posted on April 16, 2006 at 11:21 pm

9 19
sunny bondi etc etc
the postcards
the t shirts
the surf boards
the juice bars
the thai restaurants
the tourists
the blow ins
the johnny come latelys
the israelis
the hasidics
the mums n dads
the kiddiwinks
the teenagers
the bag ladies
the hoity toity models
the south american coke dealer types
the shop owners
the hangers on
the main men

yeah bondi

yessaday we have ye olde eggy hunt
for the doodles
doodles dye their eggies n paint em
then we go to ye olde parky warky
nk…keep them doodles bizzy while i hide eggies
big ole daddy promised the doodles 2$ for each eggy found
ok here i go
putting eggies in trees etc
uh oh theres other kidss in the park watching me
they seeing where i hide eggies
when nk unleashes the doodles to find eggies
th’other kids swoop in
they know where they all are
oh no
its all going wrong
just like i sing in that song
that eggy that i hid
that they wanted to find
but all they found were other kids
where the eggies used to be
so we got about 10 boys all aged about 10 to 12
swamping our egg day
evie is beside herself
and storms off
aurora is more enterprising
shes gotta basket fulla eggies
shes already counting up her bux
and picturin the toys she gonna get
nk running round tryin to keep evie interested
ok ok
we gonna have another egg hunt
an auxillary hunt
nk gonna hide em this time
those effing boys watch again
and swoop in to find all eggies
chaos reigns

nk and i play a game called kubb
a swedish game where you throw batons
at wooden blocks
we play against mah bro jlk n his mate matt
this is a very zen game
ole sk has inherited olde joycie bennetts (my mums)
feel for spatial relationships
i musta admit nk no slouch either
we win 2 games
but jlks friend comes good at the end
and we lose the last game
i heartily recommend this game to anyone
its avalable in the us cos someone i know got one
its good for mild exercise
and is great for all ages
(will you listen to me now….)
anyway we finish the game
oh no
what now
aurora is languishing on a bench
lookin like death warmed up
i dont believe it
she got tonsilitis
it comes outta nowhere
her throat all pus-ey
her tonsils swollen up
her face all grey
a temp of a million etc
oh god off to the quacks with her
gee this being a father lark
kinda hard on ya, isnt it
i go home with evie
still grumbling about the eggies
baby bouncer still grumbling
cos nk ran off to doctors without a proper feed
ok i go home
karin calls with elli at the hospital in stockholm
elli on five different painkillers
all hooked up to machines
how are ya darlin?
good comes the weakest of repies
how are feelin
good daddy…im good
elli i know ya not good darlin
yes daddy im very good
i realise shes trying to stop me worrying
daddy i gotta go now
karin tells me ellis had a little bleeding
in her spine
doctors divided if shes needs another operation
i cant believe this is happening
karin sounds so tired and hollow
elli is being so brave n positive…

later that night the orrible cchhru has a meeting
at a thai restaurant in newt town
we get caught up on one thing
round n round n round it goes
sk nods off
its been a long fuckin day bouys
finally at 11 somethin
we end our meeting
i sign 300 copies of ultc
(just what i wanted to do)
go home
fall into bed
have strange dreams
half awake
dreading another call from sweden
no news
good news
get up
baby bouncer lying next to me
waiting quietly for us to all wake up
she gives me such a lovely smile
as i open my eyes
the doodles come running in
aurora proffering her forehead
im better daddy
can you take us swimming?

its another day fiendss
its warm
its good
ya gotta treasure it
ya gotta love ya loved ones
ya gotta be kind n considerate
ha you say
you were rude to me once
backstage at the (fill in gig here)
im sorry
im a grumpy olde bastard sometimes
im human
im gonna try harder
i love you people
who read this
and i appreciate you all
the noisy ones
the silent ones
the pretty ones
(hey i got some pretty girls reading my blogg
look at the pictures)
the regs
the newcomers
ya all welcome here
life too fuckin precarious
for pretending
im gonna try n knock out some good stuff for ya
this week
i got loads on
finishin’ my movie
all kindsa things

see ya round

40 Responses to “the earth forever renders the promised mockery”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 12:07 am #

    i love you too steve.

    best wishes as always for elektra and you.

  2. avatar
    sue cee | 17 April 2006 at 12:15 am #

    I guess I fit inta the ‘reg’ crowd 🙂 You sound understandably washed out sk. Wishing good things for your little girl (they’re always our little girls) and strength for you all to get through this. It’ll be good, Im sure.

    Damn Easter egg thieves! We have only huge open spaces around us, only thing that stole our kids easter eggs once was a rogue mouse out on the verandah. Heard the little shuffle of mouse feet and then the giveaway rolling sound that only a small chocolate easter egg can make on wooden boards! Had to move it inside after that. My kids are 15 and 13 and we still have the ol’ easter hunt.

    love Sue

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 12:30 am #

    nice to hear you mellowing out
    what’s come over you?

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 12:37 am #

    I love Kubb! and the chchru! best wishes

  5. avatar
    Paige | 17 April 2006 at 12:55 am #

    It’s so lovely (and often poignant and/or hysterical) reading of the trials and tribulations of parenting from ol’ SK. I feel it…the frustration at things happening so fast and going out of control before you finish what you were thinking of for 5 minutes down the road or even what you were doing in the moment. We’ve got ourselves a 7 month old and an 8 year old…both boys. I homeschool them. It’s nutty round here.

    My favorite blog is the tale of the storm and Eve and Aurora screaming in the car. My little family almost got caught in a tornado last weekend. Came up right in front of us, block and a half away, on the leading edge of a cold front. Debris swirling 50 feet up, Kilbey screaming in the back seat, Spencer too young to care (lucky him), Chuck driving 60 mph down residential streets, yers truly saying Hail Marys. Thank God ’twas only a T-0. Pshew…never so glad to get home.

    Yep Daddy SK…parenting is not for the weak. Lots of prayers for Elektra and hoping those bum tonsils of Aurora’s are tip-top soon.

  6. avatar
    si-kli | 17 April 2006 at 1:12 am #

    Geez man, you got your hands full or what. Your doin well to keep the bearded chin up through all of this. Don’t let it drive you mad and/or to the brink of despair, keep le numero uno tickin. Your’e right about the love makes you do it, nothing else can. Stay cool.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 1:13 am #

    Wow. If I would have known the ULTC signing would have been under such circumstances for you I certainly wouldn’t have preordered any…

    Anyway, thanks for your dedication.

    All my love to you and Elektra.

  8. avatar
    MEM | 17 April 2006 at 1:28 am #

    …watch the sky,
    see you there,

    and pray,

  9. avatar
    isolde by the sea | 17 April 2006 at 1:29 am #

    One day – doubtless, cloudless, bright
    We’ll shake away the shadows of eternal night

    We’ll walk and be like giants, we’ll all be honest men
    I go back to my blindness so that I may see again

    A woman standing on a hill is gazing out to sea
    Dreaming of a new age waiting there for me

    I call her from a distance and she smiles into the sun
    And men and gods begin their dance, for their time has begun

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 2:00 am #

    ya,in the front of the ye olde coach house in san juan capistrani
    in the heady days of the mid nine-tees

    i was excited, young, and loud.
    and you were a grumpy olde mean-ee

    i forgave you then.

    i mean, i’m still here(hear)
    ain’t i?

    peace and health to you and your family.


    you still signed my blood red vinyl 7″ of fireman
    how the hell can i be mad at that?

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 2:06 am #

    dear sk
    loved your story
    about the family eggy hunt
    and the scrupulous thieves
    hee hee

    guess what?
    only 2 days
    till ultc is at
    my local borders store!!
    the anticipation is
    killing me
    i’ve yet to hear
    a single bar of
    your amazing new
    but soon its going to
    be mine
    the cd in its entirety
    in all of its
    uninterrupted beauty

    john and i
    are going to have
    our private
    cd listening party
    can hardly wait…
    only the church
    inspire this
    thank you in
    advance for
    the music

    with love and positive
    thoughts to you and yours

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 2:08 am #

    Dear SK,
    I pray so heartily for Elektra. You deserve the best in life, for sharing your gift with so many and staying true to yourself. Just like Dean Wareham of Luna says, “Good things’ll come/Good things’ll happen/Your gonna get some.”
    Best wishes.

  13. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 17 April 2006 at 2:34 am #

    life is indeed far too
    & amazing
    loveya man
    my sincerest and deepest prayers
    for you and yours

  14. avatar
    kurtez | 17 April 2006 at 3:04 am #

    sounds like a day in the life…
    except the hospital part
    thank God and knock knock knock on wood
    “i’m human” are the most profound words of all
    an amazing human is more like it.
    thank you and hang in there

  15. avatar
    one rigid finger typist | 17 April 2006 at 3:53 am #

    full on life being a parent hey…so why do we all sign up??? because you’ll never ever experience love like this otherwise.
    wishing you all the best stevie dude.

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 4:06 am #


    Thank you for your words and your music, and for stirring the breeze that shifts that veil from the face of…

    Prayers for you and yours.


  17. avatar
    CSTCoach | 17 April 2006 at 4:32 am #

    You sound pretty wiped, sk. Hang in there, it’ll all be alright on the night. I believe it. It’s so sad to see a kid suffer. Really rips you up inside. Thoughts are with you and yours at this rough time. I really wish there was some way to help, man. Your work has given me so much.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to sign the ULTC pre-orders. Though I’ve never met ya, I’ve got signed copies of a couple of yer books, and a tour poster, and a handwritten Isidore lyric papier. Kinda cool to have that connection, that personal touch. A little thing maybe, but cool all the same.

    would love to download the solo gig, if y’all (or youse guys, in this parta canada) decide to put it up there.

    Cool about the movie too. so many things going on.

    Long car ride today, to hometown for easter, listenin to Forget Yourself on the drive down, Priest=Aura on the drive back. Sure puts the miles behind ya in a blissful blur.

    back at ya, i love you people who write this (in a totally hetero way 😉 and appreciate your work so much. it’s a precious thing, in a world that’s too often vapid, without any meaning apart from cardboard consumerism.

    Take care of yerself, amigo.


  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 5:05 am #

    If there’s anything more endearing than a grumpy old rocker censoring the bad language out of his blog for his mum, it’s said grumpy old rocker taking his kids out for an easter egg hunt.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 6:04 am #

    Too right. Hello Mrs Kilbey if you’re reading! He’s a good son, he obviously loves you HEAPS!!!

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 6:34 am #

    Keep writing that tasteful music with the intelligent lush lyrics. You may not be the only artist around these days but it sure looks like it sometimes. What happened to quality lyrics like your stuff? Is art dead? I need a beer. Cheers. Leon.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 7:22 am #

    These posts have been really lovely to read.

    Lots of love and stuff to your family and I hope it all comes out okay.

    metal petal

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 7:24 am #


    Love Kubb but being an Ausy i call it cube anyway i thought i had the only set in Australia, home made and left behind by a swedish mate,i’ll take you boys on sometime.


  23. avatar
    hey seuss kreisler | 17 April 2006 at 7:27 am #

    Argh! Farkin brats spoiling little girls’ fun 🙁 Did they have any idea they were wrecking the egghunt of one of their fair country’s seminal rocke goddes?! Sir Steven of Kilbeyshire? For fook’s sake. Have to say tho, nice metaphor for what a father goes thru when his girls go teenage — pesky boys swooping in, and all that. At least it’s just coloured eggs for the time being…

    Still sending karma for the girl, Steve. You remain in our chants.

  24. avatar
    captainmission | 17 April 2006 at 8:37 am #

    sending you and yr family heaps of love, heaps

  25. avatar
    Sweed | 17 April 2006 at 10:22 am #

    Lots of love to you and yours…….

    …and yeah Kubb is nice….

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 10:22 am #

    mostly silent
    very pretty
    love & healing vibes to your girls

  27. avatar
    Ross | 17 April 2006 at 1:01 pm #

    My wife and I also did the Eater egg hint this morning. My two girls are 5 and 6. They still think the bunny footprints (made by fingerprints in flour(bunny snow)are real)

    Hang in there Steve – everything will turn out OK.

    Love and Prayers


  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 1:53 pm #

    You’re a good man, Kilbs. Reading your blog helps me make my peace. Thanks, and all the best to your family. My thoughts are with you.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2006 at 1:53 pm #

    You’re a good man, Kilbs. Reading your blog helps me make my peace. Thanks, and all the best to your family. My thoughts are with you.

  30. avatar
    John Garratt | 17 April 2006 at 1:55 pm #

    I’ll do you a favor and not put a picture of me alongside my responses. Just focus on the cute girls.

  31. avatar
    persephone2u | 17 April 2006 at 2:22 pm #

    Bloody hell, I hope you spoke sternly to the parents of those egg snatchers or gave those boys the look of death after they took the eggs the first time. Ya just can’t let the ruffians get away with that sort of stuff if they’re messing with your kids. Should’ve tossed the eggs at the boys, actually. I would’ve. 😉

    Hoping for a wildly successful recovery now for Miss Elektra.

  32. avatar
    Human Kind | 17 April 2006 at 3:29 pm #

    Hey SK,
    As far as backstage(actually the bar, M’lane) you were really nice to me and signed my poster. The next day I read it and it said To Matt I love you SK, I was completely blown away. I mean I know you probably sign most like that, but it did make me feel kinda special. Then I realised with the exception of my parents I don’t think anyone ever said that to me(oh poor me haha), my mates may have mumbled something after a few beers, girlfriends may have said I really like you, but no ones ever been direct.
    Anyways it mean’t alot, maybe in the same way it would’ve if Bowie or Bolan had signed a poster to you like that, if you get my drift.
    It’s a shame people don’t say things like that more often or any often, maybe the world would be a far nicer place, the poster has inspired me to be more candid with those of whom mean so much in my life. Those word can only amount to good things.
    Thank you
    All my love to your girls and family.
    I love you

  33. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 17 April 2006 at 4:51 pm #

    That was an adorable post..I hope everything works out for yer fam..last night wandering nyc streets drinking and being silly (on Easter, how bad huh?), me n’ a friend had a wonderful talk with this girl from Bondi carrying a guitar, and I say “Oh! Do you know the Church?!” and it turns out you lectured at her class or something and I’m wearing my Starfish tee and totally geeking out but she was so sweet about it. I think she said you were grumpy that day too. It’s a small world eh?

  34. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 17 April 2006 at 6:16 pm #

    Muchas smooches!

    Sorry about the complications but trust that all will go well for Elli the Brave!

    More healing energy en route.

  35. avatar
    tim | 17 April 2006 at 6:17 pm #

    All my best to you and your girls.

  36. avatar
    daydreamer | 17 April 2006 at 8:34 pm #

    Oh Steve… just reading the part about your daughter in the hosp. gave me that dull heaviness in the pit of my stomach. I can only imagine how you must feel. I pray for you and your family.


  37. avatar
    Letango | 17 April 2006 at 9:51 pm #

    Hope the girls are better real soon. Sending healing through the ethers. Peace.

  38. avatar
    eek | 17 April 2006 at 11:20 pm #

    Wow. Quite a day! Love the easter egg hunt tale. Sorry the girls didn’t get to find the eggs themselves, but the way you told it was hilarious. Glad to hear Aurora’s feeling better too.

    Sending best wishes for Elektra’s speedy and complete recovery. I’m keeping her and Miranda in my thoughts, and wish all the best for your family.

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 April 2006 at 12:04 am #

    Enjoyed your show with Hi-Fi Mike and gonna check out that Phoenix Jackson dude at the Goldfish bowl this Thu

  40. avatar
    the dean | 18 April 2006 at 12:55 am #

    You have mentioned the movie a few times now, what’s it about?

    Best wishes and prayers for your girls.

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