posted on December 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm

neo platonic noodle

i abdicate my throne by the ocean sure the waves still roll in

i command c shift

but then no control escape

i am english to the bone

a real angle

from germany originally

but these  isles hath changed me over hundreds of years

now i stand on this verdant earth a simple spirit

a creature of wood stream and dangling dream

i inhabit the pearled pastures of bag daddy prince

i walk through streets of your town clad in hints

i dont mince my worlds i don’t grade my dope

my  music trapped within the future that slowly thaws

fragile songlets snapped in birth pulled too hard from the thin air

i dream of the jean jeannie and genius genes between scenes

i sing U23 i sing P=A i sing for my uppers

i sing the stupid words some voice whispers in my ear

i appear and reappear

loved by old deers but my rents in arrears

he smiles more like sneers his miles in rearview dials

a smirky transparent apparent jester just a joker another bloke a

contestant a contender a pretender dim fog a cog in an axle

we turn and return we burn over terrain

we improve our grasp on a slippery truth hangs in a branch

on some tree of life

on an afternoon like this morning





45 Responses to “scenes from a perfect summer”

  1. avatar
    eekie | 29 December 2011 at 1:55 am #

    “on an afternoon like this morning”

    I love that line.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 29 December 2011 at 2:53 am #

    That was beautiful SK…simply beautiful.

    Have a Grand Day !!!!


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      caitbrid | 31 December 2011 at 8:56 am #

      Yes it was. Thank you Darrin for your kind words about parent loss. Xmas was very hard without my mom. SHe left 2 gifts for me that she had had my aunt go out and buy 2 weeks before she died. My brothers gave them to me after all the other presents were opened. A beautiful garnet (birthstone) necklace and another gift I can’t open til my birthday. Needless to say I spent the next half hour sobbing. I never expected it.

      Happy New Year!
      Kathleen in Philly

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 31 December 2011 at 1:47 pm #

        Same to you Kathy…may 2012 take you on a path that is full of peace, solitude , and unconditional love. And memories become the snapshots that light smiles on to your face.


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        Steven Krut | 31 December 2011 at 5:02 pm #

        I’m very sorry about your mom, Kathleen.

  3. avatar
    Steven Krut | 29 December 2011 at 4:43 am #

    I suppose there could be something like a political spectrum of Steve Kilbey fans. At one end of the spectrum are the progressives. Progressive Steve Kilbey fans adapt and interpret Steve’s words to the world they see around them. For them, Steve’s images are alive, dynamic, and representative. At the other end of the spectrum, though, are the fundamentalists. Fundamentalist Steve Kilbey fans believe that every word Steve writes is literally true. So they think Steve actually physically did abdicate his throne by the ocean. (Perhaps it wasn’t very comfortable to sit in.) They think he really did walk through the streets of their towns clad in hints. (Perhaps he wrote the hints on note cards and taped them to his body.) To them, Steve obviously has magical powers and can exist at different times and places at the same time. He can transform his physical appearance and become any creature of ancient lore that he chooses. He’s not even human, they’re sure, but some higher being who’s visiting from a mystical plane. Oh, and Steve’s big hit, Under the Milky-way? For them, that’s obviously a song about a guy who’s lost his keys. Or his wallet. The narrator of the song isn’t sure which he lost, but he wishes he knew.

    I’m a new age fundamentalist Steve Kilbey fan myself. I think every word Steve writes is literally true, but not in this universe – in a magical parallel universe where John Lennon is president and David Bowie owns a vacation home on the moon. 🙂

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 29 December 2011 at 12:15 pm #

      hey sk…i really fucking dig your analyses of the situation!

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 29 December 2011 at 1:01 pm #

      Very nice analysis, practically spot on. I love reading your contributions when u join theme fray. But my int question is: without MWP, PK, RP or forever now- the incomparable TP…were does thou see the existence of our beloved Kilbey, they all- each and every one- contributed to the magnificence that is Steven.

      Just Wondering,

    • avatar
      Lara | 29 December 2011 at 1:33 pm #

      But he IS clad in hints. I’ve even seen him drop a few.

      I say it’s all magic.

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      Anonymous | 29 December 2011 at 3:20 pm #

      of course he’s not human. he’s a chenjesu, there’s no doubt about it. he only pretends to eat and sleep, as you know the crystal sages need neither… advanced intellect, highly sensitive — come on, isn’t it clear? of course i might be wrong — he very well might be a trans-chenjesu, or even a chmmr though the latter seems unlikely

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 December 2011 at 5:38 am #

    “my music trapped within the future that slowly thaws”

    One of those unbelievably beautiful lines of prose.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania
    (Now in Cocoa Beach)

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    hellbound heart | 29 December 2011 at 8:21 am #

    a slippery truth…..yes, I like that image….truths can be very elusive….
    I try to live in truth and clarity, eyes focussed….
    love always…..

  6. avatar
    Stewart | 29 December 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    I confess that I’m not yet as familiar with your back catalogue as some others here. Before reading your blog I only had Starfish and had heard songs that got airplay some decades ago. Of course, I’ve since repented, reformed and am remedying my mischief. Anyway, I’ve not heard everything you’ve sung but I haven’t heard you sing a single stupid word.
    “my music trapped within the future that slowly thaws”: such beautiful imagery!

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    Karen | 29 December 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Id only hear the old stuff .. & stumbled apon this blog 18 months ago I dont even remeber how:O..but I love the poems the music the art
    I dunno what style of fan I am one of the old dearys prog nanny goat? anyway love this one

  8. avatar
    Ingrid | 29 December 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    Hey SK I love that you are “English to the Bone” and “from Germany originally” – I can really relate to that xxx

  9. avatar
    S | 29 December 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    A perfect discombobulation

    the year end coming i walk the streets without a story
    lined in emptiness
    dismembered for a day
    i try to weave through intact
    among the denizens of the sidewalk
    the snakes all hanging with marsupials
    the spiders trawling for peacocks
    adorned in bronzed delight
    the myopic emus, widened in gait
    but i am devoured, slice by slice
    the city opens its door to the dirty alley breath
    it sweats and inhales under middle class fiesta
    the flange feeds on the febrile
    too gentrified to ignite
    the clichés
    the sheik
    the mediocre
    so spitefully indiscreet
    café tables fill with doppelgangers
    while waiters hold their nerve
    ten dollars for a piece of cake
    if there is sin it lies here
    as crumbs line creviced bellies
    ersatz refreshments slake the shallow
    watching the beggar over there
    while the tram bell dims the toll
    i retreat without rebellion
    without jejune delight
    for now there is only blizzard
    soon will come the ballad

    have a great year in 2012

  10. avatar
    andy | 29 December 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    izzy 2 just arrived.
    it’s busy saving my life at this very moment…………

  11. avatar
    Ingrid | 29 December 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    Have a great time tomorrow night, I know what an awesome show it will be – wish I was going xxx

  12. avatar
    Michel | 29 December 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    “I abdicate my throne by the ocean”
    A starfish aground on a beach ?

  13. avatar
    davem | 29 December 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    Hi SK.
    Thanks so much for the Isidore CD. It’s just arrived.
    I’m so excited – going to give it a spin without delay.
    Love you lots,

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 December 2011 at 6:24 am #

    passing pavements too pitted the water falling no longer slickens roads on too long a journey as wheels turn and they turn disengaged from each break(or brake?)as we spiral into a summer’s reason for this day now brought forward with each spin takes its own way around from behind going next comes forever while the sun reflects against beads left there to settle never washed away from where we spend time (thank god for those bumps, otherwise the rest would have no resistance and then: why, all of that too would evaporate to vanish, given the general principles of mechanics; i.e. – for a dream passing through…) inside a mind not forgetting the distance before begins the rise of this rainbow… it always hovers cleverly to believe in and truth becomes lucid within those most glorious arching colors above all there is below to be kept safe — until the next summer comes and comes again and again and again… everything’s protected, safe without fade.

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    Crasher | 30 December 2011 at 10:20 am #

    c day today.
    sammy passed his exams,despite his 2000 word essay being 2 words short.
    we agreed “the end” would suffice to reach the target.
    the big surprise is another friend.
    georgie is a melbourne train driver.
    he’s been playing all 3 albums over and over in his train for the past few weeks. he loves space saviour.
    even though he’s seen the church 3 or 4 times, and enjoyed the shows, he’d never got “into” the church canon.
    but, by jove, he’s crossed over. he gets it.
    only 8 hours to go.
    slay ’em

  16. Kraig
    Kraig | 30 December 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    I’m still waiting for izzy2 to arrive, is it on the way!? I just got Marty’s Noctorum CD, it’s very nice, awesome! Nice read today Steve! Thanks! Can’t wait for the Isidore CD to arrive 🙂


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      thetimebeing | 30 December 2011 at 9:48 pm #

      all isis got posted late to north america due to an overwhelming demand
      they are on their way!!

      • Kraig
        Kraig | 31 December 2011 at 4:00 am #

        You DUH MAN! Don’t care if they’re late, we’re actually getting them early under SKP! You’re the BOMB Steve!

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      Michel | 31 December 2011 at 3:09 am #

      Isidore arrived yesterday in France (Noctorum has not yet crossed the channel…).
      I put it on my car cd player this morning. I got out of the car at the end of “old black spirit” and I was feeling happily dizzy. I love this feeling. Music is the only drug. LSE Izzy will make you dizzy !
      Thanks again Mr Kilbey, thanks Mr Cain !
      Michel “still dizzy after all these years”

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    Linjo | 30 December 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    I think you would have to go back a long way to really know where you came from dear Steve. Have been watching ‘The History of Scotland’. We are all Gauls, Pics, Saxons, Celts, Anglais, Normans (and god it is hard to work out who is mixed with who) Such magical mystical stuff Mr Druid! Neil Oliver is my pin up (with you) xxx

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    Heather Daydream | 31 December 2011 at 2:41 am #

    Happy New Year Steven and all the ttb-ers too. May your music continue to meander merge materialise and meme through 2012 and beyond


  19. avatar
    . | 31 December 2011 at 3:19 am #

    what’s the voice that whispers in your ear
    is it the echo of what you were last year
    or the projection of the other you, absolved from fear

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    caitbrid | 31 December 2011 at 8:50 am #

    I always thought you had a little Irish in you. And the Celts were everywhere in Europe before they got to the edge of it. Thanks as always for your wonderful words. I’ve been listening to a song you might like if you haven’t heard it. “Young Bride” by Midlake (from Texas USA). Happiest New Year!

    xo Kathleen in Philly

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    Crasher | 31 December 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    sitting here sweating in the afterglow (bloody hot and humid today).
    my take on last night’s twoderful show ( yes better than wonderful).
    lots of highlights, no lowlights.
    the entree was a smorgasbord of delight.
    my faves..on angel street,sunken sun,anchorage lunar and operetta.
    side two in the old LP format..shudderingly emotional.
    the main beautifully baked, nothing overcooked.
    georgie sitting beside me, yelling out after mistress ” that was the one i didn’t like so much, now i love it”.
    when dessert arrived, i was so full, but loosened the belt a couple of notches.
    it was faves..all faves. hotel womb was a brilliant
    climactic encore to crasher’s gig of the year.
    before that it was black mountain way back in february at the corner.
    gluttony being last night’s pleasurable sin i churchmerched isidore 1, unearthed, jammed, honey mink forever and a couple of t-shirts.
    i them asked for a bag for my booty.
    shelled out a little more dosh for the shoulder bag.
    it’s great to see the shoulder bag back in fashion.
    an accessory i always had in the seventies.
    it make a chap walk with some poise.
    i could have written a 2000 word essay on last night’s experience, but this will suffice for now.
    hope your ears have a rest.
    have a great new year steve.

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    Crasher | 31 December 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    ps.. there’s a typo in there..i hate making typos.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 31 December 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    I do not know if you will share with us some parting words to this very odd year that we all endured. Many great things have happened and a world of sadness has also filled the hearts of many.
    Hopefully 2012 will bring the fulfillment and great health that everyone , starting from SK …down to the most recent blogge.

    Happy New Year Steve Kilbey !!!

    And Happy New Year to each and everyone..Please be safe and healthy and may all your hearts feel the unique rhythm that our beloved moderator has created and continues to share for the world to enjoy.


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