posted on June 19, 2007 at 12:11 am

working on the martin kennedy record
3 new tracks he sends up
i hear the 1 st track
i say to jlk
thats it
5 minutes later
i have words n melody
about lions laying down with lambs
when we realise the connection
when all opposites are reconciled
all in a catchy melody with rhymin’ words
and everythin’…

scarlet kilbey
aka the bumper
aka the woofle
sits on my lapp
helping me drink my soy n rice milk smoothie
w/ banana n dates n flaxseed oil
dad dad dad she goes when she wants some
bye bye she says when the smoothie is gone

im painting like a demon
just making up for lost time
i guess
all those years i didnt paint
like rousseau who became a painter
when he was even older than me
he single handedly (well almost)
founded the naive school
also called the sunday painters
i think ive detoured from naive now
im something else
post naive
neo naive
impressionistic futurist naive
i might do a cardboard box for bonzo
oh no
its recycling day
and the garbos took my masterpiece away
maybe you can still find it on the back o’ the truck
its a rococco box with imagist binklebonks
its mans basic inhumanity to man
in a cardboard sculpture
it expresses the ineffable bifflehonk of my grondleworth

the rain drizzles on n on
aurora left the back window of the falcon open
and the car has a nasty damp smell
the sun ventures out for a few minutes
and then pisses off back behind the clouds
everything is soggy and waterlogged
the sandy loamy soil
the weeds n plants
the papers on the ground
the ants dash to n fro

could be expecting a kev carmody concerto at oprah house
early nexta yeer
snap back jack
these images of london
these illusions
oh im looking forward to that
and the queensland po fest
wherein i will do 2 lenny cohen songs
suzanne is one…
no thats a song for me to do
cant decide on the other one tho
everybody knows maybe…..
i dunno
any suggestions fiendss
im also gonna be reading the whole of froot machine
in one crazy burst
and talking about songwriting…
im a bittav anexxpert they say
but the problem remains
that i cant communicate it so well
and besides
if you were really had the knack
you wouldnt need to listen to some other olde tossa
like moi
pontificating on n on
youd just bloody well do it
or what?
nonetheless i will try to impart the meagre knowledge i have
as hard as it maybe
because it aint a technique
its a religion
its a vocation
im still thinking about songwriting
im still analyzing n deconstructing songs in my head
im still in love with music
and i still think the composer is numero uno
put em together whatta ya got…?
or something in between
why do i love hearin one guy going on
how is little baby left im
and im singing along and involved
another guy does the same
and i run screaming away in embarrassment
just cos of some strange way he pronounces his words
or the reverb on his voice
its all communicating something
only my deep mind can unravel and interpret
just got intermission
by grant n robert
their pick of their own solo work
a dubble cd
boy those guys hadda individual take on writing
forster a weird mix of awkward glamourous and facetious
grantley…warm romantic honest and yes, naive
put em together and who woulda thought it coulda worked so well
i liked lindys drumming actually
tho she aint to be heard here
and amanda brown n i wrote a song a cuppla years back
i see shes registered it now
and i hope it gets used in a movie
cos it was very nice
i guess thats enough for today
and i hope the worlds treating you well
hope all the sickies get better
all the lonely ones find someone
all the ones who wanna get out can get out
and all those who have stuck by me
and believed in me are not disappointed
hey melquiades
if you write blah blah blah
im gonna find you on a beach in delaware
and give you a good hiding!
dude you look like you been eating beast on a skewer!

87 Responses to “to killer mocking bird”

  1. avatar
    Celticat | 19 June 2007 at 1:07 am #

    Morning Steve


  2. avatar
    Symon | 19 June 2007 at 1:19 am #

    Steve…greetings from a cold and grey Melbourne….we sure could do with some of your rain if you can spare a little.

    i like the bit about “ants dash to and fro”…nice sense of detail that I often miss, but sometimes capture. The best thing about being a kid was watching bugs/insects in the garden. I was at their level and could see their world…sometimes now I can’t even see my own world. I am working on this though…slowly it’s coming back.

  3. avatar
    dean9000 | 19 June 2007 at 1:39 am #

    no disappointment here sk…..burying yourself in you work i see…. good thing it’s something you love doing…

    take care, dean

  4. avatar
    daniel12 | 19 June 2007 at 2:09 am #

    Growing up in Brisbane I couldn’t at all get into the Go Bee’s. Cultural cringe perhaps but the last thing i wanted to hear at that time was the Brisbane sound. God even typing the B word still makes me cringe. Growing up under Joh I wanted verses from other universes. Eno,Bowie,Japan and a lota pretentious electronic stuff was my tonic for the times. To me the Go Bee’s were a bunch of brizzo’s that couldn’t play. Just lately however i’ve heard a bit of Go Bee’s on rage and I guess I should re evaluate my position. Yeah Lindys drumming was kinda unique and i can now hear they were much greater than the sum of there part’s. I doubt i’ll ever want to listen to a ex Go Bee solo record but i’d like to give a Go Bee record a spin. Any recomendations ? Must have Lindy drumming on it.

  5. avatar
    melquiades | 19 June 2007 at 2:35 am #

    ha, ha, ha. touche’.

  6. avatar
    melquiades | 19 June 2007 at 2:38 am #

    blahjee, blahjee, blah….

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 2:50 am #

    was painting with Morgen this morning……..we have decided{together,in fits o laughter} that the new name for “electric blue”,is cookie monster blue”It is proclaimed that… is “International Cookie Monster Day”…..AND FOREVER SHALL IT REMAIN THAT WAY !!!!!…..mmmmmm”Everybody knows” ,ya,that would be great!……I know,that if you needed audience participation,youd have at least one with her hand up…….have you ever heard the “Concrete Blonde” version? …….used to do a similar rendition{well still do but}…..such a powerful song….love to you and your gals….genx xxxxxxx

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 2:57 am #

    nice warm blog. just what i needed.
    just like every new song……….you voice just helps me transcend.


  9. avatar
    melquiades | 19 June 2007 at 2:57 am #

    by the way, leonard cohen suggestion: Last Year’s Man

  10. avatar
    Thelonious | 19 June 2007 at 3:01 am #

    meat retreat

  11. avatar
    melquiades | 19 June 2007 at 3:03 am #

    Am i the killer mocking bird?

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 3:07 am #

    Sorry for my ignorance but wasnt Halleluyah a Leonard Cohen song – if so – do that one.

    Dutch Pierre

  13. avatar
    PAGEY | 19 June 2007 at 3:20 am #

    write a song about the killin of beasts fer food or sumting…bout time..

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 3:23 am #

    “Halleluliah”….oh crap…howja spell it?….mmmmm….it might be more mainstream,and that could be more of a “connector”…….besides ,with Mr Buckley doin it,and “Shrek”soundtrackand all…shoot me for saying this but remember ….this is still a “Big country town”?…….love,genx xxxxxxx

  15. avatar
    the dean | 19 June 2007 at 3:42 am #

    flaxseed oil – you’re on to something there.
    If you haven’t already,
    Dr. Johanna Budwig research is worth a look.

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 3:48 am #

    Hi Steve,

    What about “So long Mary-anne” (i think that’s what it’s called?)for your Leonard Cohen thing? I know ‘Straight Jacket Fits’ did a great version of it years ago and i reckon yours would be great too…:)


    Jon from Geelong

  17. avatar
    daniel12 | 19 June 2007 at 4:28 am #

    Hey I forgot to suggest a Leonard Cohen song for ya.

    Personaly i think Leonard Cohen cover nights can be a bit dour and humorless.

    To lighten to mood perhaps you could combine Leonard’s ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ with the Leo Sayer’s ‘When I Need Love’.
    I’d say Leo Sayer ripped off the chords and melody for ‘When I Need Love’ from ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ as there very very similar.
    I seem to be good at picking up this sort of stuff. I should get into mash ups.

  18. avatar
    Sweaty Wheels | 19 June 2007 at 4:57 am #

    Famous Blue Raincoat is the obvious choice, although I really like Teachers – so dark and ominous, and only two chords – but you can wig around the picking, comes up a treat. I’m sure you can fuck it up real good Steve.

  19. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 19 June 2007 at 5:13 am #

    Isn’t it time that
    “we began
    to laugh
    and cry
    and laugh
    about it
    all again” ?

    I can sortta see you doing a croaky, jaded-voiced whisper into the mic of “Who By Fire ?” (you might need a cellist though)

    Verdelay – anything witty today ?

    Davy Jones – that was quite an intriguing little story you posted yesterday.

    moving forward now people…

  20. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 19 June 2007 at 5:24 am #

    Altres – also v.funny recipes yesterday. Beat me to the punchline and took the words right out of my mouth…(yars, I do love a good cliche)

  21. avatar
    craig1.618 | 19 June 2007 at 5:27 am #

    *something i’ve been wanting to ask you*

    we saw the hob tour in cincinnati……ms frith opened…..i had heard of her but never actually heard her

    she was terrific and so were you guys….. in fact, afterward, we both agreed that it was the best concert we had ever attended (even to this day)…..and we’ve seen alot of artists perform

    so i was wondering…… how did you two get along? i would assume very well……but i’ve been wrong in assuming before

    she seems very down-to-earth and all out-in-space at the same time……from what i’ve heard (gossip monger that i am!) she’s seem to have led a very interesting life……i mean, bermuda on a boat…….how groovy is that!! and the lady can also sure turn a phrase

    i know you may not answer……but i thought i’d ask anyway……any thoughts?

  22. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 19 June 2007 at 5:41 am #

    “and the queensland po fest
    wherein i will do 2 lenny cohen songs
    suzanne is one…
    no thats a song for me to do
    cant decide on the other one tho
    everybody knows maybe…..”

    i was listening to jeff buckley’s version of hallelujah as these words passed my eyes!

    re SK’s post the other day….meat eating is as much a psychological addiction as it is a power thing
    (killing and eating something is the ultimate expression of domination borne of fear)

    try substituting vegie food that looks like meat…tricking the subconscious mind can help overcome part of the addictive pull

    check out sites like the Australian Eatwell site for examples

    another addiction we have is to oil

    if we don’t address this, what we eat could be the least of our problems

    From – crude awakening

    “Market forces will undoubtedly exert strong signals, but are unlikely to be able to prevent abrupt dislocations without powerful accompanying strategies ruthlessly enforced in the face of vested interests. CIBC predicts that likely supply shortfall will be some 9m barrels per day by 2010 and that the oil price needed to reduce demand will be around $100 per barrel, and of course thereafter figures steadily rise further. But with oil prices at say $100-$150 per barrel, economies of heavily oil-dependent countries (the great majority in the world) will be forced into a tailspin of decline, leading to violent uprisings, revolutions and mass migration on a scale we have never seen.”

    – Michael Meacher, former British Environment Minister


    1. Reduce your personal oil consumption and conserve.

    Use public transportation where available.

    Downsize your vehicle, carpool and rideshare, ride a bike, or walk.

    Purchase items made locally instead of from afar. Support localization.

    Plan trips to the store and errands so you aren’t hauling a 2-ton machine with you to the store every time you just want a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread,…or a six pack.

    If you must drive somewhere, plan the timing to avoid heavy traffic and congestion.

    Improve the insulation in your home to improve its efficiency.

    Adjust your thermostat (warmer in summer and cooler in winter.) Try opening the windows and not using A/C for at least one or more days each week. Get a programmable thermostat.

    Replace your light bulbs now with long-life compact fluorescents – For every incandescent bulb you replace with a compact florescent, over the life of that compact florescent bulb as compared to incandescent bulbs, you will have saved the energy equivalent of 500 pounds of coal.

    Consider Austin Energy’s credits for installing solar panels or purchasing highly efficient appliances. Join the GreenChoice program as soon as possible.

    Reduce your use of products made from oil (including plastics)

    Reduce your use of electronic devices

    Recycle and re-use plastic products

    Design and build efficiently to minimize energy requirements

    Use manual tools instead of power tools (including the lawnmower and weed eater and food processor.)

    Minimize, or better yet eliminate debt. (See this article.) An economic crisis could cause lenders to call in loans, even if you have stellar credit and always pay on time. If other folks begin to default, the banks will need the cash to pay off their investors. The absolute worst thing anyone can do is to borrow to pay basic living expenses…like for groceries or gas.

    2. Think Local Rather than Urban Sprawl

    Minimize urban sprawl wherever possible

    Lobby community leadership for walking communities by design

    Move closer to work or work closer to home. Better yet, telecommute. Go ahead, ask your boss.

    Purchase/utilize locally produced products and services. Support localization.

    Support local development rather than urban sprawl

    3. Get Involved

    Educate yourself on the peak oil issue, and understand the implications

    Educate yourself on how oil shortages will impact you and your community

    Talk to others in your community about it – encourage a dialog

    Get to know your neighbors – now.

    Start a garden at home now, and learn to preserve food.

    Identify wasteful behavior and be courageous enough to speak up about it

    Pull people along with the idea of conservation rather than push it on them

    Submit ideas to your local community leadership on ways to prepare for the post peak oil world, and then follow up and track what they are doing. Vote accordingly.

    Lobby governments and community leaders to spend heavily now on renewable energy, public electricity-based mass transportation, and improving localized agricultural practices.

    Lobby governments and community leaders now on reducing spending for more roads, urban sprawl and inefficient infrastructures, or dependence on long-distance consumption.

    Utilize resources of all kinds sensibly, but especially energy.

    Think about everything you do in relation to how your life will be affected after oil hits peak production.


  23. avatar
    logiclust | 19 June 2007 at 6:36 am #

    LC suggs:
    i can’t forget
    coming back to you
    first we take manhattan
    that’s no way to say goodbye
    that ‘no more chocolates in our boxes’ song.
    lover lover lover
    waiting for the miracle

    don’t do everybody knows… over done. suzanne is good… i’ve always liked the peter gabriel version; love how distressed his voice sounds, i like how it keeps growing throughout while feeling a bit apprehensive…. long envelopes and filtered loops….
    don’t do hallelujah…. it was in shreck for #$^@ sake, besides, i used to sing that one to my little one and it would confuse her. Rufus wainwright’s version is tops though.

    fuck it, do whichever. cohen is king.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 6:37 am #


    “Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye”. is total Kilbey ! Do that one..

    Arrange the tempo like Ian McCulloch in “I’m your fan”, the LC cover album.

    – Lebrinho

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 6:43 am #

    “That’s no way to say goodbye”

    McCullough version soundbite from Tower Records:

  26. avatar
    kat | 19 June 2007 at 7:05 am #

    cool on the songs!! nice easy flow for the words and melody is true happiness, sk 🙂

    supergrass is in the studio too. oh yeah!!!!

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 7:11 am #

    My dear fellow,

    …and here’s me thinking you didn’t get it…!

    All joking aside, my mangey friend, Joseph Beuys (the creator of the infamous box in Bilbao) rocked in the truest sense of the word. I could go on….but I won’t, you’ve all heard my schtick before. You should check him out, he was a dude as much into performance, spiritualism and honey as your good self.

    If you do you’ll find that I’m right about the box. I always have been and I always will be.

    Who says I’m not fucking flexible in my opinions…?


  28. avatar
    fandorin | 19 June 2007 at 7:45 am #

    > cant decide on the other one tho

    try Stories of the Street.

    It has that sinister waltz-ey feeling, almost like a proto-Antenna or a proto-Angela-Carter. You’ll feel at home in that song! And it s beautiful. Sing it in a slightly menacing way…

    good day

  29. avatar
    ~ | 19 June 2007 at 7:56 am #

    and i hope the worlds treating you well
    hope that all the sickies get better

    thank you,
    I have been a bit under the weather
    these words do make me feel better
    you do care about those who believe in ya
    giving it
    this day our daily blog
    I am always sad to see anon attacks
    surely you do not deserve
    however I do enjoy zee vegan rants, and how good ya are for changing a few folks mind on this vital topic
    never a disappointing point
    to make sharp, to wit, time being
    and new projects going well…


  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 8:20 am #

    We were flooded out last Friday, here in northern England.
    A river that usually runs 2 metres below the level of the adjacent road, was actually 2ft above the road – entire place was flooded.
    Some kid fell in the river, got swept away, hit his head on the bridge as it dragged hi under and was heading for a stretch that runs through fields – and the farmer’s strung barbed wire across the river to stop his cows wading in n making a bid for freedom. If the kid had got caught on that, that wouuld’ve been it. But no – my brother waded chest-high into the raging fuckin torrent an dragged the kid out by brute strength! Saved his life for sure. brother to heroes, that’s me.

  31. avatar
    laughing len | 19 June 2007 at 8:22 am #

    No, no, no – everyone does Hallelujah. Go for something more esoteric, I sez. Such as? Erm…fucked if I know!

  32. avatar
    tristan | 19 June 2007 at 8:27 am #


    Grube ? = Hölle ? = Dr. Faust ?


    Ich bin traurig, daß ich Sie bezweifelte.

    Grosse Umarmung,

    Your trusting Tristan.

  33. avatar
    steve kilbey | 19 June 2007 at 8:36 am #

    deeer fiendss
    i cant wont do halle thats fer sure
    stefan what album is that on
    a box is a box is a box
    people have to be told that that particular box is art
    or they wouldnt think it was…
    or is it art cos its in that fancy museum in spain?
    i believe in a vague ideal of objective art
    eg art that could appeal to anyone anytime anyplace
    something you dont need info about to be told why
    its great
    or even art at all….
    i know i wont change your mind
    thats ok
    viva la difference

  34. avatar
    isolde | 19 June 2007 at 8:43 am #

    b.bon beuys schmeuys if we’re talking boxes and josephs, there’s only one and his name is cornell. sk his work is not conceptual its not pretending to be anything but what it is which is whimsy and charm but it evokes feeling in that way thats hard to define

    take this longing … if it be your will

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 9:10 am #

    meinen tristan
    ich bin traurig
    ich sah dich nicht dort
    das dunkopf translaterbergen da fergen shergen is making “mine” = “Grube” it zis thinking mine as in das coal mine nicht mein platz!!

    ich muß bekennen
    ich spreche nicht Deutsches
    Ich bin eine sham da flim flam
    du liebst mich nicht mehr
    zu canst nichts trustingsk mir
    sob sob

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 9:58 am #

    The Butcher

    I came upon a butcher,
    He was slaughtering a lamb,
    I accused him there
    With his tortured lamb.
    He said, “listen to me, child,
    I am what i am and you, you are my only son.”

    Well, i found a silver needle,
    I put it into my arm.
    It did some good,
    Did some harm.
    But the nights were cold
    And it almost kept me warm,
    How come the night is long?

    I saw some flowers growing up
    Where that lamb fell down;
    Was i supposed to praise my lord,
    Make some kind of joyful sound?
    He said, “listen, listen to me now,
    I go round and round
    And you, you are my only child.”

    Do not leave me now,
    Do not leave me now,
    I’m broken down
    From a recent fall.
    Blood upon my body
    And ice upon my soul,
    Lead on, my son, it is your world.

  37. avatar
    zebob | 19 June 2007 at 10:12 am #

    Still sticking by ya. Been laying low the past couple days. Stormy weather out there in the blogosphere. Spent some time procrastinating yesterday and worked on my homebrewed remaster of “Gold Afternoon Fix” to put on my iPod. “Grind” merits continuous replay; the new acoustic version is even more remarkable. It has that magical alchemy of melody and words that hits me in the emotional solar plexus.
    Your words have give me, excuse the pun, food for thought. Questioning where our sustenance comes from is a novel idea for me. When I was a kid, it wasn’t easy to get three squares a day when dad got laid off. Things got a bit tight and anxious. A lot of walking on eggshells in the household in those days. But I digress.
    Removing the meat from the diet is the next logical step. I’m in the best shape of my life at 37 but prostate cancer flourishes in my dad’s side (you know what I mean). There’s some multiple sclerosis with my mother’s side. I’m hoping that more veggies and tapering off the meat will improve my personal forecast. When I run, I feel like I’m running away from the inevitable.
    I’d never seen those Sam Neill commercials. Wow. If that leering mug isn’t a turnoff for meat consumption, then I don’t know what is.

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 10:38 am #

    we haven’t had much in the way of rain here but outside the air is so cold it cuts like a razor…goddam i’m tired tonight but i’ve got a coupla hours’ work to do before i can rest my head…whatever cohen song you decide to do i’m sure you’ll do it suitable justice…
    don’t give up the fight, elsie…i love you, my dear…
    -The Hellbound Heart

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 10:47 am #

    The Butcher – suggested by Terry Verne

  40. avatar
    veleska1970 | 19 June 2007 at 11:16 am #

    “im painting like a demon
    just making up for lost time
    i guess”
    i’m glad you’re tapping into that area.

    north texas is getting a lot of flooding right now. i can’t watch the news~~reminds me too much of two years ago. (has it been two years since katrina??) i’m almost wishing for a drought again.

    “im also gonna be reading the whole of froot machine
    in one crazy burst”
    wish i could be there to hear that!! good essay, by the way. i’ve read it four times already.

    “…and i hope the worlds treating you well”
    thanks~~same to you.

    lotza love….

  41. avatar
    Altres | 19 June 2007 at 11:16 am #

    Zebob, eat pumpkin seeds everyday. The ultimate deterent for prostate cancer.


  42. avatar
    Celticat | 19 June 2007 at 11:32 am #

    To veleska1970

    I like what you write, seems to come from a real good space.

    Love and Best Wishes

  43. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 19 June 2007 at 11:33 am #


    Your Burger or Your Car? Human Addiction and Global Sustainability


    JB’s Hallelujah


  44. avatar
    verdelay | 19 June 2007 at 11:42 am #

    ‘Stories of the street’ is on ‘Songs of Leonard Cohen’ as I recall.

    Hallelujah has been reinterpreted definitively, I feel. No point.

    My money is on ‘Teachers’, the song after ‘Stories…’

    I mean, how can you go past this lot…?

    I met a woman long ago
    her hair the black that black can go,
    Are you a teacher of the heart?
    Soft she answered no.
    I met a girl across the sea,
    her hair the gold that gold can be,
    Are you a teacher of the heart?
    Yes, but not for thee.

    I met a man who lost his mind
    in some lost place I had to find,
    follow me the wise man said,
    but he walked behind.

    I walked into a hospital
    where none was sick and none was well,
    when at night the nurses left
    I could not walk at all.

    Morning came and then came noon,
    dinner time a scalpel blade
    lay beside my silver spoon.

    Some girls wander by mistake
    into the mess that scalpels make.
    Are you the teachers of my heart?
    We teach old hearts to break.

    One morning I woke up alone,
    the hospital and the nurses gone.
    Have I carved enough my Lord?
    Child, you are a bone.

    I ate and ate and ate,
    no I did not miss a plate, well
    How much do these suppers cost?
    We’ll take it out in hate.

    I spent my hatred everyplace,
    on every work on every face,
    someone gave me wishes
    and I wished for an embrace.

    Several girls embraced me, then
    I was embraced by men,
    Is my passion perfect?
    No, do it once again.

    I was handsome I was strong,
    I knew the words of every song.
    Did my singing please you?
    No, the words you sang were wrong.

    Who is it whom I address,
    who takes down what I confess?
    Are you the teachers of my heart?
    We teach old hearts to rest.

    Oh teachers are my lessons done?
    I cannot do another one.
    They laughed and laughed and said, Well child,
    are your lessons done?
    are your lessons done?
    are your lessons done?

    It would be well served by a beatniky velvets treatment that avoids the finicky spanish pickery that Cohen gives it. Something more bass-ic

    ‘Dress rehearsal rag’ (‘Songs of Love and Hate’) would also be a fine choice, but it’s a bit doom-laden.

    Yeah, ‘The butcher’ (‘Songs from a room’) would also be fairly stress-free to learn, and you could inflect it well. Good thematic choice.

    If you wanted something solemn and beautiful, might I also suggest ‘Night Comes On’ from ‘Various Positions’. I’ve never heard a better song about detachment. DETACHMENT, ferchrissakes!

    I went down to the place
    Where I knew she lay waiting
    Under the marble and the snow
    I said, Mother I’m frightened
    The thunder and the lightning
    I’ll never come through this alone
    She said, I’ll be with you
    My shawl wrapped around you
    My hand on your head when you go
    And the night came on
    It was very calm
    I wanted the night to go on and on
    But she said, Go back to the World

    We were fighting in Egypt
    When they signed this agreement
    That nobody else had to die
    There was this terrible sound
    And my father went down
    With a terrible wound in his side
    He said, Try to go on
    Take my books, take my gun
    Remember, my son, how they lied
    And the night comes on
    It’s very calm
    I’d like to pretend that my father was wrong
    But you don’t want to lie, not to the young

    We were locked in this kitchen
    I took to religion
    And I wondered how long she would stay
    I needed so much
    To have nothing to touch
    I’ve always been greedy that way
    But my son and my daughter
    Climbed out of the water
    Crying, Papa, you promised to play
    And they lead me away
    To the great surprise
    It’s Papa, don’t peek, Papa, cover your eyes
    And they hide, they hide in the World

    Now I look for her always
    I’m lost in this calling
    I’m tied to the threads of some prayer
    Saying, When will she summon me
    When will she come to me
    What must I do to prepare
    When she bends to my longing
    Like a willow, like a fountain
    She stands in the luminous air
    And the night comes on
    And it’s very calm
    I lie in her arms and says, When I’m gone
    I’ll be yours, yours for a song

    Now the crickets are singing
    The vesper bells ringing
    The cat’s curled asleep in his chair
    I’ll go down to Bill’s Bar
    I can make it that far
    And I’ll see if my friends are still there
    Yes, and here’s to the few
    Who forgive what you do
    And the fewer who don’t even care
    And the night comes on
    It’s very calm
    I want to cross over, I want to go home
    But she says, Go back, go back to the World

  45. avatar
    1.618 | 19 June 2007 at 11:42 am #

    the box is mystical in the rite circles!

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    verdelay | 19 June 2007 at 11:58 am #


    Your Go-Betweens record should be “Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express” if only for Apology Accepted at the end. Don’t get one of those bloody ‘extended bonus disc CDs’. Apology…should be at the end the END. Of a relationship/record.

    (Is my wit up to par, today, my dear malcolm powder?)

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    Ansible Jon | 19 June 2007 at 11:59 am #

    so glad you’re doing “suzanne”. i can see you owning that song.
    “hey, that’s no way to say goodbye” or “who by fire”. i hear that velvety voice of yours doing justice to those two.

    been to a few deleware beaches. lovely spot to find birds. met a friendly clapper rail there a few years back. say hi to him for me if you cross his path.

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    JJ | 19 June 2007 at 12:22 pm #

    Suzanne – good choice; classic Cohen. Looking forward to the new album. Grantley – naive is OK, as long as it’s genuine.

    Finally, some rain here – enjoyed the sudden voltage in the night, rumbling of thunder, raindrops on the roof. Soothing. Dry earth, parched forest crying out in agonized thirst.

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    John Garratt | 19 June 2007 at 1:04 pm #

    a box is a box is a box
    people have to be told that that particular box is art
    or they wouldnt think it was…
    or is it art cos its in that fancy museum in spain?”

    I am so very lost right now.

    John Garratt

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    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 1:30 pm #

    My fellow art lovers and box fanciers,

    I’m not a practicing artist so my detachment from the various mediums may be evident….and is indeed to my sorrow as I would have loved to have been able to create (in any medium) and have the power to involve or invoke; to move or shock the viewer; to elicit a response. I have enormous respect for the bravery of artists and always try to look with an open mind. I’m prepared to accept that I see stuff other people don’t. A box is not always a box to me. I love a lot of the stuff others hate or can see no value in – Pop Art (which also featured the odd box), Pollock, the Fluxus movement, Rothko, Rauschenberg and many, many more that are dismissed regularly. I do know a little about a lot of art movements so I guess I get more out of trip to the art gallery than many might. I do not think I am a snob about it, but I don’t know why I go on about it, except to say that I do have a rather over-developed sense of loyalty somehow….and I never back down. I do go in to bat for what I believe in, it seems.

    Discussions over the stylistic worth and merits of the many and varied visual arts have been going on forever, and this has just been another of them! I’m not going to give an art history lecture on the box so you can all breath out now. All are entitled to an opinion – thats what makes so engaging.

    I feel that the box may be somewhat out of your ouvre, monsieur, and not in keeping with your salient themes. A visual discourse on the storm, perhaps? I’m sure you need no prompting on subjects though…

    Good night then.


  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 1:36 pm #


    Famous Blue Raincoat


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    JJ | 19 June 2007 at 1:45 pm #

    Side note: you’re #4 with a bullet on BlogRankers, just below “The Modern Vikingette.”

    Don’t know where “My Bottom Smarts” girl went; maybe thats the other ranking site.

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    buckmoose | 19 June 2007 at 1:50 pm #

    Re: L. Cohen…I’d say try “Seems So Long Ago, Nancy”, “You Know Who I Am”, “Take This Longing”, “The Guests”, or “A Thousand Kisses Deep”. I love “Suzanne” and “Hallelujah”, but I think those have been pretty well defined by L.C. and Buckley, respectively.

    I’d love to hear the results…

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    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 1:55 pm #

    at last someone else rates Apology Accepted! I loved that from the instant I heard it but no, everyone else has to go with Cattle and Cane.
    Bah on em!
    Cheers, verd’!

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    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 2:01 pm #



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    scott | 19 June 2007 at 2:12 pm #


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    CSTCoach | 19 June 2007 at 2:18 pm #

    great to hear about the upcoming shows and collaborations. would love to be down there for the poetry festival / cohen, that’s certain to be sublime.

    “just cos of some strange way he pronounces his words
    or the reverb on his voice
    its all communicating something”

    yeah, i’ve always found the choich stuff to be like that. i guess that’s what keeps me going back over and over. i’ve taken just 2 or 3 albums on a 3 to 4 month trip, listening to each once a day and never getting tired of them. it seems that with each listen some new layer will be revealed, some new meaning squeezed from the words, from an inflection, from a tone.

    “if you write blah blah blah
    im gonna find you on a beach in delaware
    and give you a good hiding!”

    YIKES! Make way for the bricklayer…


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    jera | 19 June 2007 at 2:19 pm #

    “lions lying down with lambs”

    Can’t wait to hear this song. Maybe the music will be more palatable for some of your tough-shelled anons. wink wink 🙂

    As for the truly hungry, alternatives are being shown with good response. The poor are often the most adaptable.

    Plenty’s Programs Bring Soy Production
    to Underdeveloped Countries

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    Tim | 19 June 2007 at 2:37 pm #

    Yeah…Cohen’s Everybody Knows would be a good choice, but somewhat predictable one.

    Consider “The Future” from the album of the same name. I can hear you doing that one.


    here in Canada where we are proud of our native sons…Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Joni Mitchel and let me be the first to apologize for Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Micheal Buble.

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    Brien Comerford | 19 June 2007 at 2:50 pm #

    The Lamb and the Lion being together is a passage in Isaiah (11:9) that envisions messianic times and a peaceful restoration of universal harmony and vegetarianism. Everybody needs to download “Nod Your Head” from McCartney’s newest CD. It is as wild and good as any song on the White Album.

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    malcolm arkey | 19 June 2007 at 3:19 pm #

    hmmmmm…methinks you are showing a slightly prosaic side today dear Rev/Delay


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    craig1.618 | 19 June 2007 at 3:19 pm #

    hey now 1.618………don’t be jackin’ my golden mean……errr……well it’s really not all mine i suppose….but it it it it was mine first!

    (scene ends** sound of craig sulking in the corner)

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    albedo0.39 | 19 June 2007 at 3:23 pm #

    is this better ?

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    Anakki Mayhem | 19 June 2007 at 4:26 pm #

    For the po’fest I think I’d really like to hear you do Who By Fire (I’ll even bravely offer myself as the female vox accompaniment – if ya wanted it that is – & the bravely part is coz I’m still a wee-bit scared of u)… or if ya wanted to toss in a L.Cohen poem, my fave is Beneath My Hands

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    gareth,notts | 19 June 2007 at 4:33 pm #

    i think your voice is suited to any of L.C.’s songs but probably ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ would be best,or even ‘Dance me to the end of love’ both give me goosebumps,and i’m still getting those regular after seeing the new Wembley Stadium get its first space-rocking at the weekend!! whichever songs you do,i hope someones going to film it so we get to see……

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    gareth,notts | 19 June 2007 at 4:54 pm #

    by the way,mattdavison,if you like MUSE, you should listen to a manchester band called Puressence, far and away the 2 greatest british bands at the moment,Puressence have got The Church/Stone Roses guitar style and although not quite as spacerock as The Church,they are,in my humble opinion,both in the same vein as the masters!

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    Jab @ BZT | 19 June 2007 at 5:30 pm #

    Methinks, “A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes,” from Songs From A Room.

    Good comic relief.

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    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 5:38 pm #

    now that you mention that you’re a contemporary impressionist…there’s a present day movement. They often live and paint in the town of Giverney and throughout the world.

    McCartney. I had dinner with a very important man recently. He owned a record company and produced such movies as ‘Goya’s Ghost’ coming out this summer, ‘One flew over the Cookoo’s Nest’, ‘The English Patient’, ‘Amadeus’. Al said he’d hadn’t heard a good thing that ‘Sir Paul’ did after the beatles. I hope you’re right, brien cumberford.

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    davem | 19 June 2007 at 5:48 pm #

    Will stick by you ’til the day I die. That isn’t out of daft loyalty – it’s cos you weave bloody magic!
    You make life 20% better. You never, ever disappoint.

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    Warner | 19 June 2007 at 7:17 pm #

    “Chelsea Hotel” Now that’s a great Leonard Cohen song worthy of an updated cover (Lloyd Cole did a nice version 15 years ago too.)

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    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 7:18 pm #

    Jazz Police?

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    eek | 19 June 2007 at 7:24 pm #

    I’m thrilled to see news of the Martin Kennedy collaboration and of your painting spree. Looking forward to hear/see the results.

    The bit about Scarlet and the smoothie made me smile. The bye bye when it was gone was particularly adorable. And the dates — my mother loved dates, a particular kind of dates especially. She was always so pleased when I was able to find some of them for her. Thanks for triggering that memory.

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    elduvik | 19 June 2007 at 7:27 pm #

    Ill always stick to you
    and never be disappointed

    Genoa Italy

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    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 8:24 pm #

    good morning Mr Kilbey! xxx

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    fantasticandy | 19 June 2007 at 9:17 pm #

    ah, everyones chilled out for a while,
    deep breaths everybody,
    oh, yeah, feel that working?
    mmmm…so much better…..

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    MEM | 19 June 2007 at 9:32 pm #

    Would Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy” fit your bill?

    It’s coming through a hole in the air,
    from those nights in Tiananmen Square.
    It’s coming from the feel
    that this ain’t exactly real,
    or it’s real, but it ain’t exactly there.
    From the wars against disorder,
    from the sirens night and day,
    etc, etc…

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    Cee | 19 June 2007 at 10:11 pm #

    Flaxseed all the way!

    Everything else is bonus

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    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 10:37 pm #

    re LC songs – here’s my two bobs worth;
    write a melody to an excerpt from beautiful losers and sing that….

    hiya, greetings from Darwin. It’s raining in the dry season, and almost chilly in the early mornings….niiiicccee.

    some IT issues with blog; gotta sign up an account with google to have a name it seems, the new order

    good vibes to all

    Kitty Kat

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    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 10:51 pm #

    …or perhaps “one of us cannot be wrong”….
    I love this song about jealousy, it’s as deliciously hilarious as “lepoard skin pillbox hat” by Bob, or “just get that straight” by G.W. McLennan.

    I would use the word “true” rather than “naive”

    Kitty Kat

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    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 11:17 pm #

    Sorry, not a Google Blogger so I must appear as anonymus.

    Cohen: It’s been mentioned- ‘That’s No Way To Say Goodbye’. How about ‘Tower of Song’ or ‘Closing Time’?

    Still lurking,
    – Matt

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    Anonymous | 19 June 2007 at 11:23 pm #

    wanna hear a 7 year old boys perspective?… this is REAL “naive,impressionistic,surrealism”……”Miss gen,if you had two heads…..your top head would be my pa!”……gee… ya think I love doin “art” with the little ones?……love to the chilli toes …..genx xxxxxxx

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    Brien Comerford | 20 June 2007 at 1:39 am #

    Yo anonymous 3:38 a.m. The very important man that you had dinner with is very “intellectually challenged” if he thinks McCartney has done NOTHING GOOD since the Beatles. Even McCartney critics including John Lennon liked The Band On The Run CD. However, I do concede that McCartney has squandered too much of his incredible talent on subpar music!

  83. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2007 at 2:38 am #

    hmmm, I don’t know now…I’ve got serious doubts…D~TX*

  84. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2007 at 3:55 am #

    For those of you in the cooler climate…….thought you may like to try the following vegan recipes I created in the last day or two to warm yourselves up.


    1 tablespoon oil
    1 onion chopped
    1 cauliflower chopped
    2 medium potatoes chopped
    approx 1 cup soya milk
    approx 3 cups vegetable stock
    1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
    salt and fresh ground black pepper

    Fry onion till browning,then add the rest of the ingredients and simmer till cooked.Mash or blend with salt and fresh ground black pepper.If so inclined you could also add a small quantity of some flavoursome oil,healthy margarine or maybe even coconut cream.

    cooked kidney beans
    cooked and cubed potatoes
    cooked corn
    chopped tomatoes
    salt and pepper
    virgin olive oil and vinegar of your choice to taste

    Toss it all together and its done 🙂
    Note:I used mini Roma tomatoes as there’s been a good Autumn crop and the flavour is quite intense.The vinegar I used was white wine which worked alright but maybe another vinegar would suit better or could use fresh lemon juice instead.

  85. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2007 at 7:56 am #

    Paul McCartney’s last album Chaos and Creation is pretty amazing.. there is such an inimitable warmth to this album.. Im definitely looking forward to the new one…


  86. avatar
    John Garratt | 20 June 2007 at 1:29 pm #

    “Memory Almost Full,” not quite as good as “Chaos & Creation…”

    John Garratt

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    Brien Comerford | 20 June 2007 at 3:24 pm #

    You are correct John Garratt. “Memory Almost Full” is very good thanks to six quality songs. “Chaos and Creation” is for the most part consistently brilliant and it has some poignant, melancholic gems.

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