posted on April 30, 2010 at 1:41 pm

tour nearly over
tour nearly done
boy we hadda good time
boy we had some fun
we gone from the west to the east
playing a song offa each
even back with 2 beast
now in the south
heading towards atlanta
2 more shows
2 more blows
2 more throws
2 nite its charlotte
gonna rock a little
gonna roll some more
them folks go crazy when los church hits the floor
(wanna some more , senor?)
yeah we ease on down the frickin’ road
past the fields past the “yield”s
past the levees past the stevies
past the factories
past the shops and the malls
past niagra fuckin falls
past flashing signs n bouncing balls
i weary i teary i strap on my guitar n my career-y
i sing i blada bling
i do my little dance routine
cant remember where i been
i grizzled sozzled pickled tickled bickering snickering
i shout move groove pluck sometimes i really suck
i getting old i getting cold
i getting hard to keep hold
i do a mah yoga
jus’ like i fuckin’ told ya
call me slim
call me Him
call me bright n bloody dim
call me weird with my kingly little beard
yeah babe you aint met me before
yeah man well my axe is at the door
yeah steve i bet yer throat is sore
yeah steve n i cant believe yer sleeve contains even more
the sun is shining down in the south
i let the beams bounce round my mouth
i let the dreams mine the deepest seam
it seems my dreams are on beam
it seems we live
it seems we die
it seems all i think is i i i
greedy little bastard i am
i want my jelly n my jam
i wanna save the little lamb, ma’am
i wanna eat pure
i wanna take the cure
hell i aint got time to be demur
killer go killer go killer go
you pushing fifty six
you pushing against the establishment bricks
(the pick of all the uptight pricks)
you drive on thru the american nite
5 daughter
thin fine hair
red underwear
sculpted calves bisected in halves
troubadour media-whore banging down some fuckin’ door
not going gently…i still aint ever ridden in a fuckin bentley
yeah i a contra diction
yeah i fact AND fiction
nearly sixty i got more poke than most folk
i can tell a good joke
i am an approachable bloke
i got my allies
i got my axis
i got my fiction i got my faxes
i got sunshine i got rain
heard you comin’ back again
2 more shows
2 more close
2 more reap what ya sows
i sing the body corporate
i sing the words that you forgot
i sing your life
i sing your childhood
i sing your death
i sing with belated breath
i sing on the moor
i sing out there on the flaw
i sing for the poor
i sing because i cant do any fucking more
i love you all
all my lovely little fans scampering about
this great wide world make me wanna shout
see ya in carolina
nothing could be finer
except when the sun n moon do a sixty niner
or having all the tea in china
see ya

29 Responses to “tour”

  1. avatar
    Keebs | 30 April 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    Thank you for the second great The Church show in the Cleveland area in this short history. The Winchester show was amazing and my wife and I had a great time in the front row watching you guys be you guys. Hope to see you soon!
    Best Becky and Jim Keyerleber

  2. avatar
    bc | 30 April 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    see ya in carolina
    nothing could be finer
    except when the sun n moon do a sixty niner
    or having all the tea in china

    welcome south!

  3. avatar
    Nick | 30 April 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    congrats on a great tour – nick fiction

  4. avatar
    Ross | 30 April 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Better than all the Tea in China
    Was the chance to see The Church in Carolina!
    To be overly proverbial, "ya'll rocked in Raleigh".
    Thanx for the great show, please keep the poetic pondering coming!

  5. avatar
    Jason Haas | 30 April 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    *polite applause* 😀

    rock on, good sir. rock on.

    say, sk, you might find it curious to know that you've prompted me to explore yoga. my ex-wife got my this book, "yoga for wimps," which does and doesnt describe y.t. but it works. and aye, if it's done so much good for you, what good would it could it do for y.t.?

    now: to do it!

  6. avatar
    ZardozISLove | 30 April 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    Thanks for a great tour. It will be especially memorable for my wife and I as she is pregnant and the baby kicked for the first time during the Sellersville show.

    Looking forward to your next trip through….

  7. avatar
    Freddie | 30 April 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    See you in Carolina! :^) xo

  8. avatar
    Cocoamo | 30 April 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    As wonderful as it is to see you all in the flesh, I sincerely wish you could be successful without having to do these tortuous tours.

    There is perhaps the possibly the benefit that it re-hones your playing, toughening the finger callouses, having you all together (maybe spawning a new albumn?) But at what cost to you in wear and tear?

    Or, has it made you all so sick of each other you can't wait to part? Does total exhaustion extinguish inspiration, numb the mind, kill the soul? I don't know these things.

    It just seems like cruel and unusual punishment for you to have to go through this madness.

    At any rate, it is impossible in most pieces to come anywhere close to the excellence we hear on the CDs. It's like taking Ansel Adams and asking him take pictures with his cell phone as he is driving along the countryside at night–Then looking at the pictures, saying whaa….? For people who are hearing you for the first time on tour, I wonder how they could begin to appreciate how great you really are? Well, at least they got a free CD, so that will show them somewhat (but there is so so much else you have done that is heads and shoulders above Deadman's Hand, in my book).

    One exception was the performance of Ten Thousand Miles, which was pretty damn impressive, I must say.

    Almost over at least. It was a lovely experience to see you.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania

  9. avatar
    Cee | 30 April 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    So sublime the rhyme from the time… being.

  10. avatar
    evilren | 30 April 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    and you say you don't get rap, I was checkin' your
    meter, this is a killer rap.


  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 April 2010 at 5:40 pm #

    Yes it's all winding down, the dates fly by as you touch us here in the US again, you words and notes all worth more than you can see. WE. LOVE. YOU!!

    Ron Bonham

    PS See you in the ATL!!!

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 April 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    Atlanta tommorow. Hope my beautiful wife and I can meet the band. Saw meetngreet video.Hope they hang out a bit after the show. Does anyone know? My first show 20 years ago…now my wife can see her first show on the 30th ann. tour. Can't wait!!!!!!!!!

  13. avatar
    Steven Koontz | 30 April 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    well, my 5th show tonight, and it sure has been fun….each show had it's own fantastic moments….thanks for entertaining me and Ramona….I am still shaking off the shivers from my experience with the microphone in Annapolis….you likey my southern drawl ??

    a good crowd in Raleigh last night, made me proud that the people in the know in that area appreciate the good stuff, the good stuff that is Kilbey and the Church..

    see ya front row (my usual spot!) in Charlotte tonight one last time…it's been fun for sure, I really hope you and the band had a blast as well….

    steve koontz (and Ramona!)
    high point, NC

  14. avatar
    JJ | 30 April 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    Sorry I can't make Carolina, none would be finer, but it'll feel like a visit from Santa, when TTB and Church pull into Atlanta.

    Center Stage; went by there lassa' nite on way to Atlantic Station. Where I first saw the band in 1988 when the Starfish was Ploog, and again in the Fix of the Gold Afternoon. Special memories.

    We wait for you.


  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 April 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    are these lyrics to a forthcoming Church hip hop album? you'll need to add something about busting caps in someones ass and beating da' ho's if it is. it'll give you street cred.

    but really, thanks for coming. it was enjoyable. thats quite an itinerary you had. even for those who are younger and at the beginning of their careers. nice to see some older gents pull it off and still give good shows even at the end of such a tour, when men half your age would have bottomed out and would be playing just to get it over with. shows how much you love it all, and are still dedicated to giving your fans all that you have.

    love on ya'.

  16. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 30 April 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    soon….back to home and family…..

    love always…

  17. avatar
    fantasticandy | 30 April 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    a punishing schedule to say the least……
    you 'n the boys are REAL rock 'n roll heroes killer.

  18. avatar
    melissa | 1 May 2010 at 12:33 am #

    good on you lovely man!!

    hope the churchy enjoy the rest of the tour :))) and thankyou for all the wonderful bloggy's while you've been away, they've been great to read and listen to!!


  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 May 2010 at 4:09 am #

    I will see you in Atlanta, my friend! My babysitters (aka the grandparents) are in place and I just have 6.5 hours to drive from Memphis tomorrow! Cocoamo, respectfully disagree — maybe the touring is still fun for them, and live with its improvisations, energy, and warts and all, is the best way to enjoy music.

  20. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 1 May 2010 at 4:28 am #

    It really looks like you are wearing a cravat.

    lurv, glynnis

  21. avatar
    eek | 1 May 2010 at 4:43 am #

    "heard you comin' back again"

    Yup. 🙂

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 May 2010 at 5:34 am #

    The beat generation ain't got a thing on you Mr. Kilbey. Such a great tour. The culmination of the thougts behind you shine like a brilliant sun. You don't need no more validation but this tour has been banner for the fans and the band. God speed Steve. Long may you run. See ya in Rocktober. No band has aged so gracefully like la Church. The instrument switcharoo keeps things new. All on the same plane but far from being plain. Fuck yeah,


  23. avatar
    Molly | 1 May 2010 at 11:47 am #

    Finally saw you in Raleigh. I'm so glad the crowd was into it. I dragged my husband along and he had a great time.

    Thanks for your patience with the fans, even (bless him) the guy who just wouldn't shut up. Was he really passionate or just drunk?

    "i sing your childhood" Yes, you got me through the sadness of adolescence, but what I really wanted to say after the show is that you still sing to me, and that the new pieces resonate in my joyous and comfortable adult life. "i sing your life." Happy to read about the "5 daughters".

    "i love you all" and we love you. There's no way to reciprocate your gift to us. So all we're left with is gratitude.

    Thank you,

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 May 2010 at 1:29 pm #


    Yep, you are now a month or so older than your painting, but you carry on well.

    Thanks for playing Raleigh – see you back next month? next year? bring your electrics.

    my wife says the only other australian band she has seen is the Wiggles. Please tell me you don't know them. She took my little boys to see their World Pedophilia Tour 2008 . . . daddy's only instructions were that the kids could not (under any circumstances) go backstage. this band has to be your karmic opposite.

    how about another spin around the States in your double decker van?

    Or at least make the Church tour an annual event.

    Two years in a row in the eastern US. Excellent.

    You should head down to New Orleans and enjoy some of jazzfest before you fly back.

    and then record the double album.

    All best – wilfred paradise

  25. avatar
    Broken Toys and Heros | 1 May 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    Well ur at the end of this visit to the states. I hope all is well with u and the tour was worth it. Todays blog was the best of the month long run here in USA. It captured everything simply , yet with description. B safe in ur journey back down under and hopefully the thought of a "P=A" tour stays in ur mind. that would be heaven in this world of chaos and grime.


  26. avatar
    Melquiades | 1 May 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    Thank you for gracing our shores
    once again
    You guys rocked n rolled!!!!!

    Cheers, B

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2010 at 6:21 am #

    (green) transference and a dream (from January)

    After dream: The next day, I was playing a cd in car and it hit me: where the main character/beauty of this dream came… from the (same) song/cd I had been listening to while reading before I went to sleep that eve…

    I was having tea with someone in a Chinese tea house; I know it was a Chinese tea house because you know those beautiful Chinese birds… there was one – it was the most stunning creature with tufts that sparkled and eyes so gentle (and green) that it was as if the bird was giving me an ancient gift of passage as it watched me listening… We were drinking from wedgewood pink lustre with softly shimmering reflections playing off the china’s pattern. I was listening to whom I was having tea with – he was talking about a flower and then about swimming as a boy – I wasn’t talking; just listening and it made me happy and I was smiling and it smelled like an exotic flower (the one he was explaining) – then – remind you this was a dream: there was a post card from Paris in front of me on our table – and it was from a friend; and he said he was wonderful and he wanted me to tell the bird he, too, thought it beautiful. I did and it fluffed its tuft and gold sparkles fell on us as we drank our tea… and I laughed; and somehow knew my friend was in sunshine as this was happening. It was very pretty.

    Two days later, I did received a post card from Paris. I had not known he was there. A couple weeks later, when he’d returned, we were having lunch. He mentioned that though the weather was mostly overcast/cold throughout his visit to Paris, there was one truly remarkable a.m., out of nowhere, he said he thought of me for no apparent reason; at the same time the clouds over him cleared for a few moments, the sun shone through (brightly); he said as he walked down the street for this moment everyone was happy for the sun and smiling. (to the best I can determine, with the time change, this was same time of my dream with the Chinese bird…)

    Pretty how a song can give such a connection [that] an image wakes you up one morning… and then throughout the next days that follow find your dream was real… one piece at a time… and then as you continue months later, you see transference and green, and joni’s eyes… and what a lovely blog .

    By now everyone has left from the church’s last show this tour… and reading the posts to the blogs since it’s onset, the posts and responses have made me smile. What nice people. Thank you.

  28. avatar
    CouldBeAnyone | 2 May 2010 at 9:41 pm #

    I enjoyed the Raleigh and Charlotte shows. Thanks! I hope you visit NC on the next tour.


  29. avatar
    Ellen | 3 May 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    Awwww, what fun it is to read blog posts like THIS one.

    Steve, you gotta way with words [like you didn't know!]

    Thanks for flying half way round the world to land in LA and play for us fans here in So. Cal. I for one deeply appreciate it!

    Sending hugs for a safe journey home…

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