posted on January 10, 2008 at 10:48 pm

dear fiends and children of the knight
last nite a moving moving show
kev carmody that wonderful man….
everyone in tears
i was first to see kev in his dressing room after standing ovation
we just hugged and i cried…yes i did
i am only beginning to understand…..
understand what it could mean to him
a vindication
an aboriginal ghandi
a non violent man of gentle means
a river of tears 200 years
sk now has more invites to go visit
and hang out with these guys
stories of shape shifters and file snakes
stories of aboriginal bands playing unguarded moment
oh these people without guile
friendly generous
they go on forgiving even as the odds stack up
everybody in show fantastic
i had a slight glitch to my start
when my cue was repeated twice
i just stood there in front of 2500 people
like a spare prick at a prostitutes wedding
but then when i get to sing
i nail it
images of fucking london
kev has seen the dark satanic mills up close
that capital of strife and upheaval
and i turn it around to suit my purposes
i take his black words
spit them out of my white mouth
these images of london…these illusions
these people who lived here before us
they were something special
they had a depth we can barely even understand existed
they care nothing for materialism
kev’d give ya his last ten bucks n not even think about it
whatta cryin’ shame
and the english
we totally fucking ruined it
im confused
i dont know
its a huge topic
its beyond my sphere
but last night
we struck a blow
swallowed our differences
we rocked for reconciliation
we honoured kev
and we honoured what he stands for
and we, as musicians, in our own way
we did what we could
thats all you can do
isnt it?

40 Responses to “reconciliation!”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 January 2008 at 11:23 pm #

    Good job last nite sk, you did nail it. A great show with lots of talent. Had a tear in my eye at the end. I hope poor Kev’s uncle arthur-itis isn’t bothering him too much today. He was awesome, a true legend. Was reading yesterday he won’t answer emails & doesn’t own a mobile phone. Way to go Kev!

    I thought, besides yourself, Tex Perkins was excellent. The Drones were interesting, would like to hear more from them but as for Missy Higgins & Sara Storer (include John Williamson here), talented you can’t deny, but….please! This over exaggeration of the Aussie accent (Strine?) is just plain embarrassing & makes me cringe. I mean does the rest of the world really think we all talk like that?

    Anyway, saw it was being filmed. Can you let us know the outcome?

    Lady Di

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    the dean | 10 January 2008 at 11:25 pm #

    Well said. I wish I’d have been there. Congratulations.

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    princey | 10 January 2008 at 11:44 pm #

    Hi sk, it sounds like it was an amazing and emotional night last night, I can understand why you’d break down like that. Did you get a chance to hear Archie Roach sing last night? I used to know him and his wife Ruby (TP used to manage AR, play, tour, and “hang-out” with them in early 90’s) and I have to say every time I’d hear Archie or Ruby sing, tears would well up, no matter how many times I’d seen them live. They’d tell us stories about what abuse and hard times their people have (and still) go through, it’s so, so heartbreaking.

    Have another great, tear filled night tonight sk, and do take up the offers of “hangin’ out” with those guys!
    Love always,
    P.S. If you get a chance to talk to Archie, say hi from me and Tim!

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    Anonymous | 11 January 2008 at 12:47 am #

    somthing on 7.30 report tonite i believe, abc.

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    lily was here | 11 January 2008 at 1:03 am #

    Steve, You’re becoming what we say fondly out here “black on the inside” 🙂 Its an amazing thing when something moves you so much you feel a change within you. Yes, SUCH a huge topic, so many issues and problems, caused by ..oh, dont start me.. but what a beautiful night and must be great to be part of Kev’s mob.


    ps I heard Images of London live last night!! via an unexpected phone call from friends at the State Theatre!! It sounded crystal to me. They said it was Kev’s night and by all accounts one of THE most moving concerts ever, a huge array of talent. Please let there be a DVD.

    Who drove you home?!

    thanks 11:47

  6. avatar
    Ethereal Butterfly | 11 January 2008 at 1:23 am #

    Bless you

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    tim | 11 January 2008 at 1:31 am #

    its incredible how much we can learn from indigenous cultures if only we would listen how the world would be a different place.. a better place…taking only what we need from our mother earth…i hope you take up the invitations..

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    Brien Comerford | 11 January 2008 at 1:32 am #

    Plaudits for SK nailing Images of London. I’m in suburban Chicago but I have been kindly bestowed with the CD recording of it. I’m certain that he nailed it live.

    Belated accolades to Peter Garrett. He earnestly carried the torch on behalf of the aboriginal peoples for two decades. Good for him. Conversly, he’s a carnivore and that discredits his environmental credentials. The beef, pork, poultry and fishing industries are more responsible for global warming than all the emissions released by planes, trains, boats and automobiles.

    Brighter note on Midnight Oil. They were one of the greatest live bands ever!!

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    steve kilbey | 11 January 2008 at 1:52 am #

    no archie im afraid
    i gotta lift home from guitarists wife

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    glynnisjohns | 11 January 2008 at 2:48 am #

    Ahhhh, heartwarming is what it is!

    good to get thee kob webs cleaned out every once inner while

    you sound happy

    feels good to do good, eh?


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    Hellbound Heart | 11 January 2008 at 3:17 am #

    oh, the issues with indigenous people in australia are sadly mirrored around the world…taught in an outback school where 95% of the school population was aboriginal…the child neglect and abuse, the abuse of alcohol and drugs and presence of petrol-sniffing, the breakdown of family and community units, the negativity towards indigenous workers and white people in the community…i was a ‘green’ teacher on her first permanent position and it was the most confronting thing i’ve ever experienced…there’s so many issues that need to be addressed and rectified BUT it has to a joint effort from indigenous and non-indigenous people…
    love always…

  12. avatar
    Richard | 11 January 2008 at 4:58 am #

    Lady Di, you’ve hit the nail on the head about Missy Higgins. Not sure I’ve heard much from Sara Storer but the Waifs are another example. Even Sarah Blasko is guilty at times, and Kasey Chambers.

    The music and songs are fine but that affected accent shits me to high heaven.

    Someone who has fortunately bucked the trend is Bertie Blackman. Her first album was a folksy affair with singing very much in the Missy vein, but in the next (‘Black’) she completely lost the twang. And she is so much better for it.

    Living and working in the NT I see the best and the worst of aboriginal Australia: from the extraordinary affinity between the people and their country to the devastation wrought by years of alienation, boredom and grog.

    As much as I wish it were otherwise, I just cannot see a way that the fundamentally unmaterialistic and communal blackfella way can survive much longer in a world that is heading so inexorably in the opposite direction.

    As you say Steve, we do what we can. But can we (and by ‘we’ I’m rather presumptuously referring to western ‘civilisation’) make anything like the changes that would be necessary if aboriginal culture is to continue in other than a token form?

  13. avatar
    Celticat | 11 January 2008 at 5:11 am #

    Ripper Blog today Killer

    Love Celticat

  14. avatar
    PAGEY | 11 January 2008 at 5:16 am #

    Amazing Steve, wish i was there, i can only imagine. God Bless skill

  15. avatar
    knotme | 11 January 2008 at 5:32 am #

    took me months to figure this out
    missed you
    now, how to kill that avatar?

  16. avatar
    athpernath | 11 January 2008 at 6:52 am #

    beautiful. in a way i had to look up “poignant” in the dictionary. just beautiful.

  17. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 11 January 2008 at 7:32 am #

    WRITE ON!!!
    NE IKO

  18. avatar
    melissa | 11 January 2008 at 9:04 am #

    Good for you Steve .. sounded like a really special evening 🙂

    Hope tonight is just as good!

  19. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 11 January 2008 at 9:18 am #

    Look, Brien Comerford, I recently decided to become a vegetarian myself, and I’m glad that I did, but I don’t think that Peter Garret being a carnivore discredits his environmental credits, and what he’s done on behalf of the Aboriginals. To my knowledge Aboriginals are carnivores, too. Does that mean that they don’t deserve the support of someone like Peter Garret?

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    Anonymous | 11 January 2008 at 9:55 am #

    hear hear with the weird “aussie” twang, part irish, part, I dunno, old folky – like you Richard it really gets my goat! Sarah storer seems to be losing hers with the passing of the years… maybe it’s a beginners thing..

    appropos Indigenous issues, yeah, same as Richard again…it’s a huge subject. I have fought in the trenches and have the scars (literally)…but what always gets me is why some people can’t accomodate Aboriginal people having jobs and houses and cars AND practicing their cultural customs, like the Vietnamese, the Greeks, the Indians…etc
    It’s an obsession borne originally of racism and subsequently of guilt

    People are people; the Good the Bad and the Ugly…White, Black or Yella

    I look forward to the vid/dvd/tv program – your version sounds pretty darn good SK


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    Anonymous | 11 January 2008 at 11:29 am #

    I’m English and you’re right, Steve: we ruin everything. There’s a horrible, nasty, petty and spiteful violent side to us that I hate. This idea that other people have of us that we’re all like the Queen or wear bowler hats n live in country mansions – hah! We are small, narrow, hateful, grey and vindictive. Your dad’s generation were the best of us, Steve. Then the striking miners who fought so hard for so long against Thatcher but were eventually crushed by coward police in riot gear, a neo-Con extremist state & traitors in their own ranks. The last of the ordinary, genuine, ‘salt of the earth’ good blokes. Now the whole country is like an open prison. I am English – but fuck, I hate the English.

  22. avatar
    lily was here | 11 January 2008 at 12:53 pm #

    There was the quickest of glimpses of you on the ABC 7.30 Report tonite in the finale but you had the most beautiful look/smile on your face!

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    matthew | 11 January 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    YEAHH!! Cool stuff SK, proud of you man.

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    restaurant mark | 11 January 2008 at 2:09 pm #

    good to hear the show went great…happy for you and all involved. the aboriginal people have long been pushed aside…at least that’s the view we always get here…from the things i’ve seen…seems similar to our native americans in certain ways. i purchased an aboriginal made and painted diggerridoo (sp probably bad on that one) about ten years ago…got it from a guy fred tietjen in san francisco, real nice guy. supposedly most of the money for the instruments went back to the aboriginal people who made them…so that was my part i guess. lovely instrument, by the way…hard for me to do the circular breathing though…stopped up nose all the time. i can make the sounds and loop them…cheating, i know.

    take care everyone

    “like a spare prick at a prostitutes wedding”
    that’s just funny!

  25. avatar
    not amused | 11 January 2008 at 2:12 pm #

    It may have been funny in 1606 when it was first coined, but it’s certainly less than amusing now.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    “Chuck a William” – now that’s funny!

  27. avatar
    Cee | 11 January 2008 at 3:30 pm #

    we honoured kev
    and we honoured what he stands for
    and we, as musicians, in our own way
    we did what we could
    thats all you can do
    isnt it?

    Honoramos a Kev y honoramos lo que representa, y como musicos, en nuestra manera, hicimos lo que pudimos y eso es todo lo que se puede hacer, no?


  28. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 11 January 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    Thomas Thomsen:

    Don’t distort my comment!! I clearly praised Peter Garrett for being an advocate for the aboriginal peoples. You obvioulsy don’t know that the meat, pork, poultry and fishing industries are responsible for massive pollution, global warming, deforestation, water crises, the destruction of marine and terrestrial ecosystems, the extinction of innumerable wildlife species; the decimation of wetlands, forests, coral reefs and nature habitats. All the corn, grains and soy used to fatten mistreated “food animals” could be used to feed hungry people to end human starvation. There are also inviolable moral, spiritual and animal welfare reasons for eschewing flesh-foods.

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    fantasticandy | 11 January 2008 at 4:09 pm #

    you are an intensely passionate individual to say the least!

    i would say that coupled with inteligence and a strong sense of social and moral responsibility, it is in your case, no bad thing.

    not unlike kev, or even SK himself.

    do think about the blood pressure though my friend!
    andy L.

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    davem | 11 January 2008 at 4:28 pm #

    Sounds like a fab night.
    We could do with some of that healing over here. Lots of nasty racial tension bubbling away. We just need to love and tolerate each other more don’t we? Make a bit of space for different opinions?
    Lots of issues over here in blighty but I’d have to disagree with previous poster…there are still loads of great folk….I mean look at me, AndyL and Fireseed. Tee Hee.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2008 at 4:42 pm #

    ok yeah, it’s infinitely better here now than it was under Thatcher. If people had to go back to that level of unrelenting bloody misery and oppression for 6 months they would suck Satan’s cock to have Blair back! Or even Brown!

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    isolde | 11 January 2008 at 6:03 pm #

    the 7.30 report segment can be and should be watched here its the first video online at

    listen to clare b and understand the massive ignorance amongst white Australia about Aboriginal people which allows us to continue to disregard them and continue in our comfortable existences and shockingly most of us are not even aware of our massive prejudice and ignorance

    how easy is it to focus on the negatives and ignore the strength and self determination that is growing in this country, every time you see media coverage portraying our fellow Indigenous Australians negatively think about what the agenda behind that is and how it is being used to grind them down further

    and fellow commenters, isn’t it a bit bloody petty to be whinging about accents when the message is so important? when so much was done to get this show together? or would you prefer reconciliation efforts to be made only by those as cultivated as yourselves?

  33. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 11 January 2008 at 6:05 pm #


    My passion for animal rights is killing me. It consumes me. I could never be an Environmental Minister either. Many environmentalists want to cull invasive animal species. Not me. I’m on the lunatic fringe with Chrissie Hynde and Morrissey. SK and MACCA handle it in a more serene manner. My favorite song is “Tranquility”. It’s an audio narcotic that spiritually sedates.

  34. avatar
    John | 11 January 2008 at 6:10 pm #

    “we did what we could
    thats all you can do
    isnt it?”

    Makes sense.

    John Garratt

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    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 11 January 2008 at 7:08 pm #

    Brien, it’s not that I’m trying to discredit you. I know your heart is in the right place – I just felt like you were sort of contradicting yourself. I am a supporter of WSPA myself, so I understand where you’re coming from.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2008 at 10:50 pm #

    unified field!

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    Fireseed | 11 January 2008 at 11:40 pm #

    i think i understand what steve’s saying about the english…

    but i agree with my fellow brummie, dave m – people are people, are they not?

    the answer to a compassion deficit is to up the compassion

    and if there’s one thing you read this year, i heartily recommend matthew ricard’s ‘happiness’ to all you time beingers out there

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    Gelar | 12 January 2008 at 3:14 am #

    We cant blame all white fellas though. The indigenous population is now only about 2% of the whole aussie multicultural population. Not many living within the general population. They dont figure in most peoples peripheral except when Peter Garrett gets on telly. Just for the record, indigenous people in the Territory boo’ed him off the stage in the mid 80S. Midnight Oil havent been back since. Gave everyone a laugh though.
    Black fella’s just want their pride back, respect and to feel valued in white society. Bring their culture into the school curriculum as a mandatory thing and do something positive about the alcohol and violence because that IS a major problem that white fella needs to take responsibility for as well. No point saying it doesnt exist. Its the reason their kids dont go to school and the parents dont seek medical help when its there. I love them. I teach them in my own stupid white man way. I try to help them, sometimes guide them but its not easy.
    Its alright if its not in your backyard, aint that the sad truth. And dont fucking forget about the modern aboriginal too. Hes just as important as the ones who choose to live outback and go native. Buy their paintings. Buy their music. Say hello. What about the positives of the generation. Ernie Dingo, Cathy Freeman etc, they are successful. They had white fella support and they can stand up there and be great examples. It goes both ways. Both sides need to forgive, forget and move on baby. Its gone too far past the point of return. A lotta black fellas dont want to go back to the bush! Too late for that. They want XBoxes and Austar too.Ask their kids. But they want their culture to live on and be respected. Give them that like Steve and the mob did at the State Theatre.

    Kilbey you did a great thing.

  39. avatar
    CSTCoach | 12 January 2008 at 5:24 am #

    Wow – sounds like an absolutely incredible experience. Very happy for ya SK. What an incredible thing to be a part of.


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    eek | 14 January 2008 at 10:23 am #

    Sounds like a wonderful experience both for the performers and the audience.

    And just by writing about it you got even more people to think about the issue. How cool is that? 🙂

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