reading or whatever, do you write down any interesting words or phrases you come across to use in your songs and poetry? And perhaps stick them together on occasion to assemble lyrics. Or do you just write off the top of your head and remember certain words that would be appropriate for the lyrics? Thanks, best wishes, Leon.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2006 at 1:58 pm #

    ATTENTION!!! CHURCH starved AUCKLAND Feeeinz!!!!!!! There must be more than just Matt Davison surely???

    Not The Church…But Damn Close a one off showcase of songs from The Church, performed LIVE and solo this Saturday 29 July, at the :

    Grand Circle -St James Theatre, Auckland City. 10.30pm sharp!!!

    If you’re lucky enuff to be in Austin on Saturday night then christ don’t miss em !!! But if you’re in Auckland, New Zealand – a city that hasnt hosted The Church for 22 years – then don’t miss Not The Church.. But Damn Close !!

    Here’s the setlist in order :

    for a moment we’re strangers

    almost with you


    under the milky way


    into my hands

    day 5



    she’s king


    I promise you feeinz, I will do these songs to the ultimate standard they deserve. I’ve followed these guys since their inception and played the guitar even longer, so I know the songs well enuff that .. (and without meaning to blow my own trumpet feeinz) I could probably stand in for Marty if needs were be..

    What I mean is feeinz.. its
    Not The Church.. But it’s Damn Close, and it’s the closest thing to The Church Auckland nightlife has seen in 22 years. And its a one off. So dont miss it if you’re in Auckland NZ this Saturday 29 July.

    Be seein U

    Paul Lightfoot
    Auckland, New Zealand

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2006 at 2:41 pm #

    You’re just the drug we need
    and you make our poor hearts bleed


  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2006 at 2:59 pm #



    The South West is good to you.

    Florian Trout

  39. avatar
    Vijai | 27 July 2006 at 3:27 pm #

    The show last night in Houston was a great reward !

    Thank you for coming here and brining great joy to a long time fan.

    We shall se you all in New Orleans.

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2006 at 4:13 pm #

    The Houston show WAS great. Thanks a million for coming to Texas.

    It was an exceptional treat to hear “Fly” – I,m sure THAT wasn’t on the set list. Do you guys keep that one in your back pocket for emergencies like last night (when Tim had to run backstage for a bit to dig something out of his eye), or was it a totally spontaneous occurrence? Great choice, whatever the case. And to see you and Marty simultaneously on acoustic 12-strings while Pete played a mandolin was EPIC.

    Brilliant show. Thanks again for everything you guys do for us!

    Hope to catch you again tonight in Austin….


  41. avatar
    buckmoose | 27 July 2006 at 4:33 pm #

    We’ve had a good run of desert blogges lately…very inspired work indeed.

  42. avatar
    ft | 27 July 2006 at 5:42 pm #


    so the transplanted “desert rat”

    now heads into the swamp lands

    as route 66 fades into the rear view mirror

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2006 at 7:19 pm #

    Wouldn’t wanna run a ‘spectrophotometric’ analysis on you these days…

    But anyway, you sound as if you’re pretty much caught up in your own tripp once again. It’s a relief. You got us worried a bit there for a while, I’d say.

    Keep up da good spirit back there… far across da water. You’re kinda like a Guru, you know (though I feel a bit reluctant to admit).

    Love from the Fifth Sleeper,


  44. avatar
    The Other One | 27 July 2006 at 7:57 pm #

    “I’ve been walking thru the desert
    Must have been the library”.
    I see a book called HOPE OF THE INFANTS. I take it on my small hands, it weighs tons. The author takes me home again where love potions were unpretentiously cooked. From a bowl of purple soup you are born, the wanderer, the magician. You whisper poetry that captivates the insane and takes your serenity from their flying atoms. You digest all around’s confusion and deliver it back in sprinkles of word vitality. But it’s not easy, I know. A lot of work.
    I open the book in this new chapter: Comprehension From A Distance. I’m able to embrace the guy behind the magician who comes in solar flesh and mercurial instability. If he’s satiated there’s no spell. I understand that the magician is just a garment, too attractive and mysterious, but this garment will be left. I guess it’s already on the floor. I like the one who wears it though. He shines even more and doesn’t hide.
    This trip is everlong.

  45. avatar
    The Other One | 27 July 2006 at 7:59 pm #

    P.S.: Your future is The World.

  46. avatar
    The Young Relict | 27 July 2006 at 9:10 pm #

    Absolutely incredible show last night. I flew in to Houston just to see you guys and Ill see you in Dallas on Friday. The double encore was amazing. Thanks a trillion to the 10th power. I was right up in the front row with my twin bros and my best friend. I was amazed by the energy you guys brought, it is hard to beleive it was an acoustic show! Please tell Marty I said Thanks for the favor. See you Friday….

  47. avatar
    davem | 27 July 2006 at 9:21 pm #

    SK, where are you?

    Love you more,


  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2006 at 10:03 pm #

    Vegan Diet and Diabetes:

  49. avatar
    Samosanx | 27 July 2006 at 10:38 pm #


  50. avatar
    mike a | 28 July 2006 at 2:11 am #

    cool words sk

  51. avatar
    Letango | 29 July 2006 at 3:07 am #

    Late to this one. It’s beautiful. Thanks for the gift.

  52. avatar
    Jacko | 2 August 2006 at 7:39 pm #

    Good to meet you again oustide the HOB in New Orleans. I did tell some assholes to shut it after listening to their conquest stories for 5 minutes. Tell the Kiwi to do the new haka with the throat cutting gesture next time. There are only 2 good veg restaraunts in NO and one wasn’t open.
    Great concert..tighter than LA..brilliant mandolin by Koppes as always.
    Cheers Jacko

  53. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2006 at 10:55 pm #

    … and it’s hotter than freakin’ hell here in the ole southern US too…

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