posted on November 14, 2006 at 7:53 pm

put it all together n whaddya got?
i dunno
life continues…..
old maps come to light
journeys into darkness
and if the morning never arrives…?
oh, it always does…
the burst potential of our earth
abundant n green
its all been worked out for you
a self regulator
its been wound up
now it just goes n goes
dont ask me what forever means
i dont think we’ll be around to find out
not like this
not in these beggars rags
and uncomprehending grins
all things in time, being
you cant read the end 1st
itll make no sense
till you learn
i believe in a certain ok-ness of things
im certain uncertainty will get me
a particular vagueness
a softly deafening racket
the drowning air
the freezing fire
the moving ground
under the black soil
seeds push
life renews again n again
whatever you throw at it
however you deal with it
you cant defeat it with money
it cant be extinguished by a flame
life, always was, always will be
life comes from life
nothing comes from nothing
think about it
even longer
its 707 in the morning
everyone sleeping
resting for the day ahead
the children growing imperceptibly
before my very eyes
life forces them up
even against their will
they grow
they gotta learn
we gotta learn
some of the old ways we must abandon
we gave war a chance….didnt we?
cant we try another approach?
or is that the only song on our list
kill em
men women children animals planet
the misery of meat
cutting down the precious trees
make more stuff
the latest stuff
gimme gimme gimme
me too
im just as bad
i take n take n take
where is it all coming from?
who cares?
by the time it runs out
i’ll be long-gone, john
ah forget it
im happy
i got all my stuff
a thousand dollar gas-guzzlah
im making my own pollution now
and gulpin’ down that sweet petrol
excuse me
i’ll just help myself ….aye?
i mean
aint that what its all here for?
is this a fault in my thinking?
is life a deliberately structured
series of paradoxes n dilemmas
you gotta negotiate
or try again n again nagain…?
how did nevets do this life then?
oh…maybe a C plus
if we dont take blah blah blah
into consideration
nevets has been naughty
but nevets didnt know
he was only hurting himself
and its funny
even when ya sometimes know the right way
you still take the wrong one
isnt that stupid?
its a warm day
is that global warming
or just late spring?
ah…..thatll do for today
you get the picture, dontcha?
more pearls o’ wishdom tomorra then
love from killbey

52 Responses to “unique/common”

  1. avatar
    Trickster | 14 November 2006 at 8:43 pm #

    The Journey Into Darkness

    could there be a flame at the end of the tunell?

  2. avatar
    leelinau | 14 November 2006 at 9:02 pm #

    and again..


  3. avatar
    don joe | 14 November 2006 at 9:28 pm #

    The Matrix shone some perspective regarding some thoughts posed there in ur blog. We are life, we never end. Just have to find the way through and out. It does exist. We made this place so… we must be able to get out. The car? Well that’s there for u to get around easier. Yeah there are better solutions than burning dinosaurs n ol trees, just gotta teach the a’holes in power that there are alternatives and no, they wont lose their fortunes. That’s all they’re concerned about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Im not, gotta have to live a life not of rashions and rags though. Hmm, workin on getting out thanks for the soundtrack Steve and co. Be nice to listen to your works in a thousand years!

    don joe

  4. avatar
    mattdavison&sfpm | 14 November 2006 at 9:36 pm #

    Listened to life speeds up the other day. not my fav churhc numba but, have a feeling the urgent frantic goal kicking.. elements of life have passed.
    You feel calm to me and seem to be getting into a momentum where the best results will follow. (lack of struggle)Thats why you are back in the studio doing new stuff…. As if you need too!!.. I have done research and the Crunrch have recorded more music than any other band on the planet. So why keep doing it?? Just ask Monet why he continued painting after water lillies… It’s because brilliance and genius by nature is prolific..and it never sleeps..It just speeds up.
    Never to go away.

  5. avatar
    John Garratt | 14 November 2006 at 9:45 pm #

    “life comes from life
    nothing comes from nothing”

    This reminds me of your “you want meaninglessness? You got meaninglessness!” rant that was probably directed at me.


  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 November 2006 at 9:51 pm #

    very good – c+ for life but a B at least for english skills – pip

  7. avatar
    Samosanx | 14 November 2006 at 9:58 pm #

    enervation, don’t go to my head……it is sooooo troppo hot swelteringly blisteringly skin singeingly lung moisteningly irritatingly HOT here in the tropics. I always thought it was romantic whitefella rubbish, the buildup madness, but now I know it’s true. Went to the doctor on friday because “there’s no f*N aircon in my car!”…which is what sweet young Chandra the new physician put in her comments; and then made me a prescription….lord it’s hot…even lifers are whinging…all whitefellas of course, aint no Larrakia whinging here….not about the heat anyways…
    young Chandra…I told her that she had a nice name, like some incense I buy, and asked it’s meaning. She said “fortune teller”. Ahhh Chandra I replied…the real reason for my visit is this: Will I get the job? She looked me square and replied “Yes”
    Aircon, yes, I use it. I turn it on when I get home. I have given up feeling guilty about it, but I know it’s wrong, for every reason except immediate relief.
    DonJoe I don’t think the aholes in power operate from money, I think they operate from laziness, lack of courage and instant gratification. bucks is the by-product of b-grade psyches. or just plain luck…


  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 November 2006 at 10:02 pm #

    lay back and let the rain wash us all away…

    as we journey into satchinanda.


  9. avatar
    the dean | 14 November 2006 at 10:21 pm #

    I seems the more stuff we have the meaner in spirit we become. The wheel will turn.

  10. avatar
    Richard | 14 November 2006 at 10:27 pm #

    bumper sticker ideas for the SK $1K Falcon:

    “baybee on board”

    “If it’s space rockin’ don’t bother knockin'”

    “Forget Yourself in Church”

    “Siht Happens”

    “Speed Killbees”

    and for the numberplate:


  11. avatar
    ambnt1 | 14 November 2006 at 10:31 pm #


    Nice blog today. No snappy comments to leave. Have a good one.


    n.p. Spyra, “Meditationen” (Klaus Schulze School of Rock)

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 November 2006 at 10:37 pm #

    I was fortunate enough to attend David Suzuki’s lecture in Canberra recently. He basically said the apathy is killing our planet.

    Bad things happen when good people do nothing.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 November 2006 at 10:38 pm #

    You Are My Sunshine
    My only sunshine.
    You make me happy
    When skies are grey.
    You’ll never know, dear,
    How much I love you.
    Please don’t take my sunshine away

    The other nite, dear,
    As I lay sleeping
    I dreamed I held you in my arms.
    When I awoke, dear,
    I was mistaken
    And I hung my head and cried.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 November 2006 at 10:39 pm #

    Slowly I am awakening from an ancient slumber……

    Where did I come from?

    Where do I need to go?

    What am I supposed to do now?

    I guess its up to me to figure this out!

    I guess I’d better take a deep breath, stay focused and go hell for leather.



  15. avatar
    ambnt1 | 14 November 2006 at 10:44 pm #

    P.S. Ha ha! I like those license plates. More to consider:








  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 November 2006 at 11:10 pm #

    pass around dem zippy space cakes


    its alllll good

  17. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 14 November 2006 at 11:38 pm #

    i cut myself on these thoughts of…

  18. avatar
    Azza | 14 November 2006 at 11:48 pm #

    You got nice and warm, down in Melybborne it is snowing in some places that didnt see any snow all winter.
    its unfortunate that the western world has that “its for the taking” mentality. The 2nd wold is trying to cathc up. Cars in China growing and growing. I hear that if the population of china had cars in the same proportion as australia they could fill a seven lane highway to the moon.

  19. avatar
    restaurant mark | 14 November 2006 at 11:57 pm #

    even when ya sometimes know the right way
    you still take the wrong one…

    i know, i know…didn’t have to point it out, did ya???

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 November 2006 at 12:05 am #

    Baby please don’t go
    don’t make us walk alone
    you know we love you so
    baby please don’t go

    Lady Di

  21. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 15 November 2006 at 12:27 am #

    what year is your falcon??? 1969…

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 November 2006 at 12:32 am #

    nice little quick note – you are right – we are all hippokrits aren’t we?

    ed in fl

  23. avatar
    gareth,notts | 15 November 2006 at 12:47 am #

    totally with you on knowing the right way but for some totally inexplicable reason taking the wrong one,never more so than now!

  24. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 15 November 2006 at 2:19 am #

    “you cant defeat it with money

    wisest thing i’ve read today
    or yesterday

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 November 2006 at 2:21 am #

    and so how do you know which is the ‘right’ way?
    do you only realise it after you haved lived the other way?
    i always thought a persistent nagging feeling that no matter how hard you tried to ignore but resurfaces continually was leading me down a path of truth
    but how can we be sure?
    i hope i’m happy with my choices as i leave this world
    and i hope you are too

  26. avatar
    JJ | 15 November 2006 at 3:49 am #

    It seems the appetites are insatiable, aren’t they? Cars, cans, bottles, wrapping, plastic this, styrofoam that – filling huge gaping holes they dig in the ground over here to “dispose” of it all. Here they bulldoze 1,000 acres of hardwood forest that took 150 years to grow and create a big hole for the garbage, which eventually looks like a small mountain, all smoothed over. I see it just east of here; it’s stunning. People roll out their trash bins every Monday night, and refill them the next week. Cars heaped up in piles, appliances – the detritus of advanced civilizations. Treasure troves for future archaeologists possibly, assuming this one will decay and another emerge?

    Every year it’s the same here: less forest, more asphalt, ever-expanding city consuming the region, big blot in the green on satellite images, so much gone in my lifetime, and that was just in my lifetime. I dunno.

    Yes, life comes from life, but if the things that sustain life are destroyed…does life decline at some future juncture? But, as you say – I’ll be long gone, John. Finito Benito, dead Fred, gone for a song like old Hong Kong, gone for a song.


  27. avatar
    veleska1970 | 15 November 2006 at 5:00 am #

    human beings are such consumptive creatures…..the big question is why can’t we be more like animals? they have everything they need, and don’t need anything more. people just take and take and take and take and take………

    “even when ya sometimes know the right way
    you still take the wrong one
    isnt that stupid?”
    ~~yeah, i can relate to this one, steve. especially today. ever have “one of those days”?? i did today~~something profound occurred in my life that really opened my eyes. i knew the right way, but took the wrong one anyway. now in looking back i’m wondering if i can find my way back to the right way.


    BTW, how is karin doing? if you think of it, please let us know….

    lotza love…..

  28. avatar
    Glen Sherman | 15 November 2006 at 5:34 am #

    Killbey doesn’t wear well on you…not the Steve Kilbey I’ve “known” (through the ether) for many years.

    I enjoy seeing/hearing/feeling the existentialist inside you (and he would be much louder than you permit him to be, I think) come out and question the way things are. And you let his voice and his thoughts intertwine with the platitudes of another side of Steve who doesn’t care or doesn’t want to know. This inner tumult has made you one of the most fascinating and captivating (and purely poetic) lyricists of any age. I’m glad you’re part of the same age I belong to.

    I believe very strongly that the good will be separated from the bad, the right from the wrong, the pure from the adulterous in another level of our existence. I believe we’re here to see it all in full view, for the beauty and for the repulsiveness of humanity and human nature. It’s clear to me from your writings and your paintings that you give this subject a lot of thought, and at times you are tortured by it. I think that is supposed to happen, too.

    Only a person radiating with white light would ask the questions you are asking. Shine on.

    Your admirer,


  29. avatar
    Sweed | 15 November 2006 at 7:42 am #

    Let’s hope it’s not too late…to turn the tide…to save the gift from our children…

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 November 2006 at 9:06 am #

    Here, here, Glen.

    I don’t agree with everything the old fella says but I appreciate that he says it. I think you are right about him being an existentialist. He’s very fucking human as well, I think, and he wears his heart on his sleeve. This provides an insight and intimacy that is genuinely rare. I applaud him on this.

    I am not an artist, but I am an appreciator of art and I think that he’s the real deal in this respect. My personal theory is that the great artists, the best artists, are all fucking mad in some way. They have access to some other realm that us ordinary folk don’t.


    Sorry to speak about you in the third person, old man, but I’m sure you’ll agree with what I’ve said.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 November 2006 at 10:04 am #

    Try not to live with regrets. The Clock can never go back. Mistakes are made by everyone…Forgivness is Good X


  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 November 2006 at 12:21 pm #

    “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.” – Siddhartha Buddha

    I think of that one often.

    And as Oscar said, not Chrissy “we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”.

    I think of you sk, me and most here on that one and for those who cant see the forest for the trees “some of them sit lookin’ at their scars”.

    Your third line, thats the beauty!

    ps I have a silver bird – it really wishes it was an ej holden but it hasnt let me down yet.

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 November 2006 at 12:28 pm #

    Hello Time Being Nevets. While I am new to your blogge I have travelled with you as part of my life’s soundtrack for well over half its span. Just wanted to dip my toe in the ether for now…read you in the morning time. etaK

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 November 2006 at 12:29 pm #

    ps Richard, i always thought that personalized nameplates were for wankers but the 2FAST4U one cracked me up – esp as I imagine SK is a cruiser not a speeder 🙂

    Today i saw this bohemian lookin’ guy pull into town, towing the oldest little caravan and driving a lavender purple old holden? type car (no kidding, it was purple all over including the hubs!) and his number plate said ‘Oh yeah’ I Love it!

  35. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 15 November 2006 at 1:42 pm #

    like a forest fight for sunlight ..takes root in every tree ..
    they are pulled up by the magnet ..
    believing their free…

    from gabriels “carpet crawlers”

    my father had a habit of taking me to shows when i was just knee high..
    i used to sit between he and my “uncle ” and hear angels in the keys…
    in my ignorance id double hit the ritual smoke ..i remember them both laughing…
    i remember how the bass felt like it was lifting me right offa the floor and moving through me..
    like a roller coaster…

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 November 2006 at 5:13 pm #

    Today’s Clark Ashton Smith excerpt:

    Bow down : I am the emperor of dreams
    I crown me with the million-coloured sun
    of secret worlds incredible
    and take their trailing skies for vestment when I soar,
    throned on the mounting zenith
    and illume the spaceward-flown horizons infinite

    The sirens of the stars
    with foam-like songs from silver fragrance wrought,
    would lure me to their crystal reefs,
    and moons where viper-eyed, senescent devils dwell,
    ordained by suns and eons and sung by moons and motes,
    the goal whose name is all,
    the secret of forgotten glyphs
    by sinful gods in torrid rubies writ.

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 November 2006 at 5:15 pm #

    Ok that enough of ol’ Clarkie, I’ll let the poor old bugger rest !

  38. avatar
    ben | 15 November 2006 at 6:18 pm #

    we all have a chance. time is on our side. we cant seperate our bodies and foolish hearts. trial and error doesnt have to be remorsefull with fear of failure. but who doesnt fail continually? its all meaningless. humans cant live for eachother alone or without eachother. so whats left, being smart? even that gets worse the deeper ya go. treat others as well as ya treat yaself. the night will bring the day..

  39. avatar
    ben | 15 November 2006 at 6:18 pm #

    we all have a chance. time is on our side. we cant seperate our bodies and foolish hearts. trial and error doesnt have to be remorsefull with fear of failure. but who doesnt fail continually? its all meaningless. humans cant live for eachother alone or without eachother. so whats left, being smart? even that gets worse the deeper ya go. treat others as well as ya treat yaself. the night will bring the day..

  40. avatar
    zee pee pee man | 15 November 2006 at 6:24 pm #

    i have been saving zee peepee for you sk….

  41. avatar
    davem | 15 November 2006 at 8:02 pm #

    I’m still thinking about it.
    Looking forward to at least 7 more days worth of wisdom esskay.
    But the 22nd looms………..

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 November 2006 at 8:30 pm #

    totally off topic, but the other night I heard “eyes smeared with the ointment of love” from guilt trip on this kind of wierd show called “echoes.” it’s broadcast on National Public Radio in the US. I was quite surprised when I turned on the radio to that program and heard a song that I recognized. Make sure that you get that royalty check in the mail . . .

    Nick in Cincinnati

  43. avatar
    isolde | 15 November 2006 at 9:44 pm #

    sk you can set up a carbon credit pact with the environment in exchange for your perry green falcon if you plant a couple more trees in your garden

    hello B.Bon are you going to schoolies at the coast next week after classes finish?

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 November 2006 at 9:59 pm #

    Dear Mr.Kilbey,

    Sorry to bother you but I was just wondering what u thought of “A Postcard from Down Under”. Thankyou for your time.

    Ps. Personally I think GAF is a Brilliant Album.

    Yours Sincerely,


  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 November 2006 at 10:58 pm #

    Hello Isolde,

    Had not really thought about going to schoolies, most likely because I’m in my early 30’s and my attendance at such a gathering would be considered suspicious, non?

    You going?


  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 November 2006 at 12:32 am #

    its just Maya
    just the surface
    a casing of sorts
    taking in the circumference of saturn
    with reference to knowledge and life development
    and the ring becomes the presence of Maya in the journey
    boy, Im denots..over n out
    can yu dig it..

    jaime r…

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 November 2006 at 12:57 am #

    The best thing to do is always the worst. Life is like nothing that a human being can comprehend. So just sit and absorb nothing. Don’t touch anything except that upon which one sits. Don’t think anything except that which enters uninvited. Simply do nothing, fail to evolve and you’ve suceeded in everything life has to offer. Although life doesn’t really offer anything, all life does is fail to exist in any form. Don’t read or view anything, these things were only created by Matter therefore how can they explain anything, or better still mean anything. We’ll okay if you are going to do something, why not worship inaniment objects, it just might work for you.

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 November 2006 at 1:12 am #

    hello sk

    how come why not , with regards to playing the grant tribute in brisbane? unless you are but triple J aint mentioning you then!
    nothing unusual there…

  49. avatar
    skyintheairwaves | 16 November 2006 at 3:28 am #

    so whats the record you are recording? Can you give us poor bohos any hints?

  50. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 16 November 2006 at 5:02 am #

    “genius is pain and im in agony
    always so misunderstood
    so hard to be inclusive
    i read yesterdays comments
    someone uses the word apostasy…”

    This post from the other day stuck in my mind. I’ve often felt that kind of pain. I found these words of wisdom (from here) to be very helpful…

    “A friend of mine told me that there’s an African tribe where capital punishment consists of being ostracized. If you were kicked out of New York, or wherever you’re residing, you wouldn’t die. How is it that the African tribesman died? Because he partakes of the common stupidity of humanity. He thinks he will not be able to live if he does not belong. It’s very different from most people, or is it? He’s convinced he needs to belong. But you don’t need to belong to anybody or anything or any group. You don’t even need to be in love. Who told you you do? What you need is to be free. What you need is to love. That’s it; that’s your nature. But what you’re really telling me is that you want to be desired. You want to be applauded, to be attractive, to have all the little monkeys running after you. You’re wasting your life. WAKE UP! You don’t need this. You can be blissfully happy without it.

    Your society is not going to be happy to hear this, because you become terrifying when you open your eyes and understand this. How do you control a person like this? He doesn’t need you; he’s not threatened by your criticism; he doesn’t care what you think of him or what you say about him. He’s cut all those strings; he’s not a puppet any longer. It’s terrifying. “So we’ve got to get rid of him. He tells the truth; he has become fearless; he has stopped being human.” HUMAN! Behold! A human being at last! He broke out of his slavery, broke out of their prison.

    No event justifies a negative feeling. There is no situation in the world that justifies a negative feeling. That’s what all our mystics have been crying themselves hoarse to tell us. But nobody listens. The negative feeling is in you. In the Bhagavad-Gita, the sacred book of the Hindus, Lord Krishna says to Arjuna, “Plunge into the heat of battle and keep your heart at the lotus feet of the Lord.” A marvellous sentence.

    You don’t have to do anything to acquire happiness. The great Meister Eckhart said very beautifully, “God is not attained by a process of addition to anything in the soul, but by a process of subtraction.” You don’t do anything to be free, you drop something. Then you’re free.”

  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 November 2006 at 5:44 am #

    FYI: Eris (IPA pronunciation /ˈiɹɪs/ or /ˈɛɹɪs/)
    is a trans-Neptunian object (TNO), orbiting the Sun in a region of space known as the scattered disc, just beyond the Kuiper belt, and accompanied by at least one moon, Dysnomia. Eris is named after the goddess Eris (Greek Ἔρις), a personification of strife and discord (named in part to reflect the discord caused by the debate over the object’s nature). This name was assigned on September 13, 2006

  52. avatar
    Trickster | 13 December 2006 at 3:06 pm #

    And Oscar also said,

    “A truth ceases to be true when more than one person believes in it.”

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