posted on September 9, 2010 at 11:09 pm

SK + sk

essay on my songs

how many have i written

how many have you herd

how many and how much releases

i started writing songs at 11

i wrote two and then i stopped till 16

then i started again i guess

actually some the the 16 year olds were worse than 11s

yeah writing songs my people

thats what i’m best at in the long run

thats my real day job

writing songs

you listen to all your favourites

from all of that and all of you

concoct a delicious blend


how to delicify the concoction

well a nice beat

boom boom whack boom boom whack thump crash etc

leave that to the drummer he’ll know best for sure

oh now this bits important

more than anything else

get the bass right, right?

the bass is the thing

i realised that

so did paul


and a few others i could mention

the bass makes the changes

simple subtle gently pulsating bass mmmmm

warm and inviting

oh so enticing

the cake not the icing

mighty obliging

the bass guitar

pluck it slap it pick it lash it strum it thumb it

the deep end fix that knock ya for uh seven, steven

the lowdown hit of creamy bass

like a white shot in your hart

for some songs bass is everything

but for other songs the bass just plods along

plodding songs are ok

yo-o heave ho

father why are the pleasants plodding

father whither pleasants plod

the peasants plod each silly sod my son

yo-o heave ho yo whatsup?

look anysong is good song

you dont need a fucking bass for goodsong

you need number one

a melody!

thats it

thats the secret folks

a good tune ya could whistle down the winding and long road

no one can tell ya how to do that

it just sorta happens

a million or none ways

i dunno

they can never really teach ya that

that sublime moment a good melody jumps inner ya head

it cometh out of nowhere

one minute not there

next minute youre singing it

thats what grant could do

its a gift some have

you can work on it hard and itll blossom n bloom soon

a lot of work can potentiate a small gift

a lot of practice and diligence takes a medium gift right up there

and then after melody you have the optimum words

those fascinating scintillating gems n pearls

about cars n girls greek myths what ifs travel and love

those meaningless words why do they mean so much

how you gonna write that?

you gotta get inside the language of song

you think about it all day long

every word n phrase turned over for sweet suitability

my songs have words

words i dredge my mind for

words i struggle with for ages about 2 seconds

come on my words fly to me outta thin air

my computer like mind interfaced with collectable subconscious

link up with esoteric etheric spirit

which guides and commissions the process

the eternal you

drawing on everything

because a song could theoretically contain everything

go on try chucking random bits of everything in a lyric

see…it aint so easy

you need that leap of faith no timidity please

you need love too

you need to love your song a bit

give it some deep love because it will nourish it

try for the best words only

feel in your heart when you have some good ones

they’ll impress you

let yourself be therefore impressed

instruments you need in varying degrees

guitars of course

piano colada

strings n horns n harps n drones

gonna stitch you up when you come undone

muse : a clever little bastard…

me : you like that…?

and let the instruments be suitable also

dont let them trumpets blow it for ya

dont let that fuzz guitar distort yer perception

dont let the snare rattle you too much

dont let the 88s do a number on ya

dont let the bass go so easy

but dont let it go hard

a simple sigh man

a bass cleft

bass n drum go hand in hand

whatever that means

you already knew it

how they reinforce the other

how they dictate their terms to each other

to interweave maybe

but to collide …never!

this is the important stuff

but you can never say just what it is

but i can only tell ya my version

many ways to skin a song

come in thru the strangest doors

just a title

think of all the great titles you ever saw or heard

the ones that grabbed ya good

get a good title

thats all you might need

mind you not guaranteed

here are some of my favourite song titles

in no particular world order

cirrus minor

strawberry fields forever

queen jane approximately

i want you

eight miles high

king is white and in the crowd

seven by seven

elemental child

moonage daydream

search and destroy

sweet thing/candidate


the end



guiding light

mercury towers

zen archer

i dunno a lot more too

i mean millions of em

good titles

i guess

maybe not millions

but theyre not that hard to beg borrow or steal

go on nick it!

i do

they all fucking do

just help yerself to someones novels title

i do

come on shakespeare aint gonna sue ya if ya use a line from macbeth

nick it pick out the bits ya want

go on lift from me

i dont mind

its a complement

use the good stuff thats what its there for

a line outta the bible its pure authenticity

i mean how much more authentic can ya be than adam n eve

you could write a rock opera about them

muse : oh some rich guy, go on, commission him…….

adam n eve by steve kilbey

a new rock opera

adam is some troubled type

sings deep and complicated stuff

eve sings wordless in operatic ecstasies

the snake is a fucking rapper ha ha ha

rapping how the big apple is outta sight

come on evie take a lil bite

the lyrics you liable to find in the bible

asked nick emptor cave

ask paul simon or some other geeza

ok thats enuff for one day

got my opening knight tomorrow

must rehearse all day

im nervous now

good night ladies n gentlemen


43 Responses to “silent type”

  1. avatar
    cazziem | 9 September 2010 at 11:55 pm #

    Yes I agree you most definitely are a song writer, and in my humble a VERY good one. Never written a song myself, but lost count of the number of poems I’ve written. I tend to initially start with lots of words that perhaps don’t mean anything, but once I feel the rhythm of the piece the words slot in like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. Don’t know if this is the same for you SK?

    Wish you the very best of luck for you opening night and just in case you’re too busy to visit us here over the next few days, I also want to send you love for your Birthday on Monday. xx

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    jcole | 9 September 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    really appreciate the blog today steve. been hoping for something along those lines. thanks!

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    evilren | 10 September 2010 at 12:02 am #

    Thanks for the music advice Steve, I really needed that. So many dark days this year and THE
    TIME BEING has always been there for me: early in the morning while drinking my coffee and
    on the couch at a dismal daze end. You will be great at your play and I wish you the best!
    Carpe diem.


  4. avatar
    Name | 10 September 2010 at 12:31 am #

    that’s exactly why you don’t remind anyone of anyone else… just you.

    • avatar
      lisa | 10 September 2010 at 12:14 pm #

      YES, well said. Steve that is why we all love you. You are super cool and completely YOU. There’s not a single one like you! Wishing you a wonderful opening night. Break a leg! Wish this was being put on in NY! Hope you keep us non-Aussies posted.

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    Belfrank | 10 September 2010 at 1:20 am #

    Love most of the songs you mentioned. In a dream last night I was walking around Los Angeles and heard a different song from Television’s Marquee Moon in every store I went into. Funny you mention Guiding Light.
    Also had the honour of photographing the Stooges at a show in Boston last week. To stand only feet from Iggy while he ripped through Search & Destroy and Raw Power was something I well never forget – borderline scary actually 😉

  6. avatar
    Ellen | 10 September 2010 at 2:07 am #

    I’ve always been in awe of those who can write music and/or lyrics. It definitely is a gift and something no one can ever teach.

    Good luck on opening night. You’ll be FINE!!

  7. avatar
    Ryan | 10 September 2010 at 2:09 am #

    really enjoyed this one killa.

  8. avatar
    Freddie | 10 September 2010 at 4:09 am #

    Enjoyed reading today’s blog.

    Good luck with opening night!

    • avatar
      Freddie | 10 September 2010 at 4:30 am #

      Oh just ran across this and it seems appropriate for today.

      “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. -Albert Einstein


  9. avatar
    Tanya | 10 September 2010 at 4:38 am #

    Mouth-watering, delicious recipe for songwriting success! I feel satiated.

  10. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen | 10 September 2010 at 5:18 am #

    Apropos song titles, I’ve always like “Scarecrow’s Dream” by Dan Fogelberg. Yeah, I know, he’s not considered to be very cool, but I love the guy.

    • avatar
      Tanya | 11 September 2010 at 1:55 am #

      Isn’t he the guy who sang the ‘Leader of the Band’ song? If so, hey I’m with you. Very meaningful lyrics, simple effective, appropriately melancholy music. As far as being cool, remember the President Clinton reasoning, “It depends on what you’re definition of cool is.”

  11. avatar
    captain mission | 10 September 2010 at 5:36 am #

    i really appreciate todays blog steve. thanks

  12. avatar
    angiehart | 10 September 2010 at 5:38 am #

    just played horsebreaker star in the record shop where i work. beautiful. nice bloggy steven.

  13. avatar
    Jonny Hollywood | 10 September 2010 at 6:18 am #

    the bass is the place SK…

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 10 September 2010 at 6:54 am #

    Well wishes to u for the big night…opening night. U will kick it, kill it, rock it, speak it. Bass players and song writers…hmmm… wonder why u left out Geddy Lee. Heck…hez a gizza too- started in 68′ and rocked Chicago by the lake couple weeks ago. Great singer, bass player and songe writer. Melody…well of course- Free Will, Trees, Closer to the Heart, and so on. That trio from above my land has been slaying the sound waves for over 4 decades, and song titles – by the letters and numbers: 2112, YYZ.
    Ur angel looked at peace in todays blog picture- asleep in daddys arms?
    Well … cant wait to hear how u tamed those butterflies 2maro night.
    Good Luck !!!!

    As Always,
    Darrin K.

    ****sorry to sound a little gushing here- but any one who can write Fly,UTMW, Grind, Kings, Block, in one career (or have u been traveling thru time unknown to all..shit..that would explain alot of things u have done) and my all time favorite: After Everything… ranks as my all time favorite song writer-your gift with words and melody is the paint that the heavens were created from…pure chance? Pure Brilliance !!!
    GOOD LUCK 2MARO !!!!!!!!

  15. avatar
    davem | 10 September 2010 at 7:32 am #

    Good luck tomorroe Esskay.
    Cheers for the blog.
    I’ve been giving a colleague a lift home for the last couple of weeks, which is an opportunity to turn them on to The Church et al. I’m quietly optimistic that they can see what they’ve been missing all these years.

  16. avatar
    davem | 10 September 2010 at 7:33 am #

    Sorry – I’m knackered not pissed.

  17. avatar
    shoffy | 10 September 2010 at 7:58 am #

    hey Steve, great stuff today, im really loving your blogs

  18. avatar
    Richard | 10 September 2010 at 8:05 am #

    and never underestimate the power of the perfect rhyme:
    “They say roses are red and violets are purple
    Sugar is sweet and so is maple surple…”
    (Dang Me, Roger Miller)
    My favourite song titles are those clever/corny C&W ones:
    “If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?”

  19. avatar
    shoffy | 10 September 2010 at 8:11 am #

    And I know what you mean about the Bass, I love that little run you do in Reptile, it was the piece in the song that really hooked me and made me reaally want to listen.

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    Lisa | 10 September 2010 at 9:17 am #

    Thanks for allowing us to see how the inner workings of the creative process result in your favor (never seems to fail). You’ll be great on opening night dinnae ye worry – we love ya! Oh, and break a leg!

  21. avatar
    andy | 10 September 2010 at 9:59 am #

    nether-lands was a great album!
    your’e not alone.

    you’ll slay ’em mate!

  22. avatar
    Donna | 10 September 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    Good luck tomorrow night, Steve! I enjoyed reading today’s blog – got me looking at all the titles of songs I listen to! And, of course, love the picture of “sk”.

  23. avatar
    Steven Krut | 10 September 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    Sometimes there’s a song in my dreams and it’s still there when I wake up. So I rush down to my computer to try to capture as much of it as I can. Sometimes I find myself whistling a tune and I realize it’s not somebody else’s tune – that it came from inside me. So I whistle it into my iPhone. 🙂 Interesting what you say about the bass. Can’t wait to hear you next batch of music! Maybe I’ll start sharing mine someday, too. Try meditating for your nerves on opening night. Success!

  24. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 10 September 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    U r arguably a nonpareil songwriter and lyricist.

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    Lady Di | 10 September 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    I always loved Queen Jane Approx. too. Keep writing and playing those songs sk – pure magic.

    Good luck opening nite, you’ll be fine, you’re a natural.

    Nice pic of the 2 sks. Little baby bouncer is growing up fast. Pretty little lady Scarlet.

    Love Di

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    eekie | 10 September 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    Fascinating. I don’t think I could write a song if my life depended on it. That’s probably for the best though, because the world really doesn’t need any more completely sucky songs. Good ones, yes. Just not sucky ones.
    I’ve always loved your way with words. I could just tell you love language. That, as much as anything, roped me in and kept me here. I was, however, a bit wigged out when I first realised that everything you see, hear, read, think about is fair game for you. I’ve gotten used to it now, and was absolutely fascinated watching you (well, not all the time…I was watching the road too 😉 ) take in, mentally process, and file away all sorts of things while driving with you back and forth on I80 this spring. The process appeared to me to be weirdly clinical at times — as if you were thinking “hmm, I could probably use something from here someday” and so you “processed” it. And a phrase from one of those drives did show up in your blog about a month later. You actually did say you’d use it in there at the time we talked about it, so I knew it would show up. But it was still way cool when it did! 🙂
    I’m sure you’ll do fine in Van Park tonight. And hey, if you do screw up, I’m sure no one will really notice. They’ll all be too busy looking at your “unusual phallic enhancement” prop and thinking, “what the fuck is THAT?” to care. 😉
    Scarlet’s adorable. Treasure your daughters, Steve.

  27. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen | 10 September 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    Yes, Andy, Nether Lands was one incredible album 🙂
    R.I.P, Dan!

  28. avatar
    hellbound heart | 10 September 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    you call it song writing….i call it alchemy……magic

    love always……

  29. avatar
    redgrevillea | 10 September 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    Love it! Seems everytime you start strumming a d-chord (or any chord) and hum and sing away, you create magic…a Steve Kilbey magic…thank you for the beauty.

    Everybody’s got something to hide except for me and my monkey – that’s a good’n!!

  30. avatar
    Wiild Chiild | 10 September 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    As you are as a song writer & lyricist, bass player & blogger
    so you will be in the play
    you are the man with the midas touch
    and you will shine…

    can’t wait to see it for myself!

  31. avatar
    Wiild Chiild | 10 September 2010 at 11:04 pm #

    Oooops! My bad…please add artist & humble hero to the above list
    and all the other things that I haven’t discovered yet!

  32. avatar
    mark griffith | 11 September 2010 at 4:41 am #

    very nice…inspiring…thanks …

  33. avatar
    blå kärrhök | 11 September 2010 at 7:36 am #

    Other genius song titles:

    Some girls are bigger than others
    Tin cans & twine
    Aber hier leben, nein danke
    Before Hollywood
    Birth of liquid Plejades
    Lactating Purple
    Viaduct Removal
    Brimful of Asha
    Atrocity Exhibition

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    eekie | 11 September 2010 at 8:11 am #

    One of my favourite song titles — Eat My Dust You Insensitive Fuck.
    I mean, what’s not to like? It always either makes me laugh or say “Fuck Yeah!!!” lol

  35. avatar
    Mike | 11 September 2010 at 8:26 am #

    It’s a gift SK and what a great one to have. I’m still trying to find out what I could do that does this world good. You’ve got yours bro.

  36. avatar
    crimsongate | 11 September 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    Hey SK, sorry for my impatience, but I’m having a hard time waiting and wondering…. Any news of the news of the new Isidore?

  37. avatar
    BigSmilesKate | 11 September 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    Happy Birthday for Monday!

    (That’s in case my unreliable memory fails me on the day…)

    Sweet picture of sk+sk I hope you got home with time to spend with your girls on Fathers’ Day.

    Big Smiles

  38. avatar
    Andreas | 11 September 2010 at 7:12 pm #

    This today´s blog is like a blissful bass line…


  39. avatar
    jactin | 12 September 2010 at 2:05 am #

    Been doing my laps in crocodile canals under MelkWeg.
    What lies beneath?
    Haunted wrecks?
    ‘damaged souls?
    broken drums n bikes n pearls n bullets made from Nazi gold

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    Cocoamo | 12 September 2010 at 11:23 am #

    Was just listening to the Disillusionist (over and over), thinking what genious – geez – “On a day like today, overcast and grey” (pulls you in)”The bells all are ringing, the birds stop their singing, the wind caught in the trees, screaming to be free” – Man…. And the music fits so incredibly well. So absolutely brilliant!!! There are SO many of your songs–like this one–on a whole different level than UTMW (not that it isn’t dandy). If they only knew.

    Anyway – words can never express the complete awe and love I have for your music.

    Debusy claimed to write his music with automatic writing – did you know that? Who knows where this stuff comes from. It seems beyond human capability. You are connected to something – you joke about the Muse, but..

    Your friend in Pennsylvania

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