posted on January 17, 2010 at 8:40 pm

morning comes
well you can depend on it cant ya?
in some bizarre future
i have reincarnated as some old white freckly guy
i stand in the mirror looking at myself
ooh its hard to judge
1 minute i think
yeah you look ok for 55
1 minute i think
yeah you look 55
no one can avoid age can they?
yes i have the wrinkles n lines to prove it
my beard is almost all white
my hair is still brown
my temples are grey
tim says to me
old age is coming from below for you
yes my hair is still brown
hardly any any grey
its a little thinner than my heyday 25 years ago
but its still there despite it all
not too bad actually when you see blokes of 30 with no hair at all
my teeth…ah…yellow cracked n a few rotten
yeah im getting em looked at soon
my dentist always calls in his staff
look at this mans enamel….worn away to the dentine …!
good on ya tooth quack
boy not looking forward to expense n discomfort involved
my eyes are their usual selves
the only nice thing i heard elli say about me while she was here:
scarlets got those amazing eyes like daddy
ah well they dont look too amazing at 6.55 am
just bleary
i cant see myself so well close up
thanks to my fading eye sight n my misadventure with the champers cork
of course my ears ring ring ring a high horrible tone or tones
yoga has straightened me out n up of course
i try to do 2 sessions a day
i sometimes dont make the complete 2
but now i am accelerating backwards physically in time
that is
my body itself is more supple more in tune more able
than it was in my bloody heyday n my payday 25 years ago
i meet people they say you look younger than before
i surmise youth is suggested in body language
the loose limbed walk of the young fella
the miserable shuffle of the old bloke
well i aint gonna shuffle baby not yet
not for you or old age
and baby oh old age is surely breathing down my neck
but you see my intuitive plan
was swim yoga vegan (almost)
swim for the deep but not convulsive exercise
so you finish a good workout but not redfaced n sweaty n breathless
youre cool childe
youre sleek like a fish
you practiced the elegant art of swimming
and oh boy them fuckin’ endorphins
you dont think the olde time being
staggers away from yonder pool
loaded to the eyeballs on endorphins
theyre free baby theyre free
and i know youd go to any trouble to score
so go to the trouble of a 1 k swim
i guarantee you’ll be high
yeah i love being high
i dont like feeling low
i read that exercise fights off de-gen brain diseases too
well the mind n the spirit n the body
come on
if they arent interconnected
then neither are your fingers n thumbs n hands
so oh swimming
good for your body
good for your soul
what more do ya want
in cold water even better
then of course theres yoga
and yoga is a sublime path
yoga can only lead you to better things
yoga is the only real antidote to time i have found
and you persevere year in year out
gonna take a while to re shape my body n bones
but i know when i hit 60
i’m gonna hit the ground flexible
its quite miraculous
the rejuvenation process
people who last saw me play in the nineties
or early 2000
shocked at what i have become
in a good way
how great it is to shock people in a good way
when i limber out all bendy bouncy and fit
look you can do it too
cant you see its working
its fuelling my late life creative spurt too mr humphries
in more ways than one that is too
i feel confident to take anything on
though i still ruin almost all practical things i attempt
yoga n swimming havent fixed that
being a vegan
you wanna ever see your cheekbones n jawline again brother
i suggest you eat right
its not a pleasant pill to swallow …at first
no more more beer n cheese n meat n eggs n milk
get off yer bum
walk about
i walk at least 5 k everyday often at a very high speed
i run up steps
i never slow down
i march hard n its effortless
i see dads in playground 20 years younger than me
they waddle around with their love handles n blubber
they puff n pant if they have to chase the kids
i feel sorry for em
what the fuck will they look like
and feel like at my age…?
how disappointed their wives will be
to be married to a big old puffing wreck
come on its a challenge
lets fucking defy this zeitgeist
lets fucking get fit
lets get mobile
lets get some spring in yer step
even if like me
youre approaching winter
i will not go quietly into that good night
i’m gonna investigate the multiplication effects
of swimming yoga n vegan (almost) diet
i expect to look younger next year (except my face of course)
i expect to be writing better songs
i expect to be painting better paintings
and most of all
if youre (un)lucky enuff to see my band
you’ll notice my unfettered delight
in poncing about at my ripe old age
and showing off
the results
of all my hard work
(not normally a characteristic most people associate with me)
now gotta do it
gonna hit the front garden and bend this machine
this amazing machine we been given by god
it does everything n keeps the rain out of our brain
so you gotta tune it up
i do anyway
now i’m on this yogic path can never should never stop
art music yoga swimming singing summer
i’m a lucky guy
i know
i do know

28 Responses to “rise up like a bird”

  1. avatar
    davem | 17 January 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    Ok..I hear you!!
    It is amazing to look at piccies of you from 10 years ago and where you've reached now.
    I promised to get fitter in 2010 and then fell on my arse last week in the snow and twisted my knee.
    Whilst totally veggie I do consume too much wine, ale and cheese and I'm now having a bash at being vegan Monday – Friday.
    5' 10" and 14 stone is distinctly unimpressive…..

  2. avatar
    veleska1970 | 17 January 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    you are such an inspiration, steve. and you look G-R-E-A-T!!!!

    i hope to be in as good of shape as you when i reach 55. next sunday will be my 40th birthday, and i'm not as near of good of shape as you are. it's my own damned fault, too. but, i have been fixing that, slowly but surely. i take my german shepherd for daily walks, and it's about a mile. i also work out on my husband's exercise machine.

    i haven't been able to do the yoga just yet. i'm too out of shape and heavy for that. i used to run and do yoga daily, but that was a few years ago. amazing how fast you get out of shape!!

    "art music yoga swimming singing summer "
    yeah, you're right!!

    "i'm a lucky guy"
    thank you!!!

    lotza love……

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 January 2010 at 11:18 pm #

    just regarding below…
    "i see dads in playground 20 years younger than me
    they waddle around with their love handles n blubber
    they puff n pant if they have to chase the kids
    i feel sorry for em
    what the fuck will they look like
    and feel like at my age…?"

    I understand your viewpoint but hey dude, I saw ya in yer 40s and it wasn't real pretty either! so there's still hope for us bloated dads me thinks!! and good on ya for turning it around like you did…



  4. avatar
    Freddie | 17 January 2010 at 11:49 pm #

    You are inspiring and hot…uh I mean it is hot in FL today. Yeah, I'm back to yoga every day now, twice on a few days of the week. I think you look better now than at the first concert I saw in 1999.

  5. avatar
    esne snoner | 17 January 2010 at 11:57 pm #

    inspiring stuff as usual sk – had a nice blast through the country last night with p=a playing very loudly on the car stereo and the usual thoughts of the timelessness of your music

    probably as a result of that then last night in dreamtime i was witnessing the band in full flight and all 4 looking very fit and committed – me thinking (dreaming) you are definitely ready still/again for bigger stages and audiences – it all seemed very real

    and back to reality – this blog entry confirming your desire and readiness for it all – it's going to happen methinks

    going for a big long brisk walk now…

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 January 2010 at 12:02 am #

    too depressed to comment
    but i have started yoga
    and i
    hate your chin too

  7. avatar
    cazziem | 18 January 2010 at 12:29 am #

    Geeze SK, how many hours in your day??
    Yoga and pilates are apparently the best forms of exercise for me personally, but being used to dashing around at 100 miles an hour, not sure it I could cope with the speed element. I have an uncle who’ll be 77 this year and it’s only been the last couple of years that he’s got that salt ‘n’ pepper effect on his head, yet for a long time now if he’s grown a beard it’s been as white as snow. Looks kinda strange, but nice at the same time, but don’t knock the bald men Mr K, I can cope with that, its bald chests that are off-putting. After all, a girl can’t snuggle up to a hairy head. Haha!

    Well, this was a very healthy blog today, and judging by the last three lines it looks as through writing about exercise gets the endorphins active nearly as much as doing it. 2009’s tour was ‘so love may find us’, could 2010 be ‘Work Out With SK’???

  8. avatar
    princey | 18 January 2010 at 12:39 am #

    Thanks for this blog sk, it's inspired me to look at ageing as a positive thing and to make the most of what we have, to look after ourselves etc, cos for the first time, I've been feeling kinda low about ageing another year in a few days. I even bought anti-ageing moisturiser made for mid-40's women to "fight the signs of ageing" what a joke!, I know, but for some reason I'm feeling that fear of getting old.
    Anyway, thanks again for this blog, you'll always be the English Adonis in my eyes sk :)))))
    love Amanda

  9. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 18 January 2010 at 1:59 am #

    In high school I was MVP of the tennis team for three years. In 1979-1980 I was MVP of the University of San Diego cross country track team. I used to be a really fit vegetarian. Now I'm an overly beefy vegetarian who walks for exercise. The only good thing I can say about myself is that my vegetarianism has always exclusively been for animal rights reasons !! Thats why Chrissie Hynde is my heroine. She's still thin and in shape but her cause is solely animal welfare.

  10. avatar
    Steven Krut | 18 January 2010 at 4:23 am #

    I'm not sure why I ignore the advice of family and friends and only jump into action when one of my favorite rock dudes posts the same advice on his blog, but that's the way it is. You get me excited about being fit again like I used to be, Steve. Last month when you posted something similar and got me inspired, I cut out everything except for vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and some lean meat. Since then I've lost 6 of the 30 pounds I need to lose to look and feel like my old self. I went to a yoga session at my health club. I've joined a tennis league. I've started riding my bicycle. I'm going to do it. I have to.

  11. avatar
    steve kilbey | 18 January 2010 at 4:57 am #

    good on ya steve krut!!!!!!
    good on you
    the other sk

  12. avatar
    Belfrank | 18 January 2010 at 5:22 am #

    4 months of yoga later – what took me so long to take your advice? It truly is the key to healthy physical and mental living. Still working on the vegan and I can't swim, but I do 5 miles in the gym 4 to 5 times a week. It's not all inspired by you, but your example is inspirational considering how your life has changed for the better in the 15 years I've known you. Good on you SK. The Church get better too.
    love you man,

  13. avatar
    Peaceful Shambhala | 18 January 2010 at 5:24 am #

    I've been working out now for a few months, mostly hiking and walking daily. It has been a slow but steady go. I have gained a lot of strength and lost a bit of weight (quite nicely btw!)
    Maybe yoga is in my future? Still a ways to go, you inspired me dude! Long ago when you fought for it! When you were faced with your fat future, was that in 1999? 2000? Somewhere back in time. I remember you in Chicago, sort of carrying the chub. I have hope for those Dads, some will die, some will thrive and strive like you do when you get to some mysterious point, of no return…

  14. avatar
    SD | 18 January 2010 at 6:28 am #

    SK: "then of course theres yoga
    and yoga is a sublime path"


    A recent Twitter conversation between…

    Veronica: deepak whats the highest form of service? Prayer, words or action?

    Deepak: Karma Yoga…Karma Yoga is the dedication of the fruits of one's actions to the divine

  15. avatar
    lily was here | 18 January 2010 at 7:30 am #

    Mmm, I so needed this today SK. We need to make it our first and foremost priority, because everything else does fall into place if we exercise and get healthier. We need to move to groove!


    ps Outbound is a fantastic exercise track you know!

  16. avatar
    melissa | 18 January 2010 at 8:08 am #


    seriously, I think exercise is the only thing that keeps me sane! If I fall off the wagon, (like I have over the past month) everything just goes downhill.

    That post-swim is the best feeling ever!! 😀 Thanks SK for the reminder, back to work tomorrow 😉


  17. avatar
    eek | 18 January 2010 at 8:23 am #

    "my dentist always calls in his staff
    look at this mans enamel….worn away to the dentine …!"

    Oh yeah, that's just what you want to hear, isn't it? Many years ago I was struck in the mouth by a horse we had just bought, knocking one of my teeth back (not out though). A few days later the orthodontist looking at my teeth calls out "hey, come look at this!" and everyone in the office — the other orthodontist, all the technicians, even the receptionists — dash over and stare at my teeth. lol!

    "no one can avoid age can they?"

    Well, you can, but you don't live very long if you do.

  18. avatar
    linjo | 18 January 2010 at 9:51 am #

    What do they say Steve, 50% genes, 50% lifestyle. I work in a medical practice where a lovely old geezer came in today with his daughter, he was 98 and had never been in hospital, WFT!! I ask her what his longevity was due to and she said moderation, eg a little bit of this and a little bit of that but not too much of anything.
    As for the teeth, my teeth have never been too white due to anti biotics as a babe. Anyway, to get porcelain veneers here is $1500 per tooth but in Thailand about $300 max. So I am going over at the end of the year hopefully to make myself even more beautiful (err right!!).
    Low carbo diet and lots of protein (ie nuts seeds legumes, cheese (sorry) fish, eggs (free range) is the only way to go to keep the weight off. Diet is a dirty word!! eating sugar and high refined carbs make the appetite go ballistic. Yes, I am slim and walk everyday but my carbo addiction comes from beer intermittently which I wish I could stop doing. Happy days, Linda x

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 January 2010 at 10:50 am #

    5k a day! you are in great shape

  20. avatar
    robertmadore | 18 January 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    Positive and Powerful!

  21. avatar
    CSTCoach | 18 January 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    good on ya SK. an inspiration across many fields. looking fwd to seeing how yer powers manifest in 2010 🙂

  22. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 18 January 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    Sk has constructively motivated me today. I'm going to walk approximately three miles to perform shopping duties in cold weather.
    Historical Notes
    Tolstoy was a vegetarian and he was a major influence on Gandhi. On a related matter America is celebrating Martin Luther King's day today. He was profoundly influenced by Gandhi !

  23. avatar
    Melquiades | 18 January 2010 at 6:31 pm #

    I'm doing Bikram this week. hopefully to get on a regimen. you're an inspiration Steve.


  24. avatar
    jaime r... | 18 January 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    Im starting up a bikram yoga stint here and Im really amped up.. I have been on a steady path of health for a long time now.. for which I am grateful to myself for having the right practices in my life..
    I havent been sick for about 4 yrs now.. not even a cold!!.. and Im still learning more and more each day about how to feel better..
    real inspiring here SK keep on talking about it.. It feeds us in a real way!
    the new Operetta ep is pretty bitchin.. like the particle jam alot.. and the Moon hangs.. real nice atmospherics.. really enjoy that floaty underwater quality yu guys create… nice and lush.. wishing ya the best..
    blessings to all..
    Om tat sat.. om..

  25. avatar
    mandn | 18 January 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    Last time I saw you Orpheus you looked lovely.
    Surrounded by fans and them chatting at you about nothing interesting. You were ever so gracious as not to tell them how bored you really were.

    Still, you're looking better than most people lately.
    I'd love to join you in those swims. My happiest days as a child were spent swimming in our pool. Days when we'd spend all daylight hours in the water and come out all pruney and waterlogged. Sometimes I'd sneak out for a swim at 2 in the morning. Those were the best swims I ever had.


  26. avatar
    pennybridge | 18 January 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    Vi vet redan att du är en fantastisk allkonstnär
    Och nu även, vår favvo hälsoguru
    (Inte den läskiga pretto-typen)

    Något att lägga till i ditt CV
    om du, Gud förbjude,
    tvingas leta jobb

    Personligen skippar jag gräs från min må-bra-lista
    Men lägger till svart kaffe, mörk choklad och vin.

    Den bästa motionen är trots allt gratis…
    Solhälsningen? Hur var det nu igen …

    Du är bäst!
    (Orkar ej översätta. Hoppas du fattar?)

  27. avatar
    Ernie | 22 January 2010 at 4:29 pm #


  28. avatar
    gavgams | 25 January 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    Seriously, …you're a bloody good inspiration. And all the guys in the Church and working with you.

    I remember another SK who could have been sadly like others who never got out of the vortex, took the easy way out maybe… traded all the cash .. like in the swan song / lullaby.

    Gotta have the temple right for long term, sustained development and growth.

    I think we all take pride too.. in our faith in the band o crunch and the great music you've been giving us.

    Geez, that low oboe sound in Sealine is just a corker.

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