posted on February 24, 2010 at 5:49 am

somedays i feel there is nothing left to write
you know it all
you know me through n through dont you
you read about how i single handedly saved rocknroll
but as i was about to claim my rewards
some strange quirk undid me
i was robbed
if only if only if only
if only once
i sold my lies to you and charged you for poetry
who me….nah….i never done any of that stuff i said
wrestling boas in some mayan jungle…who me….?
i been sitting here all along
look i never ever left canberra
i just made it all up what i wanted
and somehow you the audience came to life
with lives you imagine youre having
look theres nothing out there but a soft quiet afternoon
the house is empty and mercifully silent
i alone with me
all of us sitting here
on the other end of some computer
the real steve kilbey died in a horrific crash
they have a contest to replace him
you dont see him for a while
suddenly they bring on this new geezer
a spritely old coot bearing little resemblance
to his supposed former self
suddenly there he is everywhere
with his white beard n floaty hair
whatever happened to the real guy?
he must of written loads of po before he go, you kno?
i mean thats the stuff theyre dishing out now kilbos old stuff
i mean i’m saying i’m not him
it was a different man etc
even tho those are not my words or anybodys
kilbey was a construct designed by engineers
but they got the ratios wrong
too much malarkey not enough “oooh mama its satday nite!’
anyway i must be raving on again
i’m glad they let me use this ancient computer once a week
in here
in my tower where i am imprisoned within my own life
i never did yoga
i never wrote songs
i never smoked dope
i never even kissed a girl
i’m a doctored photo
i’m a whole pack of lies for a poker hand
i’m a guess at what a real kilbey may say
things are going wrong up here
sometimes they forget to feed me
sometimes they forget to lock me up
and i wander freely through the cities of these worlds
but like all cagey birds i cant fend for myself
i need my keepers to feed me
i need their assent
i need the stern hand of the system to guide me
i need my 3 square meals and my 2 round abouts
ha ha ha
whatever it is it aint gonna happen here
typey typey typey
should do something used full

33 Responses to “vapourised”

  1. avatar
    knot | 24 February 2010 at 7:08 am #

    magenta spark
    thanks from a fellow prisoner

  2. avatar
    iseult | 24 February 2010 at 9:15 am #

    funnily enough I was sitting in a mccafe today enjoying the universal predictability of it all, and I was watching american television some thing called the view an interview show on a big screen with no sound anyway there I was watching ricky gervaise promote his show and I was fascinated I could see just a tiny bit of you in his face, like seeing flecks of gold in a pile of rock

  3. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 24 February 2010 at 9:18 am #

    thank u for the excellent words to entertain this road warrior clocking up the miles again during her macca's wifi, fries & iced coffee break!

  4. avatar
    fantasticandy | 24 February 2010 at 9:31 am #

    i haven't been to a dentist for 25 years or more…
    the last session was SO traumatic.
    however, the olde choppers are pretty much ok thank the gods!

    you'll NEVER run out of things to write steve.
    i think yer blog is one of the greatest achievments of this time.
    ….write on man!

  5. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 24 February 2010 at 9:44 am #

    dare i ask……how much did the dentist hit you for yesterday's work? bet the ol' wallet's in agony….

    today? send a message via carrier pigeon…she'll fly home….

    love always….

  6. avatar
    Freddie | 24 February 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    It’s okay. We’re not really Kilbey’s fans; they replaced them long ago. I’m here for the ice cream. If comment, it comes with sprinkles. I like sprinkles.

  7. avatar
    Esoterica | 24 February 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    Brilliant as usual, Steve.
    You manage to make ordinary reality a truly extraordinary experience. THANK YOU!

  8. avatar
    John Garratt | 24 February 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    They say that new cells replace old ones to the point where you are not the same person you were years ago.

    That WAS a different man.

    Protect thyself from identity theft.

    John Garratt

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2010 at 8:48 pm #

    SK – when I am in the dentist's chair I revert to being a good Catholic girl and recite my Hail Mary's. ANYWHOO, I bought my tickets this AM online to the Park West/Chicago for 4/15/10 concert. Last year it was US Fathers' day when you visited, this year it's US Tax Day. Hmmmm… I will try to have a shopping bag of vegan foods for you again. Last year you chastised us US fatties so much that I have since lost 46 lbs & do Zumba classes. I am awaiting my 720.00USD trifocal thicker-er glasses so I can see your brilliant new capped choppers. I am so excited and ready to scream out the acoustic song I hope you will play…. See you all soon!!!

  10. avatar
    cazziem | 24 February 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    ‘there is nothing left to write’. I do believe that you are probably the only writer of poetry, song lyrics and with all due respect sometimes nonsensical topics, who could make this statement and make even that well worth reading.

    ‘i sold my lies to you and charged you for poetry’. Sire your poetry is priceless and, whether fiction or not, (which I believe to be a better choice of word than lies in this case,) it’s worth every cent, or in my case every penny; pity you have suspended me from retail therapy in your shoppe of words!

    ‘i alone with me all of us sitting here’– these are the people I generally spend my free time with, along with good old ‘myself’. Sometimes, they’re the best company in the world, but at other times the three of us do nothing but argue.

  11. avatar
    davem | 24 February 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    you read about how i single handedly saved rocknroll

    For me you did!

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2010 at 10:45 pm #

    you're coming to pittsburgh you're coming to pittsburgh oh gods i can't believe it you're coming to pittsburgh after 20 years i finally get to hear the magic in person oh thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou

  13. avatar
    Jasperina | 24 February 2010 at 10:47 pm #

    Write anything even in the nothing something always appears…

    Just want to mention here some news about my latest art stint if it's ok with you Steve.

    Exhibiting my most recent work in a show titled

    33 artists

    27 dick st Chippendale
    Hope to see some TTB friends there.

  14. avatar
    princey | 24 February 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    Imagine that, eh!

    You'll never run outta things to say sk, you're the one and only that can keep on keepin' on (writing) forever!

    love Amanda

  15. avatar
    jaxmanjax | 24 February 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    steve, glad to see you and the band are heading back to the states. it's been a while since we've seen you in SALT LAKE CITY. not since 04. come back!

  16. avatar
    restaurant mark | 24 February 2010 at 11:42 pm #

    "i'm a doctored photo"

    looks just like ya!

    take care

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 February 2010 at 12:15 am #

    Q: I've just purchased tickets to the show on 4/2/10 @ San Juan Cap; and was just wondering if set list will include a song (songs) from BW2B / BY /PU or any of the other gems that may not be considered " proper" full releases… just curious- Thanks and see ya then!
    Jim Wood

  18. avatar
    seoigh | 25 February 2010 at 2:11 am #

    Seoigh's Kilbey observation #10,472:

    Typically, it's the FANS who look at the star and say "wow, you don't look like that poster I had."


    We are all closer fans than that.

    We've watched you age along with us.

    And the odd thing is that it's Kilbey saying "wow, I don't look like that poster I had done."

    We know.

    And we don't care.

    And consider:

    Your music is better NOW.

    Live that.

  19. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 25 February 2010 at 2:42 am #

    I've gotta say, I'm glad you've done all of this writing.

    It's a much more human and real Steve Kilbey that we've gotten, and that's better than the manufactured pop star we always had before.

  20. avatar
    eek | 25 February 2010 at 9:13 am #

    "you know it all"

    Well, of course I do — I wouldn't be the kiabgoa otherwise! 😉

    Love the pic today too.

  21. avatar
    gavgams | 25 February 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    Ricard, your vids are great. Really great

    So too the other SK (Stephen Krut)

  22. avatar
    jactin | 25 February 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    From He who has uttered the unutterable!

    The pearls were real

  23. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 25 February 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    See you in Chicago in April at the Park West. Last time I was there I saw the equally inimitable Jeff Beck.

  24. avatar
    EDD | 25 February 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    Sure…go ahead and be usefull…see what it gets ya!!!!

  25. avatar
    EDD | 25 February 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    Feeling like a zoo aminal, Steve? All these folks just stopping by to look in through the bars?

  26. avatar
    Saint Louie | 25 February 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    Hey Stevemeister…are you sure that laughing gas is still effecting ya man!? LOL

  27. avatar
    Richard | 25 February 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    thanks Gavgams

    why not roll your own

    Not a religion

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 February 2010 at 12:03 am #

    ok i see the dates and I'm sad. no southern cities again :O(

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 February 2010 at 12:19 am #

    i should have known thier was something a miss

  30. avatar
    K.P.BUK | 26 February 2010 at 12:22 am #

    i can hang
    long enough

    but this is
    this isn't me

    long enough
    i hold

  31. avatar
    M E M | 26 February 2010 at 12:30 am #

    this is me
    hold on
    nothing left

    we'll try

    knowing you

    i some
    stary night

    some ancient

    we are plural
    we are

    all our

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 February 2010 at 5:28 am #

    Hope you've recovered from the dreaded Dentist visit. 3 hours, you poor thing. I went recently but luckily everything was ok this time. It had to be done, you wouldn't want to visit the Dentist or Dr whilst oseas, it would cost a fortune, now you can travel with piece of mind.

    What a week of music it's been. Starting with the Church, then Mowtown show, Cliff Richard & the Shadows and Mick Fleetwood Blues Band at the one and only Dee Why RSL. It was a sell out as it would be if only the Church would play there. Great show, all song from their cd except one Fleetwood Mac one Albatross. TP would have loved to compare notes with him. What a show, loved it, but didn't leave on the same high as seeing my fav band. The Church shows always send out the best vibes and long may they continue to do so.
    Rest up and enjoy the weekend.

    Peace & love,

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 February 2010 at 5:46 am #

    Great photos and blogs last few days sk. Good luck with the dentist, hope he takes you for a ride in his new Porsche!

    Fingers crossed your portrait gets selected for the Archie.

    Take care.

    Lady Di

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