posted on February 16, 2009 at 7:46 pm

and it walked on down the hall
oh jimbo i miss you
if i could only be half as dionysian as you
but jesus
it killed you
so i just content myself painting pictures
and writing catchy little songs that the kids’ll love
i slip in arcane references for those in the no
i slip in puddles as i rush my girls thru the rain
scarlet kilbey comes in n lies down on some pillows
i blasting marquee moon
she doesnt wake up till i accidentally kick her
im painting a pic of barry obama
im quite taken with his handsome honest good looks
i cant believe we got ourselves a decent geezer at the helm
who woulda thunk it?
i heard hes gonna invite me to the not so white anymore house
to jam in the ovally office
yeah dream on sailor on the seas of fate
i do some long interview with donald on 4ZZZ in brissie
we discussed everything including the dreaded gear
and my advice to absolute beginners in show biz
(fuck off! its already too crowded)
i started swearing towards the end
but i guess they can leave it in
weather is strange here
rain sun wind rain
i say we should drop sharks on the fucking bushfires
kill 2 birds with one stone
and afterwards therell be roast flake for the locals
actually doing a benny fit for fires on 24th feb in glebie
at word in hand
actually the whole bushfire thing is tragic n numbing
it takes a lot to jerk a tear outta my cynical old eye
but this does it everytime
ok kilbey just think yourself lucky
and such beautiful towns that damned fire took…
im not much one for burning whiches at the steak
but i think mr firefuckingbug should feel the heat
what an evil nasty creature….n what do ya do with em?
meanwhile in sydney
at town hall station
some nasty doggies bale up our mr ricky
and snifter him for druggie wuggies
but guess what
serenity and poverty
rendered our mr ricky cleaner than clean
and those dopey dawgies schniffed our hero in vain
but nice use of police resources
err hey fellas
(cliche following )
our mr ricky will be joining me n others
in perf
oh perf
capital of um west(ern) aust(ralia)
not the one in scotch-land
and its got its twin city freo
which is yonder n very groovy (some say)
when my mum n dad migrated here
when i was a tiny sweet lad
the first place they came to was fremantle
and there was a sign which was advertising
a certain brand of insecticide (flick)
and the sign said
but some naughty wag had joined up the L and the I
rendering it somewhat changed
my dad told me later
when he saw that
that he thought he would enjoy australia after all…
david neils album is almost wrapped but for one track
and some minor fixes
mutton kennedy sends me some more k/k new stuff
which is very very nice
i have a long talk to miranda kilbey on the phone
ah boys……
shes got one of them boyfriends that cant express his feelings
he dont know what he wants
and shes quite flummoxed
(if a swede can be flummoxed…i know turnips can)
how can some oaf be treating my daughter like that?
oh true love never runs smooth
i know because i heard gene pitney sing that in 1963
and i aint ever forgotten
the things you hear in a song
stay with ya longer than any other kinda things
fucking hell i got marco bolan going round n round constantly
guy on 4zzz says who would ya have to dinner, any 7 ya like?
i says bolan bowie jesus buddha lennon
he says ya got 2 more
i say
i reckon those guys would be enough
oh yeah i’d have mr ricky there too
for moral support
and make sure buddha washed up his plates afterwards
i got one more pick
and theres no women there yet so
ok its outta dannniii min-ogre and a veronica
gosh its hard to have a dinner party isnt it?
maybe i should invite ann boleyn pre cut
or a sybil from the olde days
or take medusa up to the reptile park
or enter pegasus in the bleedin’ melbourne cup
can you really imagine some weird dead famous types
sitting round at some tossers dinner party
imagine serving jesus some guacamole
(what the hell is this? (in hebrew))
imagine playing buddha the new U2 record
(what a ponce!(in pali))
i’m just trying to scrape together the price of a sandwhich
and get mahself a cup of cawfee
i’m on a street corner in the snow
i’m in an alley in l.a.
i’m hanging out in badlands nevada
i’m down n out in cork or in boston
i’m at the naughty old mans home in west ur
i’m a foolish git with a dirty laptop
broadcasting n narrowcasting my vile bilge
all over the into-net
i am i am i am
hey its garbage day in n bondi
so it cant be all dull
someone next door has (been) moved out in a hurry
and the entire contents of their place sits in the rain
notice boards with photos
scateboards and boxes of xmas decorations
socks n undies n sad reminders
i wonder what happened
the inevitable pickers pick at it
and soon the discarded memories are blowing round the streets
aint life sad?
it can be

26 Responses to “the dawn awoke before killer”

  1. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 16 February 2009 at 9:26 pm #


    There is no need to kill sharks. Tough luck if people enter their habitat and risk their lives. Ever since the deplorable “Jaws” movie phenomenon that demonized Sharks millions of innocent sharks have been massacred thereby decimating marine ecosystems. The Japanese tear off their fins and leave them to slowly die as a means to placate the palates of wealthy human carnivores. Sharks are majestic creatures while human arsonists who set deadly fires are demonic monsters.

  2. avatar
    persephone2u | 16 February 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    Ah, Marquee Moon, lovely!

  3. avatar
    fantasticandy | 16 February 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    y’know steve…..
    sometimes when yer just ‘wafflng away’……….
    i think the real nevits yeblik comes shining through!
    …and he’s someone i like very, very much.
    i hope this is a great year for you my friend.
    andy L.

  4. avatar
    mahatma kane jeeves | 16 February 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    you came to freo first huh – was it the australis your family came out on???

  5. avatar
    veleska1970 | 16 February 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    yes, that is so horrible about all those poor people who have lost everything in the fires. God bless them.

    “aint life sad?”
    i wonder what happened to them? you just never really know what goes on in people’s lives. very mysterious indeed.

    “i’m a foolish git with a dirty laptop”
    no you are not. you create such beautiful words with that laptop. and us fiendss love you for it.

    lotza love….

  6. avatar
    veleska1970 | 16 February 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    for anyone who may have missed my post yesterday, there is a video link about the k/k project:

    steve and martin kennedy are both interviewed.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 February 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    “sometimes ya gotta kiss alot of toads before you meet your pransome hintz”{scoffs the Princess,as she chows down on frogz legz}xo

  8. avatar
    princey | 16 February 2009 at 10:21 pm #

    Haha, that’s funny about your parents aussie arrival, haha “mutton” kennedy, haha new david whatshisname album, haha buddha washing dishes….thanks for putting a smile on my face today sk.
    Thought one us spunky ttb girlfiends may have been the chosen one for dins….yeah I know, dream on sailor on the seas of fate!

  9. avatar
    PAGEY | 16 February 2009 at 11:23 pm #

    “Sonic anathema, wake up you dreamer
    I’ve fallen out of heaven, gonna crash on your Beamer
    Big man fly, pull down a screamer
    Break a femur, I’m going to Lima”

    crup Killa, couldn’t you have warned us to sell our stocks when Painkiller came out!! beside the cryptic references…??

    nice blog today….i don’t drive a beemer tho, or am widely invested in this establishment…

    clean tech is rising….

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 February 2009 at 11:47 pm #

    Fires still burning 🙁
    Everyday many fires are started in outer Melbourne and surrounds with no obvious explanation,and I can only conclude that arsonistS are at work.Kinglake and Healseville are my backyard and there was/is danger of our place going up in the wrong conditions.The recent mega fire scares me.Hotter than the hottest and faster than the fastest.I heard the Kinglake fire travelled 20km in 4 mins.That calculates to 300km an hour.No chance of escaping something like that,unless you have luck on your side?Apparently this is only the beginning….
    I feel so helpless,particularly when I’ve seen a few of the survivors in town.I’m sure they have been to hell and back.So many people want to volunteer,but no system in place to make use of them.We took a couple of lucern hay bales to Animal Aid.Most of the wildlife gone and no access to forests to look for injured animals until roads reopen.
    Can’t imagine the level of despair and grief the survivors must feel.Where would you start if you had nothing but yourself left…..
    I have to say it is heartening to see so much goodwill and community spirit.
    One of the things I couldn’t stand losing is my Church collection,just about as old as the band…..

    Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

  11. avatar
    w street | 17 February 2009 at 1:25 am #

    Excellent post, killer, excellent post.

    Didn’t you write about riding in the family car, not long after arriving in Oz, and seeing the brush fires and thinking that your dad was doing the best he could, but was probably just scared like a normal dad would be? I seem to remember you writing something similar to that (could be wrong-o) about brush fires in Oz when you were younger…

    Just curious.

  12. avatar
    Freddie | 17 February 2009 at 1:28 am #

    Sir Steven,
    It was a happy/sad one today.

    “Dawn woke before the killer and it walked on down the hall.”
    That’s quite the image 😀 …That’s the story of my life.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 February 2009 at 3:20 am #

    Steve > i wanted to take my 8 year old daughter with me to the Church Live Sydney 15/03/09 concert (I have the tickets). Respectfully asking is it OK to bring her? > she loves all The Church music (and knows the words better than me on some) > she loves Hannah Montana as well > Hannah's in good company on my daughters Ipod with old and new Church songs………
    Is it OK
    Geoff Starkey Sydney

  14. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 17 February 2009 at 4:41 am #

    …what should be done with the firefuckingbugs? drag them down to the local morgue to see the bodies of the fire victims and then front them up with the mourning families and loved ones…..
    love always……

  15. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 17 February 2009 at 8:44 am #

    “and writing catchy little songs that the kids’ll love”
    This very entertaining blog made me smile and chuckle all the way through.

  16. avatar
    pennybridge | 17 February 2009 at 9:05 am #

    Today´s blogge made me laugh!
    I guess the guys at dinner are all vegans and devoted to yoga.
    Buddha’s got some problems with the bow pose though.

    Ey Miranda, tell that boyfriend to dra åt(you know), if he can´t decide!

    I guess I cant even imagine this bushfire tragedy from my freezy little part of the planet.
    Sending my love to the victims and of course all TTBers!

  17. avatar
    catchow | 17 February 2009 at 11:46 am #

    always enjoying reading your thoughts,reflections observations
    above all and all theses little
    news referring to you…
    yes ,life can be rough:all theses
    terrible fires and “the discarded
    memories blowing round the streets”,bits of life falling to pieces and forsaken by all…
    but,please,don’t kill any bird or even shark!…

  18. avatar
    John Garratt | 17 February 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    “i blasting marquee moon”

    I look forward to the day I can blast that album without worrying about any implications.

    “she doesnt wake up till i accidentally kick her”

    I accidentally placed my hand on June’s head one night. Lightly. Still, she didn’t care for it.

  19. avatar
    John Garratt | 17 February 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    Did you sleep outside while in the Badlands?

  20. avatar
    markobears | 17 February 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    Obama shuts down gitmo then hands over 11 prisoners to Saudi Arabia. If concerned about human rights thats a very bad fuck up. They dont use drug dogs there, they behead children in public. Be critical of Obama, I have a feeling if you wait another year you might end up adding some horns to your painting. Dont get me wrong, I’m glad he beat the pro war hilliary and Mcsame but we gotta test him out.

  21. avatar
    davem | 17 February 2009 at 8:21 pm #

    I’m glad ricky escaped their mucky paws.
    Great blog again today – you’re my Bolan.
    I admit that I’m currently enjoying The Shortwave Set (any fiends that haven’t heard ’em, do check ’em out) a lot at the mo, but there’s always a daily SK fix. Plus TTB!!

  22. avatar
    restaurant mark | 17 February 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    hello steve…everyone. loved todays blog…that would be a interesting dinner party! and yes…life can be sad. getting pretty bare here in the griffith household. on one hand we patiently await the arrival of our daughter in 4 months…very excited! on the other, we wonder if we’ll still have a house and insurance when she’s born??? my work has dried up to the point of me being a housedad the last couple of weeks. any corporate job we had lined up either lost their budget or has moved it back indefinately. any residential jobs…well most of them are in a similar boat it seems…no money, no work. my wife’s hours just got cut back today. bills are stacking up…just not good…
    started looking around for other work…nothing…
    i support obama…voted for him, but i can’t figure out how this stimulus plan is really gonna help individuals??? if the government really wanted to boost the economy and and save people…instead of bailing out corporations and all of these other complicated programs, just give everyone who filed a tax return say 100,000. first…way cheaper than what they’re doing. second…stipulate that all credit card debt, car loans, and home mortgages have to be paid off in full. well that would make the bank’s problems gone right there. then everyone could start spending money again with the rest which would stimulate the economy, investing…which would help the market. now…i know it’s crazy talk to suggest they give the money to us. they would certainly say they couldn’t regulate it to make sure it was going for the debt involved. but they don’t seem to be able to keep up with it when they do these bailouts either. so…even if we all just blew it…at least people would be out shopping, which would somewhat help right there. anyway…that’s my rant for the day.
    take care everyone and good luck

  23. avatar
    eek | 17 February 2009 at 8:52 pm #

    ah boys……
    shes got one of them boyfriends that cant express his feelings
    he dont know what he wants

    The real problem is if they do express their feelings you are supposed to listen to them. Ugh!

    actually doing a benny fit for fires on 24th feb in glebie
    at word in hand
    actually the whole bushfire thing is tragic n numbing

    It is overwhelming. So many whole families wiped out. Good on you for doing the benefit…hope some local ttb readers can make it.

    imagine serving jesus some guacamole


    my dad told me later
    when he saw that
    that he thought he would enjoy australia after all…


    and my advice to absolute beginners in show biz
    (fuck off! its already too crowded)

    gave me a good laugh which is always welcome. 🙂

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2010 at 8:20 pm #

    You have great blog and this post is good!

    best regards, Greg

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 February 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    Its all in the manual they make you read before they download your being into those tiny bodies in those dark wombs.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 February 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    I keep quoting these dead white guys for a reason. We seem to be repeating some particularly nasty history, right now.

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