"Them Heavy People" as written by and Kate Bush....
Rolling (rolling) the ball, rolling (rolling) the ball, rolling (rolling) the ball to me
Rolling (rolling) the ball, rolling (rolling) the ball, rolling (rolling) the ball to me

They arrived at an inconvenient time
I was hiding in a room in my mind
They made me look at myself
I saw it well, I'd shut the people out of my life
So now I take the opportunities
Wonderful teachers ready to teach me
I must work on my mind
For now I realize
Everyone of us has a heaven inside

Them heavy people hit me in a soft spot
Them heavy people help me
Them heavy people hit me in a soft spot
Rolling the ball (rolling), rolling the ball (rolling), rolling the ball to me

They open doorways that I thought were shut for good
They read me Gurdjieff and Jesu
They build up my body, break me emotionally
It's nearly killing me, but what a lovely feeling!
I love the whirling of the dervishes
I love the beauty of rare innocence
You don't need no crystal ball
Don't fall for a magic wand
We humans got it all, we perform the miracles

Them heavy people hit me in a soft spot
Them heavy people help me
Them heavy people hit me in a soft spot
Rolling the ball (rolling), rolling the ball(rolling), rolling the ball to me


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"Them Heavy People" as written by Kate Bush

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  • +5
    General CommentI think, this song's about the realization of the fact, that all the people around are our own rtflections and if we don't like someone else's vices, we should try and find it inside of us, too. That way, all the people became our Wonderful Teachers! So, probably, it's about self-development and being a master of one's life.
    Luanceon February 01, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Commentmaterbation? wtf? where do you people come up with this stuff.

    It's definitely about what trinity tragedy said its about. Meeting people, who offer up different ideas about the world, making the world seems shiney and new, getting the protagonist out of her teenage blues.

    So not cults either, I don't think.
    goforgustoon May 09, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentUh, no. It's about the pursuit of knowledge and how it lifted her out of the teenage blues.
    trinity_tragedyon March 21, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo be fair, the masturbation ideas probably stem from the feeling most males get when listening to the first Kate Bush album, which is that of sneaking into the women's locker, or, perhaps, sneak-peeking into some kind of pornography intended only for women.
    However much I agree with these people (myself being one of them), I think this song is written about those people who radiate that certain allure, the kind of people you'd change yourself for, only to show them how good you are. I think the emotional breakdown she describes comes from the lack of self-respect that comes with such a deification, but at the end of the day, it turns out to be a lovely feeling indeed (doesn't it?).
    happybecauseon July 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI guess everybody interprets it the way it fits into their own mind and it is funny to read what everyone thinks.

    For me it seemed like she was singing about being in therapy, getting help from 'heavy people' therapist, psychologists, a lot of heavy talking to work on your mind. Rolling the ball to you because it's always up to you yourself to do the hard work in therapy. That's what I think and feel listening to this beautiful song.
    Stickysenon December 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's very easy. It's a reference to David Gilmour of Pink Floyd who discovered her and helped to develop her as an artist. A very heavy person indeed.
    Rogieboyon December 05, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThink it's about cults like Jehova Witnesses, Pentecostals and other two-faced weirdos. Knocking at your door, wanting you to "open yourself" for what they say. Wonderful teachers and stupid little girl, hidden in her own world, ready to accept everything, true or lie, as long as it will be attractive. They're hitting everyone of us in soft spot - everyone of us needs something to believe in, needs new emotional feelings, needs to know The True. False or not, just to know and stop thinking. They "help" you with this. Making you their slave at the same time.

    Leaving the lyrics aside: great song, sounds very McCartneyish; I love it.
    eMTeon June 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^ What strange ideas people have!

    Gurdjieff was a mystic - "work on my mind" is a reference to his "Fourth Way."
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    John Johnstonon October 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me, it's pretty clearly about someone seeing a therapist or maybe a therapy group.

    They're using the technique where they sit in a circle and the therapist rolls the ball to each and they roll it back. It's a simple method to build trust and very gently interact with others, or summat.

    I like the Prof's theory below, though!
    TonyM101on November 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is one of my favorites, most people are not aware that Kate and her family were interested very much in attaining a higher state of consciousness. This Sgt is about the spiritual leaders that were a household conversation piece.
    Kate was very young and when she learned about such things she said she wanted to know everything....

    EVERY ONE OF US HAS A HEAVEN INSIDE...... biscuits back to such engine in the teachings and methods of meditation hallucinogens and other means to attain higher states of consciousness and what you do feel blissful almost like the closest thing to heaven you could actually feel which is no fear no doubt you can explain why nothing's changed yet you see everything so clear. When you are in this state of higher consciousness at the time there are no studies but since transcendental meditation has become a thing thats actually accessible to anybody who wishes to learn . I don't know what age Kate was when she wants a God which is a metaphor for that state of being but now quantum physicist world-renowned John Hinckley has proven that under this state of light and consciousness every single subject was using 100% of their brain. It's not that heaven is a place that you go to somewhere in the sky but it's inside of every single one of us..... usually it's not easy to reach if you do not know what you're doing or know about it most people do not Kate learn very early which would explain why she was so unbelievably talented one of the things that the state of consciousness does is it opens up your artistic abilities beyond belief it definitely explains why your child at 13 wrote the man with a child in his eyes.
    I think that Elton John put it best when he said that Kate Bush was the most beautiful Mystery that is a great definition of who she is there's nobody like her and he's so very humble which makes her even more amazing. The other thing to is he dedicated that song I forget the guys name but I did read about it and he was famous I think in the 50's I'm not in England but they did study him a lot her whole family was intrigued by him because that's what he was about reaching a higher state of consciousness which right now the world is supposedly going through if you will get a lot of Kates songs, the ones that are elusive pretty much are about those types of things I only know this because I've been studying those types of things for 13 years I didn't hear it until after that and we were kindred spirits are energy very much the same both hypersensitive empathetic and I still cannot explain why but 35 years this woman was around but just until last year I really didn't know who she was and since then I have never looked at like the same. People I said from the very beginning she seemingly came from another planet well I don't know about that so much is our energy maybe being from a different realm...... so many other songs go right back to this very thing if you really listen to them and if you know the background of Kate and her family at all then you would understand that it's not as cut and dry as you think and you either get it or you don't but no matter what you will get something out of it and that is what's important.
    AubreeBelle444on October 14, 2015   Link

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