posted on December 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm
underwater room

underwater room

thats it its finished

back at hotel tomorrow i fly home

the racket still ringing on in my ears

gimme my guitar show me where to play

what do i know …i am weary

weary beyond all my lives and years and all my tricks

yeah i sing here

i sing there

good evening good night

here i come there i go again

meeting and greeting would you sign my arm

what does it all mean

dont i want to talk ? (no!)

thanks for everything thanks for nothing

the world still turns and people are still stupid

people killing children all over the world

people fucking with the food and the air and the sea

people saying you can do this you cant do that!

killing killing killing

the people demand more death

we havent seen enough

gimme a gun and i’ll stop all the shooting

gimme a war n i’ll stop all the death

more wars more meat more bullets more bombs

i’m just a singer

my jobs s’posed to be to make you happy

nothing ever changes down here tho does it?

the very very worst people are largely in charge

you can see just by looking at em

they dont care you dont care i guess i dont care

bring on the diversions

sing your song

tell your joke

ply your axe

jump about a bit

the philistines are out in force lapping up smug empty froth

the buffoon prince minces about like a lump

the bilge is pumped out

theyre all drunkburnt and sunk

more fucking wine over here for the staggering herd

rah rah rah

cant trust nothing

back in my head again

right….(sigh)

ok…….next?

 

 

37 Responses to “tour is over”

  1. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 15 December 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
    Where there is injury, pardon.
    Where there is doubt, faith.
    St Francis is a genius, ‘be active in your peacefulness’. Yes, I know I have some more literal lessons to learn from him…

    Where there is despair, hope.
    Where there is darkness, light.
    Where there is sadness, joy.
    O Divine Master,
    grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
    to be understood, as to understand;
    to be loved, as to love.
    For it is in giving that we receive.
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
    and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

  2. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 15 December 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Ha! that was well edited, pardon me

  3. avatar
    kerri moss | 15 December 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    i love you steven…maybe its the time of year but im feeling weary….i hope you and the fam have a time of health, love and happiness….see you on the flipside..k

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    andy | 15 December 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    i wish your now traditional ‘end of tour comedown rant’ was all bulshit….
    sadly your’e bang on the money(what a hideous expression)yet again.
    safe flight home mate!

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    Richie | 16 December 2012 at 12:29 am #

    Back home to the fambly Steve…much deserved rest until the next iteration of your soul pokes through the din to pacify the herd. Still here in USof A trying to wrap our heads around this latest madness. The nerve of the gun lobby to tell us to resist talking about guns yesterday…time for the lobbyshits to get their talking points distributed to the talking heads. Will anyone remember how they feel in say six month’s time? probably not. Same old pacification of the herd.

    wise contemporary of yours said it best…

    “Watch the world argue, argue with itself…Who’s gonna teach me Peace and happiness?”

    Statements flare up, outrage subsides, and we are left with emptiness and shallowness at the end of the day. All we can do is hug our little ones a little tighter and tell them it’s ok. Thanks for letting us explore your dreamscapes for a little while with you to block out the monsters for another day.

    I just hope we haven’t heard the last notes play from The Church.

    In any event, preach on brother!

    Richie

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 16 December 2012 at 12:52 am #

    Congrats on a great tour and fan response !!!

    We are very sad here , the senseless murders of innocence !!!

    Laura and I hugged and kissed our sweet children , extra long extra special ,
    Laura cried for hours Friday night …we both cried for the lost children and
    the parents, siblings and families – who won’t b able to hold those who now are
    gone…just one last time…so we held onto ours a little longer…a bit tighter…
    and tears flowed as …I don’t know…I’m really saddened by this …

    Please hug ur children and hold them tight, for now so many are unable to do
    the same…

    …so so very sad…………… :’+(

    Darrin n Laura Kelly
    Chicago

  7. avatar
    Plumlady | 16 December 2012 at 1:39 am #

    At least listening to your music brings some solace on such a horrible day in the US.

  8. avatar
    anonomouse | 16 December 2012 at 6:30 am #

    i’m just a singer

    my jobs s’posed to be to make you happy

    – just like 2 say am a white collar worker but spent many a year as a blue collar (really no collar construction ) worker and believe me music got me through many a tough week when hours were long and rewards were sparse – so dont undersell the value of (especially your) musical art and its wider influence + benefits. Having said that theres nothing like a few exxtra tots to send one staggering when the tiredness kicks in…all innocent stuff and glad to say gun toting never features as an aspiration. Keep up the good work Steve, lokk forward to new album – a deft key shift here a penetrating lyric there…all potential postive moments to move us

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 December 2012 at 7:23 am #

    keeping up on the lovely news? … to be a prince, and be able to take advantage of that position in a better way… to make the world (the whole world) stop and listen to what is good … What a stage could be had! but then, again, to be honest about the state of things would probably get him un-princed quite quickly. Maybe once King? but then, I think that current queen only has 7 or 8 trumps to over-rule parliament per year anymore – and she’s turned her objections all over to prince’s dad. Power! oh, and then the missle being launched to shoot up a satellite; which they have a right to if everyone else is okay to do same; don’t they?… and yet we and the other few make them into villans for actions [my] country implements every day, and vote against an ancient society being allowed to join the world’s organization as a recognized sovereign land (luckily, only us and a couple of others did so – so they made it in~ Congratulations!!! I hope it helps make things better for them…; and attack other ancient people (who we set up to fail) as we attacked yet another country… and besides: didn’t we learn from the prior SU, it’s pretty much an impossible war/they couldn’t win it either… and on and on.

    I feel sorry for the prince; he’d have more freedom being not being a prince.

    and kids continue to be gunned down by the first wave of generations “brought up” w/horrible tv reality shows and violent computer games as their main source of companionship; i.e. cheap babysitting while mom/dad can’t cope… (oh sweetheart, let’s have another baby/tax deduction… don’t we need another mini-sociopath to raise and overuse the earth’s natural resources? I think it’s changed from biblical to now corporate greed… more population, more sales… more profit? maybe. that’s the ad campaign, at least.)

    it won’t get better until [prince] speaks up. But, even if honor is in his heart (I think it is), duty to diplomacy (and some fear), probably over-rule. I guess. Sad.

    that’s why poets and other artists are so important; more so than royalty: it probably won’t get better, but as we continue to survive – maybe someone will pay attention in a different time up the road, and maybe!!! learn. and it seems true artists have been the only ones to get it right all along since the beginning… if people just wouldn’t forget.

    (there’s a new thing here to save money, I guess(?) unsure – and that is to remove penmanship from schools’ curiculum(s)… which given art, music, phys ed, and other arts (even “home-ec”) have already been pretty much wiped out, that penmanship study is like the only subject left to help train a specific part of the brain… think about it. We’re becoming robots.)

    my personal opinion: soccer moms ruined things with their “it’s not fair if my kid doesn’t get an award” crappy arguments… not everyone deserves an award and some should be sent to the principal’s office for their snotty little attitudes/before everyone’s been gunned down!

  10. avatar
    Chris | 16 December 2012 at 7:30 am #

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CO02biCVZd8

    George felt this way too….

  11. avatar
    sea green | 16 December 2012 at 8:50 am #

    an english teacher once told me “the older we get, more disorganized our lives become, starting at birth”, helpless, helpless, helpless

  12. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 16 December 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    As you know SK as long as we have slaughterhouses and hunting fields, we will continue to have homicides and battlefields !!

    • avatar
      Admin | 16 December 2012 at 6:38 pm #

      that is the truth. to take any creatures life leads to even more bloodletting
      and the familiarity of the slaughter dulls our sensibilities

      • avatar
        andy | 16 December 2012 at 8:36 pm #

        hell yeah!
        it just comes in a pretty looking pack.
        if you had to catch it, kill it and gut it, you’d puke yer insides up and be so ashamed with yourself…….

        and as for u.s. gun laws….
        c’mon you yanks, knock this cowboy crap on the head and grow-up.
        stop telling yourselves you are the greatest nation on earth and start trying to be !!!!!!!!!!!!

        • avatar
          bobber | 17 December 2012 at 2:10 pm #

          Our gun laws are in place originally to protect ourselves from you brits. Guess that makes you complicit Andy. But seriously, attacking an entire nation because of a single lunatic, c’mon man. That would be like me saying that everyone in England has messed up teeth. (although that is not far from the truth) Out of curiousity, why is that?) Always been curious about that one.

          Bob

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            Anonymous | 17 December 2012 at 11:04 pm #

            tea – all teas except roibos and herbals are really high in flouride. though the us has caught up (w/bad teeth) cuz of flouride in tpaste and water supplies… it cakes onto (experts call this “shields”), hardens and then chips away your teeth taking the enamel away with it and flouride is a hughe factor in what makes them so yellow – then you have to pay to get them whitened which makes them more sensitve/vulnerable- hmm? Caps! (and implants)on 12 yr olds. just think what flouride’s doing to the rest of the body. Annoying little toxin, flouride is. but they gotta dump industrial waste somewhere and so they call it good for you/your teeth.

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            andy | 18 December 2012 at 1:36 am #

            how trite and tiresome ‘bob’
            an entire community ripped to bits by unimaginable suffering….and the best you can do is inadvertantly
            add weight to my argument with your crass and stupid comment.
            there are nutters everyware…but it would be pretty difficult to destroy 27 people in three mins with a big stick or yer boots!
            once again, grow the fuck up!
            and get some proper healh care going over there too…

      • avatar
        narelle | 16 December 2012 at 11:06 pm #

        speaking of dull ‘maya’ little or no sensibility heads….I wonder how many are guilty of atrocities and/or engaging in constant wars on the subject of who is the ‘higher’ of the triad…Brahma, Vishnu or Shiva

    • avatar
      Cocoamo | 19 December 2012 at 3:20 am #

      Amen, my brothers.

      Your Friend in Pennsylvania
      (Now in Cocoa Beach)

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    surreal eskimo boy | 16 December 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Saw the show in Auckland last night. For me you were the headline act. You might of been feeling over it by then but it didn’t show. That’s real love of music for you. Thanks again for the tunes.

  14. avatar
    Ingrid | 16 December 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Imagine what a different world it would be if the animals ruled the planet, I often ponder at this thought, as I find it unbearable to think about what humans do to this earth and its creatures.

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    Kohl Ette | 17 December 2012 at 4:40 am #

    Dear Hippy, to preface, remember: only connect.On the subject of bloodshed, would like to say, now I’ve had an endometrial ablation, I might consider going vegetarian. I don’t think blood loss should be so much of an issue now.To speak or not to speak of this? Shock, horror, what a subject to raise here! Why not? better out than in. Earlier in the year, I was diagnosed as menopausal. A few months later, I was diagnosed as peri menopausal. How can this be? It happens. I bled heavily for at least three weeks. My Indian doctor told me to make sure I ate meat during this time which dragged on longer than he anticipated. He eventually wrote me an emergency referral to a specialist and I was able to book day surgery fairly quickly but not immediately. The irony so to speak of this operation is it takes up to six weeks (hopefully not longer) to recover internally. There is still some milder blood loss after the operation. I should be ready to go back to ‘normal’, ie, swim etc after christmas. (No swimming and a few other things for risk of infection). sorry if you still think this is irrelevant, from my perspective, it has to do with being female and/or motherhood and self care (which Buddhists acknowledge).Actually, regarding motherhood etc, even at least one catholic pope has been known to have radical views about a mother’s rights and health. Thank you, hope this may help any middle aged women out there. Hope it doesn’t happen to you. If a mother is happy, that’s going to benefit children and therefore society. If she can’t be happy, may she at least be healthy to come as near to happiness as possible. God bless all the children.

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    Kohl Ette | 17 December 2012 at 4:48 am #

    Correction: earlier in the year I was said to be POST menopausal to be precise.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 17 December 2012 at 11:11 pm #

      eat a lot of apples and tomatoes – each has all the amino acids except one… which the other has the one the other doesn’t – so you get the full chain without killing animals.

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        Kohl Ette | 18 December 2012 at 3:52 pm #

        I actually can’t eat a lot of anything anymore, can’t tell you what endometriosis has done to my innards. Via a process of elimination no pun intended, I know I literally cannot eat a lot of tomatoes, apples, greens or as I said anything. What has this to do with the original issue? It has to do with a woman knowing herself and what is best for her via her own experience in order to be a good mother to children. So this is not just about me apart from being unable to completely convey my organic experience of myself or to be able to know fully another’s organic experience of their body. Perhaps I should have eaten my own endometrium? I was offered my placenta after my kids birth but couldn’t stomach it at the time. I wouldn’t mind trying vegetarianism, last time I did I became anemic. For women also of childbearing age, when you’re told about bleeding after childbirth for a ‘short time’ in my experience that turned out to be six weeks. I think it’s important that certain myths about such things are addressed so that others’ eyes are opened. Like I said, a happy and/or healthy mother benefits kids.

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 18 December 2012 at 10:44 pm #

          hi… hope your health improves, but “vegetarianism” actually is linked to the orginal subject; as there is not a single case of a mass murder to have ever taken place, here at least, at the hands of a veggie… I guess they value life too much to do so. Brien Comford was right (his post) And that would be a good role model for a child… though there have been reports of nasty veggies breaking into those horrible corporate farming compounds and setting all the tortured animals free. (it was good to do so – even though arrested for.) Kelp/iodine (they make it in liquid drops) and there is an algae omega supplement. you sound like a lovely person. Merry Xmas.

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            Kohl Ette | 19 December 2012 at 11:43 am #

            Please don’t let me be misunderstood. I do not undermine your ideas. I simply add a different perspective coming from the point of view of a mother. I believe that our society will improve when women’s position improves, esp that of mothers since that affects children. Yes fathers are important too but they do not undergo the same complex biochemical processes a mother does in becoming a parent. If you are not a woman or a mother you will have to trust me. I also continue to think of a poem sk wrote this year about god, which to paraphrase, said something like: I don’t mind if you worship the goddess Diana the hunter. I thought that was very enlightened of him. I don’t idealise the killing of animals but I do idealise being healthy and trusting my own intuition about my body which ideally is a temple of the holy spirit.

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            Kohl Ette | 19 December 2012 at 11:50 am #

            Merry xmas to you too – one can only try to be a lovely person. If I achieve that, even better. Lovely of you to say so and when I get the energy or focus, I may remember to look for them fancy drops… perhaps I will return to my former life of being a kelp farmer on the Irish coast….

        • avatar
          Peter D | 24 December 2012 at 1:41 pm #

          Tried hemp oil, Kohl Ette? I’m about to try it on a skin cancer.

          http://forum.grasscity.com/medical-marijuana-usage-applications/1024345-i-think-hash-oil-cured-my-infertility-healed-endometriosis.html (Not a great link, but you can go from there.)

          • avatar
            Admin | 24 December 2012 at 2:06 pm #

            please let us know the results.
            where are ya getting the good oil?
            sk

          • avatar
            Peter D | 24 December 2012 at 4:29 pm #

            Hi Steve,
            Seems best to make it yourself so you know it’s made using food grade ingredients. You just have to make sure you don’t blow yourself up! I don’t know anyone anymore, so I’m off to Nimbin to beg on the street.

            Recipe down the bottom here: http://australianhempparty.com/general/cannabis/medicine/rick-simpson but use alcohol, not naptha.

            (Heck, I’m gonna have to go through with it now..)

          • avatar
            Admin | 24 December 2012 at 6:12 pm #

            ok thanks peter

  17. avatar
    Todd Goninon | 17 December 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Creativity is a powerful force for good, and your music has enriched many lives, Steve, including mine. You have taken us to places that no one else is able to. It may not be able to stop the violence in the world but it definitely contributes to overall well-being in its small way, and that’s all we can hope for.

    Keep creating, my friend!

  18. avatar
    Steven Krut | 17 December 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Sounded like you quite enjoyed parts of the tour. Maybe that was the pre-Devo/Simple Minds part. Still, you got to hang out with DEVO. How cool is that? OK, not very. I remember when that first DEVO album created a buzz. They were actually subversive. Or perhaps it was mock subversion served up as ironic entertainment. Still, they were a lot of fun for awhile, but the act got old. Now they cash in on the nostalgia. SM’s early stuff hasn’t aged that well, IMO. It’s missing something, some universal emotional element that leaves it too dependent on style and too tied to the era. I gave SM’s recent albums a listen. They sounded competent, but nondescript. Neither of those bands are in the same league as The Church. Neither of them have been putting out work that’s as buoyant as their best work. The Church still have the magic flowing through their veins. It’d be a real shame if it has to end, but I understand if the economics just don’t work. I hope things eventually work out to everyone’s benefit.

  19. avatar
    hellbound heart | 18 December 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    You know what?
    If humanity were to disappear tomorrow in a lot of ways the earth would be a better place….
    <3

  20. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 29 December 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    oh Peter D, I just saw your reply… sorry I didn’t see it earlier. Interesting you mention skin cancer. I have been a bit worried about sk’s red nose lately and hope he is applying sun block. then again, a doctor told me at least 90 mins of sun every week without sunscreen for vitamin d… with skin like mine, I’d be doing that first thing in the morning or last thing in the avo. Thanks for the suggestion but seeing as I no longer have an endometrium, I don’t have to worry about the gynaecological effects of it any more. It is other effects since it can grow on the digestive system. I have read people can have it spread throughout the entire body… well if anyone’s interested in women’s issues and if you must know – the ablation does not stop the ovaries hurting and now I wish I’d had them taken out too. But then I’d probably be bemoaning having no estrogen, so what can a woman do? Literally a pain but that’s life and try and take the good with the bad. Good luck with your skin cancer, hope the hemp oil works. Whatever it is used for, I quite like the sound of it! It was given to us for a reason?


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