posted on January 11, 2006 at 8:41 pm

rainy thursday morning
everyone still asleep
last night the twillies
flew off home
sorry readers
sk feeling
dazed and confused
morning radio
gonzo hyperbolic
tasteless noisy
they highlight this
by playing danny my-nogue

(a vitriolic libellous rant has
been deleted by sks
long suffrin’ solicitor)

morning has a way
of underlining all the things
that are going wrong
night camouflages our shortcomings
sleep comes and we rest
unaware if we are kings
or slaves

the jonesin’ addict
the soberin’ alky
the unfaithful lover
the condemned man
all these
and more
fear the first rays of that olde sun
blasting into your morass
cooking your (mock) goose
frying your mind
paralyzing ya

once upon a time
i hated morning
the letters a.m.
could induce nausea
from fifty paces
11 oclock was my bottom line
if anyone called before that
i’d lie there thinking
rude bastards….sod off
i dont mind it too much
as long as i feel i have
my own place in the morning
all those “straights”
and trainee “straights”
whizzin’ off to work in their
4 weal drive behemouths
slicked down
caffeine and nicoteen
already on moby
setting up deals
takeovers, appointments
you get the picture
only deal i ever set up
at 7 in morning
was drug

dwarfed by the hustle bustle
scared of the rushing cars
chev brakes are snarling
as i stumble across the road
thought i saw you in a convenience store
writing bloggies cold and long
sitting in this window
looking at the pacifick o
grey and silver
guys with dreadlox cycle past
early morning cops amble
like bears
jap tourists alight from bus
council workers lean on shovels
surfers in wetsuits
carrying their boards on shoulders
handsome and zen
some trainee “straights” lurk at busstop
gel jel
attache cases
nicely polished shoes
go my son
get on that bus
climb that ladder
dominate your rivals
the captains of industry

old russian guys
already playing dominoes
or cards
in the little benches around the pavillion
alkies assemble in little pickernic huts
on the lawns opposite the sea
they assess their combined gross available capital
they convene a meeting to decide
what new purchases should be implemented
they choose a representative and a second
to ensure transactions success

joggers in pastels
sorry my runners
but you got a LONG way to run…
flags flap emptily
the birds arrive
the omnipresent
mynah birds
taking over
running the avian world
babes and proto babes
strut along
ipodded, suntanned
the rich euros
staying in the hotel above come out
500 bucks a night, brunhilda
and we get weather like this rubbish
hey hans
aint that stevie k from the crunch
in yonder window typing dilly gently
at his goode blogge?
yes bunhildy dear
and to think we came
all the way from frankfurt
and we hoped we’d see im
pottering round bondi
and bang!
1st morning…
ohh hans , kids
lets get a picture w/ him
nay my good wife
i hear he is a rude unapproachable
olde rockah
my cousin gert met him once
in stuttgart
and yonder sk
was pompous and sarcastick!

yes im sorry
i have been known to be rude
ive also been known to be nice too
but that knowledge has been withheld
suppressed by the “straights”
people like to think im a ratbagge
and it can seem like that
even to me…
its ok
suffer them slings and arrows
of outrageous fortune, olde bouy
in 2030 documents will be revealed
that will prove priest=aura
was the true grail
despised for its ability
to destroy illusion
the “straight” oligarchy cabals
fixed its bad review in 1992
rolling stone
thus dooming it
i gotta hold on to 2030
i gotta be vindicated
i will be re awarded
post humourously
all the emmys
that i shoulda had

keep on rocking in the three worlds


49 Responses to “so full of emptiness”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2006 at 9:54 pm #

    Rock On Steve! Priest=Aura is farking awesome, and will always be.
    You are a true rock gawd.
    Long live SK…
    See you in the US of A…

    Brian Turner
    Atlanta, GA

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2006 at 10:38 pm #

    Priest=Aura was a great one. Paradox, Dome (I smile every time I hear that one), Film, etc. BUT…I’m really partial to The Blurred Crusade & After Everything Now This.


  3. avatar
    captainmission | 11 January 2006 at 11:06 pm #

    Glad to hear morning has not broken for ya. Loved the DB references, that’s one of my fave Bowie songs, often when i wander down town i imagine the scenes unfolding as the headlines scream, ‘5 years.’
    I think you’re definatly correct, that in time to come after the fall of this current civilization, aliens, new species, homo post holo, will listen to P=A and come to the inevitable conclusion that we did have some redeeming qualities.
    I know this is against all your laws and rules of yr Blog but any chance of hearing Dome Live one day, i love that song so very much, it’s quite profoundly beautiful and in all me years of seeing ya I’ve never heard that one.

  4. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 11 January 2006 at 11:37 pm #

    Pero me pregunto si aun con todos los grammys, emmys, arias, oscars…estarias feliz?
    Escribirias este blog?
    Serias mas amable?
    El pasado te tormenta.
    El presente te tormenta.
    El futuro, que? Mas tormento?

    Espero que podras algun dia ser verdaderamente feliz, alma y cuerpo.

    Por lo menos a mi, siempre me has tratado muy cariñosamente y por eso sigo escribiendote.


  5. avatar
    RONIN | 11 January 2006 at 11:58 pm #

    in 2030 documents will be revealed
    that will prove priest=aura
    was the true grail
    despised for its ability
    to destroy illusion
    the “straight” oligarchy cabals
    fixed its bad review in 1992

    Yes, humanity’s salvation and we knew it all along.

    If only more straights would listen to the crunch, the world would indeed be a better place…

  6. avatar
    Ed in Seattle | 11 January 2006 at 11:59 pm #


    P=A is most definitely my all time fav album from The Crunch. It’s on my top 5 deserted albums.

    Have you seen the value the German vinyl version is fetching? Not bad.



    PS…More Church on vinyl!..colored if possible.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2006 at 12:02 am #

    Nice of Ceciliagin to keep leaving comments. By the way, can you read Japanese?

  8. avatar
    wax wayne | 12 January 2006 at 12:27 am #

    Yes, all the above is true, but then there’s the night sky which has a way of revealing everything that’s right about the universe as well, a little counter balance to the rest of it. All we have to do is look up. And while I’m looking up, at least there’s no angry mob of “straights” out there calling for ya to be nailed onto a lump of wood. A divine rite any enlighten boho would happily forgo. However given the direction where rolling by 2030 that may not be the case either. Whoops, back down we go.

  9. avatar
    Zimparumpazoo | 12 January 2006 at 12:43 am #

    If love=hate, then hate=love, and therefore the bad review in 1992 was actually a benediction. Maybe its thanks to that blessing that SK can wake up early and roam around obscure beach and only be recognized by a few people.

    All praise to the retarded Critics!

  10. avatar
    wax wayne | 12 January 2006 at 12:44 am #

    that’s we’re not where. make sense now!

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2006 at 1:07 am #

    Listen to P=A every night while drifting off to slumber….
    Pure Magic…

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2006 at 1:11 am #

    Cecilia, he can’t be happy except for a few moments. Intelligent people can’t be happy except for a few moments.

  13. avatar
    gryphon | 12 January 2006 at 1:43 am #

    So Steve, in your heart of hearts you believe that P=A was “THE ONE”, your true legacy and monument? I’ve always thought so myself…not sure it can ever be surpassed. But roll on ULTC, and the next, and the next…keep searching for that lost chord…

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2006 at 1:50 am #

    You never know … B4 2030 comes around you may be given the ultimate reward of everlasting life for your contributions to life.
    It would be fitting reward as you could go on doing what you do best.
    Yeah it’s hard saying goodbye to yer offspring … if there’s one thing i’d like us to be able to do is be in 3 places at once.

    Dutch Pierre

  15. avatar
    mike from indiana | 12 January 2006 at 2:56 am #

    When I was younger I used to hate mornings – now that I’m a little older it’s my favorite part of the day!!

    Sorry to hear that you had to say goodbye to the twins 🙁

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2006 at 3:07 am #

    ooooh, that was good wahn, yawn.
    Wakey, wakey mista Kilbey.

    If i were in charge, Priest=Aura
    would be required listening ‘fer everyone. Even the straights.
    A little arty-fact might do’em some goode.

    Although, if Priest had done better
    in ye olde market ‘o widgets I might never have picked it up.

    Something about the lonely pooch
    who was lookin’ so proud at the pyramid of djoser on that cover,
    or better yet the $6.99 price
    (cause they were just trying to get rid of all that stock.)
    Knobshines didna’ knooow what they had.

    I know.

    Thats why i’m here.
    that is why what you do matters so much to me.

    Thank you.

    Oh, and “back with 2 beasts”?
    a wonderful suprise.


  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2006 at 3:16 am #

    i saw this film about some pimpled olivia dope …


  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2006 at 3:23 am #

    Alright glynnis, I had to many kornies for breakfast.


  19. avatar
    buzby | 12 January 2006 at 4:29 am #

    yes.. mornings… bleh. i’m not at the point of not minding them yet…anxiety.

    re: p=a… it seems to me… critics don’t like what they don’t understand. that, and the easy way out is always to pan something… more fun too. p=a is way too involved for the casual listener. unfortch.. that’s most.

  20. avatar
    esskayer | 12 January 2006 at 4:35 am #

    Reply to Anonymous who asked how to recognize me at SF gig:

    I’ll be the drunken heckler requesting songs all night. (Oh wait,there’s usually more than one of them at a Choich gig)…. Well, I’ll be the guy who looks like Weird Al Yankovic shouting alternate lyrics to the songs. 😉

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2006 at 4:56 am #

    Steve came back from the store
    I hope his dealuh gets him a score
    He raked some “straights” over the coals
    Took his laps, smoked some bowls

    Where can a rock god get some peace and think
    “Maybe These Boys” didn’t really stink
    And the tedium is starting to flow
    Cause when those swimmers come back
    Ess-Kay don’t want to know

    In the U.S.A. the critics are fierce
    Their ears are deaf, their brains are pierced
    But it’s not

  22. avatar
    esskayer | 12 January 2006 at 5:06 am #

    (some techno diff’s, sorry, continued here…)

    their columns that taint your breath
    They kill the geniuses by reviewin’ ’em to death

    Steve is on some battlefield
    He spies a rich Euro trespass his field
    He feels something hard churn in his guts
    Guess he shouldnae ate whole bag o’ korn nuttes

    They attacked SK’s genius
    forced him back to their highrise
    After not a long time he saw their big lies
    They worshipped Cash, they worshipped the fun
    They worshipped the bum of the talentless one

    (2 B cont’d, just in case)

  23. avatar
    esskayer | 12 January 2006 at 5:12 am #

    They were more than insidious, they fucked his ambition
    They’d release his music
    on one condition
    That was when he moved back to his native shore
    I tell you he don’t wanna play “Milky Way” no more

    But part of Steve will never be free
    And the pot that’s free he’ll never give me
    But a song of love and beauty is in his head
    A message from the Twillies
    and here’s what they said:

    They said their dad=Buddha
    And drummer=”Fuddha”
    A swimmer always=an annoyer
    But Steve=Aura

    Yeah, and hit=cash
    and cash=take
    and take=trash
    and Brittney=fake

    Oh, and back=pack
    and slow=crack
    The twins ought to be one dortah
    But Steve=Aura

    And does 50=the end?
    No the end always=the start
    But “straightS”=bent
    Not badde for an olde farte…..

  24. avatar
    sue c | 12 January 2006 at 6:00 am #

    If truth be known, the ‘straights’ with their briefcases and gel probably envy you to high heaven as they board their crowded buses while you can amble along the sandy beach enjoying the salty sea air. The price they pay for a material world. I’d take the seachange any day.

  25. avatar
    esskayer | 12 January 2006 at 6:25 am #

    If I may be so bold, I humbly offer a few alternative lines to the above. Verse 1, line 2 could read “Wish I knew what he was looking for”. Verse 6, line 2: “They ripped his contract without hesitation.” Verse 7, line 3: “But a song of fame & fortune is in his head.”

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2006 at 7:23 am #

    It’s all about vanity.
    I wonder if the “straights” are so worried about us, “bohemians”. And is there a right side? Doesn’t it look like a will to take over the wheel and move STRAIGHTforward? The Bohemians TakeOver. Is it an option?
    I think both sides agree that both sides are wasting time. We’re all concerned about time after all. They believe time=money, we believe time=love. And yet is it so simple?
    This blog has been successful in describing a pitiless world where counted crows with fat accounts rule an anti-nature realm in which destruction and loss are currencies.
    This seems to be the extended daily mix of a song once recorded in Earthed book…that number one ess(k)ay that begins with the question “is this the golden age?” or summin’ like that. Fragile people traded for dollars and deutschmarks. Art x entertainment.
    These are the somewhat tired reflections/ripples of that big poetic effort of long ago. Sometimes it is glorious to see someone waking up. Sometimes it is just embarrassing.
    Dealing up with the everyday. Psychotherapy. Repeating “truthts” to yourself. Trying and re-trying. The most human aspect of this SIGHT is that it shows oscillating (wildly) humour. It doesn’t have the distance of a moment fabricated in a studio. The tries ans tires are very specific here.
    That was the m ass media cheaphylo sophy report of the day. Thank you.

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2006 at 7:46 am #

    Actually sk I seem to recall the Rolling Stone review of Priest = Aura was favourable and compared The Church to Pink Floyd “in the nicest possible way” and something else that troubles me slightly … is anyone who goes to work in the daytime a “straight”, if we were all artistes then there would be no one to buy Church records would there? Church Merch requires disposable income.

  28. avatar
    esskayer | 12 January 2006 at 8:45 am #

    SK, you should DELETE those last two straights immediately. They are imposing on our flour power love parade thing we got goin’ on.

    I believe the def. of “straights” to mean the way people think and conform to certain attitudes and expectations, not necessarily if you have a regular/non-artiste job. I have a regular day job and I hate every fucking minute of it. It is sucking the life force from my body. I’m only doing it because I need food and shelter (and Church CD’s). I do use gelle, I admit, but only because I’d look like Carrot Top without it. Other than that, I do not carry a brief case, drive an SUV, have in Ipod, or have a cell phone. If I did i would most certainly be a “straight.” 😉

  29. avatar
    esskayer | 12 January 2006 at 9:33 am #

    Coming to theatres later this year:

    “Straight” vs. Bohemian
    (aka S v. B)

    If you thought “Alien vs. Predator” was gory and violent, wait until you see this. On one side: vast armies and legions of suited, gelled straights in the protective armor of their Lexxus Ess U Vees. On the other side: Warrior bohemians without any weapons or body armor (unless you count a bong as a weapon) sprawled out on the beach looking at the stars, waiting to be mowed over by the straights. Who will win??? In select theatres in the states of Texas, Arkansas, and Kentucky coming this Christmas>>>

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2006 at 11:56 am #

    I saw the Church in Dublin last year..or the year before. Either way, I’d been waiting years. Some Aussie’s showed up and decided to debate brands of beer loudly throughout – until Milky Way that is. Then they shut up. Then they resumed. It was crap. Come back again Steve et al and maybe have the bouncer check passports at the door.

    btw Why do people who post comments here insist on spelling like Steve does in his blog? sicko-fan-ts.

  31. avatar
    DGray13 | 12 January 2006 at 1:31 pm #

    This really ain’t got anything to do with your blog, just a bit of news I thought was really great. GRANT LEE PHILLIPS (doing ABOB type album of 1980’s )IS DOING A CHURCH COVER ON HIS NEXT ALBUM!
    How cool is that, one of my favourite every artists recording my favourite artist.

  32. avatar
    DGray13 | 12 January 2006 at 1:52 pm #

    ever artists, not every artist-me fail english that’s unpossible.

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2006 at 3:46 pm #

    “Why do people who post comments here insist on spelling like Steve does in his blog”?

    A: So people like you can ask stoopid questions

  34. avatar
    ceemoon | 12 January 2006 at 4:05 pm #

    “Don’t stay away too much longer
    You’re just the drug we need
    and you make our poor hearts beat,oh yeah…”

    The Pinetops

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2006 at 6:17 pm #

    Grant Lee Philips. There’s a guy I truly respect and admire for his musical skills, poignant folkish lyrics in stories rich and mainly for the thundera voice full from his hurt lungs.
    Anyway, esskayer, hey, I’m one of the “straights” that should be deleted according to your poor capacity of reading a text. I said: “I wonder if the ‘straights’ are so worried about us, ‘bohemians'”. Can you understand the word “US”?
    Anyway, in spite of what I’ve written there are some people out there who really claim for dictatorism. And when it comes to this, people are DELETING the possibility of choice no matter which side they stand upon.


    I don’t take all of this seriously. Calm down pyschos.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2006 at 6:21 pm #

    are you afraid of being reached and imprisoned as a “straight”, skater? ‘cos you know, people take you for the way you look and you looke quite like one of them…………………..

  37. avatar
    sue c | 13 January 2006 at 12:33 am #

    It is a sad fact that the world cant revolve (and I restrain from saying ‘evolve’) without straights, bohemians, all types of souls. Who would organise those chocolate bars and ship them out? It does take all kinds (Im trying to deal with life as a mix of both myself…sacrifices..but finding sadness in the lack of like-minded souls) but the big thing we’re sharing is the beauty and love of music and poetry found in places so few and far between, and so we gather here (ha,that sounds like a church service)but I often wonder how the world would be if JUST FOR A MOMENT everyone stopped to smell the roses and maybe ask themselves whether the latest gadgets, home renovations, cars etc are really bringing them happiness? Especially when most yearn for that holiday break to take them away from all that and is it really the little things in life that induce those feelings of euphoria. Feeling a bit ‘hippy’ today, and its not from the chocolate bar :)Steve – hope that fire in Bondi today wasnt in your favourite cafe?!

  38. avatar
    sue c | 13 January 2006 at 12:34 am #

    Wish we could delete our own comments 🙂

  39. avatar
    eek | 13 January 2006 at 12:44 am #

    Sue c,I think it’s just the anonymous comments you can’t delete, even if they are yours. If you can sign up for a blogger account (even if you never actually set up a blog)and write your comments under that name you can delete your own comments. It’s a nice safety net. 😉

  40. avatar
    esskayer | 13 January 2006 at 1:30 am #

    No one is truly 100% Bohemian and no one is truly 100% Straight (except George Bush). The two are in everybody and they are duking it out to see who takes precedence.

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 January 2006 at 1:54 am #

    Ma basta Cecilia con questa scrittura Spagnola!
    Secondo me se Cecilia puo scrivere i suoi commenti in Spagnolo… tutti dovrebbero scrivere nella lingua sua. Facciamo un bel casino.
    Ti vogliamo bene Steve…

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 January 2006 at 4:57 am #

    Your unmistakable voice, a friend to me for years, has worked its way back into my imagination. Thus bringing me out of a 2 year funk where I could not lift a brush. Your music alone has joined me many a location where I have worked. Thank you for continuing to produce that mystical sound that you do.

    Dave Tingler

  43. avatar
    sue c | 13 January 2006 at 5:12 am #

    esskayer said…

    “No one is truly 100% Bohemian and no one is truly 100% Straight (except George Bush).”

    Now that made me laugh 🙂

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 January 2006 at 5:29 am #

    Latins seem to be making a great team here… Latins are always so fucking loud… If Cecilia can write in Spanish, an anonymous italian surely can ass well. I particularly prefer Italian; uno sguardo verso il cielo. The language of one thousand screaming masks amongst the nebulous ocean. “Enough of Cecilia with her Spanish writings!” Ohmygod, Italians do it better. Ma mad onna knew it all along.

  45. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 13 January 2006 at 6:38 am #

    Have you ever swam with
    The Straights of Gibraltar?

  46. avatar
    sue c | 13 January 2006 at 7:26 am #

    Im learning Spanish so Im enjoying translating Cecilia’s posts. The comments section gets huge when SK hasn’t posted.Its like being the last ones left at a party…tired, hungry and hungover 🙂

  47. avatar
    don joe | 15 January 2006 at 2:05 am #

    yes we do live in orwell’s 1984.
    yes we live in wachowski’s matrix.
    bladerunner aint far off and neuromancer lives next door. trance has hypnotized those who might via on a tab with an ohm “thats my ticket outta here”. buddah sat till his mind was clear, how many people realize he has come back and finished off his career. true he came and he completed what he started in 13 hundred odd BC.
    if u want his words exist in a language crossed with science its in every city its true what i say.
    its now up to u to find the way. no hints i wont cause a fuss.
    what u know is what u know.

  48. avatar
    earthed | 19 January 2006 at 2:44 pm #

    well, mr esskayer, compliments to u
    on your fine rendition
    of they sucked our ambition

    but britney’s real
    she has a universal seal…

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