"Hounds of Love" as written by and Kate Bush....
It's in the trees
It's coming

When I was a child
Running in the night
Afraid of what might be

Hiding in the dark
Hiding in the street
And of what was following me

Now hounds of love are hunting
I've always been a coward
And I don't know what's good for me

Here I go
It's coming for me through the trees
Help me someone
Help me please

Take my shoes off
And throw them in the lake
And I'll be
Two steps on the water

I found a fox
Caught by dogs
He let me take him in my hands

His little heart
It beats so fast
And I'm ashamed of running away

From nothing real
I just can't deal with this
But I'm still afraid to be there

Among your hounds of love
And feel your arms surround me
I've always been a coward
And never know what's good for me

Oh here I go
Don't let me go
Hold me down
It's coming for me through the trees
Help me darling
Help me please

Take my shoes off
And throw them in the lake
And I'll be
Two steps on the water

I don't know what's good for me
I don't know what's good for me
I need your love love love love love yeah
Your love

Take your shoes off
And throw them in the lake

Do you know what I really need?
Do you know what I really need?
I need love love love love love yeah


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"Hounds of Love" as written by Kate Bush

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  • +4
    General CommentA superlative song dealing with awakening sexuality and the difficult transition from adolescence to adulthood.

    A child uses game-playing to work through the fears of becoming adult… But the adjustment is never easy… and inevitably, the hounds of love come baying… This awakening sexuality harks back to her childhood fears…

    The narrator wants to preserve her childlike innocence AND to overcome her fears...
    ‘Take my shoes off and throw them in the lake’ suggests a compromise between shedding and retaining innocence.
    ‘On the water’ is about preserving innocence (Jesus) AND overcoming fears (through faith, Peter overcame his fears and walked on water).

    She is scared (sometimes terrified) of the transition… but she recognizes her fears as childish… The fox allowed her to take him in her hands because he sensed they were both terrified… But the fox had a very real reason for running scared (of the hounds)… She thus feels ashamed of being so afraid of what are only natural needs and desires.

    The song also recognises the same fears and anxieties in her (adolescent) partner… He is also hounded by the hounds of love… He must also shed his innocence, have the faith to overcome his fears, and abandon himself to adulthood (‘take your shoes off…)…
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon April 05, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General CommentShe takes her shoes off and throws them in the lake in order to throw off the hounds that are tracing her scent.

    She crosses the water to try and lose the hounds. Two steps implies a commital act. One step, you can still go back; this ties in with the "I've always been a coward/and never known what's good for me" line. She wants someone to make the decision for her.
    grazbosson April 19, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe Futureheads version is okay, but c'mon nothing can beat Kate!

    It's about being afraid to love, but she's going to try to... "I don't know what's good for me", "Help me someone help me please."

    I like the line "Take my shoes off and throw them in the lake" - metaphor for letting herself go & be free & love..
    missmeon December 10, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is not a Futureheads song, I agree. I have only heard the Futureheads cover and I think they do a fantastic job of it - but naturally they had great lyrics to build on. But still, it all makes sense - except for the lyric
    "take my shoes off and throw them in the lake
    and I will be two steps on the water"
    I mean, what the fuck does that mean?
    This song inspired me to research fox hunting and write a 60 page story on it.
    louisagiffardon May 29, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOf course, the song is multi-layered.
    Other interpretations concern… The yearning for freedom from neurotic patterns… How our present fears/neuroses have their roots in childhood fears… And how unsuccessful resolutions (‘I’ve always been a coward’) make the cycle of adulthood commitments and challenges more trying & difficult to deal with (‘and I don't know what's good for me’).
    The young Kate Bush wanted to be a psychiatrist. Instead, she became a brilliant song-writer!
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon April 05, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentstinaribena, Hounds of Love borrows the words "It's in the trees! It's coming!" from the film, Night of the Demon (1957).

    See:
    youtube.com/…
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon August 03, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOn "The Red Shoes" album credits, KaTe thanks *Joseph Campbell*.

    KaTe says that when she was writing 'Hounds of Love' she came across a line about hounds and the whole idea of being chased by love as something terrifying. The imagery of being hunted by love made a marked impression on her.

    KaTe: "When I was writing the song I sorta started coming across this line about hounds and I thought "hounds of love" and the whole idea of being chasing by this love that actually gonna... when it get you it just going to rip you to pieces, [raises voice] you know, and have your guts all over the floor! So this very sort of... being hunted by love, I liked the imagery, I thought it was really good."
    Radio 1, Classic Albums interview: Hounds Of Love, aired January 26, 1992
    gaffa.org/reaching/…

    So could the inspiration for Hounds of Love have been Thompson's poem, "The Hound of Heaven"? Thompson's poem is quoted in *The Hero with a Thousand Faces* by Joseph Campbell, p.50.

    It's in the trees! It's coming! ... In the 1999 book Paradox, author Richard Patterson suggested that Francis Thompson was Jack the Ripper!
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon April 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe futureheads wrecked it, they suck and they suck. its about her being scared to love but she doesnt wanna be scared to love, she wants to love someone. the hounds of love are comin for her cause someone loves her. futureheads are an improvement my ass. they suck and blow at the same time.
    BillytheKid.on July 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe Futureheads version is a great cover. Original will always be best tho
    jacko251on September 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt annoys me immensely when people claim that this is The Futurehead's songs. NO, it's not. They aren't talented enough to pen a tune like this. Fantastic song by Kate, mediocre song when done by The Futureheads.
    rubyoverdiamondson May 16, 2006   Link

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