"Sat in Your Lap" as written by and Kate / Bush....
I see the people working
And see it working for them
And so I want to join in
But then I find it hurts me

Some say that knowledge is something sat in your lap
Some say that knowledge is something that you never have

I see the people happy
So can it happen for me?
'Cause when I am unhappy
There's nothing that can move me

Some say that knowledge is something that you never have
Some say that knowledge is something sat in your lap
Some say that heaven is hell
Some say that hell is heaven

I must admit, just when I think I'm king
(I just begin)
Just when I think I'm king, I must admit
(I just begin)
Just when I think I'm king
(I just begin)

I've been doing it for years
My goal is moving near
It says, look, I'm over here
Then it up and disappears

Some say that knowledge is something sat in your lap
Some say that knowledge is ho-ho-ho-ho

I want to be a lawyer
I want to be a scholar
But I really can't be bothered
Ooh, just gimme it quick, gimme it, gimme gimme gimme gimme!

Some say that knowledge is ho-ho-ho
Some say that knowledge is ho-ho-ho
Some say that heaven is hell
Some say that hell is heaven

I must admit, just when I think I'm king
(I just begin)
Just when I think I'm king, I must admit
(I just begin)
Just when I think everything's going great
(I just begin)
I get the break
Hey, I'm gonna take it all
(I just begin)
When I'm king
(Just begin)

In my dome of ivory
A home of activity
I want the answers quickly
But I don't have no energy

I hold a cup of wisdom
But there is nothing within
My cup, she never overfloweth
And 'tis I that moan and groaneth

Some grey and white matter
(Give me the karma, mama)
I'm coming up the ladder
I'm coming up the ladder
(A jet to Mecca)
Up the ladder
(Tibet or Jeddah)
(To Salisbury)
(A monastery)
(The longest journey)
(Across the desert)
(Across the weather)
(Across the elements)
(Across the water)


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"Sat in Your Lap" as written by Kate Bush

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    General CommentThe more you know the more you see you don't know.
    lizawithazon October 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about our search for knowledge and trying to hold on to it. I quickly understood the ( just when I think I'm king part ), the high we get from knowledge, just when we think we're on top of the world, and the min you get something wrong or told that you're wrong you've only just begined.
    winterycappyon October 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about how no one really knows anything. The singer expresses a yearning to know everything, and is upset by the fact that they cannot. They think that if they have certain knowledge then they'll be happy, but because no one has this then the singer is dissatisfied.
    Ender666999on July 27, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"...a song about epistemology... This song is about how hard it is to obtain knowledge, and how when you get it, it often isn't as satisfying as you thought it would be ... 'I hold a cup of wisdom, but there is nothing within' ... You achieve some intellectual goal, and you see that it's just a foothill for a bigger mountain of knowledge behind ... 'I've been doing it for years. My goal is moving near. It says, "Look! I'm over here.", Then it up and disappears' ... (perrific.com).

    I must admit, just when I think I'm king (I just begin... to write THE DREAMING...
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon November 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSAT IN YOUR LAP concerns alienation and the 'blessing or curse' to (want to) see deeper. The opening lines express exclusion from the ordered, functioning bourgeois world. Projecting ability onto others but not being able to fit into the "triviality of everydayness". It 'hurts' because it is not real enough. Colin Wilson describes two types of Outsider: the one who feels excluded from knowledge; and the one who Knows (the godlike '...I'm King'). The song pendulates between these high and low mental states. (Go see 'The Outsider', Colin Wilson, 1956.)

    'When I'm king' everything fits into place and you see knowledge is Sat In Your Lap. But 'when I'm dunce' (see video for SIYL), there is nothing there/within.

    SIYL also highlights the dangers of (deluded) knowledge and the knowledge-quest... Adolf Hitler: ‘By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell - and hell, heaven ... The greater the lie, the more readily will it be believed’ (Mein Kampf) ...
    Choose wisely your teachers!

    The song regards philosophical enquiry - The Longest Journey - as a religious experience... effort, balance, frustration, realisation...
    It reminds me of ANNE SEXTON'S "GODS" ...

    And maybe the search ends with:
    "Ha, ha, ha
    Ho, ho, ho
    And a couple of tra - la - las
    That's how we laugh the day away
    In the Merry Old Land of Oz!"
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon November 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKate Bush is amazing.
    DrDandelionon August 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPersonally, the song is in accordance to how I sometimes feel; it's about wanting to be successful and be as knowledgeable or talented as those around you, but not wanting to do the work necessary for it. The most evident lines for me are these:

    "I see the people working and see it working for them,
    And so I want to join in, but then I find it hurts me."

    "I want to be a Lawyer, I want to be a scholar,
    But I really can't be bothered, ooh just
    Gimme it quick, gimme it, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme."

    The 'King' parts are about doing the work and getting it all done so there's that feeling of accomplishment and wanting to relax/be rewarded, only to find there's more to do and it feels never-ending.
    RevalisPyrosson April 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGive me the title of a degree and I can fake it. Later I think as she accepts learning and later she seeks it out. There is something sort of occult about this song I can't lay my hands on. Crowley always claimed to seek out hidden knowledge and enough was never enough. He was also a poet. The drums and the stalacto beat of the song lyrics combined with Kate's vocals.
    exexpat93on October 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is really just my personal view. If I wanted light and knowledge I would search it from God.
    craziigirl27on October 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wonder is there anything behind the misheard lyric? If it's intentional, the song takes on a whole new promiscuous meaning.
    jordanmooreon May 02, 2013   Link

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