posted on November 22, 2006 at 1:25 am

summer arrives finally
82 F in my kitchen
oh dear
falcon is a bit of a boiler
disnae enjoy idling at lights
temper goes thru the roof
i cruise out to botany
the temp gauge goin’ up n down
like the bridesmaids knickers
i praying for redlights to change their mind
ah sweet relief
we open up on the eastern distributor
i got my stereo pumpin’ some ambient something
oh no
another problem i forgot to mention
1st of all
the aircond hates hot days
2nd it only comes out the demister vents onto windowscreen
but hardly makes any diff in ye olde cabin
it was nearly a hundred yessaday out there
i sweltering
open/close window now
turn off/on aircond now
oh well gives me something to do….
then we do gig at san-doe
not so many people
it was ok
the manager of hotel in audience
said play on past the curfew cos he was enjoying himself
whatta lovely manne!!
i dunno
it suddenly occurred to me on stage
that it was the same buncha tunes again
thats my fault not mwps
i was too buzy/lazy to ree-hurse
tut tut tut
if ya wanted to hear how the cherch sounds
when you take away the other 2
i guess you kinda haddit there
i promise 2 learn a few differents for neckst weak
still trying to be all things to all people
sorry if i aint answered yer emails letters cards or packages
im snowed under
im behind
i got people chasin’ me left rite n centre
wheres my fucking portrait you olde swindler/
wheres my bio?
wheres my lyric sheet?
wheres my tax return?
wheres my money?
wheres my invoice?
wheres my gst n my vat n my 666?
wheres my thirteenth flaw n other storeys?
wheres it at?
whats it for?
kilbey, what are you thinking, man?
kilbey, what? are you thinkingman?
kilbey ? what are you? thinking, man!
so thats my nutshell in a life
this blogge is one year olde!
a year in life of timey bee.
almost every day thru thick n thin n thick again
bye bye being
bye bye

59 Responses to “the dry roots crackle, the smouldering sun”

  1. avatar
    damien | 22 November 2006 at 1:56 am #

    I see it’s going to be 38 degrees in Olde Sydney Towne today! Try to stay cool, Steve.

  2. avatar
    John Garratt | 22 November 2006 at 1:57 am #

    You’re snowed in? In summertime?


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    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 2:02 am #

    better too hot than too cold I say…congrats on the blog and keeping it up like you do. (Listening to Overview – voice in fine form still)

    ed in fl

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    mandn | 22 November 2006 at 2:02 am #

    no no, it’s buy buy. Christmas time and all that.

    Happy Birthday little bloggy.
    Make a wish.

    Thank you Orpheus.

    seems like that little falcon is your own, personal sauna/sweatbox.
    Good for the soul but notthe Soulman.


  5. avatar
    veleska1970 | 22 November 2006 at 2:14 am #


    sorry your car is giving you muchos problemos. geez~~i know about that!! the car i had before the one i own now had a transmission that was going out. it had no reverse. so you can imagine how much fun THAT was. i would always do my best to park at the far end of the lot in a way so that all i had to do was just pull forward when i went to leave, but sometimes some poor unwitting soul would thwart my plans and park in front of me. then i would have to resort to putting the car in neutral, open up the door, put my foot on the ground and push it backwards. well, one good thing came out of it~~i had a really tight, muscular left leg, with all that pushing!! 🙂 and like your falcon it didn’t have any a/c either~~and anybody who’s ever been to new orleans in the dead of summer knows how brutal the summers are there.

    about the hotel manager~~whatta guy!! 🙂 hey~~if i ever open up a hotel, y’all can play whenver you want, however long you want. eh~~don’t worry about the small audience. those that came know what we know. and i wouldn’t care if you were half a chrunch or the whole thing, i’d still come see you guys.

    i personally am not awaiting a reply for anything, but we all know you’re busy, steve. so don’t sweat it. heh heh heh…too bad you can’t clone yourself a few times. you can send in the clones, and then the original can forget himself and stay home with the wife and kids. wouldn’t that be nice??

    yikes~~i’m rambling. chatty mood today i guess.

    lotza love….

  6. avatar
    cee bee (bay bee) | 22 November 2006 at 2:25 am #

    howa bout doin “Transaction” – I love that song

    It’s ok, I’m just being annoying – ignore me

  7. avatar
    the dean | 22 November 2006 at 2:34 am #

    Blog on, oh timeless bean

  8. avatar
    the woods | 22 November 2006 at 2:44 am #

    Yeah I got an 84 Ford Falcon, affectionately known as “Old Bluey”

    He’s a bit of an Icon in our little suburban street, the kids think he’s ace….

    He too gets hot and bothered….

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    CSTCoach | 22 November 2006 at 3:16 am #


    I been a constant reader since day one. I can’t believe a year has gone by already. In many ways it seems like yesterday, but when i think back about the depth that has been communicated, the trials and tribulations, the interactions, the tour – it’s been deep. Deep without a meaning? Does it matter in the end? i guess we each give it our own private meaning, alongside the meaning that we all share as regular comment-taters.

    it’s been a pleasure sharing this space with y’all (or with youse guys, in southern canadian). and its been a pleasure getting to know the ole time being.


  10. avatar
    set the controls for the heart of the sun | 22 November 2006 at 3:17 am #


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    leelinau | 22 November 2006 at 3:32 am #

    just breathe


  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 3:56 am #

    Thought you had some stuff u hadnt played for ages in that set which really refreshing.
    I must be on drugs.
    Well actually we were.

    Dutch Pierre

  13. avatar
    fergal | 22 November 2006 at 4:09 am #

    feliz compleanos el being de tiempo!
    goodonya, sk!
    blog on u crazy diamond

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 4:13 am #

    It appears your air conditioning needs regassing. Running air cond. only makes your engine hotter; not such a good thing on a hot day.

    Here’s my solution, (if you can live without air cond.). Get a shorter fan belt (which should be available over the counter), one that bypasses the air conditioner compressor. Then, once fitted, when the old girl starts getting hot at the lights on a hot day, hittheaircond.button.
    The car will think that you have switched on the air cond. which makes the car run hotter, and it will automatically start the thermo fan to keep things cool, and (as you are not actually running the air cond. compressor) things won’t get too hot.
    Works on my Commodore!

  15. avatar
    restaurant mark | 22 November 2006 at 4:22 am #

    happy birthday time being!

    sorry about the falcon…my ac went out last summer. georgia…only 100 or so…it sucks.

    hope it’s only bye bye till tomorrow…where’s that pay pal button? i know, just one more thing for ya to do…
    take care

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    calling down baal and zeus | 22 November 2006 at 4:23 am #

    thank you ..our antennae are burning..

    thank you dr. kildare fer keepin our imaginations leaping through some grey days..

    happy happy blogge ..we do so love ya..

    we do so love ya

  17. avatar
    eek | 22 November 2006 at 4:33 am #

    Yippee!! The PayPal donate button is up! Leave it to me to be excited about being able to spend money.

    You car sounds a lot like several cars I’ve owned…including the ratty little gerbil car I have now. Good thing my car has a lot of character because it doesn’t have much else…. Unfortunately the damned thing won’t die and I’m stubborn enough to keep it until it does. Plus I absolutely love the inexpensive insurance and no payments. 🙂 (I love to spend money, but not on stuff like cars)

    Happy birthday to the blog! It’s been quite a year — thanks for taking us along with you.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 4:38 am #

    Happy Birthday yold bloggette….

    Is there anything reversible about your past publishing deals? Would love to help.

    Is the crunch playing lectric when on pretenders/pkelly green day?


  19. avatar
    mattdavison | 22 November 2006 at 5:00 am #

    Happy 1st B-DAY timebeing!!!!
    “Go you good thang”
    MATT d
    & and all the other fing’s I call myself.
    ps…send some of that warm weather over too your neighbors in NZ.

  20. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 22 November 2006 at 5:16 am #

    supposed to say it like this,
    ba-bye, like on SNL…

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 5:27 am #

    I once owned an EA Ford Fairmont – notorious for overheating. However, the sound system was brilliant.

    Today in Canberra the temperature reached 34c. However, it snowed last Thursday which is a rare occurrence even during the winter months.

    How’s that for climatic chaos!


  22. avatar
    captainmission | 22 November 2006 at 6:01 am #

    steve, fantastic show last nite, yeah they may be the same old songs but they are beautiful none the less and it was nice to hear them re-arranged slightly. good to see you and marty enjoying yourselves as well, i’m sure that one day soon you two will get your own tv show. fuck if i was a tv exec you guys would have yr own channel.

    and i think hawkwind would be well chuffed that ya played one of their tunes last night, i thought it was brilliant but i’m hardly objective 🙂

    very glad that the fin is being used, its a masterpiece of technology, everything science should aim for, with flippers you get an extra 100% confidence in H2O and extra speed, push down when you catch the wave, perfect for clearing the mind, getting yr charkras alighned and focused on things that matter, like breathing and holy guardian angels. May the force be with you.

  23. avatar
    Belfrank | 22 November 2006 at 6:29 am #

    Killa – It’s the 22nd today – glad the deadline got scrapped – or did it 😉
    We’ll see tomorrow.


    Ps – A rehearsal suggestion for the good folk at the sando nxt week – Green Is The Colour (you can fight over who gets to play recorder).

  24. avatar
    Lynnster | 22 November 2006 at 6:29 am #

    Happy Birthday Time Being – does it have a wish?

  25. avatar
    ambnt1 | 22 November 2006 at 6:51 am #

    Time Being/Nevets/Steven (father, son, and holy ghost):

    “My birthday
    the moon festival
    dah dah dah dee dah dee dah…”

    Oops, wrong song.

    Oh well, congrats to you for your hard work and dedication to this thing. Hope you find the time to do it all (paint, rock, drive, listen to thousands o’ ambient CD’s, blogge, yoga, etc.) Hope you’re here tomorrow, SK. Later dude.


    n.p. Saga, “In Transit” (please don’t laugh, still think this is one of best live albums ever!)

  26. avatar
    fantasticandy | 22 November 2006 at 7:57 am #

    this has been some achievment!!! sorry for pestering with the cd. thanx for being,being!

  27. avatar
    Richard | 22 November 2006 at 8:33 am #

    Just made my first payment and I don’t feel in the slightest bit dirty!

  28. avatar
    Samosanx | 22 November 2006 at 8:34 am #

    it’s 31 degrees in my loungeroom, and 32 in the cabin of my ford laser station wagon (red) with no air con!
    I have aircon in my bedroom and my study, thankfully, even though I don’t really like it.
    Have a nice routine now though, the time being my home page at cuppa tea time in the mornings before daily grind…ahh nevets, loved the image of you driving through sydney, and from yesterday’s escapee blog…made me smile, grin. ta!
    ta ta (oh, while I’m at it, we have a small lizard up here called the ta-ta lizard, cause it waves a little rapid circular one handed wave at ya when ya walk past)

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 8:52 am #

    45deg C coming this weekend (113 F) – fires burning everywhere, winds are blowin’ a gale. last weeks cold spell deceived us so, until now.

    Dad had WDWD air con in his car – “winding da windows down”

    Near didnt see the paypal button there till Hollers mentioned it! Contributing towards a great read when i want and how much i can afford ..i like that.

    happy birthday blog monster.. y’know, straights can make you burp like cucumbers, a weird coincidence? yesterdays blog scrumptious and should be recorded to audio to play in ma ford on the long journeys i do! your stories are often like melbourne, four seasons in one day.

    I wasnt going to ask you about the cover song on emd2 but curiosity’s got thebetter of me now .. Bachelor Kisses? Wide Open Road????


    ps JJ – calippo is a fruity ice-cream treat

    hb to peter kopperscheky 🙂

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 11:39 am #

    i hate hot weather.
    had the chance to go live in Oz in ’91 – Collaroy Beach.
    couldn’t stand the thought of the heat.
    broke up with the girl.
    stayed in england.
    i like it cold.
    i like it when it’s dark at 4.20 p.m.
    trouble is it only lasts a few weeks – by the end of january it’ll still be light at 6 again.
    it’s not even cold here any more.
    ho-hum, blah-di-bollocks.
    yawn, wassat?

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 11:44 am #

    I can’t follow the instructions on the paypal link. My fault – I’m too thick to work out what I need to do. Can I use it without putting in a login/email address?Is it still secure if I stay anonymous n pay by credit card?
    Aussie dollars?
    How do I figure out the amount?
    I’ll work it out in the end.

  32. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 22 November 2006 at 11:45 am #

    I hate to correct you Steve but Time being the blog, actually began on the 21st November 2005.

    This is your first post:

    Monday, November 21, 2005
    Heres one
    On the verge of another tour and new album I thought I might try this blogging thing out.
    Hopefully this will become a place to air my thought and the general carry on of the day.

    Hah, I just noticed you used full stops back then.

    November 21 is my birthday. Weird one yesterday as it was my first post surgery to remove my 10 cm malignant tumor. I’ve been having CT Scans every 3 months. They’re not much fun.

    My daughters are so cute; they make such a big deal over my birthdays. All the kisses and cuddles.

    Coincidently, today, the day you added your Paypal button, is the day I closed my Paypal account as suggested to me by one of their representatives. I have been having major problems with Paypal as my credit card has been disabled recently after trying to put in my new expiry date. I rang Paypal and spoke to someone yesterday who sounded like a robot. She said there was nothing they could do to override the system. I said you have got to be joking! She just said, Sorry Mam, there is nothing I can do. Then silence. I explained that I only have one credit card and there where people I needed to pay. (I’m a bit of an eBay addict). I said surely there is someone higher up I can speak to, email? She says, “Sorry Mam, I understand your frustration”, and then reluctantly gave me some address to write to in San Jose. By the end of our conversation I was speechless. I then wrote to Paypal again, email number 10, and today got a reply from a rep named Randy who wrote:

    Thank you for contacting PayPal, my name is Randy and I am happy to assist you today.

    I do apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you. Since your credit card has been disabled, please close your PayPal account and open a new one using the same email address. Once you opened a new account, please try to re add your credit card details. There is no guarantee that your card will be added again but there is a great chance to use the card again in your PayPal account.

    Well, we’ll soon find out if Randy’s advice was of any help. If I can’t get Paypal to accept my card I will send you a cheque which might be a better way to go anyway seeing there won’t be any Paypal fees for you to pay.

    Thanks for the time being

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 11:54 am #

    Happy b’dai bloggie – pressing paypal button but knocking back my password – will keep trying. K

  34. avatar
    Samosanx | 22 November 2006 at 12:17 pm #

    SK, will you be appearing at the Tivoli in Brisbane next week, on the 30th?

  35. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 22 November 2006 at 12:31 pm #

    Yay! Randy came to the rescue! I have to admit I thought there was no way it was going to work. I just made my first Paypal payment since the disabled disaster, and it was to the Time Being.

    I look forward to the next 25 weeks.

  36. avatar
    mime | 22 November 2006 at 12:46 pm #

    Bachelor kisses would be a lovely cover song indeed

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 2:16 pm #

    thank you for the paypal button. now i don’t feel so guilty.


  38. avatar
    restaurant mark | 22 November 2006 at 2:52 pm #

    oops…missed the button last night. found it this morning. good thing i read sue cee’s post. i’ve just made my 5 dolla donation for my continued enjoyment of the time being. thanks steve.

  39. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 22 November 2006 at 4:45 pm #

    November 22, St. Cecilia’s day, Dave Lloyd’s birthday (The Suns), my cousing Jackie’s bd and now the Time Being, que fantastico!
    Dinero mandado al amigo pay

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 4:47 pm #

    i hope my paypal press goes some way to making up for the home-taping i indulged in as a poor student rather than pay for my copies of the records. regards pip

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 4:51 pm #

    i notice that your post today was much later then the norm of about 7am. did it take you 5 and a half hours to work out how to add the paypal thing? probably not, but it is an amusing picture. pip

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 5:10 pm #

    Apology Accepted – now that’s the shit!

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 5:22 pm #

    first gig i ever saw was Hawkwind in September 1977.
    They came on in semi darkness with films n slides flickering into life as they set up a swirling droning intro.
    Bob Calvert came on last, wearing a sort of leather Arab headdress n a glittering robe, carrying 2 cavalry sabres.
    He held them up, crossed them, then stuck em in the stage as the swirling drones finally gave way to Brainstorm.
    Calvert shucked off the galactic arab gear and did the gig in dressed in his ‘terrorist chic’ combat trou, sleeveless black t-shirt n World War 1 fighter pilot helmet!
    The sabres remained stuck in the stage til they did Uncle Sam’s On Mars near the end of the gig – when Calvert brought out an American flag and attacked it with one of the sabres!
    Wot a guy.

  44. avatar
    stealthblue | 22 November 2006 at 5:39 pm #

    I know you are a busy fella and are quite spread out all over the place, and are many things to many different people…but I appreciate it big time, and I’m pretty sure the rest of our gang does too. You are the best, Kilbo.
    Be careful with your wondercar. I know about the heat and lack of A/C. You could always do what I had to do for a while with my old beast back in the day, if you happen upon a red light…left foot holds the brake down while the right foot ever so slightly pumps the throttle to create your own idle to avoid the coughing and sputtering of an engine burdened by excess heat and air conditioner. Also,I’m sure you know this, but never, NEVER open the radiator while your motor is super hot, kind of common sense, but you’d be amazed about how many peeps don’t know about this little, but very significant point! Check your fluids first thing before scootin’ around.
    Peace and love,
    Ben V.

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 5:40 pm #

    thx 4 da sharing, Mr. K

    btw, detachment roolz!

    greetz, cracka

  46. avatar
    Malika | 22 November 2006 at 5:56 pm #

    Sometimes funny,
    Sometimes melancholy,
    Sometimes gloomy,
    Sometimes strange,
    Sometimes confusing,
    Sometimes moving,
    Sometimes poetic,
    Sometimes lovely,
    Sometimes colourful…
    But all the time fascinating.

    So this is the last one SK ?!…
    A year, already…
    Already yesterday…

    You’ve shown to your fans
    How kind & generous you are
    During all that time…
    Thanks so much for that again.

    Much love,

    PS : Take care of yourself.

  47. avatar
    gareth,notts | 22 November 2006 at 6:15 pm #

    birthday wishes to The Time Being! it’s been awesome,and you have my/our continued support! am off to Bulgaria shortly,so will have to find internet cafe til monday. R.I.P. Michael Hutchence,9 years ago today.

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 6:42 pm #

    Just donated half the suggested amount. I’ll tell you the same thing I tell rest of my creditors, you’ll get the rest when I can afford it.


  49. avatar
    verdelay | 22 November 2006 at 6:45 pm #

    Thank you, Isolde


  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 8:22 pm #

    One morning one morning
    The boy of my breast
    Came to my door
    Unable to rest
    Even in the arms of death

    Yes, unfortunately. But who knows
    what will happen. Maybe things will change for the better.
    I don’t know what to say sometimes, except bitter words nad thoughts. Thanks.
    You know, someday I’d like to hear yours truly Mountain style, acoustics and banjos and dobros and violin to boot. Kilbey went a courtin’, uh- huh uh-huh…Love ya, shantih…your friend Dee

  51. avatar
    davem | 22 November 2006 at 8:35 pm #

    Happy Birthday TTB.
    To get this close to the greatest artist in the history of music has been an amazing experience. Thank-you so much Steve.
    I’m hopeless with technology but my payment for the next 6-months went through easy, baybee. That must mean I’ve missed something….
    Love you more,

    Dave M

  52. avatar
    12str | 22 November 2006 at 8:50 pm #

    22/11…..!!!!!????it gives me the chills…..where do we go from here?where do i go from here? ooh pat get a fuckin´life you say!! but ive got a life…! ive got a nice life…a little bit slow at the moment….but still a life…is this the end of time beeing as we know it…is there a substitute?? i dont want a substitute i want the REAL THING maan!!i want SK in a good mood, in a bad mood,in a poetic mood…in any mood at all….im begining to experience withdrawal symptoms…i shiver…i shake…i see things!! oh the horror!!



  53. avatar
    12str | 22 November 2006 at 8:59 pm #

    aaaaaaah! ive found the button of salvation…..gonna mail some doe to you 2morrow… is gooood…happiness is upon me!! tralalalala!!! what agreat day this is!!:=)


  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 November 2006 at 9:05 pm #

    Hoodwinked said~
    Give the Time Being time, he heals all wounds. Artaud and Neechee?? Oh yeah, my boys. And Strindberg? uh-huh… Once when i was soo young I thought to myself: H Hesse and Herr Kilbey are on to the same voice!! Thank God. Those were pearls that were his sad eyes….Dee

  55. avatar
    Rehan | 23 November 2006 at 1:20 am #

    Fantastic gig!!! It really was a dream come true to see you and Marty live. I’m still buzzing from the high…Hoping to come for the next one too

  56. avatar
    J Street | 24 November 2006 at 3:34 pm #

    A post like this is worth more than you really know, Killer.

    Thanks for keeping on keeping on.

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