posted on September 11, 2008 at 8:48 pm

on the last day
when i was still a youngman
when it was still possible
when it was still likely….
soft spring morning breaks like china all over the place
a grasp for adjectives to apply to the sky
how many different blues
how many poignant little clouds just sitting there
planes full of important people jet off n out of memory
and somehow
although never having met them
i miss all them all
the palm outside my window is still
the sandy soil is patient and receptive
my old bomb of a car awaiting my attention
do i just jump in and drive for miles
past white walled villas and past awful slums
past fields with brokendown cows
and crumpled pines
the hinterland
the outskirts of another big dirty conglomerate of grease n noise
the fruit sellers and their dismal barrows
the deserted drive-ins overgrown with weeds
the roads run off here and there
the wires thin out and stretch back towards the city
the creek clogged with reeds and a sick black swan
someone shoots at the signs
wow… great shot…it’d be hard to miss, tho…
the gravel is reddish
its spring but it dont mean anything i guess
life goes on until it stops
until the fates blast ya with their twenty twos
and youve got a hole in yer mind
and you cant remember yesterday
but you can remember every detail from some jim-jims life
some idiot who strummed a guitar
or some little ninny who did this or said that
or some pig-headed fool
dressed up in some uniform somewhere
making some proud and cruel announcement
his foot on the head of a native
his hands red with needlessly shed blood
or something i overhead in a supermarket once…
no i already forgot that..
or something i did in a greenhouse
or the names of the children who i havent seen for half a century
or names carved on trees
names of kids i never met
names on graves that made me cry
the car speeds on
at the railway
stopped to wait for a train
i catch every eye in every window
everyone on the train listening to their ipods
all the ipods play the same song
clicketty clack
its all coming back
the blues in the night

time being

36 Responses to “soft unction”

  1. avatar
    the dean | 11 September 2008 at 11:01 pm #

    I’ve been listening to painkiller and it is definitely not a pop record. What it is, is a brilliantly illuminated work of art, a kaleidoscope of soundscapes and ideas, far in advance of the casual listens capacity to penetrate.

  2. avatar
    tim | 11 September 2008 at 11:40 pm #

    the crimes against humanity that have been committed against aboriginals around the world
    is an atrocity to the highest

    most would agree…but yet violence is like pornography…and both industries never go into recession.

    btw wheres that package…paid 50 bucks for delivery…i coulda swam there quicker to pick it up…

    jus kidding…


  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2008 at 12:35 am #

    wherez my painkiller. so unfair…………..

  4. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 12 September 2008 at 1:41 am #

    a subdued and sombre piece of prose…small run-down country towns can be just as desolate as large cities…the isolation compounds this…
    hope pk’s on my doorstep this afternoon, been waiting for the past two weeks or so now…what a way to start the weekend that would be! goody!
    love always…

  5. avatar
    Klink | 12 September 2008 at 3:52 am #

    Damn you Adam Silver … 🙂

  6. avatar
    fantasticandy | 12 September 2008 at 4:30 am #

    is this the ‘comedown’?

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2008 at 4:51 am #

    nice painkiller rehearsal clips on utube

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2008 at 5:44 am #

    Who’s the meanest bass player in town? Gush, gush. Ah, Painkiller – not only an aural fix but a visual one as well on Wed nite. I was mesmerised. Those fingers of yours were teasing, caressing, attacking, tickling. Best bass playing I ever did see. The whole band was great.

    Yep, I reckon Painkiller will cure almost anything – the blues, love gone wrong, broken dreams, broken promises, bad cliches. All you people do yourselves a favour. Get your copy now!

    Love ya Mr. Bassman
    Lady Di

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2008 at 5:51 am #

    ty for the painkiller youtube j j brown

  10. avatar
    MEM | 12 September 2008 at 6:23 am #

    yipyup iamoam iamnoticed whAtisaidwasnti***lv*doesnti…

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2008 at 7:13 am #

    those painkiler rehearsals on the tube,killer…are simply “duck tape”ishly brilliant!you do have the magic,sir .;Dx

  12. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 12 September 2008 at 7:31 am #

    Best wishes to you, too, Brien!

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2008 at 8:04 am #

    Can’t wait to get painkiller but…tonight these words struck me and stopped me in my tracks…”Morning comes at last and she’s lying by my side. She’s got the face of a widow that keeps following me, the body of my bride”
    Jesus christ Kilbey, your way with words is beyond any songwriter alive today (or yesterday). True beauty in prose. Nobody writes like you. Fuck.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2008 at 11:17 am #

    off topic but does anyone have a chair for fantastic andy?

  15. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 12 September 2008 at 12:16 pm #

    what,does he look like he needs one…
    came home and alas, no painkiller/t shirt waiting for me at my door…beginning to fear that my order has been lost somewhere….AAARRRRGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    i dont understand the verse “until the fates blast ya with their twenty twos”. can someone please explain

  17. avatar
    yggdrasil | 12 September 2008 at 2:02 pm #

    The Fates – mythological sisters who play ya like the puppet y’are.
    22’s – guns.
    Y’think y’life’s goin good and you’re the master of the yer own destiny.
    Then the Fates pop a cap in ya ass and send it all spinning outta control – cos they run your life, not you.
    Summat like that anyway.

  18. avatar
    CSTCoach | 12 September 2008 at 2:44 pm #

    I love these pensive, nostalgic sorta blogs. beautifully written, killa.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2008 at 3:20 pm #

    Happy Birthday Steve.Love,anonymous.xoxoxo

  20. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 12 September 2008 at 4:09 pm #

    A Big September 13, 2008, Birthday wish for Steven John Kilbey. Like vintage wine he refines his many artistic crafts with age.

  21. avatar
    davem | 12 September 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    Bet it’s raining too.
    Is it the 13th in aus already??
    Happy birthday SK if it is. Thanks for another year of magic.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2008 at 4:41 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2 U!HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2 U .HAPPY BIRTHDAY WONDEROUS STEVEN.HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2 U!{hippo birdy 2 ewes!…thank you for the music Sk.bless you .-sunshine.xoxox

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2008 at 4:59 pm #

    trip to the mailbox…..still no painkiller….argh!!!!!!!!!!!!

    happy b-day anyway killa.


  24. avatar
    Cee | 12 September 2008 at 5:04 pm #

    and youve got a hole in yer mind
    and you cant remember yesterday

    y tienes un hoyo en tu mente
    y no recuerdas el ayer

    Feliz Cumpleaños, Esteban!


  25. avatar
    fantasticandy | 12 September 2008 at 5:28 pm #

    ‘blow another candle out and grow another line………….’

    still….you wear ’em well!
    all the best slim.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2008 at 6:11 pm #

    Happy Birthday Steve!peace n love,Candice.xo

  27. avatar
    eek | 12 September 2008 at 7:05 pm #

    Happy Birthday Steve!

    And to all TTBers out there — what better way to celebrate Steve’s birthday than by buying yourself a gift? Yes, that’s right — the Steve Kilbey Art Sale is going on RIGHT NOW!! Everything on the website (with the exception of two paintings going to an exhibit) is on sale, with discounts ranging from 10-40% off. There are also 11 brand new paintings just up on the site (20% off on those pieces — 40% off on other originals). All prints are 40% off, and cards are $3.50 instead of $4. Even commissioned paintings are on sale (10% discount).

    It’s a great sale, and it’s only on Steve’s birthday (it goes as long as it’s the 13th anywhere in the world), so head over to the SK Art site and check it out. Now. 😉

  28. avatar
    CSTCoach | 12 September 2008 at 9:48 pm #

    Ahh, it’s still the 12th over here, but i guess it’s the 13th there.

    Happy Birthday Killa! We’ll be raising a glass in your direction tonight. Thanks for never selling out, never talking down at us, and in appreciation of your accomplishments of this past year. Cheers!


  29. avatar
    matt davison | 12 September 2008 at 10:36 pm #

    Big Happy B Day Mr Nevets Yeblick 1005 Years old today….

    One year for every great song you have penned……..(:

    All the best for today



  30. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 12 September 2008 at 10:53 pm #

    hope you have a lovely b’day with friends and family, killa…still goin’ strong…
    love always…

  31. avatar
    linjo | 12 September 2008 at 11:01 pm #

    Happy birthday handsome!! hope the weather in Sydney is perfect like it is here on the magnificent mid north coast and you and the loved ones enjoy the day!
    Would have a drink for you but have been abstaining of late, much to the delight of my sometimes ragged emotional state.
    Linda x

  32. avatar
    Miss D | 12 September 2008 at 11:08 pm #

    Happy Birthday gorgeous man – hope you get lots of nice treats! Carla sends her love too!!

    XXMiss D.

  33. avatar
    davem | 12 September 2008 at 11:18 pm #

    Well killer, it’s now 12.15am here so I can say “Happy Birthday”.
    And it’s goodnight from him, and a heartfelt “God only knows where I’d be without you” from me.
    You mean everything. Thank you.

  34. avatar
    crack in smile | 12 September 2008 at 11:54 pm #

    Feliz aniversário, young man!

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2008 at 11:58 pm #

    happy birthday steve
    have a beautiful day
    love isolde

  36. avatar
    flyingbird | 13 September 2008 at 12:14 am #

    Happy Birthday Steve.

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