"Top of the City" as written by and Kate Bush....
One more step to the top of the city
Where just a couple of pigeons are living
Up on the angel's shoulders

I don't know if I'm closer to Heaven but
It looks like Hell down there
These streets have never been paved with gold
Welcome to the loneliest city in the world
It's no good for you baby
It's no good for you now
Keep looking up for the ladder

I don't know if you'll love me for it
But I don't think we should suffer this
There's just one thing we can do about it

Take me up to the top of the city
Take me up to the top of the city
Take me up to the top of the city
And put me up on the angel's shoulders

See how that building there is nearly built
There's a big fire over on the north of the city
I see you walking down the street with her
I see your lights going on and off
She's no good for you baby
She's no good for you now
Look I'm here with the ladder

I don't know if you love me or not
But I don't think we should ever suffer
There's just one thing we can do about this

Take me up to the top of the city
Take me up to the top of the city
Up to the highest point of the city
One more step to the top of the city
Put me up on the angel's shoulders

And I don't mind if it's dangerous
I don't mind if it's raining
Take me to the top of the city

And put me up on the angel's shoulders
Take me to the top of the city
Mmm yes, one more step to the top of the city
And put me up on the angel's shoulders


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"Top Of The City" as written by Kate Bush

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    General CommentI'm really, but really disappointed that no one said one thin about this song, my own favorite Kate Bush song.

    to me this song is really inspiriting and bittersweet, talking about loneliness and love yet also about many more tiny things about people's personal lives - the fake social life, the desire to run away from anything, to agonize yourself with relationship that isn't satisfying.

    I think the City itself is a metaphor for a person, most likely to herself or the person she sings to/about, also there is the feeling…strange feeling, when she’s watching him and the city from above it’s make the singer enigmatic being/character, like she’s the angel or she’s already on the top of city…also I wonder about the possibility of death.

    She sounds like a ghost of beloved one who watches over the lover she left behind.
    Shiroarion July 04, 2006   Link
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    General Comment‘Life is sad and so is love…’
    The Red Shoes is a sad album, but the central message is love… ‘Live your life for love…’

    Top Of The City is one of the sad songs, and I tend to regard it literally…

    To me, the song is about a cry-for-help suicide attempt… The girl has given too much of herself to a failed relationship…
    She is (or imagines) climbing up onto the highest point of a church or cathedral… (see the angel on the steeple of Guildford Cathedral…) She tells herself, ‘One more step…’
    She feels terribly alienated from ‘the city’ (metaphor for life) … It no longer feels good for her…

    She is momentarily distracted by the cityscape. But…

    ‘I don't know if you'll love me for it [jumping]
    But I don't think we should suffer this
    There's just one thing we can do about it…’
    …The suicide attempt is an act of punishing him?

    Midway through the song, she appeals to him: Look, I’m here with the ladder to a more fulfilling relationship, and he can take her to a better ‘top of the city/angel’s shoulders’ … and restore her sense of meaning/purpose/fulfilment etc… In the ‘Mmm yes!’, I see her climbing back down and maybe giving him a call…
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon April 04, 2007   Link
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    General Comment'that building there is nearly built' - connotes the relationship that she (and he) had been working on, etc.
    'a big fire...' - also connotes the ending of that relationship, both occupying her mind.
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon April 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMagnificent song! I used to be very literal and go to the highest car-park in my city (a very small city with only one big car-park!) and listen to this on my headphones while looking over the edge at the traffic and people on the street. Up there I could quite easily say I was at the top of the city, but Kate's city I think was a huge metropolis, and it is a very satisfying feeling being in the midst of a large city and being up so high just taking in everything.

    I see her in this song as someone who's trying to make the man see her as 'the one', but also wishing him to test himself and not give himself up at the first chance of a love affair. Kate's goal is to challenge herself and needs the man to be just as fascinated by the seemingly unreachable. It's like when you see something grand about a fellow human and they maybe don't realise it themselves... Also it's about the dream of being desired and sharing a growing love with somebody who is discovering along with you their true potential.

    lateleighon December 20, 2010   Link
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    General Commentevery night before bed i pray to Kate
    TrampVampon April 01, 2011   Link

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