"Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush cover)" as written by and Kate Bush....
"If I only could, I'd be running up that hill.
If I only could, I'd be running up that hill."

It doesn't hurt me.
Do you want to feel how it feels?
Do you want to know that it doesn't hurt me?
Do you want to hear about the deal that I'm making?
You, it's you and me.

And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
Be running up that building.
If I only could, oh

You don't want to hurt me,
But see how deep the bullet lies.
Unaware I'm tearing you asunder.
Ooh, there is thunder in our hearts.

Is there so much hate for the ones we love?
Tell me, we both matter, don't we?
You, it's you and me.
It's you and me won't be unhappy.

And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
Be running up that building,
Say, if I only could, oh...

You,
It's you and me,
It's you and me won't be unhappy.

"C'mon, baby, c'mon darling,
Let me steal this moment from you now.
C'mon, angel, c'mon, c'mon, darling,
Let's exchange the experience, oh"

And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems.

And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems.

And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems.

If I only could
Be running up that hill
With no problems

"If I only could, I'd be running up that hill.
If I only could, I'd be running up that hill."


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"Running Up That Hill" as written by Kate Bush

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  • +7
    General Commenti personally like the placebo version better than the kate bush version....=$
    Perfect Foolon March 29, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentWell, Running Up That Hill is on the bonus disc of Sleeping With Ghosts, Zodin. Dunno if that helps.

    I think people associate this too much with romantic relationships. I find the song to have a basic meaning of overcoming trials, and wanting to help loved ones do the same... by switching places with them.
    Kagerouon August 10, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Commenteerie and beautiful -

    I think it is in relation with carrying someone else's burden. The person wishes to exchange places, knowing well that he will have to bear the weight "running up that hill" over and over again. Yet the experience will be worth it.
    TameThisChaoson March 09, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think this song is so good.
    i knew the kate bush version, but i never really understood it.
    once i heard it by placebo it completely changed my perspective on it. I love it so much the way he sings is really good.
    Basically, what I think is that something happened, maybe a breakup, whatever, and hes wishing that the person who made him this hated thing that he is now, would know what it feels like. He wishes for justice to what happened to him.

    And if I only could,
    Make a deal with God,
    And get him to swap our places,

    this other persons getting off easy, not realising the pain they have caused. So he wants them to know what it feels like.
    kate831.on September 29, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe heart-beat as drum beat in this song is chilling. Wanting to bear the pain of another, running up that hill for them only part of this song. Love in this song, like all love is complicated. There is 'thunder in our hearts' and the first line 'It doesn't hurt me' sounds like one side of an argument ewhere the person protests too much, and they might love the other person but also hurt them deeply with an imbedded bullet of words...
    kindofblueon January 18, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentim confused as to what this song means, whether the singer is the person dying and condemming their lover to death, or if they want to save their lover from dying. hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    greengirl27on July 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI listened to this song on repeat when my son was in the hospital after he was born.

    It hit me especially hard because my mom always told me when I was sick that she would take the sickness from me if she could, and live it herself.

    If I could have swapped places with my son, I would have.
    allegedlyyourson October 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like how, apparently, NONE of you looked for what the songwriter, the musical genius and living legend Kate Bush, explicitly said that the song means:

    I was trying to say that, really, a man and a woman, can't understand each other because we are a man and a woman. And if we could actually swap each others roles, if we could actually be in each others place for a while, I think we'd both be very surprised! [Laughs] And I think it would be lead to a greater understanding. And really the only way I could think it could be done was either... you know, I thought a deal with the devil, you know. And I thought, 'well, no, why not a deal with God!' You know, because in a way it's so much more powerful the whole idea of asking God to make a deal with you. You see, for me it is still called "Deal With God", that was its title. But we were told that if we kept this title that it wouldn't be played in any of the religious countries, Italy wouldn't play it, France wouldn't play it, and Australia wouldn't play it! Ireland wouldn't play it, and that generally we might get it blacked purely because it had 'God' in the title.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    Kudos to abrelosojos and a couple of others for being fairly close, but the rest of you kids were too influenced by your association of the song with the OC and Placebo's emo delivery to get it right.

    And before you go into that bs about how it can be "interpreted" in ways that the artist didn't intend, you'll need to edit your posts to reflect that the wrong answers are what the song means TO YOU, and not what that song MEANS period. Yeah, "Happy Birthday" to me is about the plight of the Aborigines - right.
    non-croyanton August 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti don't know about anyone else, but when i heard this song, i thought of someone who's loved one was sick or in pain, and they were asking God to swich places, i know people think otherwise, but thats just the story i think of when i listen to this song.

    oh, and i like this version better than all the others, it's very haunting in a way.
    EvCloud9on January 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI interpret this song as a person's post-breakup feelings. I first heard this version on a trailer for the movie Daybreakers; terrible movie but the song really struck me. Just to put my two cents in, I think Placebo's rendition rips the original to shreds. Kate Bush's version has a WAY different tone, and so I think it's safe to say Placebo had a much different interpretation of the lyrics than what Kate originally intended.

    First, the "road, hill, and building" represents the process of getting through a tough seperation from a significant other. Running uphill is never easy, and the only goal of running uphill is to eventually "get over" (in this song's case, get over a failed relationship).

    I think the meaning of the first two verses is pretty evident; the narrator implies that his feelings are being overlooked by the other person ("You wanna feel how it feels?, You wanna know, Know that it doesn't hurt me?"), and wishes an act of God to reverse the roles so she can see from his point of view. This understanding she may gain would allow him to find closure, and then they could start the process of moving on ("You and me, be running up that hill").

    The third verse stars off with the lines, "You don't want to hurt me, but see how deep the bullet lies." The narrator is saying, "This wasn't your intention, but look at how this is killing me inside." The next line, however, ("Unaware that I'm tearing you asunder") is implying how he is blind to the fact that she is experiencing the same feelings, that she is also being torn apart by their separation just as much as he. The "thunder in our hearts" represents the discontent they are both feeling, rupturing the love they once felt. In the line "Tell me, we both matter, don't we?" the narrator wants confirmation from her that "Our relationship has significance, right?"

    If he gets that confirmation, then they could then (again) find closure and they "won't be unhappy" any longer.

    I think it's also interesting to note the very first line "It doesn't hurt me" acts like a statement, and when it is juxtaposed with "you wanna feel how it feels?" it implies that on the outside, the narrator may act like he's fine (for whatever reason, pride maybe?), but on the inside he is experiencing torment.

    Interestingly, the narrator's feelings mirror my own.
    dannydangeron March 08, 2010   Link

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