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Kate Bush — Watching You Without Me
Album: Before The Dawn
Avg rating:
6.7

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Total ratings: 1059









Released: 2016
Length: 4:22
Plays (last 30 days): 3
("What's that?")
("It's four, five, six, seven...")

You can't hear me.
You can't hear me.
You can't hear what I'm saying.
You can't hear what I'm saying to you.

You watch the clock
Move the slow hand.
I should have been home
Hours ago,
But I'm not here.
But I'm not here.

You can't hear me.
You can't hear me.
You can't feel me
Here in the room with you now.
You can't hear what I'm saying.
You don't hear what I'm saying, do you?

Can't let you know
What's been happening.
There's a ghost in our home,
Just watching you without me.
I'm not here.
("You don't hear me.") [backwards]
But I'm not here.
(You can't hear me.)
But I'm not here.
(You don't hear what I'm saying.)

"Don't ignore, don't ignore me,
Let me...??"*
"Don't ignore, don't ignore me,
Let me...??"
"Don't ignore, don't ignore me,
Let me...??"

"We see you here." [backwards]
"We see you here."
"We see you here."
"We see you here."
"We see you here."
"We see you here."
"We see you here."
"We see you here."

You don't hear me come in.
"Help me, baby! Help me, baby! Talk to me! Listen to me,
listen to me! Talk to me! Help--"
("You can't hear me.") [backwards]
"Listen, baby! Listen to me, baby! Help me, help me, baby!
Talk to me! Talk to me! Please, baby, talk to me!"
("You can't hear me.") [backwards]
You won't hear me leaving.
Comments (59)add comment
Really can't stand anything by Kate Bush, very grating stuff.
imo Kate Bush is much better than Kate Winslet 
Kate Bush is a goddess
Yeah! Take that, Haters.  

DanielHLloyd wrote:
If I may, you have to have a little context for the song to understand it. It is from a larger suite called "The Ninth Wave" where a woman is left floating at sea after her ship goes down during a storm. As her body slowly shuts down in the cold waters she loses consciousness and imagines herself gradually letting go of life. In this song she sees her family going on with life without her. It is pretty repetitive granted, but it is Kate at her conceptual best in the larger form of work. Hounds of Love is a terrific album. 
 

Happy birthday Kate .
cmar wrote:
Kate Bush... Madonna?

Proclivities

They're good pals. They play mahjong together every Thursday.


like this? :


still outstanding some 35 years later.
Kate left us all behind and wondering, ages ago.
Musical for horny aliens
There's no one like Kate! Truly unique and lovely.
 VV wrote:
Hate, hate, hate this one. And I don't hate many songs on RP.

 
So,, what you're saying here is that you hate this song,,,, right? 
 ckcotton wrote:
Just like all Kate Bush... utterly intolerable 
 
I just like all Kate!
 Steely_D wrote:

Her ghost, trying to reach her husband, sounds like a corrupted MP3.
 
The hell you say...
 VV wrote:

So does losing consciousness sound like a corrupted mp3 file? 
 
Her ghost, trying to reach her husband, sounds like a corrupted MP3.
Just like all Kate Bush... utterly intolerable 
 DanielHLloyd wrote:
If I may, you have to have a little context for the song to understand it. It is from a larger suite called "The Ninth Wave" where a woman is left floating at sea after her ship goes down during a storm. As her body slowly shuts down in the cold waters she loses consciousness and imagines herself gradually letting go of life. In this song she sees her family going on with life without her. It is pretty repetitive granted, but it is Kate at her conceptual best in the larger form of work. Hounds of Love is a terrific album. 
 
So does losing consciousness sound like a corrupted mp3 file? 
If I may, you have to have a little context for the song to understand it. It is from a larger suite called "The Ninth Wave" where a woman is left floating at sea after her ship goes down during a storm. As her body slowly shuts down in the cold waters she loses consciousness and imagines herself gradually letting go of life. In this song she sees her family going on with life without her. It is pretty repetitive granted, but it is Kate at her conceptual best in the larger form of work. Hounds of Love is a terrific album. 
Hate, hate, hate this one. And I don't hate many songs on RP.
 ChrisVIII wrote:
It sounds like an energy-less Madonna to me... blah. 

 
If you wanted to insult the artist (Kate Bush), you could not have picked a better comparison. 
 nutrod42 wrote:
Annoying.

 
Yes, try to be quiet during the music.
 

 cmar wrote:

Kate Bush... Madonna? {#Eek}

  
Proclivities
They're good pals.  They play mahjong together every Thursday.

 

 ChrisVIII wrote:
It sounds like an energy-less Madonna to me... blah.
  
.On_The_Beach
I'm sorry, we're going to have to kill you.

I think these are now my two favorites comments of all time in this forum!


Talented lady.
What a voice...what an angelic delivery. She's my fav female artist of all time, bar none. Keep 'em coming Bill!
I'm sometimes overwhelmed with the sadness that this might not have been videotaped so I can eventually see what happened at those shows.
 Proclivities wrote:

They're good pals.  They play mahjong together every Thursday.

 
Mabush!
 cmar wrote:

Kate Bush... Madonna? {#Eek}

 
They're good pals.  They play mahjong together every Thursday.
 ChrisVIII wrote:
It sounds like an energy-less Madonna to me... blah.
 
I'm sorry, we're going to have to kill you.
 ChrisVIII wrote:
It sounds like an energy-less Madonna to me... blah. 

 
Kate Bush... Madonna? {#Eek}
It sounds like an energy-less Madonna to me... blah. 
 sleepinggypC wrote:
not her best song, but I loves me some Kate! She's awesome as ever.
 
I agree. This one is only worth a 9.
At least she's not Runnin' Up That Hill in this song.
not her best song, but I loves me some Kate! She's awesome as ever.
{#Notworthy} Just as awesome as always.
Annoying.
 shakylegs wrote:

There just seems to be a bit more maturity to her voice, which comes across as a bit deeper. I really enjoyed the screechy aspect of it back in the day, but now this seems more, I don't know, solid? 

 
I enjoy the more mature version of her voice.  

Bought the triple-CD and love it. 
 dew34 wrote:
Exceptional as usual, he voice is still crystal and this song from The Dreaming reinforces the Australian theme she was promoting.

 
This is from the drowning sequence on the Hounds of Love album.
Exceptional as usual, he voice is still crystal and this song from The Dreaming reinforces the Australian theme she was promoting.
 shakylegs wrote:

There just seems to be a bit more maturity to her voice, which comes across as a bit deeper. I really enjoyed the screechy aspect of it back in the day, but now this seems more, I don't know, solid? 

 
Yep. Listening to this album, I got the sense that it was a second swing at some songs, adding some depth or intonation. And, her voice is more grounded and maybe a bit throatier.

That jerky voice thing is, I think, her as a ghost trying to contact her husband and son as she watches them.
 jgriffin56 wrote:

otherwise an okay song, but that goofy bit at the end does not improve the song.

 
That's on the original, I believe, so is appropriate here too.  I love her, so I'm biased :)
 Skydog wrote:

yeah but could have done without the jammed up cd effect

 
otherwise an okay song, but that goofy bit at the end does not improve the song.
{#Bounce}love Kate!
{#Daisy}
 LizK wrote:
Was enraptured with the  genealogy of my not-very-distinguished-family when this interrupted.  Kate is getting better; demanding your attention, yes?

 
yeah but could have done without the jammed up cd effect
Was enraptured with the  genealogy of my not-very-distinguished-family when this interrupted.  Kate is getting better; demanding your attention, yes?
 westslope wrote:

How is a more mature-sounding Kate different from a younger, not-so-mature Kate?   Just curious.  Me thinks I have to get this album.

 
There just seems to be a bit more maturity to her voice, which comes across as a bit deeper. I really enjoyed the screechy aspect of it back in the day, but now this seems more, I don't know, solid? 
I adore this song...
 shakylegs wrote:
Nice to hear a more mature-sounding Kate sing her songs.

 
How is a more mature-sounding Kate different from a younger, not-so-mature Kate?   Just curious.  Me thinks I have to get this album.
 shakylegs wrote:

Thank you, Sherlock Holmes.

 
I got what you were goin for there shakeylegs. In fact, the couple of cuts I've heard from this here on RP are scary accurate to the album cuts except for (as you say) her voice. 
 On_The_Beach wrote:
From Amazon:
“Before The Dawn” was recorded during the incredible run of 22 sold-out shows performed by Kate at London's Hammersmith Apollo in 2014. In March 2014 Kate Bush announced plans to perform 15 shows in London in August and September that year, her first live shows since 1979. The shows sold out so quickly that a further 7 were immediately added, with all shows selling out in 15 minutes. Kate’s own website crashed with the demand. The first night of the shows prompted a complete media frenzy with the Evening Standard declaring that the show was “an extraordinary mix of magical ideas, stunning visuals, attention to detail and remarkable music – she was so obviously, so unambiguously brilliant, it made last night something to tell the grandchildren about.” Later that year the show won the special Editor’s award at the highly prestigious London Theatre Awards, the only contemporary music show to do so.

Nicely done...
 alisathegreat wrote:

This is actually a very old song... but she did perform this version live in 2016.

 
Thank you, Sherlock Holmes.
Is that back tracking I hear on this tune?
This is the second time I've heard a track from her gig in London. The quality is amazing...pure Kate.
Thanks Bob
 shakylegs wrote:
Nice to hear a more mature-sounding Kate sing her songs.

 
This is actually a very old song... but she did perform this version live in 2016.
Love Kate! {#Heartkiss}
Nice to hear a more mature-sounding Kate sing her songs.
From Amazon:
“Before The Dawn” was recorded during the incredible run of 22 sold-out shows performed by Kate at London's Hammersmith Apollo in 2014. In March 2014 Kate Bush announced plans to perform 15 shows in London in August and September that year, her first live shows since 1979. The shows sold out so quickly that a further 7 were immediately added, with all shows selling out in 15 minutes. Kate’s own website crashed with the demand. The first night of the shows prompted a complete media frenzy with the Evening Standard declaring that the show was “an extraordinary mix of magical ideas, stunning visuals, attention to detail and remarkable music – she was so obviously, so unambiguously brilliant, it made last night something to tell the grandchildren about.” Later that year the show won the special Editor’s award at the highly prestigious London Theatre Awards, the only contemporary music show to do so.