posted on September 21, 2007 at 1:20 am

read my zip
you useless stars
my energy is uncontainable
and it burns and returns
my soul slowly learns
even if this is a joke
well im laughing
all the way to the riverbank
all the way this time
nothings gonna stand in my way out
who was the one who told ya how the trick was done
look at that
what a great line
who was the one….
who showed ya…
yeah i like showed better than told
who should ya…
who showed ya what?
who showed ya how the trick was done
which trick baby?
which trick doth he mean?
well the clue is in showed, little pig
indeed it is
cos the trick and the show are one and the same
the same and the one show
where you get tricked
but you wanna be tricked
or is it part of the trick
that you wanna be tricked
one more trick in one more show
the killer steps up on the stage
the last stage outta town
the killer who has murdered poetry
the killer who mangled the music
the same killer who maimed art
the killer straps on his bass guitar
for the 10,000th time
he plugs in to 10,000 shocking volts
here is part of the trick
here in the show embedded with tricks
and hes showing you how these tricks were done
oh i thought it was part of the show you say
that hes showing us how the tricks are done
thats just part of the show, right?
yes thats right
i would wrongly say
the killer is showing you
that hes not tricking you
but if you do want a show
a little trickery may be a consequence
and tricks of the trade
and tricks of the light
and overtricks
and undertricks
magic tricks
hocus pocus
yes i know a few magic words
yes i know sutras for obtaining favour
yes i can command a small army of elementals
yes i can even induce the entire universe to change
all this power has unbalanced me
and now i’m mad
and being mad makes me angry
so im mad and mad
and ive put all this energy into my bass
its got a loada songs inside it
and the people in the songs
came out of their songs
while im on the stage
those songpeople with spidery voices
caressing up my basses neck
and curdling in my fingertips
these song characters made of music
made of solid stainless steel music
bulletproof music weighing in at 10,000 ks
the bass was rebelling under my hand
the hand that had fed it
the only hand it had ever known
the wood warped n woofed
the strings attached themselves
the frets frowned down and i fell a semi tone short
floundering in a sea of dissonance
i was a drowning drone in d flat
i was washed up on the shore like a dead b
a killed b
someone laughed
(was it you?)
they killed b flat
now hes diminished
seventh sealed
riffed over n out
scaffolding n skeleton crew
the stretched note
a long drawn out cadence
a conductor of lightning
a flash of ether burnt
smell of cordite
smell of ammonia
smell of electricity in ozone
sound of a shot
sound of a kiss
sound of the sea

60 Responses to “X*$”

  1. avatar
    the dean | 21 September 2007 at 2:13 am #

    once being mad was something to dread now it seems quite normal.

  2. avatar
    anonymous at 12:50 | 21 September 2007 at 2:50 am #

    the rain in spain falls mainly on the plain

    and the pretty little things with their magnets and rings

    I’ll tell you the story of Cloony the Clown
    Who worked in a circus that came through town

    And the audience seemed familiar
    Some of them in particular

    There was a Young Lady of Norway,
    Who casually sat on a doorway;

    Terra Nova Cain, I need you again
    Some for the little boys who live down the lane

    Here’s the church, and here’s the steeple
    Open the door and see all the people.

    Left my ego in the mezzanine
    Here he comes again, bustin’ up my scene

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 3:54 am #

    strings easily attach
    the mess revealed in the unravelling

  4. avatar
    Leelinau | 21 September 2007 at 4:03 am #

    lol, yeah


  5. avatar
    William | 21 September 2007 at 4:42 am #

    “yes i can command a small army of elementals
    yes i can even induce the entire universe to change “

    Suddenly I’m picturing Steve Kilbey in the Marvel Universe. And I can’t decide whether you’d be (or would want to be) a hero, a villian or…like a Watcher / Eternity style galactic dude. Hmmm. Sounds like maybe the latter.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 7:43 am #

    whoah steve…the hand is quicker than the eye…
    do you believe in the devil or a similar being…just wonder because you’ve expressed belief in a creator entity and i’d be interested to read your thoughts on this…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  7. avatar
    eek | 21 September 2007 at 8:15 am #

    I was just laughing at some of the phrasing when I read this:

    someone laughed
    (was it you?)

    Damn — I felt so guilty, it was like being caught laughing at a funeral or something! Kinda creepy (in a good way, of course 😉 ).

  8. avatar
    steve kilbey | 21 September 2007 at 8:36 am #

    im always watching
    right now i can see you all
    ha ha ha
    thats right
    each n everyone of you
    im omniscient!

  9. avatar
    eek | 21 September 2007 at 9:52 am #

    Uhoh. I knew it!! Damn…now I’m going to be even more paranoid. >:(

    Umm…does that mean you aren’t going to need that thing for your ibook? 😉

  10. avatar
    Faye | 21 September 2007 at 10:00 am #

    some of us can see you too SK!Ya shiney thang!like n ancient coin,cryptic,and of indescribable value,magic has 3 sides.The head,the tale,and the truth!have a magical night amongst the *’s. xo$

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 10:08 am #

    No Genx since you scolded her, Steven. You’ve upset a blind girl – wonder what that’s done to your account balance in the karma bank?

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 10:10 am #

    You’ll be forgetting chairs for heart attack sufferers next.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 10:15 am #

    Just for our friends in the US – the above is called ‘ribbing your mates’. It looks like criticism but it isn’t – it’s having a sarcastic laugh. Probably too much of a working class thing for this place. Ah well.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 10:24 am #

    shazzaam! here..just a little under the weather,and slightly accosted by an enslaught of school holidays..i.e.they all wanna come n hang out with me n play totem tennis.confusing blog today sk!;-):-8 :-0 ;-( xxxxx love,as always,gen x

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 10:33 am #

    oooooh! you are a clever,clever man.i imagine you can now assess your positioning in the scheme of all things magical n trickery!:-)

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 10:55 am #

    right on faye



  17. avatar
    c harlotte sometimes | 21 September 2007 at 11:12 am #

    if i were you genx,i would have picked the spanking option..;-0 ;-)good to cya! x

  18. avatar
    boggy | 21 September 2007 at 11:14 am #

    So you can see everything? All of us? Damn….I’m gonna have to stop reading the blog in the nude.

  19. avatar
    JB | 21 September 2007 at 11:36 am #

    ya gots ta get up pretty early in the morning to put one over SK!I think he sees much more than he lets on….peaceman

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 12:04 pm #

    No, I’ve seen the “real madman” in sk backstage, he really freaks out and yells at everyone, and plays all those tricks on people, but he signed my cd once, I still luv him.
    Love always,

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 12:06 pm #

    he’s a do you think he’s come so far?’s purely,and simply magic.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 12:25 pm #

    I love that hocus pocus song on Snowjob, the way you’re voice is so rough and husky, just like the madman you are sk!
    Having a lovely night I bet.
    Luv Amanda

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 12:26 pm #

    SK+quiet heart=devils eye so k .love .

  24. avatar
    thats funny! | 21 September 2007 at 12:28 pm #

    ha ha!

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 12:41 pm #

    Sor, I sends you halfe a kidney just for jolly

  26. avatar
    mist it ,by that much | 21 September 2007 at 12:58 pm #

    would you believe,..a magician among the spirits? the cone of silence.would you believe…a cat in a hat?

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 1:29 pm #

    the plot thickens
    the time being is dead
    long live the time being

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 1:32 pm #

    Steve, if you see all can ya tell us where the fuck Malcom Arkey is ?

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 1:33 pm #

    artists use truth to tell lies
    the revolution will be a blog
    this is the beginning

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 1:47 pm #

    anon at 11:29 i had wondered the same..i love his comments,and missim..mal?if your out there?we love you!

  31. avatar
    kaos headquarters | 21 September 2007 at 1:54 pm #

    what a great Tshirt that emblem would make for a KH Tshirt..i thunk..

  32. avatar
    CSTCoach | 21 September 2007 at 1:55 pm #

    some cool lyrics to open this one with, and a few of the tricks of the trade revealed. i like it.

    do omniscient beings consort with other omniscient beings? do those who are always watching watch each other, or do they take it in shifts? cause Nikolay from RMAX is always watching. Perhaps you two are acqainted?


  33. avatar
    John Garratt | 21 September 2007 at 2:06 pm #

    Okay, if you can see us all in such an omnicient way? What color shirt am I wearing? What flavor coffee am I drinking?


  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 2:12 pm #

    red shirt,bolivian coffee

  35. avatar
    woodsprite | 21 September 2007 at 2:42 pm #

    Dear Omnipot, sorry to interrupt a good ‘mad’ but could you reveal where the next tour is going to be? I may have missed where you said this. Thanks!

  36. avatar
    ron's tache | 21 September 2007 at 3:02 pm #

    I hear rumours that the mighty Ron Mael of Sparks has just got married for the first time: aged 64 ! Can this be true?!

  37. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 21 September 2007 at 3:24 pm #

    A manic nirvana blog today by SK. I finally realized that it is Marty who sings similar to David Gilmour and Richard Wright of Pink Floyd. Sk has his own unique vocals fused with Syd Barrett, David Bowie (1970s) and John Lennon’s vocals. I must concede SK might be too enigmatic and eclectic to gauge and/or categorize. Priest=Aura is the Church CD that is idyllic for alluring new fans.

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 3:30 pm #

    No, Brien, P=A is not one for new fans. You want someone’s first exposure to SK’s lyrics to be “they worshipped the son of the evil one” ?

  39. avatar
    Cee | 21 September 2007 at 3:51 pm #

    smell of cordite
    smell of ammonia
    smell of electricity in ozone
    sound of a shot
    sound of a kiss
    sound of the sea

    olor de pólvora
    olor de amonío
    olor de electricidad en el ozono
    sonido de un tiro
    sonido de un beso
    sonido del mar

    Besos a todos,

  40. avatar
    Chris Woods Band | 21 September 2007 at 4:12 pm #

    I was dreaming last night ….
    Somehow You where there with I…
    We were singing and playing ..(music garbbled) on our guitars,,,,appearing at a distorted “La Zona Rosa” Austin Tx…
    Who says “Dreams” dont come true ?
    peace & hope

  41. avatar
    JJ | 21 September 2007 at 6:08 pm #

    I love all the tricks you’ve shown me…..I’ll cut myself in two.

    TTB = The Magician Among the Spirits

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 6:10 pm #

    oh amigo,here we do things art,and broken hearts,what did you want to know?senior,you are wise.i can see a million years,a million tears behind your eyes.take me home.take me to the sona rosa.mariachis and tequilaa,we will dance the night alone…i look up at the sky,i will try not to cry.tres staccatic ola.thinking of you.underneath the mexican moonlight. X

  43. avatar
    davem | 21 September 2007 at 8:40 pm #

    Esskay. It’s 9.35pm in blighty and I’m utterly wasted but….if you can push up a semi-tone from d flat you can reach…….
    hmmm…. tear it all away, bel air, electric lash, one day …that’ll get us up to Seance and then we’ve still got 24 years of magic and counting!!!
    Love you more,


  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 9:07 pm #

    good morning! xxxoooxo

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2007 at 10:08 pm #

    I not only watch you through my satellite
    I can hear what you’re saying

  46. avatar
    red roof,echo in proof | 21 September 2007 at 11:36 pm #

    a ritual greeting,as old as olde magick..TB is no ghost.Eternal Blessings, the wishing well.

  47. avatar
    lily was here | 21 September 2007 at 11:37 pm #

    Laughing all the way to the riverbank 🙂 but nevermind, the little bee will rejoin mother nature and re-emerge as the next butterfly. You’d be a filmmakers dream come true. I watched The Illusionist recently and Im afraid that while i was caught up in the magical imagery, the rest of the movie didnt do it for me. I’ve seen more tricks on your stage that were real.


  48. avatar
    lily was here | 21 September 2007 at 11:40 pm #

    Damn blogger thing.

    Happy Birthday Rusty K

    Sue C

  49. avatar
    fantasticandy | 22 September 2007 at 12:09 am #

    hello….is it safe?
    how many more times have i got to wave the white flag?
    is it not time to cease hostilities?
    enjoy your weekend everyone,
    andy L.

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 September 2007 at 12:33 am #

    andy l…its okay mate!…its australian humour.everything is good,and so are you.morning to you all,and captain K as well!have a smashing day @ the big blue plannit!,genx xxx

  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 September 2007 at 1:05 am #

    Yeah Andy L, we’re not being meanies here, just mucking around, and Brien C WHY DO YOU have to compare sk, mwp & the church with every 60’s band or vegetarian you admire and tell us over and over and over and over and over???? Stop it!! I’m sure sk has heard it all before!

    Hi sk, hope all is happy in Bondi, even Melby’s sunshine is out today, yay!! Love Amanda

  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 September 2007 at 1:32 am #

    Ibook eh? will there be prints or is that up to me? I say ever so sweetly.

    I just have to get on board a little bit here…U-hoo Brien C.: may I suggest a little Kate Bush? I think “Ariel” is outstanding, so are some Go-Betweens.
    Also, Steve…I hope you’ve seen Laurie Andersons’ website. She has some amazing etchings ‘n spoken word, etc.

    Thanks for the reminders on the music- the fore mentioned have been a calming surrounding to my present week!!

    Art (and architect) +/-)

  53. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 September 2007 at 2:29 am #

    Art!?..{sorry sk!..just one quezzie to art? please?}could you email me the link to laurie’s website?..i’d really like to know what youre talking about,in regards to this love to you,genx

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 September 2007 at 2:46 am #

    wella genx…I’ve been trying to get your e-mail addy for months!!! sorry all for the eyestrain! quick reference:

    love always,


  55. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 September 2007 at 3:33 am #

    thanks Art! ox.

  56. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 September 2007 at 4:31 am #

    go wild! *-)

  57. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 September 2007 at 5:57 am #

    glitch in transmission…flusterating..anglaise sil vous plait?

  58. avatar
    billy da kid | 22 September 2007 at 9:31 am #

    yoooo hoooo ..i’ll make ya famous…where are you sk?

  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 September 2007 at 7:31 pm #

    billy, I’m gonna find ya and then we’ll have a shootin’ competition! Don’t ‘cha be e’scared…

    annie oakley

  60. avatar
    Billy da Kid | 24 September 2007 at 8:40 pm #

    Well, Ha-llo Annie!Here’s lookin at you! / Kid x .lets say,the clock ,in Violet Town{or Surrey Hills}

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