Episode 7: Kate Bush songs about womanhood.


Kate Bush’s music has inspired me since I discovered it at twenty and perhaps this is in part because it demonstrates that women can ‘contain multitudes’ (to paraphrase Walt Whitman).  Cerebral, imaginative, poetical, her work is full of feeling, but also intellectual.  This was, and is still, a departure from what is expected of female pop musicians.  So different from the musicians who had come before, so unabashedly herself and so clear-headed in her creative vision, it is no surprise that Kate Bush has been a huge inspiration to female artists (and male artists too!)

As we have discussed in previous episodes, Kate is not one to involve herself in public political discussion  She is not inclined to speak politically about herself ‘as a female’ or discuss females in music generally.  Yet, in a few interviews and songs, Kate has revealed her own thoughts about womanhood and about experiences which are unique to women.  In this episode, we will discuss these songs, which range from The Kick Inside album to The Aerial album and reflect on some of the changes of perspective which Kate appears to have gone through, as she has matured and lived.


A beautiful poem sent to me by listener Padraic Slater, entitled Radio Heathcliff (Channelling Kate).


“Heathcliff, it’s me, Cathy, I’ve come home
I’m so cold, let me in in-a-your-window
Heathcliff, it’s me, Cathy, I’ve come home
I’m so cold, let me in in-a-your-window”

“Ooh let me have it, let me grab your soul away
Ooh let me have it, let me grab your soul away
You know it’s me, Cathy”

– from ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Kate Bush, released as her debut single in 1978

Radio Heathcliff
(Channelling Kate)

Angela pitching to the radio station
Talks up podcasts and sound bites
Of Kate Bush on an odyssey
A trek to Wuthering Heights

Cathy’s come, a soul possessed
“Let me in!” she cries aloud
Wants her message to be heard
Above the madding crowd

“A wild, wicked slip she was…
…had the bonniest eye and sweetest smile”
Now she stalks Coop Radio
With Kate-like guile

Cathy’s come, blithe spirit she
Come down from the moors
Come to cast ethereal spells
On those she lures

Kate’s running up that hill
Cathy’s dancing down that vale
Morphing right before our ears
Angela chants her haunted tale

“Oh it gets dark, it gets lonely
On the other side from you”

She opines in such breathy tones
She lays it on the line
She longs for that connection where
We all become Divine

Where we can dance that sacred dance
That holy dialect
Where ego has no shadow
Where hearts come to connect

Where soulmindbody all doth sing
As in Elysium above
Where yin and yang together bring
Love as music, music love

Will we listen, will we care?
Will we ever know
Her existential musings
On Coop Radio?

Or are we all just snow men
So cold … so aloof
Leave her hanging on the ledge
Pining so for proof

Angela … Cathy … Kate … and kin
Which wave will the Muses ride?
Will Radio Heathcliff soon tune in
To “sticky love inside”?

padraic slater
March 1, 2013

Inspired by the podcasts of Angela Dennis on the songs and music of Kate Bush,

Episode 6: Kate Bush songs about social and political issues


What do people expect from a Kate Bush song?  Mythical creatures? Fantasy?  So I’ve heard, but in fact much of Kate Bush’s music is heavily rooted in the here and now. Many of her songs deal with critically important issues which pertain to the world today, such as war, the dispossession of indigenous peoples and homophobia.

Unlike more overtly political or activist musicians, Kate doesn’t write songs with an obvious position or political angle.  Instead she inhabits the emotional world of someone in a particular situation – and invites we the listeners, to relate.

In this episode, we discuss some of these wonderful songs, such as The Dreaming, Pull Out the Pin and Kashka from Baghdad.

You can download the sound file at www.katebushradioshow.podomatic.com

All song copyright belongs to Ms Bush.

Episode 5: Kate Bush songs about sexual love


Kate doesn’t shy away from singing about the most intimate subject matter; eros, passion, and sexual love. But she has a way of discussing sex which is unusual in our modern music world. This isn’t sex as power or objectification. This is sex as passion, connection and joy.  In this episode, we hear songs about sex in many forms, from youthful passion, to mature lust, to how it can be just plain funny. 🙂

You can download the sound file at www.katebushradioshow.podomatic.com

Licenses with APRA pending


Hello – note from Angela

Hello listeners,

I thought I’d let you know that I’ve decided to shorten the podcasts somewhat.  I’ve realised that the first three podcasts are probably much too long.  So, the podcast on existential and philosophical themes is shorter than the others I’ve done.  I’ll be going back and re-editing the first three (literature, history and childhood) so that they are more listener friendly.  I know that very few people will want to hear me rattle on for so long!!

Ang 🙂


Episode 4: Kate Bush songs about existential questions and self-knowledge

We all ask ourselves the deep questions.  And we may look for answers in faith, in travel, in self analysis or great philosophers or dreams.  Kate is no different, but unlike most of us, she has shared her explorations with her listeners, through song.  So, in this episode, we attempt to understand some of Kate’s most opaque songs, such as ‘Sat in your Lap’ and ‘Fullhouse’.  These are songs which embrace multiple meanings, and like life – that provides half the fun.

You can download the sound file at www.katebushradioshow.podomatic.com

Licenses with APRA pending

Episode 3: Kate Bush songs about childhood and growing up

Kate can convey the innocence of childhood and the confusion of growing up like no other artist.  ‘Mother Stands for Comfort’ and ‘All we ever look for’ explore the complex parent-child dynamics and ‘Reaching out’ expresses our innate need to relate to each other and be loved.  Be ready to recall shades of your own childhood. Welcome.

You can download the sound file from http://katebushradioshow.podomatic.com

Licenses with APRA pending

Episode 2: Kate Bush songs inspired by historical figures

Welcome to this episode of the Kate Bush radio show.  Join me as we discuss her song about the British classical composer Frederick Delius, and the fascinating true story behind her song Houdini, exploring life after death.  Kate also invites us into the worlds of Joan of Arc and Elvis Presley.

(Download the sound file of the episode from here: http://katebushradioshow.podomatic.com/)

Licenses with APRA pending

Episode 1: Kate Bush songs inspired by literature

In this episode, we discuss songs by Kate which have been inspired by literature, including folk poems, books and autobiographies.  We discuss the traditional poem behind ‘The Kick Inside’, and the true story which inspired, ‘Cloudbusting’.

(Download the sound file of the episode from here: http://katebushradioshow.podomatic.com/)

Licenses with APRA Pending

Welcome to the Kate Bush radio show


My name is Angela.  Welcome to the blog for my podcast, the Kate Bush radio show.  This podcast is all about talking about the songs of Kate Bush.  I want to share with you, my thoughts on her music, and invite you to explore the songs for yourself.  This show is both for people who love Kate’s music already, and people who are seeking an introduction to her songs.  Welcome!