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Kate Bush — The Sensual World
Album: The Sensual World
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Released: 1989
Length: 3:49
Plays (last 30 days): 5
Mmh, yes,

Then I'd taken the kiss of seedcake back from his mouth
Going deep South, go down, mmh, yes,
Took six big wheels and rolled our bodies
Off of Howth Head and into the flesh, mmh, yes,

He said I was a flower of the mountain, yes,
But now I've powers o'er a woman's body, yes.

Stepping out of the page into the sensual world.
Stepping out...

To where the water and the earth caress
And the down of a peach says mmh, yes,
Do I look for those millionaires
Like a Machiavellian girl would
When I could wear a sunset? mmh, yes,

And how we'd wished to live in the sensual world
You don't need words--just one kiss, then another.

Stepping out of the page into the sensual world
Stepping out, off the page, into the sensual world.

And then our arrows of desire rewrite the speech, mmh, yes,
And then he whispered would I, mmh, yes,
Be safe, mmh, yes, from mountain flowers?
And at first with the charm around him, mmh, yes,
He loosened it so if it slipped between my breasts
He'd rescue it, mmh, yes,
And his spark took life in my hand and, mmh, yes,
I said, mmh, yes,
But not yet, mmh, yes,
Mmh, yes.
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Jeez! What a fox!
On_The_Beach wrote:http://static.gigwise.com/artists/Kate%20Bush%20classic%20600.jpg




 fredriley wrote:

I can't believe that Kate Bush is my age. I think it's fair to say that she's aged rather better than myself :o)


Hi Fred, I don't know if what I'm going to reveal will spoil your dreams or will be soothing for you, but this is not a recent photo of Kate.
Good lord, yes! 
ugh, my god, 10, 10, 10, 10 forever
Ultimately steamy and sensual🥰
 Phlegmaticman wrote:


Uilleann pipes.


as featured heavily in many Metal songs by Nightwish Nothing says Metal Musician like Uilleann Pipes, Whistles, Bouzouki, and oh, he (Troy Donockley) also plays Guitar.
Tomorrow is Bloomsday!
hmmmm yes
 timmus wrote:

Irish pipes are not what I would expect to hear on a song suggesting steamy sex, but I guess it works.



Works for me!
 smartn1 wrote:

I really like the use of those instruments. I assume they are some kind of bagpipe? 



Uilleann pipes.
Hypnotique
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Not quite sure what that means, but it's definitely Kate.

Yes it most definitely was! I had a poster of it on my wall in my college dorm (no one else knew who she was). It was taken by photographer Gered Mankowitz who has taken a lot of famous rock photos. 

https://www.snapgalleries.com/...


 On_The_Beach wrote:

Well, I suppose you can interpret the image however you want, but please don't project your feelings about the photo onto me and "everybody else here".

...not to mention the projection onto Bush herself.
I really like the use of those instruments. I assume they are some kind of bagpipe? 

 westslope wrote:
OK.  Let me put it in stark terms.  You and everybody else here wants to fuck young Kate Bush.  
But that is so not her personality.    Other women would love to have thousands upon thousands of horny men lusting after them.  
Not Bush.
She expressed some regret in regards to that and other photos from the period.
Listen carefully to Kate Bush.   Her head is in a totally different place.   Sure, some of her stuff is totally sensual.  We can have powerfully 'sensual' without being 'sexual'.
Make more sense now? 

Well, I suppose you can interpret the image however you want, but please don't project your feelings about the photo onto me and "everybody else here".
I just thought it was a beautiful photo, and song.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Not quite sure what that means, but it's definitely Kate.


OK.  Let me put it in stark terms.  You and everybody else here wants to fuck young Kate Bush.  

But that is so not her personality.    Other women would love to have thousands upon thousands of horny men lusting after them.  

Not Bush.

She expressed some regret in regards to that and other photos from the period.

Listen carefully to Kate Bush.   Her head is in a totally different place.   Sure, some of her stuff is totally sensual.  We can have powerfully 'sensual' without being 'sexual'.

Make more sense now? 
I bet his spark did take life.

Great album, had it on repeat as I pulled all-nighters towards the end of my degree. A lovely foil to all the caffeine coursing through my veins. That Bulgarian choir she used, amazing, I've since caught some of that four/five part harmony stuff live in Bulgaria. So close to dissonance but always resolved.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
http://static.gigwise.com/artists/Kate%20Bush%20classic%20600.jpg


I can't believe that Kate Bush is my age. I think it's fair to say that she's aged rather better than myself :o)

"Sensual" is the word I've always used to describe her music, going back to the early days.
Kate has produced some stunning work over the years which defies categorisation.  I just know that its always a pleasure to hear it.  Thanks RP!
 westslope wrote:


Must admit that the photo is a bit 'arresting'. ......

But it is so NOT Kate Bush.   
 
Not quite sure what that means, but it's definitely Kate.
Mmh, yes!
 westslope wrote:


Must admit that the photo is a bit 'arresting'. ......

But it is so NOT Kate Bush.   
 

You're mistaken.
KB recorded 'Sexual Healing' for a Marvin Gaye tribute album, but it wasn't included.

Same magical blend of voice and uilleann pipes.

Both  are amazing.
 hkrimm wrote:
Wow! This is really amazing!  I am sitting here on Bloomsday, eating a gorgonzola cheese sandwich for lunch, when this song comes on, which is based entirely on the relationship between Leopold and Molly Bloom, particularly the very last line of Ulysses: "I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another… then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes."

I hope that Bill had this planned, otherwise, what an amazing coincidence.
 

I saw the last performance of the Firesign Theater, and this was how why ended their show/career, with Phil Proctor moving from their written material (some new, some old) into this soliloquy.
I rested my head back onto the back of my chair, closed my eyes, and just existed in one of the great moments of my life. Such an experience.
yes i said i will yes
 On_The_Beach wrote:
http://static.gigwise.com/artists/Kate%20Bush%20classic%20600.jpg
 

Must admit that the photo is a bit 'arresting'. ......

But it is so NOT Kate Bush.   
Just when I thought Kate had lost her edge, she released The Sensual World. Was a great album and the title tune simply incredible. Waited for the laughter that starts the next and guess I'll have to go dig out the CD for the afternoon run to the grocery store.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
http://static.gigwise.com/artists/Kate%20Bush%20classic%20600.jpg
 
So big eyes 
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh....Kate.
The album this comes from was one that marked a very significant and mostly happy turning point in my life that saw me leave home to move in with the man who is now my beloved husband. Just hearing the bells at the beginning stirs up the ol' 'fun bumps'!
 timmus wrote:
Irish pipes are not what I would expect to hear on a song suggesting steamy sex, but I guess it works.
 
Howth Head is just north of Dublin Bay (famous residents included Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy fame, U2 Drummer Larry Mullen, Brendan Gleeson, F1 World Champion Damon Hill, many members of The Dubliners, Saoirse Ronan, Dolores O'Riodan of The Cranberries, Enya, Moya Doherty and John McColgan (creators of Riverdance)). So the link is there, I guess.
 timmus wrote:
Irish pipes are not what I would expect to hear on a song suggesting steamy sex, but I guess it works.
 
You guess?
I still want to have her babies
Bush wanted to use Molly's soliloquy verbatim but I guess the Joyce estate wasn't diggin it, until just over 8 years ago...

“Originally when I wrote the song The Sensual World, I had used text from the end of Ulysses but was disappointed not to receive permission,” said the singer. 

“But when I came to work on this current project I though I would ask for permission again and this time they said yes. The song has now been retitled Flower of the Mountain and I am delighted that I have had the chance to fulfil my original concept.”

After 22 years it's yes, yes, yes to Kate Bush and Molly Bloom

 hkrimm wrote:
Wow! This is really amazing!  I am sitting here on Bloomsday, eating a gorgonzola cheese sandwich for lunch, when this song comes on, which is based entirely on the relationship between Leopold and Molly Bloom, particularly the very last line of Ulysses: "I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another… then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes."

I hope that Bill had this planned, otherwise, what an amazing coincidence.
 

 Skydog wrote:
were those bells at the beginning of this song or the end of the last?
either way i likey 
 
The Sensual World is the first song on the album.
Yep, that is the uilleann pipes.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
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I suddenly have a whole new appreciation for Kate Bush.
 Gusdadringo wrote:
 I remember seeing Kate on Saturday Night Live and was hooked. I've bought everything since and rarely been disappointed. My biggest disappointment was my inability to go to London to see her perform or that it hasn't been released on video.

 
Back when SNL had interesting bands. That was how I discovered her music as well.
{#Hearteyes}  My fantasy date at the age of 20.
 I remember seeing Kate on Saturday Night Live and was hooked. I've bought everything since and rarely been disappointed. My biggest disappointment was my inability to go to London to see her perform or that it hasn't been released on video.
http://static.gigwise.com/artists/Kate%20Bush%20classic%20600.jpg
When you say that "mmh", I just wanna marry you.
Wow! This is really amazing!  I am sitting here on Bloomsday, eating a gorgonzola cheese sandwich for lunch, when this song comes on, which is based entirely on the relationship between Leopold and Molly Bloom, particularly the very last line of Ulysses: "I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another… then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes."

I hope that Bill had this planned, otherwise, what an amazing coincidence.
I'll have what she's having. Preferably, where she's having it.
 eroz wrote:

1978 - Kate sang The Man with the Child in his Eyes. She was phenominal visually and vocally.
Skydog wrote: 
After watching that vid, I'd have to say that Kate was on the Piano - Paul just played it ;-)
 timmus wrote:
I don't know, it's just not working with those Irish pipes, or at least they've got them too loud on the mix.

 
The pipes are actually playing a famous Macedonian folk dance :) It's traditionally played on bagpipe.
Irish pipes are not what I would expect to hear on a song suggesting steamy sex, but I guess it works.

I don't know, it's just not working with those Irish pipes, or at least they've got them too loud on the mix.
Before the Dawn live album due out this month in cd & vinyl!
And again I hear a song I've never hear before and would probably never hear but for RP.
Thank you {#Meditate} 
 eroz wrote:

1978 - Kate sang The Man with the Child in his Eyes. She was phenominal visually and vocally.

 
here's a link to that performance, Paul Schaffer on piano
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https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x25r049_kate-bush-the-man-with-the-child-in-his-eyes-09dec78_music
I wish I liked Kate more.  Lots of love for her out there.  I always seem to think that her music is just short of a full song.  I'm not blaming her.  It must be me with all the positive comments people post.
Love Kate Bush. Ever and ever <3
 
There's nothing to say but OOOOOOOOO, YESSSSS!  {#Bananapiano}   TEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 Kaisersosay wrote:
I remember seeing her perform on SNL back in the late 70's.
Sitting on a piano, in this incredible leotard. 
Loved her music instantly,,,,,loved the way she looked even quicker.       

 
1978 - Kate sang The Man with the Child in his Eyes. She was phenominal visually and vocally.
were those bells at the beginning of this song or the end of the last?
either way i likey 
One of the most hypnotic songs ever, sung by one of the most musically gifted enchanting and sensual women ever to grace the Earth
 kaybee wrote:

..... I agree with some others here that "The Kick Inside" is one of her best albums.

 
Good to know.  Thanks.  Must explore more Kate Bush.  Seems that artists I enjoy and fans that share my tastes all hugely admire Kate Bush.
I remember seeing her perform on SNL back in the late 70's.
Sitting on a piano, in this incredible leotard. 
Loved her music instantly,,,,,loved the way she looked even quicker.       
The Sensual World...mmm yes.
A welcome improvement over the previous Patty Griffin song.  Love Kate.

Liove me some Kate Bush...
 
I have to take pause whenever I hear this track.
Those " yes.. yes.. and yes..."  had me think of Molly, and so it is: The song Flower of the Mountain by Kate Bush (originally the eponymous track off The Sensual World) sets to music the end of Molly Bloom's soliloquoy.
Kate Bush performs Wuthering Heights on Top of the Pops
 Kate Bush performs Wuthering Heights on Top of the Pops in 1978

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In March 2014, Bush announced a 22-night residency called "Before the Dawn" in London from 26 August – 1 October 2014 at the Hammersmith Apollo, her first live shows in 35 years. The tickets sold out in 15 minutes. The BBC reviewed the tour positively.



Kate! {#Dance}
 eroz wrote:
Friday, a three day weekend and Kate Bush. Doesn't get any better.{#Jump}

 
..... it certainly doesn't 

 
Friday, a three day weekend and Kate Bush. Doesn't get any better.{#Jump}
I've been a big fan of Kate Bush right from the beginning. Love this song.
 
Thanks, It has been a while. I think this and Red Shoes are my favorites.
Randy; she does not tour.
Love Kate, and the Sensual World album has some really moving moments and themes to it. Dammit Kate, tour! Tour! {#Hug}
Kate Bush's voice is like a warm, lingering sensual hug from someone to whom you have a strong attraction.  {#Hearteyes}
This is one of those songs that tastes better at dusk and not so much in daylight.
Did I say she has a range of 4 Octaves !
 
 
 kaybee wrote:

My God, I feel old!  I remember first seeing her on Saturday Night Live in the late '70s (when Eric Idle of Monty Python introduced her) and she couldn't have been any more than 18 years old at the time.  Sitting on top of the piano and I think she sang "Those Heavy People" and "Man with the Child in His Eyes".  I agree with some others here that "The Kick Inside" is one of her best albums.
 
"The Kick Inside" has some great stuff on it, but her voice has really filled out since then. I like the later versions of the material from that album better for that reason.
 Cynaera wrote:
Never has the word "yes"sounded so decadent and so promising.  I love this.  Kate Bush is my Gaia, and I bet if I played her music in my garden, every single plant would leap joyously out of the ground with full blooms and fruit because of that voice.
 
...wow.....applause.....
Is there a fast-forward button on here please?
 meinthecorner wrote:
This is just 'the cat's meow' for me! Love it.
 



This is just 'the cat's meow' for me! Love it.
Wondering how Bjork's Big Time Sensuality would follow this? 
 Bargamon wrote:

Like a warm wet tongue slowing rotating in my ear.......MMMMMMMM......YEsssssss

Some of her work is now a bit dated but some of her classics belong here.
 

my dog does that to me when i'm sleeping on the couch.    not my favorite thing actually........didn't know dogs listened to kate bush

was wondering why my computer was on when i got home and why i was missing half a gallon of milk!
 Cynaera wrote:
Never has the word "yes"sounded so decadent and so promising.  I love this.  Kate Bush is my Gaia, and I bet if I played her music in my garden, every single plant would leap joyously out of the ground with full blooms and fruit because of that voice.
 
The character in the song is Molly Bloom, from James Joyces' Ullysses, so if you know her soliloquy at the end of the book, the use of Molly's "yes" is um... yeah, "promising"!

 Bargamon wrote:
Like a warm wet tongue slowing rotating in my ear.......MMMMMMMM......YEsssssss
 
tmi


Like a warm wet tongue slowing rotating in my ear.......MMMMMMMM......YEsssssss

Some of her work is now a bit dated but some of her classics belong here.


 fran_tarkenton wrote:
Ahh finally its over, I can turn the volume back on!
 
She works for you… or she doesn't. This song has lost a bit of the specialness it had the first 50 times I listened to it, but, as Queen Lucia noted, the opening bells still push the hand over to turn up the volume just a little…

Ahh finally its over, I can turn the volume back on!
Hope to hear Kate's new single "Wild Man" on RP! The only place I hear regular air play of Kate's music.
I hear those bells at the beginning and I'm instantly happy.
 mixplusik wrote:
Only now have I noticed that July 30 is Kate's 52nd birthday... All the best to her! {#Biggrin}
 
My God, I feel old!  I remember first seeing her on Saturday Night Live in the late '70s (when Eric Idle of Monty Python introduced her) and she couldn't have been any more than 18 years old at the time.  Sitting on top of the piano and I think she sang "Those Heavy People" and "Man with the Child in His Eyes".  I agree with some others here that "The Kick Inside" is one of her best albums.


melting quietly here...
ethereal is the word that comes to mind when listening to this....very nice.   Kate is taking me on a magical mystery tour

Never has the word "yes"sounded so decadent and so promising.  I love this.  Kate Bush is my Gaia, and I bet if I played her music in my garden, every single plant would leap joyously out of the ground with full blooms and fruit because of that voice.
Mmmmmm yesssssssss. I think I said this earlier but...I'll have what she's having.

I completely agree, "The Kick Inside" is wonderful and one of my favorites.


I can't understand ,why there is nothing here to find from "The kick Inside" . I think , this is the best Kate Bush Album ever.
I had a really long post written about how Kate Bush must be my muse (it had to do with the snow plows finally plowing our humble street, but there were so many vehicles parked in front of their houses that it really didn't do much good except for burying those parked vehicles in the snow funneled from the middle of the street) because I was motivated to go move my vehicle, to no avail - the damage was done and the plows never came back.

So - I came back indoors, after having been spurred to action by this song. Okay, I accomplished nothing that anyone will ever actually see.  But I did accomplish something - something more visceral and deep.  I went forth in anger, and I came back in peace. And I didn't kill anyone, send a nastygram, or throw a rock. And I'm sitting here now, smiling benignly, and the world turns, and life goes on.

Kate Bush's music does that to me. (Why can't it just motivate me to take a long, hot bubble-bath?!) {#Roflol}
Always moved by Kate Bush
10+++

Love, love, love.
Heh! I was thinking the same! Never really thought of the Bouzoki as a sensual instrument tho...

 
JGM wrote:
Bouzoki galore. 
 


Bouzoki galore. 
Listening to this I think I must have under rated her talent. excellent song, excellent singer
Underrated talent, great CD.  Thanks RP...

Kate Bush by ~TripleGoddess
©2006-2010 ~TripleGoddess

A rather quickly done manip of one of my favourite musicians.


She makes the word "yes" sound like an invitation to a night of wanton abandon, only without the guilt afterwards.

Love Kate Bush.
How did you know I was just thinking about Kate Bush five minutes ago?  Bill, you are surely psychic sometimes.
Grrrr, yum, yes!

 
gshrieves wrote:

That would be Saturday Night Live, with Eric Idle hosting. And Paul Shaffer on the piano. :) Mmmmm, yes!
 


{#Dancingbanana}When all my friends were obsessed with Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie i was saving money to buy KB Lp's. Sure the boys were great too, but you could hear them everywhere and they didn't speak to my sensual growth like Kate Bush.
 Frater_Kork wrote:
 
Kate doing The Man With The Child In His Eyes in a fuzzy skinsuit pretty much kickstarted my libido back then. I think she performed that one on a TV special while sprawling on top of a grand piano, that kind of stuck with me. =)
 
That would be Saturday Night Live, with Eric Idle hosting. And Paul Shaffer on the piano. :) Mmmmm, yes!
THANKS BILL!
 romeotuma wrote:


love it...
 
One of the few KB songs I really like.
OOOOhhh it,s happening again

Kate Bush and Larry Adler - "The Man I Love" Live (1994):

"The Man I Love" is a popular standard, with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by his brother Ira. Originally part of the 1927 score for the Gershwin antiwar musical satire Strike Up the Band. Popular torch singer Helen Morgan first made the song into a big success "

"I actually think billie's rendition is the best, and i really hate it when people make rape meatphors"

"May be I shouldn't have used the word rape, because I don't want to hurt anybody.
I take music very serious so emotions sometimes go on the run with me.
Ella Fizgerald gives me the impression she thinks that she is more important then the composer. Billy Holliday sings it very sensitive and beautiful, but to me Kate Bush is equally sensitivity but has the most beautiful voice and personality. "

"Kate's the singer Gershwin wrote this song for! "

 linden wrote:

I blame the '80s. But how can you not love the "Cloudbusting" video?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRHA9W-zExQ

  
Kate doing The Man With The Child In His Eyes in a fuzzy skinsuit pretty much kickstarted my libido back then. I think she performed that one on a TV special while sprawling on top of a grand piano, that kind of stuck with me. =)
im getting a twitch
 CascadianPDX wrote:
I find her videos painful to behold, which is hard to explain because she is quite striking too.
 
I blame the '80s. But how can you not love the "Cloudbusting" video?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRHA9W-zExQ

This is the most .. sensual, delicious song I have ever heard.  Ahhh, Kate ... mmmmm, yes!