posted on June 20, 2009 at 9:13 pm

voice : kilbey where are you ?
i am here
i am here
my dear one
oh i am here
in the deep heart of the night
flying across moors and mountains
travelogue in velvet
doing yoga against a wall in denver
buying a coffee in iowa
checking in here
checking out there
a whirl of green and grey
the miles thunder pass
rain crooked rain
lightning my old mirrored face
onstage i jump like a youngman
offstage i groan with my years
i talk to adam franklin bout t rex
i call nk at home holding the fort so well
(eve has gashed open her foot n cant walk)
i walk through bustling malls n lonely places
i sit at the house of blues drinking orange fizz
i talk to people
i meet people
i sign my stuff
i pitch my product
i strut my stuff
i dance n i duck n i weave
i try to stay awake as tim drives
in a microsleep i stand onstage singing
singing this most lovely song
and my bass pumps oh the most beautiful thing
and im doing garudasana on the interstate 88
my grateful hands accept the gift of music
my father watches on from cockney heaven
he says
youre doing well slim
i pick up my axe i go into battle
a pawn in the aesthetic wars
i rock to save you from yourself
i come from another time n place
i am your ancestors with a fender
i represent the iliad
i sing the odyssey
i strum the anthem of nineveh
i talked in forked tongues
white hippy moses they will call me
for i lead you i know not where
i am a another guy in a best western
i practice yoga 2wice a day
there are but 2 paths
magic or yoga
why not take em both i wonder
as we hurtle along some green and sunny lane
beyond the rainbows edge
the jazz flows a little
thank you craig i like that jazz too
we play like stateless troopers
we overcome obstacles
my co-horts weapons bite hard
my ears ring on in their silence of stone
people say
i feel like i known you my whole life man
i say
yes you have
but i havent known you
altho i wrote it for you
just for me? the punter asks
no just for everyone who wanted to hear this
this 30 years of music
i pulled them damn songs out of my head
and i put them all on a table
and i named em
and i nurtured em
and i loved em all
everyone of my ugly songs
oh i loved loved loved em all
i tried so hard i nearly died
and still the miles go
ka-rump ka-thump
underneath the van
inside we laugh n argue n sit silently
wishing the miles away
i see a guy without a nose
i see people so big they can hardly move
i see people all fucked up from meat n cigarettes
i see arbours of lovely trees and the greenest grass
moonscapes in wyoming
oh america i love you n i fear you
and oh i understand you
whoever you are
i being neither australian nor english
i come here
i stretch out over your ten billion miles
i see the whites n blacks n reds n yellows
i talk to people
i talk to old people n children
i play rocknroll mister
im a fucking singer
in one of the best bands in the world
you never heard of me ?
we zoom off
i pack up my suitcase
i unroll my mat
you see my knees
you see my hands
you see my back
i unfold
i let go
i try to let go
i try to remember n forget
i walk out onstage
the people cheer
theyre happy to see us
i pull my bass around like a drunk woman
i take liberties with it
i finger it n stroke it n i fool around
in turn it hums n croons under my nicely blistered fingers
i tell it do this do that
it resonates
it combines with the drums
it extrudes out into the air
i slip my key into the slot
another room
another mile
just another moonlight mile
down the road
i drive like demon
i dream at the wheel
i dream of my bass
my bass and my wife
i get them mixed up in my dream
both with their curvaceous waists
i read my fucking emails
i check my bank account
i cant fall asleep
i cant wake up
i cant get warm
i cant get young
in the mirror i look a hundred miles old
i sing my groovy lyrics the hoi polloi cannot grok
in denver the hippies grok it and they say wow
i need my glasses..is this shampoo or conditioner…?
i shave
i clean my olde limey teeth
i cant get the window open
i shake hands with some guy
he takes a picture of me with his wife
they both genuinely love me
they treat me like jesus or something
you are a prophet says the ex-exotic dancer
you are the soundtrack of my life says joe everyman
your soy latte is ready honey says the woman in idaho
they keep a restaurant open for us specially
the americans are mostly hospitable
they do not cater to vegetarians in the sticks tho
i live on nothing
AND I DONT CARE!!!
sleep n food are theoretical entities
now skinnier than ever
kilbey has a lean n hungry look
kilbey in illinois
the house o’ blues
backstage like fantasy of warrens
n rooms full of mexican jesus n elvis n skulls n guitars
chuck berry marc bolan cocaine heroin
murder magic and the steamy weather
black bluesmen with wings n snakes
a punctured tyre means no soundcheck
playing music blind like ray charles
im a white king mamba eating spinach dip
i write songs about the distance n the time
both of em disappearing down the end of the highway
someone calls my name
i look up n the dream is gone
yoga n veganism pay off in spades
onstage a wild inchoate energy rushes thru me
oh i have a ball n a ball
n i got some balls in these ballrooms of mars
im steve kilbey and youre listening to kfuk
adam franklins bass player breaks his foot
our young craigie steps up to the plate
altho not a bass player
hes just learnt 8 new songs in the back of a van
and tonite
hes playing em in the windy city
bass player with adam
keyboards with us
good for a boy from campbelltown nsw
the road beckons
the road tells me to ramble n rock around america forever
lets face it
this is where they prob’ly like me most
theres a million cities i could play
places you never heard of
places you’ll never go
cement works quarries glades forests hills rivers
highways
50 cent cones says the same sign mile after mile
the franchises
the truckies on speed
the smell of brakes n petrol
i rock to the east
i rock to the west
my life is unfathomable
a briefest moment in a glorious spotlight
the curtain comes down
alonely in a dark cabin
shooting up a highway like a vein
in vain i hope not
i eat little
i talk my head off
i go mad
i become sane again
i vibe myself up
way way way up
and then gently down to earth
at the best western at 4 in the a.m.
a hundred miles outta town
on the edge of everytown
just like that song i sing
i am everyman
everywhere
nowhere for long
golden sandy babylonian banks on lazy streams
undulating mountains n the distance
shafts of jehovah-esque light
jesus in salt lake city surfing the dead sea
something in the depths some monstrosity
boom boom boom
bang clang rattle tat
the guitars shriek n wail
the voice falters n grows faint
life ebbs n flows
i move to unknown pulses
i am manipulated by unseen fingers
i am wound up and set free
i play n i sing n i play n i sing
hail marc bolan
hail ziggy angeldust
hail bobby zylan
hail johnny winston oh-boogie
fuck yeah!
soon i will be unleashed to rock oh ha ha ha
believe it or not
yes i am a singer mister in this here band
whats that?
what kinda music do we all play?
i’ll tell ya
its only rocknroll
but i like it
like it
like it
yes i do!

42 Responses to “you read it already in hyperion”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2009 at 11:14 pm #

    we love it that you like it

    meanwhile…

    here's something for the little kid inside the geezer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WktsQHZPhA

  2. avatar
    frank | 20 June 2009 at 11:22 pm #

    Keep on rockin' and heading east.

    "Of Hyperion we are told that he was the first to understand, by diligent attention and observation, the movement of both the sun and the moon and the other stars, and the seasons as well, in that they are caused by these bodies, and to make these facts known to others; and that for this reason he was called the father of these bodies, since he had begotten, so to speak, the speculation about them and their nature." —Diodorus Siculus (5.67.1)

  3. avatar
    fantasticandy | 20 June 2009 at 11:24 pm #

    'just another moonlight mile
    down the road'………….
    damn…i love that song!

    yet you got shedloads of 'em!
    all just as good!
    stay strong 'n fuckin' rock on!

  4. avatar
    Craig Miller aka The Jazzman | 20 June 2009 at 11:44 pm #

    My mate Matthew from Sydney has just informed me that jazz records sound somewhat different in Australia. So Steve, next time rather than burning you a CD, I will see if I can come up something more appropo which you can burn yourself. Hoping to make the NYC show. We shall see.

    I am now just hoping and praying that "Chocolate Soy Milk" is not a Sydney euphemism for interracial porn.

  5. avatar
    Daberhasher | 20 June 2009 at 11:45 pm #

    en fuego killer…
    energy!!!

  6. avatar
    princey | 20 June 2009 at 11:48 pm #

    Didn't you have a beautiful white bass witha naked woman painted on it's curvaceous body once upon a time? You and your bassess have a good thing going sk:))))
    So Craig isnt jsut a pretty young face, he's destined to be star that guy……oooooh if I could only turn back time 20years…..haha

    You seem a bit more "up" lately sk and it makes me happy too:)
    Take care and love on ya,
    Amanda

  7. avatar
    eek | 20 June 2009 at 11:55 pm #

    CST Coach — "Was listening today to the reissue of Earthed, the poems recorded at the end. Wish you'd put out some more readings like this."

    Ryan — Do I have good news for you! Check out Steve's brand spanking new Art, Man & Technology CD and prints set currently available only at the merch table on this tour! Subtitled "Total Immersion Experience: Paintings, Poetry and Music" the cd is the soundtrack of SK's recent exhibition in Pittsburgh. The cd is over 72 minutes long as there is a track for each painting and the set includes a print of each painting.

    It's a pretty cool little set if I say so myself! 🙂

  8. avatar
    iseult | 21 June 2009 at 12:02 am #

    hugs from oz

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2009 at 12:02 am #

    and, it's been said before but that's one of yr best blogs yet.
    Yes, you can stay on the road forever in the USofA, make a great living and spread the message to the disciples..I sense conflict has arisen or resurfaced again, you have your blessed life near the ocean but the endless opportunity of doing a Dylan Nelson Young and staying on the road makes a lot of sense. I
    also sense the voodoo of America is back, the roots of RnR, the vines of soul have entangled yr soul once again (pity you didn’t get down south this time). But then this is just a blog….
    PV

  10. avatar
    lily was here | 21 June 2009 at 12:03 am #

    you only need to read one word 'speechless' xxxxx

  11. avatar
    bezepae | 21 June 2009 at 1:18 am #

    Hope you're digging the t-shirt. If staying on the road means one more time through Seattle…then please do! The Seattle show was AMAZING! Thank you guys!

  12. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 21 June 2009 at 1:25 am #

    goddam i think your old man would be prouda you too! this is an unreal entry today, steve…..it just tells me what an intimate relationship you do have with your bass that you do use the metaphor of a woman's body to describe it…..get off on it like your instrument does, mate….

    love always….

    ps love the new photo andy!
    XXOO

  13. avatar
    the dean | 21 June 2009 at 1:43 am #

    don't take me seriously, no insult was intended….

  14. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 21 June 2009 at 1:45 am #

    glad you guys made it safely to Chicago, Minneapolis here we come…
    Jonny

  15. avatar
    lizardlizard81 | 21 June 2009 at 2:08 am #

    Talked to you for a second in Denver @ the merch table… wished I'd had a second to gather my thoughts and tell you something useful/meaningful, but all I was thinking about was Kansas City not being our next stop anymore. I can't imagine being on tour – just following ya'll for a week about did us in… we chickened out after Denver and went home — hope Chicago turned out well.

    regards,
    liz (n doug) b.
    abilene, tx

  16. avatar
    syrinx | 21 June 2009 at 2:45 am #

    This always reminds me of someone but I can never quite put my finger on it..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2SSZA0CjdQ

    (May your gypsy tribe travel safely for the remainder of the tour. SF disappointed you, perhaps, but i found the clapping sound the crowd made during technical standby to keep the beat going rather awesome. One of several "moments" during that show to be filed under Can Not Duplicate.)

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2009 at 3:02 am #

    Thanks for sharing your life on the road. I'm not sure how you find the time to blog…it must be the veggies and yoga. I'll be hanging off of your words in Buffalo, oh so soon. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ART, Steve, you've made (and are continuing to make) the world a more bearable place…

  18. avatar
    Richard | 21 June 2009 at 3:19 am #

    Sue, 'epic' would also do.

  19. avatar
    m.p.k | 21 June 2009 at 3:43 am #

    you are a prophet says the ex-exotic dancer
    you are the soundtrack of my life says joe everyman
    your soy latte is ready honey says the woman in idaho

    love these lines… brought a smile to my face 😀

  20. avatar
    Craig miller | 21 June 2009 at 3:45 am #

    All good dean. Pretty funny though.

  21. avatar
    Blogmongery | 21 June 2009 at 4:56 am #

    Excellent show in Denver SK. Never seen you play live before with that kind of energy and joy, it was my pleasure to be a part of the event. BTW don't be afraid to remind Pete what side of the road to drive on, ha ha. As far as the supersize thing goes, call your doctor if it lasts for more than 4 hours…

  22. avatar
    davem | 21 June 2009 at 5:10 am #

    im a fucking singer
    in one of the best bands in the world

    The greatest singer in THE best band in the world.
    Amen.

  23. avatar
    Jasperina | 21 June 2009 at 6:40 am #

    Here is in sodden Sydney the rain keeps us more inside ourselves. Dreaming of magical moonscapes…

  24. avatar
    SK8 | 21 June 2009 at 6:49 am #

    happy go skateboarding day! june 21st.

  25. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 21 June 2009 at 7:56 am #

    jUST SAW THE HEAVILY CROWDED CHIGOGO SHOW. SK and PK were tremendous and MWP was horrendous. I met people from all over the world at this show. The best songs were from the new album. The most positvive thing I can say is that the CHURCH is loved in Chicago !

  26. avatar
    fantasticandy | 21 June 2009 at 8:05 am #

    thanks HH!
    that pic is of me 'n neptune blue…
    she's my favourite i played her right through the damo album.

    further to my stones comment earlier steve,
    i think that song was about the closest they ever got to producing the kind of magic that the church knock-out on a routine basis these days.
    ….no mean feat.
    and talking of feet….
    i'm a dad too, you can't give a hug over a telephone line.
    rock 'n roll can be a bugger eh?
    all the best,
    andy.

  27. avatar
    frostatmidnight | 21 June 2009 at 9:19 am #

    A beautiful and inspired post by a beautiful and inspired person.

    love,
    kristine

  28. avatar
    Freddie | 21 June 2009 at 11:48 am #

    So ya made it to Illinois, huh? Awesome blog today; glad you’re having a good time 🙂

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    I know you're far from your family, but happy father's day to you, sir. We in America appreciate you missing this day for our benefit…take care!

  30. avatar
    heatherdaydream | 21 June 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    sublime.
    I think you are praticising magic and yoga actually – how else could this mix of channeled zen and prosaic moments stream through you? Yeah; one of the best…you're humming.

    Thanks

    xKittykat

  31. avatar
    andmoreagain | 21 June 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    Yer Seattle show truly transcended and made me very very happy. Had a (mild) concussion from a knock on the head and almost missed it. Goddamn that woulda killed me after the effort of getting a passport etc. Why no Vancouver gigs ever? I know a lot of Church heads who woulda been there with bells and paisleys on. Thank you for Remote Luxury. What was the song that you lead vocalled it sans bass and did all those crazy moves. I wonder…

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    The night before the summer solstice, the streets bath in tropical heat. The earth’s axis obediently tilts to the sun. I ascend the wooded steps of this temple of blues, entering some ancient city lit by candles. Above it are symbols of OM, the crecent, and the star, All are one. Unite in Diversity it says. The players appear like some Aztec or Mayan princes. Here to perform a cathartic ritual for our deadened souls. An elixir, a balm, a salve to heal those life decaying wounds. And they do. They appear as in a dream and vanish mysteriously as the curtains close. Forever young and unreal. I’m left with feedback wailing in my ears emitting a rainbow of colors. It’s as if two tiny guitars have been implanted there. a fender strat in the left and a Rickenbacker limited edition roger mcguin in my right. And with arms stretched to sky, I say, thank you to the lord who created all this.

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2009 at 2:41 pm #

    The show in Denver was fantastic. If interested…here is a link to a great review of the show.

    http://blogs.westword.com/backbeat/2009/06/last_nights_show_the_church_wi.php#comments

  34. avatar
    adina | 21 June 2009 at 2:55 pm #

    aww man, I don think I'll be able to go now cuz of money situation…

    foq foq foq…good excuse eh?

    >_<

    Maybe I'll sell 20 things by tomorrow

    !!!

    ^__^

    xoxo

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2009 at 3:16 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    Last night's show was tremendous. You all look great. I read the blog posts and hear about the obstacles & hardships of living on the road. Of course you're doing it. Of course you make the trek. This is The Church. This music must be broadcast live…and we are always here waiting for you. We are always here.

    Every tour has a set list with surprises, songs that are personal faves and last night was no exception (NSEW, Block, Month Of Sundays, After Everything).

    There was a slightly intoxicated woman standing near me during the show. She had a dark curly bob, silver earrings and a black dress. She was enjoying her beer and dancing. She was asking anyone who would listen – excitedly but respectfully – if they agreed that they found you as sexy as she did. "Hot" and "sexy" were the repeated two adjectives that this woman chose to describe Mr. Kilbey. She also couldn't get over your "great biceps".

    All Church photos on album sleeves and on web pages have little in the way of exposed teeth, so it's nice to see you smile during the chorus of "Pangaea". That red Rick bass is Marty's only and hands-off-for-Steve!

    Great gig. Thank you and Marty, Tim, Peter and your crew for coming back to North America. I don't have an exquisitely poetic vocabulary to express my love for your band's music. All I can only say is, You are my Beatles. I love you.

    – Josh in Chicago

  36. avatar
    davem | 21 June 2009 at 5:00 pm #

    Bombay Sweets
    3401 S 13th St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (53215)
    414-383-3553
    Vegetarian Indian restaurant.

    Riverwest Co-op Cafe
    733 E Clarke St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (53212) (at Fratney)
    414-264-7933

    Vegetarian cafe with small seating area is part of the Riverwest co-op market. Offers a vegetarian and vegan breakfast menu weekdays until 11am, weekend brunch 8-2, plus sandwiches, smoothies, and baked goods. Cozy, non-smoking seating. Accept credit cards. Open Mon-Fri 7am-9pm, Sat-Sun 8am-9pm.

    Both these places received good reviews on Happy Cow.

  37. avatar
    Finn | 21 June 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    To Steve and the band, just want to say thanks for the incredible show in Chicago last night.

    Fucking Peter Koppes blew my mind. I've never seen him so animated. After seeing The Church 6 or 7 times that was by far the best the band has sounded.

    Your voice is much much better live now than it used to be. It came off really well, great set list. I was really excited when you opened with "Tantalized". Awesome, awesome show. I even brought my dad with me, which was a nice bit of fathers day present for him.

    Enjoy the rest of the tour!

  38. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 21 June 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    Revise my remarks about MWP. He's great but I was angry that he drowned out the vocals on a few of the opening songs. I was amazed by PK's Steve Howe like tones and Songs. SK is in mint shape. Built like a rugged, pugilistic hockey player. I feared a small Chicago crowd and was overwhelmed by a huge crowd including a person that spilled his drink on me. Met several people from Boston (my favorite city). A dude from New Zealand ate at HOB eatery. I had 4 veggie patties sans the buns. Too many internal and external distractions to totally review the concert. I can say that the songs from # 23 were PERFECTLY PERFORMED ! That means victory !

  39. avatar
    minny | 21 June 2009 at 7:56 pm #

    Saw you guys in Chicago–what a wonderful show!! Good luck on the rest of your tour! Love you!!

  40. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 21 June 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    MWP was horrendous?

    Please tell us more about the concert, Brien.

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2009 at 8:30 pm #

    would someone please get Brien a dictionary to go with his over used thesaurus

  42. avatar
    stealthblue | 21 June 2009 at 8:50 pm #

    Well, I'm still buzzed from lassanite's show in the li'l Chitown HOB. There is just no way to truly express how amazing it was. We can say it is safe to say that you guys are definitely loved here in Chicago, but this time there was just something more. Something indescribable. For one thing, the crowd was fantastic! Good job people! Steve, you and the guys just looked…happy, truly happy to be there. I think the House of Blues is such a great venue for The Church, for many reasons. There was just one moment when my own "jazz records" were catching up with me and it was just after you guys finished Tantalized and the vibe in that place was surreal, just heavenly. I peeked open my eyes and just saw the adoring crowd loving their Church and I felt my face relax and just light up as I looked up above the stage…"UNITY THROUGH DIVERSITY" is says. How awesome was that? Then it hit me…how truly, truly fortunate are we to have this experience…this nearly perfect experience? How blessed we were to actually be seeing this fucking amazing, regal band right here on this night in 2009? I thanked the universe and just took in the rest of the night. I saw some familiar faces and made some new friends. Just awesome. There were, however some slight sound issues for the front-of-house, but no sound-check explains a great deal…damned tire!! 🙂 I thought it may have only been me that noticed it, but even my wife said something and normally she's not too aware of such things! We were directly in front of the board. I imagine the stage mix was pretty good because you guys were just super tight. Usually in past shows, especially at the HOB, the sound ended up perfect. But yeah, no sound check and then a pretty packed house, it can sometimes be pretty hard to judge. Overall, though, certain things got tweaked out and it made for a GREAT show, and truly most people wouldn't even notice it perhaps. Mostly though, it was just the whole atmosphere of the night and just the fact that you guys actually came through, safely I might add. That sucks about the blowout!! Didn't know that until talking to Stephen (sp?) at the merch table…which by the was was ROCKIN'. I hope you guys made a killing last night, Steve. I really do, you guys well-deserve a little financial liberation, no? Got the new one with you and MK, as well as Unearthed. I actually already have most of the rest of the others! So, honestly, from the bottom of this bloke's heart, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for coming. I didn't get a chance to say hello to any of you this time, but that's OK. I've met you guys "in person" a few times in the past, and I could see there were plently of others who just had the "first" Church moment last night, so I thought that was cool. 🙂 I was just happy enough being a part of the whole big experience last night, a house packed with smiles and just pure awe. Gotta love it. Anyway, Steve and Co., you guys be safe on the road and take America all in…love her, because she loves you too! Cheers to you, the gang and your families. HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all of you guys too!! See you next time…

    Sincerely and Respectfully,

    Ben V.

    ***"Dicko Robinson" (Rob Dickinson)at Schuba's (Chicago) tonight Sunday 6-21, 8:00 PM


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