The Sensual World

by Kate Bush

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Lyrics for The Sensual World by Kate Bush:

Verse 1
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

Pre-Chorus 1
He said, "I was a flower of the mountain, yes
But now I've powers o'er a woman's body, yes"

Chorus
Stepping out of the page into the sensual world
Stepping out

Verse 2
To where the water and the earth caress
And the down of a peach says, "Mmh, yes"
Do I look for those millionaires like a Machiavellian girl would
When I could wear a sunset, mmh, yes

Pre-Chorus 2
And how we'd wished to live in the sensual world
You don't need words, just one kiss, then another

Chorus
Stepping out of the page into the sensual world
Stepping out off the page into the sensual world

Interlude

Verse 3
And then our arrows of desire rewrite the speech, mmh, yes
And then he whispered, "Would I, mmh, yes
Be safe, mmh, yes, from mountain flowers?"
And at first with the charm around him, mmh, yes
He loosened it so if it slipped between my breasts
He'd rescue it, mmh, yes

Verse 4
And his spark took life in my hand and, mmh, yes
I said, "Mmh, yes", but not yet
Mmh, yes
Mmh, yes

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Song Facts

“The Sensual World” is a the title track and lead single by the English singer Kate Bush from her 1989 album of the same name. The single entered and peaked at Number 12 in the UK single charts.

Inspired by Molly Bloom stepping out of the black and white, two-dimensional pages of James Joyce’s Ulysses into the real world, it depicts how Bloom was immediately struck by the sensuality of it all.

Originally supposed to quote Molly Bloom’s ending soliloquy set to music, but Bush could not secure the rights from the Joyce estate, so she altered it. This issue was then resolved for the re-recording and release of the song as “Flower of the Mountain”, 2011’s Director’s Cut.

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