The Sensual World (3:55)

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The lyrics in the title track from Kate Bush’s sixth studio album The Sensual World simulate the feelings she has for love and the world around her. Originally, Bush wanted to use Molly Bloom’s monologue from the end of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses (“…and yes I said yes I will yes”), but the Joyce estate refused permission, so she adapted the ideas in her own words. Bush was eventually granted permission to use the monologue, when re-recording the track for her 2011 album, Director’s Cut. This prompted Bush to change the re-recorded track title to Flower of the Mountain.

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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

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  • heathersterman

    both song and video are mesmerizing

    31 Mar 4:26pm Reply
  • tombiz

    Marvelous.

    25 Mar 10:52pm Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    Classic!

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • mkdillon2008

    mmmmmm YAAASSSSSSS [2]

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Addy_

    the way he sings "mmmm yes" makes me shiver in a very non-heterosexual way

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • cha0sm0nkey

    As a songwriter, Kate Bush > James Joyce. Just saying.

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • flickothewrist

    A mark of true genius from this monumentally gifted woman one of the biggest stars in the Galaxy

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • kuistibasaka

    holy hell this lady's having sex with my ears

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Adaviri

    Though this is quite a far-reaching find for me - that is to say, quite a distance from what I normally enjoy, genrewise - I have to say that this is indeed a lovely song. A very intelligent presentation of a beautiful and important way of looking at the world and life. Reminds me of André Gide's book "Fruits of the Earth", though this is naturally a much more feminine take on the subject matter. Not just sex and the erotic, mind you, for those who might think that! No, sensuality is of course so much more.

    18 Jun 2014 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    One of her finest compositions!

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • MoToRSaW69

    This is what I escape with when I'm away from the stage.

    16 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Actually_GIOS

    mmmmmm YAAASSSSSSS

    24 Feb 2014 Reply
  • solanaceae13

    isn't it amazing, I actually like Kate's lyrics much better - but what really makes the original is the voice of course.

    21 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Ryanc55

    play; put on repeat; close eyes; drift into unknown dimensions; never come back ever

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Prosody

    This song just brings all the weird comments out, doesn't it?

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • enid_coleslaw_

    When I was in high school, I did Molly Bloom's soliloquy for an English class presentation. My greatest school project ever tbh.

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • electricmonster

    ino

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • doowniwevets

    Gorgeous instrumentation.

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • thomas534

    mmm yesssss....

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • lost_in_last_fm

    The first few seconds of this reminds me of Pink Floyd's "High Hopes". (Even though I know this song came way before High Hopes.)

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
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