posted on January 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm

sheila chandra
a bone crone drone
doing yoga on the balcony in the early morning
what is the nature of this thing we call life ?
sheila chandra (moon) begins with a drone
the drone of her own voice
the drone of an organ
the drone of a string
the drone is maintained throughout
it modulates slightly
it is sometimes thickened with other drones
sometimes it moves upon itself subtly
but it is the one thing
the thing that the other sounds rise and fall upon
part of it yet different
they must be in tune with it
they wait until their moment in the music arrives
and they rise up from the drone
they play their part
they sink back into the drone
the drone plays on nonetheless
the foundation
the given
the cornerstone
the basic principle
the inescapable bedrock of the music
and i think of us all
springing from the drone of god
playing a little part
subsuming back into the drone
maybe coming back again as a reprise
or a motif
or a played out cluster of lovely notes
and the instruments have yoked themselves to the drone
and as the world itself is a complex interactive interacting machine
so are we
system upon system upon system
every system affects every other system
the west only beginning to realize this
but long ago in india
some clever cats who came at things from different angles
not your obvious angles
everyone can see the obvious angles
but only a few people can really think outside the box
the box of puzzles
the box of dilemmas
the box of maya and illusion
these cats these rishis
they intuit yoga
there you go
they did not invent it
they intuited it
they apprehended it in a deep still part of themselves
a part every human has
but you need an angle to get in
you get locked outta your house
you need a new angle to get in, right?
a locksmith maybe
someone whos studied ways to get into locked doors
so these cats these rishis these early yogis
they figure it all out
thousands of years ago
when the west was still picking its nose in a cave
they sussed it
yoke yourself to the one thing
whatever the fuck that is
dont stand around arguing about its name
we do not have the language to describe the truth
whatever it is
nor do we have the minds to understand
because this game is deep and complex
whilst being simultaneously dead easy
just like fight hard fight easy
you have to take it easy to do something very hard
it is hard to take it easy
vishnu says
i am, i am not
the whole structure is built upon these paradoxes apparently
yoga resolves the paradoxes
there are many yogic paths
the path of devotion yes
the path of knowledge
the path of physical yoga
physical yoga tunes up your physical body
we are spirits operating a physical body via a mental interface
just like a driver maintains his vehicle
we must maintain our physical vehicle
it must be tuned up
it must be stretched and bent and kept flexible
all those pathways within us
the neural
the electrical
the chemical
the invisible spiritual currents
all must be able to flow
all our different systems must be in working order
if we can
we can add an additive
like putting some enhancing agent in your engine
and that is yoga
and that is chi gong
and that is martial arts
and that is incredible athletic gymnastic or musical feats
so you soup up n customize your common or garden chassis
man if you work this system
your slow old lemon
could still turn into a jaguar
your sloth could turn into a mangy panther
and you put the time in
you put the overtime in
you get your rewards
more time in
more rewards out
what rewards? burps some sweet couch potato
oh man
synching up with the uni-verse
hows that for your reward
just that alone…why only a fool would refuse….
you got to get your heart pumping
you got to get your blood moving
you got to get your muscles strong
you got to get your mind still
quieten the cacophony raging in your head
you got to find a discipline
you gotta find your ticket to universal synchronization
maybe not the others
maybe not the barbarians out there doing their thing
but you who read my blog
who like my music
who find something in me that draws you back
i know you would want this thing too
to be more than you were
to surprise yourself and others
to improve slowly but surely everyday
improve at life
improve at what you can do
wrestle more out of your life
get a membership to the universal subconscious
i got mine
and i’m raiding it for ideas all the time
and sometimes
for the briefest moment
i feel god residing in his little chamber
in my heart of hearts

27 Responses to “yoker”

  1. avatar
    fantasticandy | 18 January 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    ever so lone lone lone lone lone lone ley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    stevo …..yessterdays blog was bloody inspiring!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    p–leeeeease let me play lead on one track on yer double?
    you know i won't let ya down.

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 January 2010 at 11:08 pm #

    love to you and the family stevie baby!!!!!!!!!

    keef fuller

  3. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 18 January 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    i'm afraid that i've had a bit of a slack attack the past couple of weeks regarding my exercise….being away, holidays, hellishly hot weather etc etc etc……gonna get back on the wagon today, i am….miss those endorphins too much…..

    love always…….

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 January 2010 at 12:05 am #

    gawd,;/;D xo

  5. avatar
    LF | 19 January 2010 at 12:18 am #

    SK (and others),

    I bet you would like:

    The Conference of Birds, by Farid Ud-din Attar, a 12th-century Persian sufi.

    Not yogic per se, but plenty related and beautiful to boot. Available in English translation.

  6. avatar
    skinned heart | 19 January 2010 at 12:22 am #

    Here's a beautiful David Lynch clip
    on ideas through meditation that you may like.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 January 2010 at 1:08 am #

    New Age Drip,or ambiguous shit?

  8. avatar
    Freddie | 19 January 2010 at 1:15 am #

    Awesome! These are the kina things one should recall when in a low spot. 🙂

  9. avatar
    cazziem | 19 January 2010 at 1:31 am #

    Well just got in from my first of 12 hour shifts this week and would dearly love the ability to be able to slow right down to this seemly euphoric pace, but alas I cannot. To sleep I have to read until my eyes are sore, but 4 – 5 hours later and that’s me done for rest. Within 5 minutes of getting out my bed my pc is on, the kettle is on and I’m breaking bread to feed the birds.
    I do agree with you about many things though like looking after the ‘physical vehicle’. Just over 2 years ago I weighed a whopping 82.6kgs, which is not a pretty sight when you’re only 5’ 1” (155cm), but with healthy eating, most of the time, hardly any alcohol and keeping active, I’m now 62.6kgs and feel a hell of a lot better for it. So for me it really is hard to take it easy.
    to be more than you were
    to surprise yourself and others
    to improve slowly but surely everyday
    improve at life
    improve at what you can do
    This has been my aim throughout my life, so if I can just learn to stop automatically multi-tasking, maybe I might stand a chance of a little yoga.

  10. avatar
    bc | 19 January 2010 at 3:14 am #


  11. avatar
    Steven Krut | 19 January 2010 at 6:38 am #

    "what rewards? burps some sweet couch potato"

    That made me laugh. 🙂

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 January 2010 at 7:04 am #

    maybe my distant,and now,more distant sister,knows your character,much better than she knows mine.she certainly spent more time with you,than she had with me,not that that is the issue.this is what she warned me of,about you.sad huh?ironic,huh?

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 January 2010 at 8:43 am #

    You got me digging out Aidan Baker's 'The Sea Swells a Bit', a CD that I feel becomes a swimming morass of loops, harmonics, and 'bubbles' (t!). I've found it kinda trippy, kinda droney, and occasionally close on hypnotic

  14. avatar
    matt davison | 19 January 2010 at 10:09 am #

    what happens when you become a Mangy Panther…>??

  15. avatar
    It Might Get Loud | 19 January 2010 at 10:46 am #

    two ways to go, long and gray like jimmy page or dyed and fried like macca.

  16. avatar
    Ross Cooper | 19 January 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    LF & Mr Kilbey:

    Attar's "Conference of the Birds" has astounded me with its profundity… There's a public-domain, older translation (with copious introduction) available on the Inter-Webs at:

    Related note:

    "Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness." – Rumi

  17. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 19 January 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    islands in the sun
    that is what we are
    karmic waves in the universe
    damn song won't leave my brain
    thank u mr kilbey
    for ze lovely blogge
    for ze inspiration
    & lovely words from u on myspace
    made me smile
    & for ze damn song stuck in my head
    another thank u!

  18. avatar
    Saint Louie | 19 January 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    Lookin' forward to the new double album Steve 🙂

    Also can't wait to make my final payment on your painting "The Lonely City"! Can't wait for it to arrive in the mail and get it framed, matted, and hung on my wall with pride n jooooeeey 🙂 while listening to the track it goes with, among the others, thanks man!

    Your age goes with your music, gets more majestic with time n space, fermentation, so drink and enjoooeeeey!


  19. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 19 January 2010 at 9:33 pm #


    (translation: the endorphins hit)

  20. avatar
    PBK | 19 January 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Steve Kilbey's "Yoker" – Remix by PBK

    chi is
    a system
    of currents
    that lovely chandra
    kept as notes

    with subconscious additives
    (like your maya rishi's game)
    the complex moon begins an illusion

    these all-west angles turn stretched to
    everyone's other systems

    sometimes the whole must be part outta tune
    sometimes the mental turns years
    into paradoxes

    it's easy to do
    be it wrestling or yoga
    your drone or mine

    (locksmith got raging on this one)

    a common discipline is bent
    yet the hearts do fight
    sweet need to and from
    is human

    would heart pumping again
    the jaguar yogic into life
    improve this complex language?

    universal as they are to others
    moments of cacophony
    were invisible to
    the neural
    the physical
    and the apprehended

    and there you be on the balcony residing
    in need of more than yoga
    moving into the path i realize
    that time maintains this little chamber
    within the blood of others
    locked but maintained

    a fall affects the foundation
    and sinks back in on the system

    when the wait is given refuse
    to the universal system
    every very studied body
    within the muscle's house
    is a devotion to the system

    your principle is like
    a puzzle
    an interface
    just a vehicle
    that we customize
    and reprise
    thinking every part can and must improve

    the physical time outside of motif
    or slow world that see's different
    could go on in the morning
    to find truth
    still quieted

    your rewards put to god

    this is india
    some have little rishis
    not flexible
    all chassis
    in synchronization
    like doors strong
    like god up operating
    (but dead)
    so the voice drones

    you invented the spiritual box
    of our physical self

    are we systems into the obvious?
    or only maintained selves that fight every day
    as a panther
    our own life's dilemmas

    inescapable angles
    in this uni-verse

    we modulate this cornerstone
    the part subsuming all ideas
    we intuit to do with something you built
    the body as our box
    that we still put upon at every moment a yoke

  21. avatar
    davem | 19 January 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    Inspiring stuff for 2010. Most of us know deep down that all the bollocks we surround ourselves with is illusory.
    I despise working for the man. The system gives us just enough to keep our noses to the grindstone, but it's never sufficient for us to break free. It's suffocating, but so hard to find a way out from.
    I loathe but can't escape my wasp work ethic. I've had, I think, 4 days off sick in over 10 years and get to work at least an hour early every day. All this even though I know it's all a game!!

  22. avatar
    veleska1970 | 19 January 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    "to improve slowly but surely everyday"
    that's the best that we can all do. sage advice, my friend. sage advice. 🙂

    lotza love….

  23. avatar
    princey | 20 January 2010 at 1:02 am #

    Wise words from the wise Wizard of Bondi, thank you:)))

  24. avatar
    lily was here | 20 January 2010 at 2:02 am #

    "your slow old lemon
    could still turn into a jaguar"

    The term these days is Cougar LOL


    ps thanks for introducing me to Chandra moons ago, love her. Om Namaha Shiva is played in our classroom every day along with some soothing SK

    RIP Kate McGarrigle

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 January 2010 at 2:54 am #

    yeah, passed you on the street in virginia last tour. you were walking at an incredible pace. i was very impressed.


  26. avatar
    CSTCoach | 20 January 2010 at 5:05 am #

    Really great stuff sk – both the blog and the work you've done.

    Re: "synching up with the uni-verse
    hows that for your reward"

    Your readers may be interested to know that this is a proven benefit of such physical practice. And I'm not talking about pseudo-science applications of "quantum physics" to a Newtonian world, but totally mainstream verifiable psychological studies on flow state and performance.

    The world will open up for ya if you only have the patience and discipline to yoke yourself to a path.

  27. avatar
    ross b | 21 January 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    that's very inspiring! i love walking and swimming and i've walked the ends of the earth but always end up in circles…anyway, i'm almost fearful to try yoga, feel a little resistant towards it…maybe one day..

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