posted on July 23, 2007 at 4:43 am

the west and the east merge
the setting sun
the rising sun
the way is a long way away
god reach down to me
in the void of hedonism
in the absence of intoxicants
a grey day dawns
without energy
without qi
without oomph!
i am i am
being me of course
being the being you like me to be
hurtling over hurdles that curdled in my mind
a jumped up jumper of low highs
me and her and little her
drive around in dappled sunlight
we buy food
and watch the monsters of fashion and music go by…
what is the being in me that feeds my thoughts?
some one or two
where mathematics merges into music
where science merges into mysticism
yeah yeah
or where old merges into vintage
all those leap years i looked before i leapt
the lean years where i put on weight
the salad days i ate chocolate
the days of wine n roses were
the days of poppies n poppies
what is that poppy spirit
that it craves to dominate us
out thinking us at every turn ?
like a cold that lasted for ten years….
everything dancing with everything else
or jostling up alongside
the poppy the human
the human says
oh sweet plant
oh you take away my pain!
and the plant says
yes i do
but you dont know the price yet
but the human doesnt hear that
or doesnt want to hear that
and the poppy spirit
enters the human
and its very hard to get it out
and it will pull every trick in the book
to remain
you see the grape on the vine
spirit of dionysus
says drink me down
and laugh and be merry
the coca leaf says
i will make you superhuman
the pot plant just smiles and
its resin catches the sunlight
the ergot on the rye brings visions
of heavy hell n hello heaven
the peyote explodes inside you
and you see for the first time
these things are not remnants of the sixties
these are eternal spirits in eternal contact with mankind
i have known and wrestled with them
i see them now for what they are
neither good nor bad
they are
and they show neither favour or mercy
they contain the best and the worst
they are agents of maya befuddling us
they are in symbiotic relationships with us
just like a fever
they need you as a host
to perpetuate them
to take up residence
where youll never find them
silently asking for more of themselves
fighting back hard when you fight them
showing you great beauty and harsher truths
mans need to change his consciousness
you cant sneer at that
you cant deny it
you shouldnt outlaw it
it is a need
like food or land
but it is a journey
and journeys must needs have pitfalls and setbacks
and there is always some kinda price
you mightnt realise it at the time
some journeys cost more than others
some are very dangerous
and most travellers perish who go that way
i love intoxication
i always have
i always will
im prepared to pay the various prices
but im weary of it at the same time
realising it ultimately is a dead end
what a shame our natural condition was not serene or exstatic
a shame that truth is found in wine
cos so are hangovers
any way
im gonna do some yoga
itself a consciousness changing thing
except when its all over
you feel good
not hollow
like me

55 Responses to “trespassers will be persecuted”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 July 2007 at 5:54 am #

    Sweet excess.

    There’s nothing else like it.


  2. avatar
    Melquiades | 23 July 2007 at 6:10 am #

    Good morning Steve,

    The rollercoaster ride of the spirit world. I mean “spirits”. They come in all shapes and sizes. they fall under your bed at night only to be sitting on your face when the morning sun stretches to reach you from beneath their weight. you got to stop drinking the grog from the bottom of the barrel. that stuff is fermented with ergot and small fungii. wait, can I have some?

    take care and have a swim.

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 July 2007 at 6:14 am #

    I said hello baby, suck my marshmallow baby

  4. avatar
    Freud's Mother | 23 July 2007 at 6:48 am #

    “If one craves intoxication,one should drink of ones self,from a tall glass.One must use ones bounties as a mixer.”

  5. avatar
    JUNIOR PAINKILLER | 23 July 2007 at 6:49 am #

    sorry you feel hollow today, me am feeling deep in me shallows today, haha…
    The Deep

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 July 2007 at 6:51 am #

    Hi sk,
    I have to say you don’t sound like the same person who wrote to us yesterday, it’s hard to keep up with the moody tb sometimes! But that’s why we’re here sk, a few shoulders to lean on whenever you need it.
    love Amanda

  7. avatar
    si kli | 23 July 2007 at 7:02 am #

    the things that the drugs replace..
    the things that replace the drugs..
    the things the drugs find…
    finding the drugs…
    etc etc..

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 July 2007 at 7:16 am #

    certainly a contrast to yesterday…such are the highs and lows of existing…to change our consciousness is a natural desire (look at the way little kids love to spin around and around until they become dizzy and silly)…in that way yesterday’s blog about geing intoxicated by love is related to this one…except being in love can nourish you (if it’s requited) and drugs can become parasitic, eating away at you…or is it in reverse…do you become the parasite…
    -The Hellbound Heart

  9. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 23 July 2007 at 7:23 am #

    Yes indeed…

    And someone famous once wrote:

    “…animals have been gifted to merge with plants
    …monkeys wait for fruit to ferment
    before they imbibe
    hell, some of them
    even swipe tourists pina coladas
    lemurs get high off certain centipedes spray
    sitting in trees, grooming each other
    looking a bit ecstatic”

    Humorous and sagacious at the same time.

  10. avatar
    lily was here | 23 July 2007 at 7:54 am #

    If only we could change our consciousness in more gentle ways.

    White lilys say they came from the breastmilk of Juno when some drops fell to earth, the rest created the stars of the milky way. Lilys of the Valley sprang from Eve’s tears when kicked out of the garden of eden & will protect you from evil spirits….they say medicinally we heal your heart and memory, in small doses though, 2 grams a day

    I hope your ying gets its yang back soon steve,

    sue c x

  11. avatar
    Dark Poppies | 23 July 2007 at 8:30 am #

    Openly,we trust,that you would not crush us,nor would you burn us.We are pure and perfect.We will intoxicate you,in ways you may never have dreamed,as you,beings of language, and magic, intoxicate… us.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 July 2007 at 9:28 am #

    I’ve never been remotely interested in changing my consciousness. Never even curious. So I haven’t: never even been drunk, let alone stoned.
    The thing is, having studied anthropology to Masters level, I have to agree with Steve: the urge to change one’s consciousness is one of the most pervasive human needs/desires/urges.
    I’ve no idea why it was left out of me!

  13. avatar
    fantasticandy | 23 July 2007 at 9:50 am #

    git back in that studio!
    soon as you hear them new mixes timbo’s done you’ll be top ‘o the world again!
    much love,
    andy L.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 July 2007 at 9:59 am #

    waiting for some ______ intervention[sigh]… /M

  15. avatar
    veleska1970 | 23 July 2007 at 10:03 am #

    sorry you’re feeling a little down today. i hope the exercise helps you feel better. and you’re right~~it is a consciousness changing thing. i know i always feel better when i walk a bit.

    lotza love…

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 July 2007 at 10:37 am #

    as the crowd begins there chant for The Bellyman who’s X’s never stopped

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 July 2007 at 12:05 pm #

    yR oK MATEY===

    yr off to the most beautiful palce
    in the world soon aint you?

    Newvo Zelanda isnt it?

    Take a few breaths and relax

    Neverland Man

    Oakland, Cal

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 July 2007 at 12:55 pm #

    where are you girl?You know who YOU are!I know youre reading .Ijust know you are……xxR.

  19. avatar
    restaurant mark | 23 July 2007 at 1:07 pm #

    good one today…i think i’ve done some of the things i’ve done, at least at times, just out of boredom. was tired of feeling that way…wanted to feel different, more. sure there was times of experimentation, exploration, then just plain ol wanting to be fucked up…and then boredom. give me a reason huh?

    “i love intoxication
    i always have
    i always will
    im prepared to pay the various prices
    but im weary of it at the same time”

    that’s me right there…

    take care

  20. avatar
    tanglelizard | 23 July 2007 at 1:14 pm #

    Amazing stuff.. great words. Aa..

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 July 2007 at 1:20 pm #

    Ever thought of taking LSD and looking at yoiur paisley shirt collection?
    You’d think you were the luckiest man in the world to have all those lovely shirts…

  22. avatar
    CSTCoach | 23 July 2007 at 1:50 pm #

    “journeys must needs have pitfalls and setbacks
    and there is always some kinda price”

    True words, druid. Speaking of journeys in abstract, the price is sometimes your self. You sometimes leave it behind in desert sands, to be burned away in the empty places by the relentless sun, and you emerge a different being. nothing is ever the same again.

    Beautiful words about music and love yesterday. So powerfully written that i was at a loss for what to say.


  23. avatar
    dean9000 | 23 July 2007 at 2:57 pm #

    A nice double shot of good blog…. the way you shift gears around here can make your head spin….but that’s why we keep coming back….sopping it up like biscuits and gravy… which is by the way a great hangover remedy….


  24. avatar
    dumb-arse | 23 July 2007 at 3:07 pm #

    Did you guys ever take drugs during the Heyday era?

  25. avatar
    nickF | 23 July 2007 at 3:09 pm #

    good one!

  26. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 23 July 2007 at 3:19 pm #

    Some of the greatest writers, painters, rock stars, humanitarians and minds of the highest order overdosed or drank themselves to death. Sensitive people with profound conscience development are especially succeptible. God bless everybody and everything.

  27. avatar
    mtv | 23 July 2007 at 3:35 pm #

    not a fan of intoxication myself. makes me feel lost.
    had to have morphine in hospital once as a pain reliever, which did the job, fair enough, but ultimately made me feel like i was going insane. The nurses tried everything to make me feel “happy” again by giving me a 500 piece puzzle to do and all i could say was “what is the f***ing point?!!?”
    it was dreadful, never want to experience that state again!

    hope your hollowness is subsiding, SK..

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 July 2007 at 3:59 pm #

    Y’know, there’s a reason no-one’s ever said “Ooh, he was a lovely lad when he was on that smack” or “Eeh, Elsie, our Cuthbert’s been bloomin marvelous since he’s been smokin that skunk”.
    Have you seen interviews with Johnny Thunders before he was an addict? He’s vibrant, sharp, funny, quick as y’like.
    Have you seen the fucker after he was on the gear?
    Yeah, John, whack some of that shit into yer, what a fuckin great idea, mate…

  29. avatar
    Cee | 23 July 2007 at 4:54 pm #

    July 4th found me reckless and wrecked, the only cure for next day’s hollow misery was time. I think I’ve shaken off the need for intoxication for I’m finding the price to be, indeed, too high.

  30. avatar
    davem | 23 July 2007 at 5:55 pm #

    Interesting to read you comment that intoxication is ultimately a dead end. How long is the cul-de-sac though?
    You’ve produced many years of magic. I’m curious to know whether you think your wonderful back catalogue would have been better or worse without the medicine? Or is it a bit of both?
    love you more,


  31. avatar
    kat | 23 July 2007 at 7:51 pm #

    hi sk, amen to your words. ya the jazz is the only thing that is working properly for me lately. & my brother gave me his (mexican – lol) fender acoustic which is hard to play but i am grateful. i’ve been missing your blog. i am at the library due to a dead computer. i don’t know what to do when i am surrounded by books and on a computer timer.. its either read or write for me, so that just goes to show. a.d.d. kat is for real. hello all….happy munday. xo

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 July 2007 at 8:17 pm #

    Anoushka Shankar’s American accent surprised me yesterday afternoon. I saw her live at 19th and Sloat for the Stern Grove Event. Her pieces were more traditional than moderne with some ode to her father. Her new CD “Breathing under Water” isn’t out yet 🙁

    The event overwhelmed me with much much more East than West. I’d never seen more Indians and Hippies together in one place than this! I didn’t count each person there, but I guess about 5 er 10 grand! I love Hindu India more and more….this was a very peaceful loving event- music was, well…Anoushka. So much bass vibe complementing that pretty sitar…amongst all the other lovely instruments and voices. I so missed a pretty female voice- but that would take the focus off A. Shankar

    The V vitamin from poppies, sure that’s deadly. I kinda know where you’re coming from….I would never let myself get addicted- it’s the level of pain I reach sometimes. Don’t let yourself man! Yoga is a great excercise and nature is the best healer. Can you work youself up to some of the hardest cardio exercises to burn out the toxins? It’s the best therapy, heart, mind, body and soul.

    Lover of Eastern CA loves you!

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 July 2007 at 8:23 pm #

    Correction….that’s Lover of Eastern (i.e. a church song) IN CA

    I’m not really this retentive, to correct myself usually…it was kinda important.

    in CA

  34. avatar
    mattdavison | 23 July 2007 at 8:36 pm #

    Have you ever noticed that under intoxication- time passes really fast. Like when you go out for a big nite you have your shower get ready…, and before you know it again you are back at the shower wondering what happened in between.

    I spent a year like that in Melbourne.

    Maybe that’s a punishment for not taking on god given life without adding drugs or booze to te picture

    Off to Welly now
    C-ya there Baseman..


  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 July 2007 at 8:38 pm #

    te” Maori for {the}


  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 July 2007 at 8:59 pm #

    What? When you’re on something time flies? I’ve noticed time just flies and flies whenever it pleases.

    Safe travels…

    As ever in CA

  37. avatar
    verdelay | 23 July 2007 at 10:28 pm #

    “I don’t believe in drugs.

    No, no, you misunderstand:

    I mean, I don’t believe in drugs as a category“.

    [The sybaratic Verdelay pauses for effect, draws down the smoke, then continues without exhaling]

    “What I’m saying is this: there’s us (at least, I think so) and there’s the plants (of which I am far more certain). We coexist on the same plane, and in symbiosis: what we breathe, they exhale; what we exhale, they breathe. We eat them and shit out what we don’t need; they eat our shit, and in turn feed us, clothe us…and speak with us). It’s a pretty sweet deal for both of us. There’s a symmetry we can both appreciate”.

    “Our chemical incarnations are likewise hand in glove. We ingest their odd, delicious biological algorithms, and the calculus that ensues ensures our continued co-habitation in roughly the same sphere of Being (with a capital bee). We are of the same order. We occupy the same strata of the noosphere”

    [At this point Verdelay lets loose a breath of purple fog that fills the great plain between the mountain and the sea]

    “My point is this: there are no drugs as such, only a dynamic society of chemical harmonics. We choose to elevate our componant part of this society onto a lonely, absolutist throne out of sheer laziness and ignorance, and we fail to understand what’s going down in the world around us (physical and not) at our peril. Amen and halelujah”

    [At this Verdelay vanishes in a gush of steam and the habitues of the Black Light Cabaret applaud politely, then file out into the milky night, never to be seen again…in the same pair of shoes]

  38. avatar
    Leelinau | 23 July 2007 at 10:49 pm #

    Its ALL


  39. avatar
    the dean | 23 July 2007 at 10:57 pm #

    Another hangover another wasted day.
    Get up, go for a long run, minimum 10km.
    Meditate 40min on desire and illusion.
    Practice your art 4hrs.
    Eat light
    Sleep 8hrs

  40. avatar
    New Zealand | 24 July 2007 at 12:17 am #

    We welcome you with open shores,24 years? Yes,it’sbeen worth the wait.Safe travels Steve.New Zealand is alive and buzzing with Kilbeyness!*

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2007 at 12:59 am #

    24 years since playing in NZ??? I don’t feel so bad now, a few months between gigs aint that long I suppose. But I’m still hanging out for it sk, not too much longer I hope!!!

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2007 at 2:13 am #

    C’mon TB…Reconcile Mae and Donette. Tell the story. Bring it “Full Circle”


  43. avatar
    memoria's handmaiden | 24 July 2007 at 3:29 am #

    deep in the shallows today & loving it… perfect background to ur blogge… thanku

  44. avatar
    nigel tufnel | 24 July 2007 at 3:34 am #

    “You get up in the morning
    and put water on your face
    and that’s the strongest
    drug of all.
    It wakes you up, doesn’t it?”

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2007 at 3:36 am #

    I truly wish the same sirens that call us to flee and give in, were as strong as the families and loved ones that will always be there.

    this coming from a twat 4 drinks into his vodka cranberry phase and sitting here alone without the comfort of loved ones.

    You said it yourself…dead end.

    “moses by the seaside in 1974….listening to the music……. of a skyscraper carnivore”.

    lurv, theglynnisjohns

  46. avatar
    andmoreagain | 24 July 2007 at 3:56 am #

    After a weeks holiday on Saltspring Island which was mostly lovely I had a hard time stopping from drinking every day. It turned on me and my girl until we went from bliss to stupid anger. It does indeed demand more and more of yourself and fights you every step when you try to stop.

  47. avatar
    Thelonious | 24 July 2007 at 4:43 am #

    Ha SK, it helps to see that other wrestle with the demons.

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2007 at 6:10 am #


    The only ‘black out’ that really comes to mind is when I heard your down under fellas “Crowded House”. I thought they were worth more listening when I heard them while I was intoxicated. That was during the Starfish days and I had a radio show where I featured The Church. I wanted to play their less comercial tunes and couldn’t for the life of me…

    Now look closely: I didn’t put the music and the name of Crowded House together until sometime last year! Two years ago, I was with friends while driving by his gig at the Fillmore in SF. “Hey, Neil Finn…isn’t he a famous folk singer? Shall we go in?”

    Them, “I don’t really know who he is. Any good?”

    And I thought I really knew music. My appologies.

    Laughing at self in CA

  49. avatar
    isolde | 24 July 2007 at 6:23 am #

    coffee, sugar, tea, wheat, cocoa
    enslavement, empires, wars, diabetes

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2007 at 6:36 am #

    Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows


  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 July 2007 at 6:40 am #


    if only there was a way of doing it in a measured dose.A Dose that didn’t leave you wanting more and more, taking more, until all you feel, at best is normal,at worst nothing.
    i envy those you haven’t touched a substance(ignorance is bliss),and those to who it holds no appeal(what’s ya secret)
    unfortunately i feel more me when im not quite me.
    If you’re still in touch with johnno please tell him the delightful miss dee o’conner from the usa is town in a couple of months


  52. avatar
    XENA | 24 July 2007 at 6:44 am #

    Get that guilded 12string,and that golden soul,”Bass man”,,and ya ups and ya downs,and rest in the wilderness of N.Z.

  53. avatar
    sheshell | 24 July 2007 at 7:01 am #

    my dear mr.ark e typing,

    who was that quote from, some one famous or infamous darling? Sounds familiar, can’t recall…

    en, joy!

  54. avatar
    The riddler | 24 July 2007 at 7:21 am #

    ha ha!?oxo

  55. avatar
    sharka | 24 July 2007 at 9:08 am #

    Ah drugs…

    They can give so much and bring on so much beautiful feelings and emotions…

    But they can also be grasped at and help to bring us down!

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