"The Sensual World" as written by and Kate / Bush....
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

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

Stepping out of the page into the sensual world
Stepping out

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

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

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

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
And his spark took life in my hand and, mmh, yes
I said, mmh, yes
But not yet, mmh, yes
Mmh, yes
Mmh, yes

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"The Sensual World" as written by Kate Bush

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  • +1
    General CommentI think this song embodies all that is sensual -- you can imagine being immersed in something surreal and sexual yet innocent because its all being experienced for the first time.
    jadetiger79on September 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIf you look at this without knowing the final monolouge of james joyce's ulysses or the context of the whole book then it could be viewed as 'playful teasing within the joyful bells of blessed union'.

    But Molly cheats on her husband (around the time he jerks off on a beach) and at this point has been woken by her husband coming to bed and is thinking of her previous lovers and the first time she had sex with her husband. There is a distinct possibility she is masturbating at this point in the book as well (hence the repition of yes-though its not obvious as there is not narration, just the inner workings of her mind)

    I think Kate bush captures this strongdesire for the sensual very well indeed and the song is indeed very sexy but ambiguous too just like the book. so joyful union? no, but this is the point where she realises she loves her husband so it is also a little touching too but by no means as clean and christian as some comments see it as!
    kitcat.1488on November 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLike everyone has said, the song is based on Molly's monologue.
    Kate wanted to make the lyrics the monologue but they wouldn't release the rights, so she wrote this song, trying to encapture the monologue's meaning
    rikkuon December 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the top songs appropriately fit in the background, when two people are enjoying intimacy.
    Sleepon April 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, if not just for the repetition of "mmh, yes." It's based on Molly Bloom's Monologue, the last bit of James Joyce's novel Ulysses. Such a sensual song.
    edge of the worldon February 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentpure sensuality of sexual love...playful teasing within the joyful bells of blessed union
    musicatokcon October 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentalso the bells at the begginning are the bells molly hears as she lies in bed...i think...
    kitcat.1488on November 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI dont think shes trying to so much capture the meaning of the monolouge as using it to express her own love of everything sensuous.
    kitcat.1488on December 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is just a bit of hearsay that I read a while ago on the internet concerning this song, so I'm not sure whether it's really true...but there was a recording of Molly Bloom's monologue done by an irish actress in the late 1950's that Kate really liked and had wanted to do something similar to it, and she had prepared and created music to accompany the monologue. Unfortunately she was unable to use the rights and instead wrote a song for the music-hence the inclusion of an instrumental version on the single.
    ambrielon February 17, 2009   Link
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    General Commentunderseacommunity.com/2008/06/12/the-kate-bush-james-joyce-connection/

    article about what I mentioned.
    ambrielon July 05, 2009   Link

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