posted on May 3, 2009 at 1:19 am


outpouring of joy
outpouring of passion
outpouring of grief
thus life is and always be
strange things are so afoot
who am i in contact with?
who tells me to write these things
how reality opens up like a woman
how time bears down on you like a man
how youth is a caress n then gone
everything i do is some massive reverie
i dream up my life as steve kilbey
my paintings paint themselves
the greek myths
medusa waves from sydney/lemuria
a faun leads a procession of the mysteries
but in a lemurian jungle not arkadia
calypso in her crimson dress strokes odysseus
sitting in a deck chair
been sitting here calypso
7 long years
but the hour of my release
steadily nears
gee somehow odysseus looks like….me….
oh hes got the ionian blues alright
and the cobalt blueprints
and that calypso
i mean how do you paint a nymph
the paper whispers
i’ll show ya how to paint a nymph
and the pastels say
i’ll show you how to paint a nymph
and the processes take over
yesterday in pittsburgh someone bought my
the internet is a naked woman with a tigers head (in flames)
good choice!
you see
you walk in
you put on the headphones
you stick in the cd
you walk up to a painting
press the corresponding button
hear kilbeys voice
like michael hutchence
i have no fixed accent
it meanders between a soft posh soothing declamation
and some arrogant cockney geezer hassling ya
to a wide eyed aussie naivist
wow! my wife in lemuria…thats so cool
that old hippy declares
as you stand in front of
nk in lemuria
and her eyes follow you round your doom
nk all intoxicated n strange
waiting for you in this blue midnite jungle
and theres her husband
sk in lemurian pink
oh by far my best self portrait ever
gazing out sad n solemn
the full fucking weight n sadness of my 54 years
the mangy panther in the autumn of his life
a king with no kingdom
a count of no account
a regal royal loyal wasted idiot tripper
and theres elektra jansson kilbey in lemuria
like a stained glass window
and me n eve leaving sydney
(please sydney dont turn your back on me ..i whimper
as strings stolen from garage band pile on the melodrama)
next painting another voice
another reverie
no explanations
no interpretations
just my dreamy reveries musing
all my creamy thoughts oozing
wherever my cadillac mind wants to cruising
what little genius i am
what little genius i have
a little wonder for a wonderless age
if yer sick of pizzas n tv n botox n fashion n gossip
n sport n war n eating meat n politics
then you always got
poor old steve kilbey
with his greek myths
still stubbornly holding out
still ludicrously battling away
many many hours after his fifteen minutes came n went
painting singing writing
doing only what he knows
no better or worse
its all meaningless to the stars baybee
its all meaningless to the future and the past
oh i got the movements down, pat
i am a curmudgeonly old geezer
i am some spirit trapped in him
i dip into everyman
voices from the deep past inform me
the pull of the future still excites me
yes i will be rocking at eighty
the last oldman in a world of perpetual plastic youth
a museum piece
hear him sing about troy
hear him sing about ilium
hear him sing about herod and pilate and his astral plane
hear him sing about the heroes and monsters of olden times
hear him cram an angel in a buick
see him paint a vision of naivety
kilbeys childish world
dont you love to go there?
and when i finally disappear
will my world disappear with me?
no it will linger on n on
as people remember little snatches of things i said
someone will see a print of mine
hanging in a dusty attic
and marvel
at the naivety and love that created that objay dart
i want to prevail
i want to succeed
i want to change the world
i want to banish the incessant chatter n clutter
i want to live in an elegant way
i will become a constant gardener
i will shape my world
i will exclude the mundane dross
i will speak in terms of wonder and awe
i will dedicate everything to god
the original artist
who works in maya
the way i work in paint
i will continue on my merry way
oblivious to the fucking filistynes that surround us
no one can label god
he has every quality n then some
he is so much more than we could ever dream to suppose
he is behind every mystery
every coincidence
every lucky break
and the universe is a huge huge place
and its so much bigger than the bullshit they feed us
and the stupid stories they tell about their made up gods
petty tyrannical stupid little tent gods
invented ages ago by some prehistoric geezer
riding a fucking camel
you reckon that dude had the full picture of god
oh ha ha ha
now i am white hippy moses
my connections to god are apparent enough
if you but care to see
my god
who is the opposite of that old frumpish jehovah
my god aint jealous or vengeful
he dont have a chosen people
(what a fucking joke!)
he loves us all
hes detached from us all too
whatever you friggin want…you’ll get it!
you cant write his history in some little book
you cant tell bullshit tales how he killed the youths
who laughed at elishas bald head
by having em torn apart by bears
my god dont think like that
my god would have a laugh at old chrome dome elisha too
and then hed paint the fucking sunset an amazing golden glow
i pay no allegiance to anything
i have emerged fully formed
trumps in suits with bible belts holding up their short pants:
i am their very opposite
i represent the haphazard and gentle journey
into my own heart
and thus everyones heart
there is only one
all is one
and god has said to me
this is the most important journey i can make
and i said why?
and he said
oh….you’ll find out…..

19 Responses to “what not”

  1. avatar
    lily was here | 3 May 2009 at 2:39 am #

    Every painting that goes brings me both happiness… and selfish regret that its not mine. I hope you paint Untitled #23
    xxx

  2. avatar
    Richard | 3 May 2009 at 3:20 am #

    wandering through a shopping centre on the way to the office the other day I realised that I was shutting out the noise with one of your songs in my head

    and I couldn’t really work out why it was so effective – except that it made me feel good

    and it got me thinking about art

    the way we can get real pleasure out of something so hard to pin down

    just because we like it

    no need for elaborate analysis

    maybe there’s something to be said for thinking the same way about being alive

    news – Not a religion

  3. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 3 May 2009 at 6:25 am #

    i think that the journey into one’s own heart is an endless one as who can say with certainty what their heart will and will not do?
    love always…..
    (the very very hellbound heart…..will let you know if it’s roastingly hot or desolately cold….)

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2009 at 6:37 am #

    I’m sure you will still be rocking at 80. I just hope I live long enough to see it.

    Lady Di

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2009 at 8:08 am #

    Hope you're feeling a lot better and good luck with the test results. Know they'll be good.

    Just played Untitled again, sorry when it finished, oh well, looking forward to playing it again, it definitely deserves all those 5 star reviews, if I was the reviewer it would be 10 out of 10 stars.

    Have a good week, take care of your health.

    Peace & love
    Therese

  6. avatar
    Richard | 3 May 2009 at 9:02 am #

    that sure is pretty

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2009 at 9:56 am #

    Nice art. Reminds me of stained glass windows in church if Christian lore were replaced with Greek myths, mangled in a blender and then spewed forth as a technicolor yawn onto the canvas. Sort of has a psychedelic circulatory system look about it too. I read a book about Steiner once and his references to Lemuria. A bunch of amorphous blobs floating around etc. Difficult to get idea of what it’s all about. ahhh i cant write fer shit. seeya.

    Luv
    Drunk arsehole

    ps. is pan and his squeeze doing the “chicken dance”?

  8. avatar
    davem | 3 May 2009 at 10:46 am #

    That's why we visit TTB & listen to your music each day. Wish I had the £££'s to afford the art too! One day…

  9. avatar
    princey | 3 May 2009 at 11:15 am #

    Dancing barefoot feels so gooood!!

  10. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 3 May 2009 at 11:34 am #

    gorgeous intricate picture….

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the picture and
    the process that produces your unique artwork!

    ‘i am some spirit trapped in him’

    I’ve been thinking a lot about death and life and all of that lately
    my purpose here and what happens when its all over
    do we come back and do it all over?
    Shedding this body which seems so limiting would be extremely liberating, but then what?
    Being in the flesh and living, creating, loving can be wonderful too!
    I hope you’ve got it right SK 🙂

  12. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 3 May 2009 at 4:10 pm #

    Great art and a fascinating blog. Maybe God fused his Jim Morrison creation with his Paul McCartney creation to spawn Steve Kilbey.

  13. avatar
    restaurant mark | 3 May 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    very lovely…inspiring…made me think…all that good stuff

    take care sir
    mark

  14. avatar
    jaime r... | 3 May 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    Beautiful work..
    still waiting patiently calypso.. for U#23.. got the vinyl coming.. God bless yu guys for making the return!
    and for dinner today: Sweet potatoes and coconut milk.. ooooh it good..

  15. avatar
    eek | 3 May 2009 at 8:21 pm #

    i will continue on my merry way
    oblivious to the fucking filistynes that surround us
    Yes! It drives ’em crazy. 😀

    LOVE the painting — it’s wonderful!

  16. avatar
    catchow | 3 May 2009 at 9:25 pm #

    then you always got poor old steve
    kilbey!…yeah,i never get tired of
    you,Steve!always inventing,creating,looking ahead,arousing curiosity,never insipid or dull,it’s never boring
    with you!…
    Hoping pittsburgh will be a great
    success…

  17. avatar
    Freddie | 4 May 2009 at 3:27 am #

    Looks like a fun painting, dancing in Lemuria
    Fabulous blog entry today too M’ Lord.
    I like your view of God.

  18. avatar
    My Aural Fixation | 4 May 2009 at 10:28 pm #

    Is that your painting???

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