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Kate Bush — The Sensual World
Album: The Sensual World
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Released: 1989
Length: 3:49
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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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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:
<snip>
 
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?
 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.
 

Miss you, Ann...  rest in peace...


 


 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.


 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.
 
I'll dance to this...

 
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. 
 


Only now have I noticed that July 30 is Kate's 52nd birthday... All the best to her! {#Biggrin}
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!


This song is fantastic...  love it...

 Albert1967 wrote:

One of the few KB songs I really like.
 
This is an excellent song...  it is nice to hear it...



 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



love it...


This is the most .. sensual, delicious song I have ever heard.  Ahhh, Kate ... mmmmm, yes!
Kate blazed the trail for other female solo performers in her music genre. She's also a fine performer of traditional Celtic music.
 medoras wrote:
It's hard to believe that 31 years have passed since a 19 year-old Kate hit the airwaves with "The Kick Inside" yet listeners are still comparing her with Tori Amos. As an admitted Kate Bush fan from day one, I fail to recognize any similarity in their music. I enjoy Tori's music but as far as creativity and sheer genius go, I return to Kate Bush time and time again. Brilliant!

 
I'm a fan of Kate Bush going back to her early days, when she made the goosepimples (and other things <cough!>) rise. I think it's more that folk are comparing Tori Amos with Kate Bush, Kate having come first after all, and I know that this irritates some TA fans on these boards. There is a major difference in their musical styles, though also some similarities, but their voices are similar, such that I often do a double-take when I hear TA thinking that I've come across a hitherto-unknown KB number. Whether or not TA is fit to wipe Kate's shoes I couldn't comment, but for sure Kate was a frontierswoman in her time, very innovative.

She is a effin' huge talent. Music that is...  I find her videos painful to behold, which is hard to explain because she is quite striking too.


Kate Bush has a range of five octaves with her voice...  she be awesome...


 medoras wrote:
It's hard to believe that 31 years have passed since a 19 year-old Kate hit the airwaves with "The Kick Inside" yet listeners are still comparing her with Tori Amos. As an admitted Kate Bush fan from day one, I fail to recognize any similarity in their music. I enjoy Tori's music but as far as creativity and sheer genius go, I return to Kate Bush time and time again. Brilliant!

 
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one.  I find Tori quite irritating, but Kate pure genius.


It's hard to believe that 31 years have passed since a 19 year-old Kate hit the airwaves with "The Kick Inside" yet listeners are still comparing her with Tori Amos. As an admitted Kate Bush fan from day one, I fail to recognize any similarity in their music. I enjoy Tori's music but as far as creativity and sheer genius go, I return to Kate Bush time and time again. Brilliant!

one of the best voices are gives....{#Music}
Kate is amazing.
 velvetglove wrote:
Ah yes...the sound that spawned a thousand imitators...
 
oh no kidding.
{#Mrgreen}
Mmmmmm....Kate
Love me some Kate!
Blessed is Kate{#Bananapiano}
 wenatchee wrote:
Cheesecake and Port on a setting sun, her voice is sweet with a nice lingering . . .
 

Well put man...well put!
 Gish05 wrote:
Semi-useless fact about Kate Bush: I'm fairly certain that the initial engineering behind what would later become MP3 audio compression was tested by listening to samples of Kate Bush's voice. Apparently her voice has such a distinct quality to it that they found it extremely useful in fine-tuning the encoding to make it sound as faithful to the original as possible. Trying to find the source, but regardless, I remember reading this somewhere.

 
That would be Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega:

https://www.suzannevega.com/suzanne/funfacts/music.aspx

Ah yes...the sound that spawned a thousand imitators...
Sensual World - good name for a Kate Bush song.  Her voice makes me think of some kind of a sex kitten, like from a 60's Bond film.

Oooohhhhh. . . .
Beautiful.{#Hearteyes}
Semi-useless fact about Kate Bush: I'm fairly certain that the initial engineering behind what would later become MP3 audio compression was tested by listening to samples of Kate Bush's voice. Apparently her voice has such a distinct quality to it that they found it extremely useful in fine-tuning the encoding to make it sound as faithful to the original as possible. Trying to find the source, but regardless, I remember reading this somewhere.

Absolutely brilliant!  Thanks, Kate, for your genius.
Anyone attend a Katemas celebration?

Happy Birthday, Kate! And here's to many more and many more beautiful songs....
No way Kate's 50 today like Bill said. That would make me.... old.
...thank goodness for kate bush!..
Cheesecake and Port on a setting sun, her voice is sweet with a nice lingering . . .
Roverfish wrote:
Sorry, daveesh, I never should have crossed the line and called you out. Clearly my comments came across far more critical than I'd intended. All I meant was that I wanted to give Kate credit at least for taking on such a literary and intellectual task, as opposed to singing about (e.g.) getting smashed at a party or the umpteenth bad relationship; such an erudite topic as a soliloquy in Ulysses is not always accessible or welcome by many readers/listeners. Whether or not she succeeds to any real extent, I suppose, is in the ear of the listener. For me, it works.
heck, i'm not THAT thin-skinned! nothing wrong with a bit of public discourse on a subject i love to hate.
Kate Bush - in her worst tunes crucifies the performance of Tori Amos in her best tunes.