posted on June 2, 2009 at 7:35 am

that night i dreamed
i dreamed i was a musician
some strange old slightly special musician
although i didnt feel special
out of favour with the times
banished from the courts
struggling through some heavin’ land
setting up in dark suspicious places
we played to the riff raff n the hoi polloi
we played to the professors and their ladies
we appeared before the kings of baltic states
we were in ballrooms and beer rooms
and we made our sound in a house of ill reproof
but a voice said
a voice in another place
a time not before or after but hyper-during
while you read this line
in that other time
things may be faster or slower depending
this voice
it told me what i should do
and it said
you must play
the fetters must be smashed
you must make your music harder and softer
the intervals must seem like chasms if you want em to
you must concentrate on every line never rushing ahead or behind
you must see each story unfold as you sing it
you must enjoy it everytime
lose yourself
forget yourself
immerse yourself
refresh yourself
can you rock like a king? the voice asked
can you rock like a snake or a lark?
can you rock like a bitch/bastard buttkickin’ whatnot?
can you be tender like the inside of a loveletter
can you be you you you you
i took my axe
someone said
hey you
when you goin’ on?
i shrugged n indicated my mates
they all shrugged n indicated me
ok i said
we strode on and the people clapped n whistled
some of em rushed down the front
some called out individual names
i ran on n plugged in
the sound of a huge mechanical bird taking flight
began to start up
my cohorts hammered at their axes
the audience moaned in surprise
as we started to achieve liftoff momentum
my instrument was a pulse
a beacon in a maelstrom of sturm und drang
the shiver of thin pieces of metal
their vibrations shortened and lengthened
a heartbeat thudded in the centre
the voice begins to tell me what to do
rock to east it says
now rock to the west
the voice goes on shouting instructions above the melee

im standing there on that stage
the place now empty
a few tired people cleaning up the mess
no sounds echo round n round
someone taps me on the shoulder
c’mon man…we’re leaving now

22 Responses to “we should be on by now”

  1. avatar
    fantasticandy | 2 June 2009 at 8:48 am #

    you guys are a paradox!
    despite the toll it must obviously take on those olde bones, muscles and brains you all ‘rock’ better than ever………

    life is indeed mysterious.

  2. avatar
    fantasticandy | 2 June 2009 at 9:06 am #

    The Church-No new European tour…

    ‘Economic factors mean that we may never play in Europe again.
    It is sad and I hope I’m wrong, but it looks bad.’

    from interview with steve for puls music website norway 22nd march 2009

    my heart sinks into my boots again today………..

  3. avatar
    the dean | 2 June 2009 at 9:43 am #

    all that rock and yet no roll

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 June 2009 at 9:48 am #

    Although it would be good to be able to see The Church in the UK I understand that
    the economic factors of the music industry nowadays make it potentially unfeasible.

    What I’m finding more concerning at the moment is these rumours that seem to be proliferating that this is ‘the end’. I’m not sure whether they relate to The Church stopping touring, or The Church stopping making music? The latter would be particularly galling.

    I know that new technology means that albums with Martin Kennedy, Glenn Bennie and Ricky Maymi (any others?!)seem to be chuntering off the line at an astonishing rate, and – from what I’ve heard – there’s little let up in quality.

    Any chance of letting us know what’s going on Steve? Or is it a case of see how everyone feels after trawling across the US?

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 June 2009 at 10:29 am #

    you gotta get up
    you gotta get on
    you dont

  6. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 2 June 2009 at 11:05 am #

    in the beginning there was Steve, and he said ‘let there be rock’ and he heard it and lo; he thought it was pretty damn good…..

    love always…..

  7. avatar
    iseult | 2 June 2009 at 11:19 am #

    Dear B.Bon
    a new hope could be enough for the trip but i’d take along a few old almost worn out hopes too just in case
    better keep the new hopes upright as there’s nothing worse than to get to your destination and find they have leaked all over your carefully packed regrets
    although its probably time to throw out a few of those old regrets and make way for some new ones
    its not hard to come by assorted hopes and regrets these days, six of one and half a dozen of the other
    truly, isolde

  8. avatar
    princey | 2 June 2009 at 11:28 am #

    No no, it can’t be “the end” yet, say it aint so sk!

  9. avatar
    Jasperina | 2 June 2009 at 11:38 am #

    Tender like the inside of a love letter… god what a beautiful line. Chasms abound here there and everywhere. Romping through a kilbey landscape filled with loadsa chasms. Whether its a landscape in song in prose in sound in pastel ooh it’s always such a wonderful place to be…frollicking along you never know when you’re gonna fall into one of those blessed chasms!

  10. avatar
    davem | 2 June 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    I know this has been muted before but one way of getting the band to Europe or the UK is to fund it.
    We’ve talked about the 1,000 people $100 idea. Are there enough of us in Blighty that can chip in – in advance – to get ti done?
    I appreciate that TTB isn’t the best forum for this but I’m not registered on HW.
    Can it be done? They love it here!

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 June 2009 at 1:18 pm #

    I think I listened to Deadman’s Hand ten times yesterday! Absolutely top notch. Production-wise it ranks above U2’s latest…with better lyrics/singing, bass playing, guitar, drums…ha.
    See you stateside!!

  12. avatar
    Freddie | 2 June 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    Yeah! That’s what we wanna see 😀

  13. avatar
    CSTCoach | 2 June 2009 at 3:00 pm #

    Ahh, druid. You’re going to tap in on this tour. To connect to the source like never before. You guys are gonna rock. And perhaps roll. It’s a new era for The Church. Getting better and better, with no end in sight. It will be an amazing summer. 🙂

    On another note, as per your writing blog, some new books have arrived. A big thick Gormenghast (all 3 in one massive volume). Gerard de Nerval. A volume of Dylan Thomas. And of course i already own some of the others you cited (Tolkien, complete Shakespeare, Homer, Bill Burroughs,…). Let the new semester begin.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 June 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    An acoustic duo set can go anywhere.

  15. avatar
    John Garratt | 2 June 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    I don’t know if it helps, but the review of “#23” is one of the Top 25 Most Read Reviews on Pitchfork’s website.

    I mean, Bitchfork.

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 June 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    haaa…fantastic…ive played some gigs me-self…know what your on about….love it….music (real?) changes everything…time…space…perception…..if only we could all ‘plug in’….oh yeah…im tempted to fly to america…but i live in adelaide…and my wings get so tired…..rock ’em killa…

  17. avatar
    Cee | 2 June 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    im standing there on that stage
    Estoy parado en ese escenario

    the place now empty
    el luga vacio ya

    a few tired people cleaning up the mess
    algunas personas cansadas limpiando el revoltijo

    no sounds echo round n round
    ningun sonido resuena al alrededor

    someone taps me on the shoulder
    alguien me toca el hombro

    c’mon man…we’re leaving now
    orale hombre…ya nos vamos

  18. avatar
    EDD | 2 June 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    “I had nothing to offer anyone but my own confusion”

  19. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 2 June 2009 at 8:15 pm #

    I have my Church tickets for the Chicago show. God willing I will be there. If this animated cadaver attends my last three shows will have been Church, J. Beck and The Pretenders. A luminous trinty for me or triumvirate is one want’s to be secular.

    In political news Obama is really screwing India while he placates Pakistan. Peaceful Hindus, Jains and Buddhists are treated poorly in this violent and manipulative world.

  20. avatar
    EDD | 2 June 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    Don’t end The Church, Steve. Just continue to make albums at least. Get a tribute band to tour. I could play tamborine.

  21. avatar
    this this | 3 June 2009 at 2:46 am #

    never to
    be right
    night tell
    u over
    over all
    the things
    u know
    i didn't
    i wouldn't
    even though
    i could
    a new
    behind the

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 June 2009 at 6:05 am #

    you must play
    the fetters must be smashed
    you must make your music harder and softer
    the intervals must seem like chasms if you want em to
    you must concentrate on every line never rushing ahead or behind
    you must see each story unfold as you sing it
    you must enjoy it everytime
    lose yourself
    forget yourself
    immerse yourself
    refresh yourself

    Yes! Can we repair the damage is what they are all waiting to find out? We have the power to heal the wounds wound into the universe. It's not out there. They are hoping it's us. No one is going to show up, it's us.

    The music is so incredible. I'm listening to Jammed right now. I don't know why things work out or don't. Does it really matter? When I forget myself I'm an ageless spirit, and a great deal of your music describes the landscape that I see in that state. I love it so much. If I could I might give you what you want but the musician in you doesn't need anything at all, is playing the edge of light fantastic all the time already. What the Church is doing is already the height of riches. I mean, you already gave it to us even if you never played another note. Even if nobody shows up there are entire planets out there listening. They are. I've been there in dreams. I've been kicked out -they said I wasn't allowed to stay but somehow the boundary isn't so firm anymore and they can't keep us out as easily. We're able to show up all sorts of places we weren't supposed to be able to go. But the big thing is happening here anyway -not there!

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