posted on May 15, 2009 at 6:24 am

somewhere different
somewhat elusive
somewhere distant
somewhat intrusive
some other place
i come from
i come from some other place
looped around each other
the universes jostle
pure space
pure conjecture
pure magic
pure dirt
refractions of your life
the way things used to be

all acceleration is off
nothing is any easier here
i bubble thru walls
i ooze under fissures
i penetrate the Mechanism
i move in an adjacent square
thats here
dont you see
i am you
you are me
scientific research all leads to no thing
emptiness at the heart of everything
everything contained in nothing in no thing
everything in moderation
everything in the past
my house with its library in nineveh
my daughters eyes in the city now under the waves
my wives from lyonesse
my twin sister from arkadia
time burns up as it enters my mind
words form on the blisters that come
snakes writhe in my garden
gold slips from my eight hands
i am a monster
i am a soldier
i am a user (yawn)
i am different
i spurn the useless
i greedily heat seeker deluxe
i warper mis-shaper
i black fire drowner dolphin eye
i am the strange one and you know it
the wriggler out of time
and time again
we converse in abstract terms
people here seem so latitudinal
the natives call it today
but we move away
people call me the killer
but they know not the truth
i knock on their doors and my 24 hour deliverance
i have suffered to be here so i thought i may as well bring you this
the tattered cosmic gossip i gleaned from my slow descent
through a thousand miles
of star-burn branded on the hide of the night
the ride of the night
the marsh of time
where i thrash
i am weakened by myself
i am nourished by the suns light
which living vegetal souls transmute into sweet chlorophyll
i am a photosynthesizer
i on close to purest light
i put it all together
i am not from here at all
not from anywhere around here
theres been a mistake
somewhere i begin to panic
theres been a mistake
cant you be more specific ?says the ambulance somnambulist
i start to fill in the questionaire
blood group ……red
sex……not now
history of mental illness….yes and geography of it too
do you have low water pressure? only when i come down in a shower
do you have any following? in some parts of that other world
have you ever discovered you were in a continent? no
can you remember yesterday? ask me tomorrow
can you still roll a double six six 6 ?
do you like to get a little ^ ?
how many * s did you get?
how many #23s have you got in the can of worms?
god moves in mysterious whales
yes there is a god of all the multi and universes
one one one
a one god is many
one total superstar
who replicated his self
dreaming dreaming dreaming
shaping shaping shaping
warping warping warping
singing singing singing
i spellman
i gaze
i haze
i phase
i pure flange
i am you
feel it now
spirit come and feel me now
spirit come and fill me now
spirit come and take me now
i am ecstatic in the burnt spurted crystals of life
in the beginning i swam in a race with millions
all those possibilties
i outswam the fucking lot and i penetrated the Destination
and i left them outside
to thrash and die
invisible electric tiny little male lamia
screaming to get in the cocoon with me
i watched them through my membrane
as i burroughed in
as i watched myself develop into this angelic monster
as i crashed my mother victims womb
as i came to some dark fruition here in your far flung world
i realized who i was
but i hid under the cloak of personality
and i crucified myself where i didnt fit
and i scalded myself where i didnt belong
and i branded my self where i had no business
still in an embryonic stage
they asked me
what will you want to be when you grow up
i want to be a child i said when i grow up
they flew me off to a tribunal
i cowered before the intergalactic bigshots
but they sprinkled stardust up my nostrils
and golden moonlight in my eyes of grey
but i exaggerate
there were only 2 angels not 3
i have only lived for forever
time fades away
it wears a hole in my soul
i lose altitude
but still much much much higher
than i was before

22 Responses to “soonwhere”

  1. avatar
    matt davison | 15 May 2009 at 8:11 am #




  2. avatar
    Jasperina | 15 May 2009 at 8:37 am #

    It is the golden moonlight in those grey eyes makes you able to see into other worlds…I like the way your words ignite my own imagination..

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    over-achievers anonymous | 15 May 2009 at 9:46 am #

    ya just gotta look at things from the right angle,angel.{if there is such a thing as a “right angle”,why not a “left angle”haha,or maybe just an “obtuse angel”;/ haha,oh gawd.;/}xoxoxoxoxo

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    fantasticandy | 15 May 2009 at 10:10 am #

    that was awesome mate!

    and your’e right….
    wer’e ALL bloody heroes just by dint of having made it to this plane of exsistence……
    so why do so many of us just give up and settle for whatever’s thrust at us?
    lucky for us you weren’t like that!
    and still aren’t…..

    folk who are more ‘casual'(or were more casual)about yon church than i, agree with each other in proclaiming u#23 your ‘best ever’…
    and even i maintain that it is the band’s most consistently good recording to date….all killer, no filler!
    but i think the current level of adulation from hitherto unexpected and unlikely sources is partly due to the global ‘credit crunch’…..
    with less disposable income and most of their former idols shown to have feet of clay….you guys shine out to the disilusioned like a beacon in a world of uncertainty,
    the persuit of things trivial has led to financial and spiritual disaster.
    now is YOUR time.
    the unwashed masses have begun to awaken from decades of moronic slumber.
    listen to amanda….get ‘operetta’ out in the usa as a single NOW.
    did the yanks like the beatles?
    get it on the radio…bang it out every night on tour.
    listen to amanda and i steve…..

    this is the strongest single youv’e EVER had…..
    christ man the bit where the mellotron comes in even outdoes the e-bow bagpipes in utmw!!!!!!!!!

    johannas drums ‘n trumpets just like in them olden days…..fucken’ WHAM!!!!!!!!!!
    get it out now!
    strike while the irony’s hot!
    stck something intended for ‘cardboard’ on with it…or anything.
    do it,
    do it now.
    there won’t be a dry eye in the house.

    the signs are auspicious…….
    but they are not fixed…..
    love to all,
    andy L.

  5. avatar
    steve kilbey | 15 May 2009 at 10:20 am #

    youre getting me going now….all excited
    i wish operetta could be number one in america
    we will watch it closely
    if people want it
    it will happen
    i have very little say in it
    nor will i
    nor can i
    bless you for your contagious enthusiasm!

  6. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 15 May 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    you fly much higher and faster and longer and with much more grace than i ever could, steve….you’re fucking incredible……
    love always…..

  7. avatar
    Tendraftsdeep | 15 May 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    Thanks Mr. Kilbey, for yet another incredible work of art.

  8. avatar
    kyle farley | 15 May 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    Mr. Kilbey,

    Just called 1 of the last great music stores in Dallas Texas & was told they would hold the last copy of untitled #23 for me.
    I wonder how many had already sold??? It's funny…I title many of my paintings "Untitled(describe work here, as to not limit viewers interpretation). Very fitting indeed, because the complexities, intricasies and layers in this thing are not the "children's pop-up book" that my ridelin popping friends in the good ol' U.S. of (A.D.D) seem to love so much! I was nervous upon this release….why, i'm not sure. no one gives a shit what i think usually! i was more nervous 'bout me. have i changed so much that i would be disappointed….i mean, you guys have been my rock, my "go-to" music for so many years. how's this 1st read gonna go??? Wellafter the 1st read, 2nd read 3rd read……i know it was just about nostalgia & fear. I am even more stoked at this point and felt a very good "washing over me" effect last night on the 4th & 5th reads of this "Masterpiece"! I was so pleased to have the hair on my arm stand up…Yes!!! I don't get to feel goose bumps as often these days!!!!Good News….They still happen, Brother! Might have happened in Anchorage! So Cortez like….& that is very LARGE, as you would know! Question….. How many can say they are a "Cortez The Killer", Killer & actually be "Killer"?? I can't wait to see you boys trading tools again on stage, & making little baby jesus play with buddah. I will be proud to be Baptised again by The Church….this time, not in muddy Texas waters, but the clean waters I have never seen in the Pacific North West! Countdown has definitely commenced! Razors Edge, God-Speed & All Those Keen Things!

  9. avatar
    davem | 15 May 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    A killer start to the weekend.

    There’s a momentum here though isn’t there? How fucking great would it be if our beloved’s could break on through again??!!
    I feel like a kid I’m so excited, even if blighty is still asleep!

    THE CHURCH!!!!! Come on!!
    Nice one Andy. x

    I wish everyone on here a fantastic weekend. Keep spreading the word! The Church – The greatest band in the world, with a new album to die for….

  10. avatar
    davem | 15 May 2009 at 4:10 pm #

    youre getting me going now….all excited”


  11. avatar
    davem | 15 May 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    SK, I promise to go away now but…..
    Folks…the KK collab can be ordered now:

    "You can pre-order Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy Present ‘Unseen Music Unheard Words’ from now! They ship worldwide. Just click on the link and open a new CDBaby account if you don’t have one – its quick and easy. We expect the CDs will ship from May 25th. From May 25th you can also buy an mp3 version of the album with artwork from them. iTunes will follow soon"

    I've ordered mine. Get your TTB arses there and back our man again!!

  12. avatar
    craig miller | 15 May 2009 at 6:02 pm #

    I’ve been listening to Space Savior over and over and over and over and over and….you get the point.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 May 2009 at 6:10 pm #

    This is one of your greatest masterpieces/masterwholes, dearest. It makes me want to write it all over my back. But it’d have to begin at the bottom in a way that “but still much much much higher than i was before” could be around my neck. Or it wouldn’t make any difference if it was otherwise.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 May 2009 at 8:06 pm #

    Good morning dazzling one 🙂 xoxox

  15. avatar
    catchow | 15 May 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    fine and esoteric midnight ride!
    i knock on their door and my 24 hours deliverance…:pleasant thought

  16. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 15 May 2009 at 9:18 pm #

    quick question : are there any other bands that have ever put out 23 albums??? I think not, the church band will always be KING!!!
    Jonny Hollywood

  17. avatar
    Galamor the Wizard | 15 May 2009 at 11:46 pm #

    Steve, it’s great to see the Church getting rave reviews again.
    As a long time, sometimes suffering, fan, could you PLEASE convince the “powers at be” who decide what the next single will be and release “Happenstance”. Throught the years I have seen the obvious singles on your albums neglected in favour of the releasing the “not quite” classics as singles, all at crucial times when you could have rebroken through e.g. Louisiana instead of Anasthesia, Ripple instead of Paradox, Hotel Womb instead of Reptile, Day 5 instead of Block etc.
    Yeah, I know all your babies are dear to you, but trust me on this one!!!!
    Release Happenstance as a single!!!
    Now I’m sounding like a rabid 15 year old…pity I can add another 30 years to that age!

  18. avatar
    nickfiction | 16 May 2009 at 12:30 am #

    finally got the new cd , it’s truly great , can’t wait to see you guys play in june ……

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 May 2009 at 1:56 am #


    Just picked up my copy of Untitled # 23 today.
    Holy #@!!$@.
    It is a masterpiece my friend.
    I also picked up the e.p.
    What’s it called?
    Kidding…I’m just kidding!
    I picked up Pangea as well and I absolutely love “So Love May Find Us.”
    Operetta is an awesome tune, but my favorite (today anyway) is On Angel Street.
    Steve, I really believe with all my heart that people are getting fed up with crap and that bands who actually play WELL like The Church are on their way back.
    Much deserved love, respect, and success to you guys.
    Bout friggin’ time!

    Have a great weekend,
    Tampa, Fl

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 May 2009 at 2:05 am #

    u23 up to #19 @


  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 May 2009 at 2:08 am #

    sorry sk,
    more news @

    u23 @ #5 on new release chart
    pangaea e.p. @ #26.

    excellent good news,

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 May 2009 at 5:07 am #

    You gonna need a vid. Ain’t no bones about it. A vid.

    Who here makes vids?


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