posted on March 3, 2009 at 8:18 pm

rehearse n rehearse
my brain tries to disentangle lyrics n bass lines
i play bass n e guitar n acc guitar
i sing one song without any instrument round my neck
we have a guest keyboardist craig
whoi is 21 n must be amused playing with these grandads
hes bloody good tho
and does his thing without much fuss
we’re doing 5 new songs off untitled 23
ricky comes in with us
its his last day in australia n hes a bit sad i guess
we pick up the david neil album
wow its gonna be a big mastering job that one
its got a bit of a boomy sound
the songs sound good tho
very happy with the songs
david neil would definitely approve
just the sounds a bit murky
ricky n i play the disc over n over at the rehearsals during the break
the others musta got sick of that, right?
we have take away thai food for din-dins
i play it safe with a double order of tofu in pee-nut sauce
i drink one mother energy drink
i have a few coffees (my new vice…ooooohhh!)
the church revisit a few old songs
they sound better than they did then
i was a head of my thyme
wouldnt you say…?
we run thru the whole set once
uh huh….i’m across it
i know all my notes chords words n whatever
clever olde mee
drive home and say goodbye to our mr ricky
how sad
will we be seeing him sooner or later
hes promised me a little plot of land i can retire to
in no-cal
amongst the redwoods n the purple heads
my own little shed
i’ll paint till my 99th birthday
each morning ricky will bring me my healthy brekky
n a little bunch of native flowers
we will sit in the stillness of that future morning
listening to some droning future music
and i’ll notice my death has turned up for me
looking just like jessica lange in all that jazz
smiling n beckoning me to follow
i’ll waltz outta the door
suddenly young again
suddenly all spritely like i was at …uh ..54
and i just disappear into the lovely ether

47 Responses to “so i can sing my bloody song”

  1. avatar
    John Garratt | 3 March 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    Dying is okay in my book.

    So is peanut sauce.


  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 March 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    How long?
    Long enough to know I don’t know any more
    How deep?
    Deep inside a surging red rider
    How far?
    Far enough to see your shadow
    How soon?
    Soon this will all be gone, all be gone

    And why can’t you stop it?
    Now why can’t you just stop?

    How near?
    Nearly midnight in 1999’s last party
    How strange?
    Stranger than fiction to the ear
    How much?
    Much more than I had ever hoped
    How close?
    Close enough to know that we were gone, we were gone

    And why can’t you stop it?
    And why can’t you just stop?

    Fine, stop, stop…

    How long?
    How deep?
    How far?
    How soon?

    Wake up slowly
    I’ve been sleeping four hundred years
    All my memories
    All my feelings
    All disappeared

    Leave me gently
    Hear me faintly
    Then discard
    Then discard


  3. avatar
    davem | 3 March 2009 at 9:59 pm #

    Pleased to hear rehearsals seem to be going better & it's true that your songs have aged far better than most. They're still vital.
    Safe trip Ricky.

  4. avatar
    persephone2u | 3 March 2009 at 10:00 pm #


    Peanut sauce is better. 😉

  5. avatar
    princey | 3 March 2009 at 10:07 pm #

    Bye Ricky, we’ll miss your guest appearances in OZ, thanks for the music and indian sounds, come back soon!

    Wow, 5 new songs yayayayay! cant wait to hear The Church electric and loud this weekend sk, I’m bussss-ting!!!
    Take care n see u in few days, love Amanda
    p.s missmary and I were thinking of coming up to BH on Friday, if there’s any spots left on your “very important people” list, we’d be delighted :))))))))

  6. avatar
    Jasperina | 3 March 2009 at 10:33 pm #

    Oh so so nice dreaming of the stillness of future mornings…thyme being is creating magical vibrations with his fragrant aura permeating the chasms of all creative souls.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 March 2009 at 10:59 pm #

    death by bullshit jonny.not death by waiting.

  8. avatar
    Shawn El | 3 March 2009 at 11:00 pm #

    I like this line…sounds like a good way to pop off:

    we will sit in the stillness of that future morning
    listening to some droning future music

    BTW, I enjoyed the version of “Don’t Look Back” you guys did on the last US tour. I like it when you play the songs so differently that it sounds completely like a new one.

  9. avatar
    seoigh | 3 March 2009 at 11:03 pm #

    I can’t find Thai without at least SOME fish in it. They use fish where the West use salt.

    Scaly karma’s gonna gitcha.

  10. avatar
    PAGEY | 3 March 2009 at 11:16 pm #

    The Choich n Kilbey will forever and always rock my world…to pieces!!

  11. avatar
    PAGEY | 3 March 2009 at 11:17 pm #

    Rock on men!

  12. avatar
    jax | 3 March 2009 at 11:54 pm #

    dats driving ms daisey.. yes and yes come back to California killa we got hills and dales and redwoods and sequoias for ya.. you can deforest here with us crazies..

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 1:13 am #

    Comment # fucking 13: no, it’s not ok, I think you should sing to Jessica something like this “revelation baby, you’re beautiful, but I will not follow you to the blah blah line”. But, well, a small plot of land (that reminds me of Bowie) at 99 and feeling Jessica closer is not so bad, the problem is feeling “spritely” at 54. You and your youth issue irritates the fuck outta me.

  14. avatar
    Freddie | 4 March 2009 at 2:23 am #

    Sounds like you’re all set! 🙂

  15. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 4 March 2009 at 2:44 am #

    coffeeee…..yummmmmm (cue homer simpson-type slobbering)
    love always…..

  16. avatar
    fantasticandy | 4 March 2009 at 7:26 am #

    of course they sound better!
    more fluidity, two well-seasoned guitarists, your own velvety dulcet tones,
    ……and timbo, the final piece of the jigsaw.
    the one, that after all that time fit properly witout having to be hammered in.
    what a band……….
    all the best to ricky too.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 8:16 am #

    My opinion is Ricky is an average or possibly below average guitar player but I do wish him safe travels. I saw his band BJM live and it was horrific to say the least.

  18. avatar
    killa | 4 March 2009 at 9:09 am #

    its not true
    hes real good
    trust me

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 9:14 am #

    sad when friends go…..hard to find the sort of friends one can spent unlimited time with… and sit in silence …indefinately…and still want more the next day…..

    bye mr ricky

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 9:17 am #

    steve…kim here…we coming to the zoo…see you there on 14th

    just realized we posted at same time

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 9:21 am #

    I noticed when steve has a dream sequence blog ricky always appears. Perhaps there is some homo-erotic business going on here under the surface.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 9:50 am #

    maybe your homo-erotic Anon. 8.21pm

  23. avatar
    Kokky | 4 March 2009 at 10:08 am #

    Good news from the rehearsals; I am so excited, and wondering which 5 of U#23 (and which classics for that matter) will make it onto the setlist. Just arrived in Melby and staying with Amanda. See you on friday! Luvv

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 10:09 am #

    You sound bored shitless of the Church.
    Totally different to how energised you were about the Painkiller gigs.

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 10:28 am #

    Maybe if the church came up with ten minutes of fuckin’ whale noises steve would get more energized.

  26. avatar
    princey | 4 March 2009 at 10:33 am #

    F**k off Kokky!!

  27. avatar
    Kathy Kilbey | 4 March 2009 at 10:52 am #

    I’m off with Mr Ricky. See ya soon brother, all the best with the gigs. Say Ciao to David Neal. It’s not how big it is.. it’s both 🙂 See ya Fieends. XoX

  28. avatar
    Kokky | 4 March 2009 at 11:11 am #

    Perhaps you’re not the only Amanda on the planet, princey. Besides that.. likewise!!

  29. avatar
    catchow | 4 March 2009 at 11:22 am #

    congratulations for your work!
    that’s looks good…
    ah!Steve maybe you’re five(or more)years ahead of your time(i love
    that song!)planing yourself in the
    future with your little shed,flowers,paintings and young again!!! so funny!
    bye to our Mr Ricky…

  30. avatar
    princey | 4 March 2009 at 11:22 am #

    Sorry about that Kokky, I thought u were making fun of me…cant help but feel paranoid commenting here sometimes. Well I better not come on Friday then 🙂

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 11:26 am #


    Steve is not really into middle aged groupies. Why dontcha just blow you hubby and leave Steve alone.



  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 11:30 am #

    Mr Ricky will NEVER be anything like Peter Koppes or M W-P. End of story.

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 11:31 am #

    Kathy’s so gorgeous! Oooouph!

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 11:34 am #

    Amanda, I will be happy to knock boots with you anytime. Don’t listen to this obnoxious anon.

    Percey Ledbetter

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 11:37 am #

    Frankly ricky has no career, hanging out in australia with irrelevant gigs, come one now little ricky. It that what you dreamed of?

  36. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 4 March 2009 at 11:50 am #

    F’sake, Barry the Mummy’s little sex kitten is back.

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 11:57 am #

    Cheers lightfoot, how is the psedo-church music going? Must make your mum quite proud. A knock-off act of an unknown band. Super!

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 11:59 am #

    My lifetime dream….lightfoot singing under the milky way in a pub that seats 25 people. List your schedule lightfoot.

  39. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 4 March 2009 at 12:26 pm #

    Haaa! That’s funny. She’s long dead, but she came to most gigs when she was here. 25 people??! Are you ‘avin a laff?? More like 5

  40. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 4 March 2009 at 12:40 pm #

    My schedule (I don’t do U T M W)

    Almost With You
    Maybe These Boys
    She’ll Come Back for You Tomorrow
    Day 5

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    careful of the coffee. it’s very dangerous olde bean.


  42. avatar
    barry's mum | 4 March 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    Barry’s back, then…

  43. avatar
    davem | 4 March 2009 at 6:35 pm #

    Coffee Hounds has just arrived. I’ve listened to The Coffee Song twice already and it’s just fabulous – really trippy, mellow, deep and floydy. You and the band get better and better.
    Sad to see some of the anon comments again.

  44. avatar
    steve kilbey | 4 March 2009 at 7:50 pm #

    oh dear
    our idiots back

  45. avatar
    stealthblue | 4 March 2009 at 8:14 pm #

    You mean the drunk, therapy-pushing idiot? Yep, appears so. It's kind of funny actually. Just gotta feel sorry for the sad little parasite.

    Stevo, the way you decribed "exiting Earth" sounds like a good way to go. Just don't do it anytime soon, cool? Hey, I hope you do get that little piece of land somewhere nice and peacful.
    Keep 'em comin'. Just got "Narcosis" going, slavin' at the ol' mill…having a pretty good day actually. 🙂

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    yep, guess i’m going to have to become a member to cull myself from other anon posters. a shame that there are always idiots that try to tear apart what are meant to be beautiful things. nice blog today. always tough saying goodbye to close friends.

    grateful, as always,

  47. avatar
    princey | 4 March 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    ho hum

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