Monday, June 27, 2016

Music Monday - "Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush (1978)

"Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush was released in 1978.  It appeared on her album The Kick Inside.  Kate Bush was inspired to write this song after seeing the BBC miniseries of Wuthering Heights.  She has said that the last 10 minutes of that program inspired this song.  "Wuthering Heights" was written at a single sitting.

I didn't discover this song until my college years, the 1980's.  I was an English: Creative Writing major, so of course I loved the swooping romanticism of this song, and the references to Wuthering Heights.  The lyrics include:

"Bad dreams in the night.
They told me I was going to lose the fight,
Leave behind my wuthering, wuthering
Wuthering Heights.

 Heathcliff, it's me--Cathy.
Come home. I'm so cold!
Let me in-a-your window.

Heathcliff, it's me--Cathy.
Come home. I'm so cold!
Let me in-a-your window."

Here's a little trivia tidbit:  Kate Bush and Emily Bronte share the same birthday, July 30.

And now, the video for your enjoyment -- the interpretive dancing is a bit dated but the song is still beautiful!

Do you remember this song?  What is your favorite song based on literature?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.


Unknown said...

Kate Bush is amazing! It was nice to see a blog post about her. I had no idea she and Emily Brontë shared the same birthday - that is so cool! Although I don't normally admit to liking current top hits, my current guilty pleasure song that is based on literature is Lost Boy by Ruth B. It references Neverland throughout.

Farrah said...

This made me realize that I can't think of any songs that reference literature! D: I need to go on another music binge, hehehe.

Cassandra said...

I've never heard this song before, but I love it when songs, and other art forms are influenced by literature. And the Bronte sisters' works are always such superb choices. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

I had never heard the song before so thanks for sharing. I can't think of a song based on literature. I guess I need to do a little researching. Thanks for giving me something to ponder. :)

Cori Large said...

I really enjoyed this book when I was in AP British Lit. I didn't know it had been made into a musical.

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