Monday, December 07, 2015

The vault of lost lyrics, chapter 19

An adaptation from Molly Bloom's speech at the conclusion of Ulysses, this song is one my favourite Kate Bush singles. Both the vocal delivery and the instrumentation are so feminine! Sadly, like so much of her music, it was badly under-appreciated when it was released in 1989, despite a gorgeous video. So you've probably never heard this lyric — or Kate's original lyrical working of Molly's speech, which Kate released as "Flower of the Mountain" on her 2011 album Director's Cut.


"The Sensual World" (Kate Bush)

Mm, yes
Then I'd taken the kiss of seedcake back from his mouth
Going deep South, go down, mm yes
Took six big wheels and rolled our bodies
Off of Howth Head and into the flesh, mm 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, off the page
Into the sensual world
Stepping out

To where the water and the earth caress
And the down of a peach says mm yes
Do I look for those millionaires
Like a Machiavellian girl would
When I could wear a sunset? mm yes
And how we'd wished to live in the sensual world
You don't need words
Just one kiss then another

Stepping out, off the page
Into the sensual world
Stepping out, off the page
Into the sensual world

And then our arrows of desire rewrite the speech, mm yes
And then he whispered would I, mm yes
Be safe, mm yes, from mountain flowers?
And at first with the charm around him, mm yes
He loosened it so if it slipped between my breasts
He'd rescue it, mm yes
And his spark took life in my hand and mm yes
I said, mm yes
But not yet, mm yes, yes
Mm yes
Yes ...

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