posted on June 20, 2006 at 2:06 pm

one of the children
another bad dream
its a black rainy midnite
i listen to equatorial stars
the bending notes free my mind
soft tinkles a life at sea
so still
so quiet
minutes rain down from the clock
drowning me in time
outside things come down with the rain
silver things
some good
some wicked
the night surrounds my house
it asks me my name
oh im steve kilbey i say
no not that it says
your REAL names
i think for a minute
for a minute i remember
somebody singh?
i was somebody singh from rangipur
i had a baby elephant
i was a sikh
i was killed in a skirmish with the british invaders
i had a wife and daughters then too
no says the night
what is your real name?
i dunno
what do you want? i ask midnight
you always know what i want steve
says the daerkness
between my ears the tinnitus sings
like fripps loops
stretches out forever before me
the tinnitus whilstles every song i ever bashed out
every guitar lick n cymbal crash faithfully recorded
playin’ back forever
no battery needed
dont be surprised if i dont hear
the whole city screaming out for help
cars skid down dark deserted beach road
shady shadowy figures meet in dark places
rain increasingly heavy
a night for strange stuff to happen says the night
are you ready for it?
nah, not really i say
im gonna go to bed soon….
so…….says the blackness
the stars snigger
so what they ask in voices like frosting
what would you know what its like to be me i ask them
the silence resumes
rain patter pitta
clock tick tock ad hoc
alone in this midnite blue
my kitchen feels cosy
you dont keep us out that easy
say the nocturnal voices
the fledglings are getting soaked out there
i take a slug of grape juice
another hit of m. honey +10
sugars hit my system
my body that does stuff of its own accord
holding me down somehow
it really is the flesh that needs suppressing
its a suit n tie
but you gotta take good care of it
you gotta establish union
the night raps on the window again
you fool
it says
its already morning
things are already changing
the honey is making you crave it more and more
can you just eat it like this spoonful on spoonful
no restraint says the night outside changing
into morning
rose grape juice
its fuel
ready for potentiation
no no says the night
sleepy sleepy
dreamy dreamy
see you in your dreams

37 Responses to “talkin bout the midnite blogger….”

  1. avatar
    triantelope | 20 June 2006 at 2:59 pm #

    ever noticed honey has no use by date!?
    it’s nature’s preservative.

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 3:17 pm #

    Nice…that Equatorial Stars is a very pleasing CD.


  3. avatar
    12str | 20 June 2006 at 3:34 pm #

    sometimes the night saves us..
    letting us go deeper within ourselves…
    quiet….calm… soft….beautiful
    a haven of tranquility
    meet you there


  4. avatar
    persephone2u | 20 June 2006 at 4:12 pm #

    You scored some great drugs when you got back home, didn’t you? Tell the truth…

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 4:18 pm #

    What a great description of tinnitus. Sometimes when I listen closely to mine I can hear music and voices murmuring in it. I don’t mind it much any more – it’s kind of an old friend.

    Looking forward to seeing you in Arizona next month…

  6. avatar
    Elduvik | 20 June 2006 at 4:22 pm #

    I still have not grasped whether youre vegetarian or vegan. I thought you were the latter but I must be wrong, of course honey is an animal product. My opinion on vegetarianism is exactly like yours although for weakness and habits I am not a vegetarian (although I eat very little meat). On the contrary, I dont understand dietary (let alone complete) veganism at all. I have witnessed the adverse effects of veganism on a breast fed baby of a vegan mother resulting in cerebral atrophy, basically as a consequence of vitamin deprivation. I think dietary veganism can be very detrimental on health. What is your opinion?


  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 4:47 pm #

    great blogge/poem to read whilst listening to “one for iris doe”

    sun in the west sky
    moon in the east
    morning comes
    changes everything.

    what a song!


  8. avatar
    John Garratt | 20 June 2006 at 5:40 pm #

    I had a dream I was hanging out at your place. I somehow screwed up your bathroom, but you were cool about it.


  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 5:54 pm #

    la noche suspira
    te pregunta tu nombre
    cierra los ojos


  10. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 20 June 2006 at 6:07 pm #

    hint hint, do my dreams begin on independence day??? i am your day walker and your night rider. (your peace out writer)…

  11. avatar
    davem | 20 June 2006 at 6:46 pm #

    Talk about an obsessive personality.
    You’re now hooked on bloody honey.
    How times have changed…it’s nice to see though.
    Love you more,

    Dave M

  12. avatar
    RA | 20 June 2006 at 8:00 pm #

    sorry about this, totally unrelated to today’s blog…. but….. and you ask for suggestions sometimes… so…

    I HAVE to recommend a new CD to you. Perfect pop, with an intellectual edge.

    I just got White Bread, Black Beer by Scritti Politti. Lyrically it’s interesting and well crafted and the music is beautiful. The VOICE however is just so .. er… er..heart wrenchingly gorgeous. Green Gartside made this record in his house in Hackney, yet it sounds like Trevor Horn spent months and millions on it . (without it having that over-polished sound he sometimes produces.. though his work on Dear Catastrophe Waitress by Belle an ebastian was perfect.. am I rambling..?)

    Anyway, if anyone buys it and is dissapointed, well…. I’ll buy the CD back from them to give to someone else. (this offer applies to the first 2 people to contact me with genuine grieveances about my recommendation! 🙂 )



  13. avatar
    veleska1970 | 20 June 2006 at 8:38 pm #

    sounds like you have jet lag….sleepy but can’t sleep, tired but wound up.

    i never could sleep on rainy nights, either!!

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 9:40 pm #

    that is one of the weirdest things i’ve ever read – regards pip

  15. avatar
    the dean | 20 June 2006 at 10:09 pm #

    the equatorial stars makes parts of my brain light up or maybe it’s the hairs on my neck. Listening that at midnight anything can happen.

  16. avatar
    LittleSecret | 20 June 2006 at 10:22 pm #

    I woke at 4am with a nightmare that still haunts me now.

    I drunk some tea and sat listening to Remindlessness trying to decipher what my dream was tell me


  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 10:57 pm #

    Hey Richard,

    I’m with you all the way on Scritti Politti. That guy is really under rated. One of my most, super favouritist bands ever.

    Do you think it might be better for SK to start at the very beginning though…with ‘Asylums in Jerusalem’ etc ? And he might have to skip the Shabba Ranks stuff etc as we know he don’t approve of that kinda stuff.

    So good to hear someone else saying such positive things about this band. I believe Green has even started gigging around Europe a bit….

    Hope you get over that jet lag SK. I got the tinnitus as well… comes to me a night too, sounds like mini bikes being ridden in the distance. I don’t have it all the time and only in one ear. It’s from a youth spent standing too close to the speaker stacks at gigs, always on the same side.




  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 11:09 pm #

    I sent my mum ur blog re manuka honey whilst u were in london but not because of the honey , because of the thoughts on gods.
    Anyhow she was sick at the time & got onto the manuka & I thankyou on her behalf.

    Dutch Pierre

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 11:14 pm #

    hi sk
    beautiful words
    once again

    funny you
    mention it
    cause i *did* see you
    in my dreams
    last night

    you were here
    at your colorado gig
    and you were
    writing your bloggie
    in longhand
    and the whole thing
    was there on a
    long long long scroll
    complete with
    and i told you
    i’m diane and
    was trying to
    find my comments
    to you help you
    remember me
    i think i found
    something about
    my daughter
    julia in one
    that’s all
    i remember

    hope a
    denver show
    is announced
    the suspense
    is getting to me


  20. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 20 June 2006 at 11:42 pm #

    That was so beautiful…and yet disturbing and creepy too. Have you ever thought about writing children’s books? I say that, not because I want you to write creepy books to scare children, but you have such an unbelievable imagination…and that’s what really seems to go over well with little kids. Plus you have just enough edge to make them funny and maybe a wee bit scary, in a fun kind of way! I think you should try it – I bet you’d do well.

    Now, put the manuka honey down, slowly, and walk away from the table. 😉

    I was very excited to get my Church tickets for the Hollywood, CA show in the mail today, until I looked at the envelope and realized it had been soaked in some liquid, and then run over by something. *&^#@%!!!!! (insert own idea of me swearing here). My precious Church tickets were destroyed!!! I called Ticketbastard and made them immediately give me two more at the Will Call window. I have the worst luck of anyone I’ve ever met with mail. UGH!

    Other than that, can’t complain!

    p.s. an even better idea – get the doodles to help you write the children’s books! you’ve got a ready-made test audience!

  21. avatar
    pst | 20 June 2006 at 11:50 pm #

    It’s a cavalcade of dreams today, apparently. When I dream of bands, it’s only the Australian ones, weirdly. I dreamt of The Church a while ago, you were assembled in a very modern, mostly-glass structure atop a spit of rocky headland jutting out into a wild and lovely winedark Sea. You were recording or rehearsing. [As opposed to cording or hearsing? -Ed. ] Mr Powles was standing behind a Babel-like tower of drums, perched perilously near glass and certain death. MWP and PK manifested as stick insects. You sir, reclined in stocking feet in a bean bag, wearing velvet and immense glamour shades. Go figure!

  22. avatar
    fergal | 21 June 2006 at 12:17 am #

    the night is very soft
    but where does it end
    nice one sk …

  23. avatar
    Brad | 21 June 2006 at 12:20 am #

    Take it slow. It’s not a voice outside. A voice of the pure familiar, but new. Can’t make an Om-lette while your breaking eggs. Children scream in a cold bath breath, and then scold in a language of natives extinct before our ancestors.

    Used to take notes but broke the stylo on the ink. Feathered and tart. Frisky and 9 lives lost.

    Good night/morning.


  24. avatar
    mattdavison | 21 June 2006 at 12:45 am #

    Its funny having dreams Sk. I alway’s arrive in a hive city somehow thou.

    Good that ya have that Kiwi gold running through your veins…….And welcome back down under. Now stop worring about fucin Trump and the idiot like… I magine they don’t exist.
    Plan your trip to New Zealand and I will take ya for a a vegan snack on ponsonby road and let you roll in manuka honey in Northland while you let the rancid fumes of Europe leave your lungs.

  25. avatar
    verdelay | 21 June 2006 at 1:02 am #

    davem’s on the money: now you got a honey habit, sugar. Always craving something sweet…what part of the brain is that? (answer:…too obvious by half).

    Funny how the moremoremoremorse response will take anything that tickle’s it’s never-fickle fancy, such a harlot. What a hussey.

    Might as well feed it something that’s good for you… like food.

    But beware unholy Desire. I don’t want to see you perched on the rocks near bondi clutching the last jar on earth like some strung out hippy gollum.

    Trying to eat the bees directly. Stings all around your mouth. Lips like Angelina’s.

    Not very fetching.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 1:34 am #

    Night friends, arriving in the garden…

  27. avatar
    mike a | 21 June 2006 at 1:35 am #

    or is it night fiendssss?

  28. avatar
    Paige | 21 June 2006 at 1:53 am #

    Like rain on parched earth…I do adore your writing.

    I’ve had a very trying few days (trying to get my stubborn little 9 month old Virgo to sleep without mommy’s milk and battling some sort of virus)and some classic SK verse was just what I needed.

    Thank you!


  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 2:19 am #

    Dear Steve,

    You’re depriving me of sleeep.
    Home, after a nite out, I gotta get my fix of SK/Church, before I retire under the milky way.

    Currently “Reptile” is getting a good workout. It’s one of the best live rock videos I’ve seen. Get same filmaker for your next DVD.

    Hope you’ve got some enegy left for a gig back in OZ.

    Peaced & love
    Diane (Sydney)

  30. avatar
    Finn | 21 June 2006 at 2:21 am #

    Hey Steve,

    I got a question for your blog (remember you said you might answer some questions?)… just what IS the true story behind “A Month Of Sundays”?

    Oh, and guess what I got in the mail today?

    Marty Willson-Piper’s first LP “In Reflection” along with a 20 page book. Cool album.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 2:34 am #

    Dear sk,

    Glad to know you’re home safe and sound. Sympathised with you about the airport dramas. Got pulled out of line at Heathrow and LA to be searched,must look guilty due to fear of flying.

    Would like to thank person who put the comment on about the gb’s special on Rage last Sat. Glad that two Jack Frost songs were on it. Got the Oceans Apart cd by gbs, what a great record. Know how proud you are of g and he is the same of you, he’ll always be looking after you from heaven.

    Take care and let us know if you are doing any solo shows in Syd or any more Church shows.

    Love Therese

  32. avatar
    Jerry | 21 June 2006 at 3:12 am #

    …..coming through the mirror…..stay with me tonight…

    I love the night.


  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 3:46 am #

    I had insomnia the other night too,
    I lay awake listening to Sylvian’s
    Secret’s of the Beehive twice.

    I always have to sleep with music
    on, it helps you drift away.

    California dreaming….

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 5:47 pm #

    i love these people commenting on bad habits (even jokingly) when i see them here constantly! i’ll take things in moderation- even the church- even your blog and your hypocracy, and your obsessed fans. humorous.

  35. avatar
    buckmoose | 21 June 2006 at 7:52 pm #

    I listen to Equatorial Stars every night currently, along with Mesmerized by EAR and Cluster ’71. And I sleep very well, thank you.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 8:00 pm #

    i love these people commenting on bad habits (even jokingly) when i see them here constantly! i’ll take things in moderation- even the church- even your blog and your hypocracy, and your obsessed fans. humorous.

  37. avatar
    Larry | 27 June 2006 at 2:02 pm #

    I don’t think we need quite so many comments/challenges about SK’s dietary choices! KillBee can continue to eat honey even if he wants to call himself a vegan – it’s entirely up to him.

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