posted on June 4, 2009 at 1:46 am

i’m still not satisfied
i never have been n i never will
i wanna explain myself
i wanna explain this whole damn thing
i wanna explain why we are neither created by jehovah nor evolution
i wanna explain how this illusion is penetrated
i wanna call out for mercy and for peace on earth
no unnecessary killings please
anywhere by anyone to anything
yeah and keep our new l.p. on the amazon charts
yeah king fred summons old bach
yeah my mind has fractured
this is really how it is
i aint pretending with you now
get thee on thy stomach
and go about in dust alleth your days
i turn rods into serpents for my own back
yes i am the snakeman from your dreams
cold and hard like coiled steel flexing round the world i squeeze
the spirit of rock has filled me
the spirit of rock has taken me
it waits in my cortex the killer
it spirals out as i hit the stage
as the first note hits the atmosphere
the spirit of rock says
and lo and be hulled
and low and be held
and white happy moses drank the rich rice milk in vineland
and he led his people to a beautiful gig
and he said wait here for i must prepare
and so he retired to his wilderness room
where the burning bush appeared before him
for a long time he communed with the bush
and he learned of the mysteries of rock
its deep subtleties that can invoke ecstasy
but his followers grew restless
and said amongst themselves
he does not talk to us
he does not embrace us
he does not cherish us
but how were they the riff raff to know
the old man had much cherished his dear ones around the world
for 30 summers n winters it was said
he had led them through the nothingness
and at last had he delivered them here
24 hour deliverance he guaranteed himself in rock n roll
and after three long decades
moses had not withered or over ripened
but had fully matured as a receiver
no longer a grim or dim receiver
but a true receiver
and as he receives
he reflects back
and by a subtle art unbeknownst to any
a combination of ideas
by a movement
by a sudden intensity
by a flexing of muscle
by a slackening of tension
by a thrust or retreat
by a flurry of information
by words which will pierce your brosnan
by everything included
and by everything left out
by the way the drums are beaten to death
by the way the guitars howl like monkeys with rabies
by the way racket seems to come from everywhere at once
but its a controlled howling racket
its not a sloppy amateurish racket
its the spirit of rock and its mean and inchoate
but we got four master(bator)s here
controlling its possible explosion into absurdity
holding it right there
there on the brink
right there on the very edgiest edge
in the twilight world
where nothing means anything
and anything means everything
and as we play we will hammer you with poignance till you drop
you wont know why
you wont be able to decipher it
it will happen too fast
like a drunk slugger from a pub
a nimble kung fu wolfe
we will disarm you and have you down
before you even know where you are
loud and stupid and brutal
suddenly that will make sense
simple and throbbing
then the words start up
oh they are not simple my friend
they are your own mirror
to see yourself and all i did was the frame
i”m a desert wind in a telephone box
i dial yer #s up
i pick yer locks
i have transcended
i am not what i ever was before
you will see
you will see
the spirit of rock has taken me now
i invited it in so long ago
but i had to be truly ready
for he has inhabited so very very few before me
i have had a almost 40 year apprenticeship
until just so very recently
when he did fly into me mid song
and takeover and merger
and oh god the spirit of rock is truly infallible
none of you will ever know this feeling i guess
i’m sorry but i sacrificed everything so that i may rock
now lo
it hath come to pass
the spirit will say
the spirit of rock where do you cometh from ?
ASK NOT ! says the spirit in a vox ac 30 voice
ok spirit of rock
i say
cowering in the spirits presence
i will not unleash it again until i play
let my people wonder then at signs they hear in my sounds
in my voice let them hear the voice of everyman
and let them know me by any secret name they choose
and let them buy tickets and murch and trinkets and cds
and let them come back again n again
and clap n cheer and grin from ear to ear
oh spirit of rock……
i will give you your freedom again…
and then
you can do whatever you like
with me

21 Responses to “the difference between close and near”

  1. avatar
    Thelonious | 4 June 2009 at 2:53 am #

    SK,thanks for your daily musings. I don't know how you do it every day but I treasuer it and feel deprived when (rarely) it is late or doesn't arrive. I just finished Rober Lurie's book and enjoyed it greatly. Curiously I read Steve Cummings book the week before thought it was ok. I probably could guess your response but would love to read your own story in your words. Now there would be a tome! Thanks for being you and for your devotion.

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 June 2009 at 5:28 am #

    SK –

    Gonna be staying tuned before forkin' over dough for the show in ol' G.R. (can't make Dee-troit – so thanks for making Grand Rapids an option, but….)

  3. avatar
    Jasperina | 4 June 2009 at 6:51 am #

    A written testament to what we all know is true about you. As I read what you wrote today it was almost prayer like in its intensity. All the fires that burn within are about to create a mighty inferno of rock and the embers will fly far and wide…

  4. avatar
    fantasticandy | 4 June 2009 at 7:12 am #

    now i'm even more depressed….
    the dave's 'n i will be inconsolable.

  5. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 4 June 2009 at 7:12 am #

    really, only in my wildest dreams will you never come to me with your spirit of rock…

  6. avatar
    Richard | 4 June 2009 at 7:50 am #

    hey steve

    how about you call it 'hash 23'?

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 June 2009 at 9:00 am #

    you truly are The Killer

  8. avatar
    Freddie | 4 June 2009 at 10:16 am #

    Wow!! WOW!!!!!

  9. avatar
    EDD | 4 June 2009 at 10:36 am #

    Pulled the trigger on your remington steele, eh?

  10. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 4 June 2009 at 11:17 am #

    possessed by the voodoo spirit of rock you leap and flail wildly around the stage uttering celestial words written by angels…your congregation become helplessly enmeshed and swept away by the spirit, convulsing and howling with ecstacy…..


    love always…..

  11. avatar
    princey | 4 June 2009 at 11:34 am #

    The black panther unleashed, he's gone wiiiilldddd!!!!
    Will miss ya when you're gone…..but happy that you'll be rockin' all over the world 🙂

  12. avatar
    Cee | 4 June 2009 at 3:35 pm #

    There is no word in Español for rock!
    let my people wonder then at signs they hear in my sounds
    deja que mi gente se asombre a las señas de mis sonidos
    in my voice let them hear the voice of everyman
    en mi voz deja que oigan la voz de todos

  13. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 4 June 2009 at 4:27 pm #

    Empedocles "The Purifications" is a must philosophical read for SK. Only twenty pages.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 June 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    LET IT ALL COCOON!!! See you June 12.

  15. avatar
    davem | 4 June 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    Perfect choice Andy.
    Love to all.

  16. avatar
    knot | 4 June 2009 at 8:43 pm #

    “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” I hope to see June 12th.

  17. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 4 June 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    Unbelievable! Hey guys, I have an extra ticket to the show in L.A. at the Roxy. Anybody want it? Let me know at


  18. avatar
    eek | 4 June 2009 at 11:52 pm #

    I can hardly wait. This is why we come see the Church — you guys know how to deliver!

    Of course I also am wishing the tour was set to start a week or so later — I am NOT ready yet!

  19. avatar
    Celticat | 5 June 2009 at 12:30 am #


    listened to LLC and KK last night for first time – WOW!

    My 18yo daughter came and asked who played LLC cos she loves it to.

    Also caught up with an old friend from primary school on facebook recently. I haven't seen him since 1972. He proceeds to tell me he went to school with Russell and spent many many hours at crunch concerts.

    So there you go – it really is a small world.


  20. avatar
    restaurant mark | 5 June 2009 at 12:37 am #

    amen white hippy moses…amen…

    "the spirit of rock where do you cometh from ?
    ASK NOT ! says the spirit in a vox ac 30 voice"…love it!!!

    andy, davem…you're not seeing them either i assume. add me to the inconsolable list.

    by the way steve…space saviour gives me chills…i adore that song! and as far as so love may find us goes…how do you make a 17almost 18 minute song seem so cohesive, go by so quickly, and it's not really just a jam and it's not self indulgent at all??? amazing…but i guess i should expect no less. love ya.

    take care

  21. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 6 June 2009 at 5:37 am #

    You the fuck 'IS' apparently.

    Listen to me 'fer a second.
    Perhaps 2 seconds.

    I just sold the kids into slavery
    Building the pyramidial tracts outside of Cairo. donchta know!*

    Took the 20th mortgage out on the olde homestead.*

    Jesus started answering my phone calls. Albeit in a hazy, screaming, homeless guy on the street fashion.*

    All of this to get to the show of which you are going to perform some record that you could not even be sussed to name! **

    The mind reels.

    * the above statements are completely untrue.
    ** this is however, wholly true.

    So don't think 2wice, it's all right.


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