"Delius (Song of Summer)" as written by and Kate Bush....
Oh, he's a moody old man.
Song of summer in his hand.
Ooh, he's a moody old man.
In, in, in his hand.
In his hand.

Delius,
Delius amat.
Syphilus,
Deus,
Genius, oh.

To be sung of a summer night on the water.
Oh, on the water.

"Ta, ta-ta!
Ta, ta-ta!
In be, Fenby!"

To be sung of a summer night on the water
Oh, on the water.
On the water.


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"Delius" as written by Kate Bush

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    General Commentafter the both parts Kate sings in a high voice something like: "Delius, Delius so much Syphilus, Deus, genius, (summer? / sun?)"
    "Delius" is also the synonym of Apollo (god of the sun) - and Paddy Bush in the video for this song plays both - the brilliant composer Delius as an old moody man on a wheelchair but with the sun instead of his head (as Apollo-Delius)...
    and in these lines Kate puts both the persons into one too
    and "Syphilus" is not only the illness, but also one of the sons of Niobé from Metamorphoses by Ovidius...
    peibl1on March 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentDelius was a composer.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    trinity_tragedyon March 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYOUTUBE: Kate Bush - Delius - Song of Summer
    - youtube.com/…

    In the Delius (Song of Summer) video, KB plays the Swan (obviously!) and PB plays the part of Delius, upon the bank, wearing an 'Apollonian sun mask'.

    The sun mask could reference Apollo or an Egyptian solar deity, such as Ra, or Amun-Ra (Amun merged with the sun god Ra)...
    And the cover of AERIAL repeats the solar disc reference, becoming one big solar mask.

    The Delius (Song of Summer) video seems very much to reference the ancient world.
    Sources of inspiration could be:

    1) Homeric Hymn 21 to Apollo...
    Phoibos [Apollon], of you even the swan sings
    with clear voice to the beating of his wings,
    as he alights upon the bank by the eddying river Peneios;
    and of you the sweet-tongued minstrel, holding his high-pitched lyre,
    always sings both first and last.
    And so hail to you lord! I seek your favour with my song.

    APOLLO & ARTEMIS: The sun and the moon...

    APOLLO was the god of the sun. Each day he drove his chariot of fiery horses across the sky to give light to the world. [Aerial Sky?] Apollo was believed to be one of the best archers. He was the son of Leto and Zeus, and also the twin brother of the virgin huntress Artemis. Apollo was also the Greek god of music and poetry and the hymns that were sung to Apollo were called paeans. Apollo was the leader of the Muses and also the expert director of their choir. Apollo became god of the sun and Artemis became goddess of the moon.

    ARTEMIS was associated with the moon as her brother the sun. Artemis, goddess of the Moon, is the quintessential female archetype. Artemis is known as the goddess of the night, the huntress, the goddess of fruitfulness, Lady of the Beasts, the woodland goddess, the bull goddess, the personification of the moon. The association between Artemis and the moon is revealed in one of the epithets used to describe the goddess - Phoebe ("the bright one").

    2) Winged Maat Paying Homage to Hathor, Valley of the Queens, Egypt. Dynasty XIX 1270 B.C.

    This scene shows the Goddess Maat kneeling with her wings extended in a pose of paying homage to the Goddess Hathor who is seated on a throne. Maat is the Goddess of Truth and Justice who personifies cosmic order and harmony as established by the Creator-God at the beginning of time. Her symbol is an ostrich feather on her head. Hathor is the great Sky-Goddess often represented as a cow who became known as a universal Mother-Goddess. Hathor was the Goddess of joy and motherhood and the embodiment of all that is best in women. Hathor was also considered the Goddess of music, dance, light-hearted pleasure and love. She was considered the protectress of pregnant women and midwives. The goddess Hathor later became assimilated with the goddess Isis.

    3) Relief of the goddess Isis from the Temple Philae.

    Egyptian goddess Isis protecting a mummified pharaoh, a late Ptolemic relief from the Philae Temple, which was first built in the thirtieth dynasty, c. 380-343 B.C. as a temple to Hathor and later enlarged by Greek and Roman rulers of Ancient Egypt who built temples to Isis and Osiris.

    In Egyptian mythology, the goddess Isis is the wife and sister of Osiris and the mother of Horus. The goddess Isis, a moon goddess, gave birth to Horus, the god of the sun, and together, Isis and Horus created and sustained all life and were the saviors of their people.

    Isis was worshipped as the archetypal wife and mother. Her name literally means "she of throne", that is, "Queen of the throne", which was portrayed by the emblem worn on her head, that of a throne. However, the hieroglyph of her name originally meant "she of flesh", i.e. mortal, and she may simply have represented deified, historical queens. She also is known as being the goddess of magic and healing. Ancient Egyptians believed that the Nile flooded every year because of her tears of sorrow for her dead husband, Osiris. He was killed by her other evil brother, Seth, god of chaos and destruction. Seth sliced Osiris into bits and flung them into the Nile River, letting the animals eat the remains of his body. However, all the pieces survived, except for one of them.

    Throughout the Graeco-Roman world, Isis becomes one of the most significant of the mystery religions, and many classical writers refer to her temples, cults and rites. Temples to Isis were built in Iraq, Greece, Rome, Pompeii. At Philae her worship persisted until the sixth century, long after the wide acceptance of Christianity. Philae was the last of the ancient Egyptian temples to be closed, and its fall is generally accepted to mark the end of ancient Egypt.

    After her assimilation of Hathor, Isis's headdress is replaced with that of Hathor: the horns of a cow on her head, and the solar disc between them. Usually, she was depicted with her young son, the great god Horus, with a crown and a vulture, and sometimes as a kite flying above Osiris's body or with the dead Osiris across her lap. Some scholars believe that Isis worship in late Roman times was an influence behind Catholic development of the cult of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    4) On the NFE vinyl centre label, KB appears as 'The White Swan'.
    In Swan Lake, an evil sorcerer, von Rothbart, has captured Odette and used his magic to turn Odette into a swan by day and a woman by night. Once Prince Siegfried knows her story, he takes great pity and falls in love with her. When they realise the spell can never be broken, both Odette and Siegfried drown themselves by leaping into the lake... The Ninth Wave? Ophelia? etc.
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon June 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSOLAR MONOTHEISM: Reaching Out for the Sun...

    Phoibos [Apollon], of you even the swan sings
    with clear voice to the beating of his wings,
    as he alights upon the bank by the eddying river Peneios;
    and of you the sweet-tongued minstrel, holding his high-pitched lyre,
    always sings both first and last.
    And so hail to you lord! I seek your favour with my song.
    ~ Homeric Hymn 21 to Apollo

    Kate Bush - Delius (Song Of Summer)
    youtube.com/…

    Man wearing Sun Mask in divination ceremony
    cubby.net/missalette/missalette12/images/…

    The Black Sun: The Alchemy and Art of Darkness (Marlan, 2005)
    tamu.edu/upress/BOOKS/2005/…
    Book Description
    "The black sun, an ages-old image of the darkness in individual lives and in life itself, has not been treated hospitably in the modern world. Modern psychology has seen darkness primarily as a negative force, something to move through and beyond, but it actually has an intrinsic importance to the human psyche...
    "He draws upon his clinical experiences and on a wide range of literature and art to explore the influence of light and shadow on the fundamental structures of modern thought as well as the contemporary practice of analysis.
    "An important contribution to the understanding of alchemical psychology, this book draws on a postmodern sensibility to offer insight into modernity, the act of imagination, and the work of analysis in understanding depression, trauma, and transformation of the soul."

    The similarities are indeed striking! It makes me wonder about the origins of the 'sun-masked man' icon. Maybe the cover was used on another book which the Bush family owned? Maybe the cover is from an old Masonic source. There is what looks like a Palm Tree on the cover, which can be interpreted as a Freemasonry symbol, as can be the sun-disc.

    The cover to The Black Sun is so like the Kate and Paddy Bush 'Delius' video, and very much suggests solar worship. The Sun is prominently featured on the AERIAL cover. The back cover to TKI and NFE both feature sunset with moon; and LIONHEART features a solar lion moving its slow thighs...

    Reaching out for the Star
    Reaching out for the Star that explodes
    Reaching out for Mama
    See how the flower leans instinctively
    Toward the light...
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon June 01, 2008   Link
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    Link(s)Here's a pretty useful insight.
    youtube.com/…
    domdeccaon May 21, 2011   Link

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