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Kate Bush — King Of The Mountain
Album: Aerial
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Released: 2005
Length: 4:46
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Could you see the aisles of women?
Could you see them screaming and weeping?
Could you see the storm rising?
Could you see the guy who was driving?
Could you climb higher and higher?
Could you climb right over the top?
Why does a multi-millionaire
Fill up his home with priceless junk?

The wind is whistling
The wind is whistling
Through the house

Elvis are you out there somewhere
Looking like a happy man?
In the snow with Rosebud
And king of the mountain

Another Hollywood waitress
Is telling us she's having your baby
And there's a rumour that you're on ice
And you will rise again someday
And that there's a photograph
Where you're dancing on your grave

The wind is whistling
The wind is whistling
Through the house

Elvis are you out there somewhere
Looking like a happy man?
In the snow with Rosebud
And king of the mountain

The wind it blows
The wind it blows the door closed
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 jonahboo wrote:

love her name

she stinks though



 
I don't know about you but your comment stinks
hypnotic and dreamy.
 Steely_D wrote:

I'm a massive Kate fan - at times. This song is from one disc of a two disc release. This disc has a lot of really meh songs on it, like this one. It's hardly the comeback disc that folks like me hoped for. There's a song about Pi, a song about the washing. Really hard to talk about how wonderful it is, because it's not.

But the other disc... I'm hoping it's the one she really wanted to do, a song cycle about the day culminating with her up on the roof (the Aerial) enjoying the gentle beauty of the world. It's not a record to put on while you're partying - but it belongs to a time when you can sit quietly and pay attention. It'll be rewarded. It's subtle, emotional, poetic, and inspiring.

 
I liked this song at first but it hasn't held up for me as much as other songs from Aerial. On my first listen to disc 1, I thought she'd lost her mind - really couldn't warm up to much of it. But Pi has grown on me and I now love it. Kate: 

"I really like the challenge of singing numbers, as opposed to words because numbers are so unemotional as a lyric to sing and it was really fascinating singing that. Trying to sort of, put an emotional element into singing about...a seven...you know and you really care about that nine. I find numbers fascinating, the idea that nearly everything can be broken down into numbers..."

I still can't listen to Bertie or Mrs Bartolozzi, but Joanni, Pi and Coral Room I love very dearly now. Disc 2 is Kate at her best - just amazing and timeless. It's 11 years now, and still in active rotation. 
great vibe - love this one loud.

love her name

she stinks though


Average 7.2 out of over 800 — nuff said, haters move on, use PSD,  spare us whatever your reasons for not liking, move on!{#Bounce}
I think that this echoes her earlier landmark work, and I LOVE the line, "...In the snow/ with Rosebud/ and King of the Mountain." Yeah!
 aaronm wrote:
Normally, when I hear a Kate Bush song, I'm left scratching my head as everyone fawns over it.  Everyone else seems to think it's great, and I usually think it's very "meh".  I feel like I missed something.

This is different.  I really, really actively dislike this song, and am even more befuddled as to what on earth everyone else sees in it.

 
I'm a massive Kate fan - at times. This song is from one disc of a two disc release. This disc has a lot of really meh songs on it, like this one. It's hardly the comeback disc that folks like me hoped for. There's a song about Pi, a song about the washing. Really hard to talk about how wonderful it is, because it's not.

But the other disc... I'm hoping it's the one she really wanted to do, a song cycle about the day culminating with her up on the roof (the Aerial) enjoying the gentle beauty of the world. It's not a record to put on while you're partying - but it belongs to a time when you can sit quietly and pay attention. It'll be rewarded. It's subtle, emotional, poetic, and inspiring.
Some wonderful tracks on this double disc - definitely worth exploring!
 aaronm wrote:
Normally, when I hear a Kate Bush song, I'm left scratching my head as everyone fawns over it.  Everyone else seems to think it's great, and I usually think it's very "meh".  I feel like I missed something.

This is different.  I really, really actively dislike this song, and am even more befuddled as to what on earth everyone else sees in it.

 
King of the Mountain....and Kate is The QUEEN of the Rock music........it is marvelous- her voice, the magic atmosphere, the dry and precise drums etc........I love it!!!!
 Rotterdam wrote:

Hmmm. That's interesting. This is one of hers that I actually like. She uses her voice rather naturally, and the rhythm is hypnotic to me. In fact, I will give it a 7. Go figure.

 
King of the Mountain....and Kate is The QUEEN of the Rock music........it is marvelous- her voice, the magic atmosphere, the dry and precise drums etc........I love it!!!!
 Lazarus wrote:

You have a groovy church...  do you folks also celebrate public nudity like we do, Peter_Bradshaw?  Love this song...  we be celebrating...

 
King of the Mountain....and Kate is The QUEEN of the Rock music........it is marvelous- her voice, the magic atmosphere, the dry and precise drums etc........I love it!!!!
 reyespoint wrote:
Always pleased and surprised at the music selection here. Thanks for this this morning. A real treat!

 
King of the Mountain....and Kate is The QUEEN of the Rock music........it is marvelous- her voice, the magic atmosphere, the dry and precise drums etc........I love it!!!!
King of the Mountain....and Kate is The QUEEN of the Rock music........it is marvelous- her voice, the magic atmosphere, the dry and precise drums etc........I love it!!!!
Always pleased and surprised at the music selection here. Thanks for this this morning. A real treat!
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
That's strange my church loves the shit out of it to
 
You have a groovy church...  do you folks also celebrate public nudity like we do, Peter_Bradshaw?  Love this song...  we be celebrating...
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 

 
That's strange my church loves the shit out of it to
 eroz wrote:
I am a huge Bush (Kate) fan, but even still I have to admit this is one of my least favorite songs. Usually I skip when listening to the album. Of course with that said, I wouldn't say it's a bad song. Just not one of my favorites.

 
Hmmm. That's interesting. This is one of hers that I actually like. She uses her voice rather naturally, and the rhythm is hypnotic to me. In fact, I will give it a 7. Go figure.
 Poacher wrote:

. . . and think of England. 

 
Oh, in your dreams, mate! And mine, for that matter {#Wink}
I am a huge Bush (Kate) fan, but even still I have to admit this is one of my least favorite songs. Usually I skip when listening to the album. Of course with that said, I wouldn't say it's a bad song. Just not one of my favorites.

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
Normally, when I hear a Kate Bush song, I'm left scratching my head as everyone fawns over it.  Everyone else seems to think it's great, and I usually think it's very "meh".  I feel like I missed something.

This is different.  I really, really actively dislike this song, and am even more befuddled as to what on earth everyone else sees in it.
Brilliant!
30 years in the music business and still making good tracks.
 oldsaxon wrote:

I'll second that! More Kate Bush, please!
 
OK I third this' this is a {#Bananajam}very fine album!      
I believe that Happy Rhodes' "One and Many" should be played following this.
 Dillinquent wrote:
Another superb song from Kate. More KB please.
 
I'll second that! More Kate Bush, please!
 peter_james_bond wrote:
I think this tune is classic Kate; ethereal and mysterious combined with a little funky, rock edge.

 
Exactly. I never play this song on my own, but am happy when I hear it played.
Not familiar with this song......a treat for me, then!

marvelous...
 
Another superb song from Kate. More KB please.
this woman can DO NO WRONG musically...
thank you dearly for agreeing.  this is my least favorite artist here on RP.  yikes!

fran_tarkenton wrote:

I'm with ya buddy, this is horrible!

 


Very cool. I like this.
Now if Bill could follow it with Happy Rhodes.... 
 MojoJojo wrote:
Yark! 

Had to jump to "Illinois Street Lounge" for musical palate cleanser, then to "Groove Salad" until this is over. 

 
I'm with ya buddy, this is horrible!

 thewiseking wrote:
this almost works. the repetitive aspect is beautiful and powerful but.. if only she'd lay back a bit
 
. . . and think of England. 
Yark! 

Had to jump to "Illinois Street Lounge" for musical palate cleanser, then to "Groove Salad" until this is over. 



this almost works. the repetitive aspect is beautiful and powerful but.. if only she'd lay back a bit
 dmax wrote:

I'm complimented, I think, that you went to inspect and evaluate my posts, so that you know that I wasn't being inconsistent - merely insistent.

But, you did talk about the poster, instead of the song. And this isn't a focused criticism of you, but a reminder to our community when it happens, which is why it's not posted every single time it's apparent.

I'm just advocating that we discuss, compliment, and insult, the music and not each other. Why wouldn't that be a good approach? 

 

I didn't realize that the RP forum had appointed a moral arbiter of content. Come to think of it, I'm certain they haven't.

In case there is any doubt, you should not feel it was a compliment. I read your posts to confirm what I already suspected. By your post today, you've only reaffirmed that suspicion.

Be as insistent as you like, and I will continue to offer my opinion as I see fit.


 chyk5 wrote:

After reviewing your posts, "defend the music, but not insult the poster", seems to be your mantra. If you follow the prior posts in this string, you'd see that my comment, comparatively, was far from an insult. Gosh, I surely hope you're not insulted by this...
 
I'm complimented, I think, that you went to inspect and evaluate my posts, so that you know that I wasn't being inconsistent - merely insistent.

But, you did talk about the poster, instead of the song. And this isn't a focused criticism of you, but a reminder to our community when it happens, which is why it's not posted every single time it's apparent.

I'm just advocating that we discuss, compliment, and insult, the music and not each other. Why wouldn't that be a good approach? 



excellent song...

 


It's nice to hear the real thing after that recycled version earlier this afternoon.
 dmax wrote:

Defend the music, but not insult the poster, right?

If someone doesn't like the music, and you do, attacking them is wrong. 
 
After reviewing your posts, "defend the music, but not insult the poster", seems to be your mantra. If you follow the prior posts in this string, you'd see that my comment, comparatively, was far from an insult. Gosh, I surely hope you're not insulted by this...

Slowly growing on me over the years.
 chyk5 wrote:


Considering you give a 10 rating to 3 Cake songs and Golden Earing (!), I find it hard to take your critique seriously
 
Defend the music, but not insult the poster, right?

If someone doesn't like the music, and you do, attacking them is wrong. 
 prickelpit96 wrote:

Apparently this is new to me...., and I like it.

Her voice never seems to lose its charme.

 


This was released as a single in October of 2005, and it rose quickly to #4 on the UK charts...  cool song...

 

Apparently this is new to me...., and I like it.

Her voice never seems to lose its charme.




love it love it love it...


 fran_tarkenton wrote:

Relax buddy! There are few musicians that give me a gag reflex and KB happens to be one of them.  I'm flattered that you bothered to research my musical interests.  Cake are awesome!

 

Funny you should mention gag reflex. I had the same reaction when I read your first comment...
 chyk5 wrote:


Considering you give a 10 rating to 3 Cake songs and Golden Earing (!), I find it hard to take your critique seriously
 
Relax buddy! There are few musicians that give me a gag reflex and KB happens to be one of them.  I'm flattered that you bothered to research my musical interests.  Cake are awesome!

 fran_tarkenton wrote:

A troll with a good point mind you!  This is a horrible excuse for music!

 

Considering you give a 10 rating to 3 Cake songs and Golden Earing (!), I find it hard to take your critique seriously
 fredriley wrote:

This is not a meaningful comment. This is the random howling of a troll.

 
A troll with a good point mind you!  This is a horrible excuse for music!

I think this tune is classic Kate; ethereal and mysterious combined with a little funky, rock edge.

Was really enjoying the run of music and then this!  Britney would be an improvement over this!
Not her best.
Ditto.

 
revolver wrote:
Love her, but not this song
 




still love it...


Kate Bush
"Elvis are you out there somewhere
Looking like a happy man?
In the snow with Rosebud
And king of the mountain?"

 DrConcrescence wrote:
Love Kate. This is not my favorite from the Album, butt its meant to be listened to as a whole.
 

This is from the first disc, which wounds a bit like a forced product that the record company needed to promote the idea of singles. the second disc - that's the genius disc! Like "Another Green World" it's not music to put on in the background, but music to hit and pay attention to. It has structure, delicacy, and is the work of a really mature, self-confident artist.
Love her, but not this song
 musicgirl101 wrote:
No, the most unannoying voices ever.
 
I'm with you, musicgirl!  {#Cheers}

Love this album, love this song.
 madtowner11 wrote:
Kate Bush is right up there with Neil Young for me...
on my list of most annoying singing voices ever. /Don't blame me—it's probably genetic.
 
No, the most unannoying voices ever.

 Excelsior wrote:
This is not music.
 
Like you could do any better. Kate Bush rocks, and this is music at its finest.



love it...


 Tim_in_N_FL wrote:

{#Ask} OK. Try her debut "The Kick Inside".  You may just like it...

 
Don't kid yourself. Yer man wouldn't "like it" if he won the Lottery and was serviced daily for the rest of his natural by a bevvy of beauties blowing him senseless. The guy makes Morrissey look like the Laughing Policeman.

 Excelsior wrote:
This is not music.
 
This is not a meaningful comment. This is the random howling of a troll.

This is one of the highlights of the CD.
 Excelsior wrote:
This is not music.
 
{#Ask} OK. Try her debut "The Kick Inside".  You may just like it...

 Tree_Hugger wrote:
love the background voices sounding like the wind.  love this disc but really love disc 2 in this set.  love kate.
 
I totally agree. Disk 2 of this album is exellent stuff!!!

This is not music.
love the background voices sounding like the wind.  love this disc but really love disc 2 in this set.  love kate.
Zamoeba wrote:
Very cool...gives me shivers. The harmonic structure is very pleasing to me.
Hits me like that too! Love it!
Love Kate. This is not my favorite from the Album, butt its meant to be listened to as a whole.
Pretty good. 7/10 for now.
gekkosan wrote:
I was waiting for the next KB song to sound for this idle coment: I was doing random views in Youtube the other day, when I happened upon this little gem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfGc4wcil2g I wonder if Kate now looks upon that piece of work with embarrassment, simply as a stage, or whether she's still proud of that....
she truly is an artist though, I doubt she's anything but proud of her work. She likes to push the envelope and be a little dramatic, it's her thing.
the best album of 2005
i prefer MIDNIGHT OIL - KING OF THE MOUNTAIN.
Frater_Kork wrote:
Sounds like a Once in an awful lot of lifetimes event. And i missed it... =)
Actually, you didn't... https://www.snopes.com/science/mars.asp
:whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:
About time we got some Kate. May we have some more please?
:bananajam: :dancingbanana_2: :boohoo: :whistle: :good-vibes:
MidLyfe wrote:
I have a love/hate with Kate Bush. I either love it, like this well-crafted song, or I feel as if I am listening to farm animals being slaughtered. Anyone else think Citizen Kane with this song?? :crown:
Well she does mention Rosebud a few times...
justin4kick wrote:
1:07 pm - Kate Bush - King Of The Mountain 1:04 pm - Hooverphonic - Mad About You 1:00 pm - Feist - Mushaboom That's three 8's in a row. Hurray for the melancholy ladies.
Agree totally!
I have a love/hate with Kate Bush. I either love it, like this well-crafted song, or I feel as if I am listening to farm animals being slaughtered. Anyone else think Citizen Kane with this song?? :crown:
gekkosan wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfGc4wcil2g I wonder if Kate now looks upon that piece of work with embarrassment, simply as a stage, or whether she's still proud of that....
Truly awesome dancing there... :wink: She's certainly made better videos.
out_to_lunch wrote:
I love this....she never goes downhill, her stuff is just a fresh and addictive now as it was 20-something years ago...
I was waiting for the next KB song to sound for this idle coment: I was doing random views in Youtube the other day, when I happened upon this little gem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfGc4wcil2g I wonder if Kate now looks upon that piece of work with embarrassment, simply as a stage, or whether she's still proud of that....
1:07 pm - Kate Bush - King Of The Mountain 1:04 pm - Hooverphonic - Mad About You 1:00 pm - Feist - Mushaboom That's three 8's in a row. Hurray for the melancholy ladies.
Very clever Album artwork. Just noticed that now :cool: Great song too. Grows on me.
I love this....she never goes downhill, her stuff is just a fresh and addictive now as it was 20-something years ago...
More Bush please! Excellant overall playlist...keep up the great work!
Just returned from my lunch break... took the head phones - and arrived at this wonderful song!! Fantastic! The more I am enjoying it, the better it is! :bounce: :bounce: :music:
Lonestar wrote:
Enough Bush already!!
yeah, right!!! next, please...
Enough Bush already!!
katalyst wrote:
Side note....Mars will be as close to earth as possible Aug 27 2006 at 11:00pm pacific standard time. This has not happened in 60 million years and will not come this close again for another 60 million years. This is a once in a lifetime event.
Sounds like a Once in an awful lot of lifetimes event. And i missed it... =)
Kate Bush is right up there with Neil Young for me... on my list of most annoying singing voices ever. /Don't blame me--it's probably genetic.
hippiechick wrote:
I have never disliked an album that I purchased more than this one. Each song got on my last nerve. I actually threw it out (shoulda sold it to a 2nd hand shop. Oh well)
Both discs? I admit it is taking some time for the Sky disc to grow on me, but I quite like the Sea disc (which this is on). It was really nice on a recent road trip.
Very cool...gives me shivers. The harmonic structure is very pleasing to me.
hippiechick wrote:
I have never disliked an album that I purchased more than this one. Each song got on my last nerve. I actually threw it out (shoulda sold it to a 2nd hand shop. Oh well)
hippiechick seems a little negative on her posts today......bad weekend? ;-)
I have never disliked an album that I purchased more than this one. Each song got on my last nerve. I actually threw it out (shoulda sold it to a 2nd hand shop. Oh well)
Took a long time to grow on me, but now it's gotten there.
Side note....Mars will be as close to earth as possible Aug 27 2006 at 11:00pm pacific standard time. This has not happened in 60 million years and will not come this close again for another 60 million years. This is a once in a lifetime event.
she sounds like Sister Fetus in the movie "Bringing Out the Dead"
Pretty predictable segue....one squeeky voice to another!!!
:bounce:
Is this the new album? I would like to have this I do believe.
Her screams are more a function of willfulness than lack of control, so listen again and enjoy someone diverting themselves with their own practiced gift.
If this is an aural hallucination, I want more of them! Seriously, this is they way it sounds on the CD. It's a wonderful track, and completely unlike any other track on the album. It was actually recorded about 9 years ago, according to Kate.
Is there some sort of weird echo effect on this playback, or am I having aural hallucinations? :stupid:
This is such a great album. I wasn't a huge Kate fan in the 70's and 80's, but this one really surprised me. It's balanced, beautiful and surprising. And mercifully free of high pitched squeals :)
I count myself as a fairly serious fan & I have most of Kate's albums. However this track continues to really under-whelm me. :think:
found this on an internet jukebox last night. It had a few folks walking up and looking to see the artist. I truely enjoy this song. Love the percussion! But I've already said that. 8-)
Bizzarefall wrote:
Ok, coming from being completely annoyed of the airtime this receives to wishing it would be played and cranking my volume. What's up with that?
music is a virus
turnpike wrote:
Now don't get me wrong, folks. I've loved this performer since Saturday Night Live's December 9, 1978 show where she performed, live, the songs Them Heavy People and Child in his Eyes. To quote her so eloquently, "WOW!!!" ...
I think I remember that one, too. If I remember right, she kind of crawled all over her piano.
Love this two-disc CD, just wish they packaged it better so the discs don't fall out constantly!
I rated this a 9 some time ago and continue to think her singing is beautiful, emotional, and the music is hypnotic. I'm not sure why others here don't like it. What's not to like? In fact, it's sounding better every time. :cheers:
okay, i know its Kate Bush and everything, but sheesh! this song is...is...i don't want to say it! okay, i'll say it: this song is the yellow thing on the right with the mallet, and my ears are the yellow thing on the left: :beat:
Darkmatter wrote:
Not entirely true, actually. Her first entirely self-produced album was the 1982 The Dreaming album. For her previous releases, those responsible for the production was Andrew Powell for The Kick Inside and Lionheart, and co-production with Jon Kelly for Never For Ever.
ok, she only produced her best albums. since i was speaking in the present tense, i think i was accurate enough. :liar: :wink:
turnpike wrote:
Now don't get me wrong, folks. I've loved this performer since Saturday Night Live's December 9, 1978 show where she performed, live, the songs Them Heavy People and Child in his Eyes. To quote her so eloquently, "WOW!!!" But really folks, have you seen the video. I'm sorry, Katie dear, but your performance sounds repetative and flat and you look and sound very tired. Very dissapointing. This song get's my poorest rating to date. Turnpike Billy
Yeah, that SNL show still sticks in my ear/brain. Wonderful set she did.