"Leave It Open" as written by and Kate / Bush....
With my ego in my gut
My babbling mouth would wash it up
(But now I've started learning how)
I keep it shut

My door was never locked
Until one day a trigger come, cocking
(But now I've started learning how)
I keep it shut

Wide eyes would clean and dust
Things that decay, things that rust
(But now I've started learning how)
I keep 'em shut
I keep 'em shut

Harm is in us
Harm is in us, but power to arm
Harm is in us
Harm in us, but power to arm
Harm is in us
("Leave it open!")
Harm is in us, but power to arm

Narrow mind would persecute it
Die a little to get to it
(But now I've started learning how)
I leave it open

I kept it in a cage
Watched it weeping, but I made it stay
(But now I've started learning how)
I leave it open
I leave it open

Harm is in us
Harm in us, but power to arm
Harm is in us
Harm in us, but power to arm

Harm is in us
("Leave it open!")
Harm in us, but power to arm
Harm is in us
Harm in us, but power to arm
Harm is in us
("Leave it open!")
Harm in us, but power to arm
Harm is in us
Harm in us, but power to arm
Harm is in us
Har in us, but power to arm
Harm is in us [Repeat: x6]
Harm in you and in me!

What you letting in?
Tell me what you're letting in.
Say what we're gonna let in!

"We let the weirdness in.
We let the weirdness in.
We let the weirdness in.
We let the weirdness in.
We let the weirdness in."


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"Leave It Open" as written by Kate Bush

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    General CommentI believe this song is about how people usually only publically display certain sides of them, while everyone always has some deep, buried, weird tendencies. This song is basically an ode to letting that weirdness out of its "cage" and let it shine and blast.

    Pretty cool song.
    starpatrolleron August 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song comes before GET OUT OF MY HOUSE, when 'My door was never locked'. The title, LEAVE IT OPEN, is like an invitation “For Madmen Only.” The song tackles the lessons of experience; how curiosity and exposure define who we become; about self-awareness, corruptibility and the loss of innocence; and about how mental stability depends on the vigilance of the 'concierge chez-moi' (à la GOoMH).

    'Narrow mind would persecute it,/(Die a little to get to it.)' is as cunning as the Devil himself! ... Indeed, the song evokes the shameful Biblical 'fall of man' ... We are cursed to 'let the weirdness in' ...

    "...Up to this point Adam and Eve have not sinned, they did not know what evil was. But when they touch the tree of the knowledge of good and evil their eyes shall be opened and they shall know what evil is. At that point, they have sinned..."

    The song is daring, tempting and menacing (like Satan in The Garden of Eden). We come to 'realise' that evil is inherent in human nature. To see/hear/speak no evil is to become deluded and dysfunctional. By nature and experience, we each have threatening, spiteful and iniquitous tendencies, and must therefore learn to arm our intellect with autonomy, foresight and moderation... To LEAVE IT OPEN, to want to experience everything, is equally dysfunctional. Hence the intoxicated, addicted and distressed state of the song's close... We can't have it all!
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon November 04, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"I kept it in a cage,
    Watched it weeping, but I made it stay..."

    These lines suggest the psychological insight and conflict-resolution necessary to move on in life successfully... e.g. the need to negotiate maturity/immaturity, reason/passion, virtue/vice, do/don't, sexuality, etc...

    KB: "Leave It Open is the idea of human beings being like cups - like receptive vessels. We open and shut ourselves at different times. It's very easy to let your ego go "nag nag nag" when you should shut it. Or when you're very narrow-minded and you should be open. Finally you should be able to control your levels of receptivity to a productive end..."

    Letting 'weirdness in' is unavoidable. We must learn to negotiate the difficult path between the destructive and the constructive; and arm ourselves against 'destructive weirdness' to move on as creative, 'self-actualized' individuals (à la Maslow). Experience is both a loss and a gain ('Die a little to get to it').

    Choose wisely your teachers! ... The 'satanic' finale of LIO makes this song dangerously tempting, a warning invitation to madness!

    THE DREAMING is a remarkable album... 'Sat in Your Lap', 'Suspended in Gaffa' and 'Leave It Open' are windows into the machine room of the self-actualizing, self-transcending mind... THE DREAMING is a peak experience!
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon November 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe first part of Leave It Open seems to tap into the maxim, "Speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil". The protagonist has learned to keep her mouth shut, her ears closed, and her eyes wide shut.

    "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" is also present in the video for Sat In Your Lap. At 2:29-37, KaTe plays with 'see no evil', and the two jokers behind her play with 'hear no evil' and 'speak no evil'. So maybe Kate is after forbidden knowledge, the knowledge of the alchemist, the initiate, the angels, the devils!

    The phrase, "Leave It Open", also suggests the advice her Doctor or Nurse might have given regarding a wound. Leave it open and let fresh air dry and heal... It seems that part of herself is weeping, festering, going crazy; and she must learn to Leave It Open; to channel emotions into creativity rather than self-harming destructivity (addictions, psychoses, paranoias, phobias, etc.) so that she can begin to heal her emotional self.

    "Harm in us...": This brings to mind Thanatos, a primitive impulse for destruction, decay, and death, postulated by Sigmund Freud as coexisting with and opposing the life instinct, Eros. The "Harm in us..." also brings to mind the "I am my enemy Mowing me over" and the "My silly pride Digging the knife in" from Fullhouse. "Harm in us" also suggests fearing the harmful intentions of others.

    "but power to arm...": And this brings to mind Sat In Your Lap, Gurdjieff and Jesu, and the knowledge quest. Through philosophy, psychology, art, the paranormal, etc. we find the power to arm against the harm...
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon July 03, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThe Japanese say that men (and they mean males I think) have 3 selves, the one they show to the world, and the one they reveal only to those who are close to them, and the one that is known only to themselves.

    The Dreaming scared me when I first heard it (the entire CD did scare me a little, but the title track scared me a lot!). The sounds and the words blended and combined in ways that I thought was portraying, displaying, and/or promoting evil. When I learned what the lyrics were to the song the Dreaming, it did not scare me much anymore. And I gotta say, it probably still should!! So its a cool song about driving in Australia, yeah? I was digging it. But I also knew from the lyrics that it was about the exploitation of the land, the domination of the aborigines, the power and corruption of the outsiders lost in the outback. And the feeling that they just might be "in over their heads" and soon to come to no good end.

    Before you think that maybe I am writing about the wrong song, let me explain: "Leave it Open" is like other songs on the same CD, including "The Dreaming". It sounds scary, evil, weird, and a little bit supernatural or surreal. Like the cover art, I guess!!

    Then when you listen long enough to hear the words, or you read them and try to understand, it seems to be more normal, rational, accessible. But the song itself shows that the topic is indeed about something scary. The song -- its impact -- is meant to have an effect on the listener, kind of like a good horror movie.

    So, what is "Leave it Open about? Well, I think its about choices and growing up. Kids nowadays get a lot of stimuli. Bombarded might be a good word to use. And as we grow up, we can mirror our surroundings, become noisy and pointless in some ways. Some people even become deeply committed to irrelevance. But seeking meaning and depth is a desirable end, yes?

    The "ego in the gut" seems to mean lack of awareness, seeking what you want and having self-will, but not recognizing (or not being able to exercise) self-control. A "babbling mouth", like an overactive mind, can prevent clear thought and communication, and lead to bad things. God gave us 2 ears and one mouth perhaps because he wants us to listen twice as much as we talk, hmph? Thus the baby becomes a child.

    Innocence might not recognize evil or might not know better than to "talk to strangers" and so that unlocked door could let "a trigger come cocking". Scary stuff -- the phrase has a depth of meaning that could make any parent lock their doors to protect the family, no matter how old your kids might be!! The songwriter reveals in short flash of light something that smells badly of sex and violence. Keep it shut is the best advice she can give. And thus a child becomes a teen.

    Materialism: "my wide eyes would keep and dust things that decay and things that rust." So very well-stated and needs little explanation. Instead of wanting more and more, seeing what others have, allowing greed to enter our brains, keep those wide eyes shut. Again, not bad advice, but the threat to our well-being is more than we really understand. So the music makes the words as scary as they ought to be. And thus the teen becomes a young adult.

    "Harm is in us?" sounds almost like a question at first, soprano, rising in pitch, and maybe somewhat hysterical. Realizing our limitations, our weaknesses, our ability to be self-destructive, and recognizing the existence of threats, evils, and darkness in the world, gives us "Power to arm" (the ability to do something about it). Short-hand lyrics for a process that should continue if we want to grow and mature even more. Both a map of where we have been and what is yet to come. Thus its a chorus AND a bridge. heh.

    Anything and anyone we don't understand, the religious beliefs we disdain, the ethnic groups we have prejudice towards, the lifestyles we abhor.... all of these are bad and wicked and worthy of "narrow mind would persecute it, [even] die a little to get to it". IMHO the "get to it" indicates causing even just a little bit of discomfort without regard to what lengths one may have to go ("die a little"). But have an open mind. Save yourself the trouble. Let the hate go. Don't break your neck to point out the mistakes of others, or your perception of their weakness, or your fear of the differences between you and them. Getting deep here (and countering the "groupthink" of our age): Tolerate even the intolerant! Leave behind the high school cliques. And thus the young adult becomes a man or woman.

    At some point you can no longer blame mom and dad. Finally, corruption is fully seen and confronted. Everyone sometimes exhibits cruelty. We are capable of trying to control others, to make someone miserable, to extract revenge, to be mean for the sake of being mean. "We have met the enemy and he is us". Ignoring the suffering of our fellow human beings "watched it weeping but I made it stay" seems to indicate also a hardening of our hearts. "But now I started learning how" to leave it open. Freedom most precious, as in "If you love something set it free, if it comes back to you then its like love returned. If it does not, then it may not have truly been love after all." And so the man or woman begins to gain empathy.

    Harm is in us!! (our communities and those in them are sometimes dangerous and so are we ourselves sometimes!)

    Harm in us but power to arm. (Even though evil is real, recognizing it is the beginning of an ability to prepare and guard against it).

    All this to finally arrive at the enigma: "We let the weirdness in".

    So once we have figured out what to keep shut and what to keep open, then what else is there be learned? What remains? ...... Trust.

    If you are going to build bridges, have healthy relationships, be an "overcomer", forgive yourself, grow up, overlook the sins of others, survive the poison of the snakebite, fear not the sudden destruction, and still be open to learn, live, love, then what are you letting in? Its not of you. It is not you. It is the different one. It is the foreigner. It is the opposite sex. It is the handicapped. It is the sinner. It is "better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all".

    Fleeting emotions! Thoughts that control us! I command you to submit, be under control of a mature and spiritual individual !

    It all looks so weird to the little one. Each step of the way, a new concept seems out of reach, odd and unacceptable, difficult or unknown to the point that it could easily be rejected automatically. This is where growing up stops. Unless you are willing to let the weirdness in.

    Feelings come and go. Thoughts can be controlled. Sanity, wholeness, atonement ("at one" - ment) is available. But not if we remain alienated, alone, separate, afraid, and unwilling to try anything new. We have to accept ourselves, even when we burp and fart and pick our noses and when our underwear sags and a wart, mole, or birthmark shows through. Even if you are handicapped, rich or poor, simple or wise, dropout or doctorate, we all have to get over it and let the weirdness in.

    Reach out to that homeless one. Talk with the person sitting on the bus next to you. People don't need money, or a government program..... they need people. You might look just as weird to them as they do to you!!

    Someone who is autistic can be gifted with a brilliant mind. Someone with Down's syndrome can have the most loving heart. Someone with an affliction you don't understand might have wisdom, joy, prayer or other gifts you also do not understand.

    Another visitor, in the comments listed above, quoted Kate Bush as saying (in regards to this song "Leave it Open"): "....you should be able to control your levels of receptivity to a productive end..."

    Be receptive.
    txnuke1201on July 31, 2013   Link

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