posted on March 13, 2008 at 6:11 am

a juice bar in bondi
i approach it and the people are all listening
the two guys behind the counter +
a male n female customer
theyre listening to a song i cant quite make out
my hearing is that bad
i hear something sounding vaguely familiar
the people are all quite excited by it
i wonder what it is
the bits that get under my tinnitus’ radar sound ….hmmm?
the guy behind the counter says to the customer
your band should do this song billy
oh yeah well wed love to…i wish we could
yeah i love this song and this band says the older dude
behind the counter
who looks a bit like an older healthier david lane
ooh i love it too says the woman
my curiosity forces me up front to the counter
what song are they listening to…?
of course my loyal feendss will have already guessed
it was THAT song
yeah you know the one
the one gonna be in that hit novel bein’ made into film right now
before my brain can do anything
i say i wrote that song
someone kinda sniggers
the woman spins round to observe me
look at me
in a droopy weatherbeaten hat
white beard
a shortsleeved grey worksheet that has patches
a winged eyeball
and 2 different ones saying “chronic”
baggy shorts white with rainbow pastel stains
a pair of boots
do i look like some dapper songwriting geezer
or do i look like the bloke thats come round
to give you a quote on yer rising damp?
now one of the guys behind the counter
has never really liked me that much
always treated me ever so ever so off hand
now he looks at me hard
what is his expression?
whats yer name mate? he says eventually
in a tone
like a policeman caught a thief red handed
steve i says
taking off the hat and sunglasses
he registers that
ive bought at least 100 watermelon pineapple n ginger juices
off this guy
he always asks yer name so they call out to ya when its done
maybe it breeds some pseudo-cameraderie…i dunno
he knows im steve
steve kilbey i say after allowing a suitable dramatic pause
suddenly they all break out in church stories
i saw you here….!
i bought this then…..!
i got blah blah blahed to this song…!
the woman personally thanks me over n over
for writing the song
as if its brought about world peace or something
she cant believe shes meeting a real live songwriter
whos songs are played on the radio and everyfing…
i really really mean it she says reluctant to let me n the woofle go
i really really do she is still saying as me n the woofle skedaddle
she still stands there behind me in the distance
thinking how she’ll tell her husband jason
how she met…oh whatsisname
who wrote that song yer sister got married too…

ps im in the running still for ant sci !

41 Responses to “verily i tell thee : life is weird”

  1. avatar
    davem | 13 March 2008 at 7:13 am #

    It is a funny old world. When I met you it was more “ohshitit’sstevekilbeyIthinkImightexpire”.
    But a splendid person you are, considering you’re a genius and all that.
    Good luck on the ad!

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    craig1.618 | 13 March 2008 at 7:33 am #

    i must admit i have a fondness for the patches too

    except mine are dc united, liverpool, aik,….well, you get the picture

    yeah i know………..yawn right?

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    Sgt. Miller | 13 March 2008 at 7:45 am #

    “Under the Milky Way”?

    Never heard of it!

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 March 2008 at 8:09 am #

    being famous must enable some excellent ego wanking when you fancy it

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 March 2008 at 8:20 am #

    here’s cheers to steve kilbey!we drink to your health! 😀 x

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 March 2008 at 8:34 am #

    Hi Steve,

    You shoulda told them to get off their asses and maybe buy some of your latest cd’s or come along to a gig now and then, they might learn something!

    Looking forward to seeing you on the 6th…


    Jon from Geelong.

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    Galamor the wizard | 13 March 2008 at 9:23 am #

    Was that “that” song (Milky Way) or was it “THAT” song!!!!!!????(Unguarded Moment). It can’t be all that bad that people still remember your little works of art, no matter how much you like them or not. The only sad thing is that they don’t know how great “Mechanism” or “Jazz” or “Dead Man’s Dream” or “One Day” or…..(etc etc) are.

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    Anonymous | 13 March 2008 at 10:33 am #

    I guess you’ll have to find another juice bar now that your anonymity has been blown…you may be in danger of getting mobbed like when Paris was down there

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    heather | 13 March 2008 at 10:36 am #

    what film of what novel?….are you about to get rich slowly nevets?

    love the dapper songwriting geezer look!

    don’t like that smug fellow behind the counter; next time you ask for your watermelon pineapple and ginger you oughta add (after a four second pause)…. mate


  10. avatar
    Ethereal Butterfly | 13 March 2008 at 11:57 am #

    How very………….. coooooool, & unasuming indeed!!! You’ll be ordering smooooooothies next…

    I reckon you’re a shoe-in for the Mr Cool-Arctic Sci guy….

    How is Money-Penny Mr Bondi?

    (p.s What a journal of your adventures together daughter has to read in her future – precious stuff!!)

    Stay cool,

    love Heather

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 March 2008 at 12:02 pm #

    cmon sk, you love being loved…

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 March 2008 at 12:20 pm #

  13. avatar
    isolde | 13 March 2008 at 12:31 pm #

    under the rising damp tonight

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 March 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    Hey, it’s still a good song. It’s no “Radiance”, though.

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 March 2008 at 1:29 pm #

    So they’re using ‘Busdriver’ in a new film, huh?

  16. avatar
    Melby Symon | 13 March 2008 at 1:30 pm #

    Well…it is a good song…just a shame they hadn’t heard much (if any) of your even more stunning, beautiful and dreamy songs/music.

    SK…how the hell do you suffer such glib people…not well I know, but that doesnae stop them coming outta the wood work does it.

  17. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 13 March 2008 at 2:16 pm #

    Everybody I know loves “Under The Milky Way”. If a band has to be recognized for one song it certainly is an awesome song. It’s a prelude to the dreamy, ethereal, haunting and mesmerizing masterpieces that commenced with Priest=Aura through “Uninvited Like The Clouds.” “Unearthed” began the etiology of Sk’s musical, lyrical and vocal par excellance greatness.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 March 2008 at 3:30 pm #

    I heard an interview with Edward Albee yesterday where he attributed his output (at 80 years old, no less) not to inspiration, but to twists in the old cortex. Well, you got ’em in spades Killer. Many claim they can do it, few actually can. Now, I’m no sycophant. I just know it when I see it. So keep it coming! And where’s the new SK album already?

  19. avatar
    veleska1970 | 13 March 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    hi, steve, fellow fiendss…..been working a lot so i’m not around too much lately………

    what an interesting story today. and i’ll bet they were humbled to be in the presence of such greatness, once they found out who you are. 😉 and i second what davem said at the top of this box. 🙂

    “ps im in the running still for ant sci !”
    well, how about that!! **fingers crossed** when will you know something??

    lotza love…..

  20. avatar
    fantasticandy | 13 March 2008 at 4:16 pm #

    youv’e ALL ‘met’ steve kilbey!

    you know him a damn sight better than the people in the smoothie bar……..

    andy L.

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    Anonymous | 13 March 2008 at 5:05 pm #

    i would imagine this happening to be the best of both worlds. i want to make a difference but keep my freedom. the law of opposites works for balance, and your career continues to inspire me.

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    John | 13 March 2008 at 5:12 pm #

    I remember thinking that in order to write a good song, you must live in an exotic town. No cool bands seemed to originate in my town.

    One day, on the radio, I hear a song written by guys who went to my high school. I thought “oh, here’s what it’s like to write a song with my same surroundings.

    The song blew.

    On the upside, the Church wrote a song while IN my town. Hint; it’s on Heyday.

    My cooke fortune says: If your cookie is still in one piece, buy lotto.

    John Garratt

  23. avatar
    John | 13 March 2008 at 5:14 pm #


    Tell me about “Mechanism.”

    John Garratt

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 March 2008 at 5:27 pm #

    Steven, as you know better than most, the trick is to negotiate the balance between the Appollonian and the Dionysian. You do it better than most, my man.

  25. avatar
    Rick Maimi | 13 March 2008 at 5:28 pm #

    ARE they using ‘Busdriver’ ?!

  26. avatar
    davem | 13 March 2008 at 6:47 pm #

    No, Ricky they’ve gone with “Maybe Those Boys” instead.
    Love you SK.

  27. avatar
    CSTCoach | 13 March 2008 at 6:59 pm #

    well, at least maybe you’ll get better service now!

    cool re: antarc sci. fingers crossed, and threats have been dispatched via carrier pigeon. should hear something back by next migration season.

  28. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 13 March 2008 at 7:24 pm #

    what hit novel you talkin’ bout bein’ made into a movie, i am sure your fans here on this blog would like to know what you have up your sleeve esskay, just tell us “the truth” already, if my parents and grandparents die before this movie comes out, I will die as well…

  29. avatar
    B Raine | 13 March 2008 at 8:30 pm #

    Perhaps my affect and what I wright, I come on too much too soon. as far as what I write, I just write it, be it a thought that hasnt even begun to take a solid form or to a reader make sense.
    I am hypersensitive if theres something lingering….ill guess..The quality I least like and notice in people is egotistical x 10 however w/ no deeper humility that can allow for such expression….Im thinking of my best freind and fellow aquarius, who beeing on the run, where any slip could mean 7 years was literally painting his naked body purple…in my apartment..on ACID..COPs come …lucky than lucky
    even a ride to work gets a complaint, so since that bothers me in others I know I have a tendency to walk all over your sacred space//w/o carefully thought out responses..

    So pls keep this preffice in mind
    Ive fealt better and better, been blessed with spirits alleiviating my anxiety and depression, shown clarity….
    Chemicals The less the closer to
    stay in that state.
    people that have shot heroin and have been junkies are my kind.

    Those that fill up 50 pages a week w/inspiring experiences is worth more than any school.

    ok how do I make my point and end w. proper effect..quickly yes! I make jokes, I am sarcastic. Fame VS a life in which you piloted away from all the close calls..and You say Im lucky..I think its more that ethic and perservearance. You did what If I could see see my pathetic worries….and time wasted..2 years ago I always knew id shoot dope again. Now Im far from even Thinking that would excite me.
    in conclusion..Ill step lightky,
    Is it ?? that Id see a painting of yours where the chills came over as something considered throwaway…
    any thoughts?
    Also I think I know but I do not know.
    But i know answers are so close we cant see. I saw The Torched man as a universal figure….I fealt there was more than funny..

    Also Did you have a listen to
    The track?
    Any critizisms? Thanx
    also in now way do i take light
    or think I can ever USE annyone or did I ever entertain Oh Man SK’s cover’ll sell my book, help I suppose,,but had personal stamp of aproval—Mark always is like well u know , I , I ..You’ve got……..B raine

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 March 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    ^jax says:

    that was a good one yebik, sometimes you remind me of Lennon, Winston Ono.. he had a similar story.. the next chapter? ‘Over Ursa Major Today’..or perhaps Mr. and Ms. Andromeda

  31. avatar
    B Raine | 13 March 2008 at 8:59 pm #

    also I decided to Give you guys my 1st book , that should be my 3rd by now….. Its sunk that” we support local writers” is If you write about The snow glissening off the trees, Not The core of My life changing and tormentuous times” Is it something real scares people,,,,…ONE COFFEE HOUSe /bookstore I was interested In ONE…..we support local writers” Now I know this zine has caused a Dartmouth professor to CRy, a year of work by the only brother Ive ever Listened to, and a friggen Stampe of aproval….Im not saying its more than it is… fact i just want a new book….A compilation… those words were saved… in TIME…..Someone whos far beyond in super psychic awareness…..Ok’d It and I know ITS JUST A ZINE …They had Stapled hand folded and written falling apart comic books….
    every zine from Ive lived w/ a silver spoon to I live in an Igloo… That anger and rejection made me bring it right back 6 months later w. one edition as the critique suggested….I didnt mention “do you know who—Is?——overkill

    4get the cover…Its GREAT…But My simple few words– Im giving To YOU all of you;;,, I just ask You ask me and Ill email it To you….No donation expectations
    Id post the link however I may try to get it published SOMEDAY.

    to blog fiends—–
    Im sensing save the longwinded for my blog
    This 4 —respectful replies….It just feels like it OPen…y aknow
    gets things flowin…I dont need answers or feel’d be an honour to share one thing that means alot with you all .
    is The only law

    Kahil(Braine Kilbey)
    ps SK…
    5me0-amt…legal a year ago
    a morsel
    24 hours of Non deserving Pleasure That curled my feet. If I could get UP, 72 hours…goverment vehicles..
    Ill Never Do It again.
    I like sanity

  32. avatar
    the dean | 13 March 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    What product is the anti scientist promoting? Don’t do a Sam Neill on us!

  33. avatar
    B Raine | 13 March 2008 at 9:06 pm #

    oops i meant to wite kahil(braine)Kilbey

    im inbetween

  34. avatar
    eek | 13 March 2008 at 9:10 pm #

    I love it! That had to be soooo cool for those people, especially the woman who was obviously delighted to meet you. And you know, it really is a great song. It’s the song that made me a Church fan, so I must join that woman in thanking you for writing it. 🙂

    Good going on the antarctic scientist bit too. Hope you get it!

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 March 2008 at 9:57 pm #

    man..I love THAT song too.

  36. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 13 March 2008 at 11:57 pm #

    If the entire world could repeatedly hear “Tranquility” and “The Aweful Ache”, hearts would break and yearn for more and more Church music. We are blessed to be the illuminati !!!

  37. avatar
    Daberhasher | 14 March 2008 at 2:41 am #

    oh chilly willy, just me comin’ in from the cold… bloody hell, 3 feet o’snow still blanketing my yard, roofs caving in left and right from the weight… nutty, kooky…
    but today i felt the warm Bondi sun for the first time in a while, the killer made me smile… frowning to fawning in the queue, the down underwear dash… good times…
    and hey, my big bad ass Ford truck just so happens to have the ubiquitous winged eyeball perched atop it’s antenna, looking ahead…
    shine on!
    good luck with the ant sci part!!!
    and yes, get that thermostat checked… no worries, not a bank buster that one…



  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 March 2008 at 4:59 am #

    Remember the headphones friend.

  39. avatar
    nickfiction | 14 March 2008 at 11:13 am #

    It’s funny, I have a similar story…. I was in a starbucks and I heard ” THAT” song come on so i mention to someone in my nearby … hey i met that guy that wrote that song . I did’nt get quite the response you did kilbey…… hmmmmmmm

  40. avatar
    steve kilbey | 14 March 2008 at 8:48 pm #

    hey nick
    i was in a non fiction bookstore
    but they never hard of ya

  41. avatar
    ugotitrope | 15 March 2008 at 5:02 am #





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