Catherine liked high places
High up, high up on the hills
A place for making noises
Like whales
Noises like the whales
Here she built a chapel
With her image
An image on the wall
A place where she could rest and
And a place where she could wash
And listen to the wind blowing
And listen to the wind blow
And listen to the wind

She dreamt of children's voices
And torture on the wheel
Patron-Saint of nothing
A woman of the hills
She once was a lady
Of pleasure, and high-born
A lady of the city
But now she sits and moans
And listens to the wind blow
Listen to the wind blow

I see her in her chapel
High up on the hill
She must be so lonely
Oh Mother, can't we give
A husband to our Catherine?
A handsome one, a dear
A rich one for the lady
Someone to listen with

And listen to the wind blow
And listen to the wind blow
And listen to the wind blow
And listen to the wind blow

Lyrics submitted by shut

The Wind Lyrics as written by Jean Harvey Polly Jerry Goldsmith

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

The Wind song meanings
Add Your Thoughts


sort form View by:
  • +2
    General Comment

    Here's some more information:

    "The chapel in Abbotsbury is often visited by women who are looking for husbands. There is a prayer for them to say:

    A husband, St Catherine A handsome one, St Catherine A rich one, St Catherine A nice one, St Catherine And soon, St Catherine."

    Sound familiar? ;)

    MuddyMaeon December 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i adore this song.

    paranoia_girlon August 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I, for some reason, think that this song is a sort of .... answer to Led Zep's "Stairway To Heaven", which has the line "dear Lady, can you hear the wind blow/and did you know/your Stairway lies on the whispering wind. In "The Wind" Catherine listens to the wind blow all the time, as if looking for something. See where I'm going? But I'm not totally sure on that count. Might be a coincidence.

    Child Of Musicon January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Astute observation.

    ApplesInMonoon August 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    "And torture on the wheel" That's supposed to be the miracle St. Catherine performed - she was supposed to be tortured on the wheel, and somehow it exploded (and the splinters killed people all around) and she was saved. anyway, that's what was said in the movie "Millions".. (I'm allowed not to know anything about saints, I'm Jewish (: )

    elinoaron December 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Another literary reference, in my opinion. The torture and images of the children's voices and the chapel call to mind Brönte's "Wuthering Heights" and the tumultuous relationship between Catherine Earnshaw (or Linton) and Heathcliff, not as straightforwardly as Kate Bush's song of the same name, but it calls to mind the same story. I like the idea of St. Catherine as well, but I feel like the imagery of the woman in a chapel and on a hill is also reminiscent of Brönte's story and is one of a number of literary references in this album (notably Hawthorne, Salinger and the Bible and other more obscure ones I'm sure I've yet to notice).

    foreignwordson April 23, 2009   Link
  • -2
    General Comment

    my name is Katherine

    electioneeron December 03, 2004   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
Silent Planet
I think much like another song “Anti-Matter” (that's also on the same album as this song), this one is also is inspired by a horrifying van crash the band experienced on Nov 3, 2022. This, much like the other track, sounds like it's an extension what they shared while huddled in the wreckage, as they helped frontman Garrett Russell stem the bleeding from his head wound while he was under the temporary effects of a concussion. The track speaks of where the mind goes at the most desperate & desolate of times, when it just about slips away to all but disconnect itself, and the aftermath.
Album art
Gentle Hour
Yo La Tengo
This song was originally written by a guy called Peter Gutteridge. He was one of the founders of the "Dunedin Sound" a musical scene in the south of New Zealand in the early 80s. From there it was covered by "The Clean" one of the early bands of that scene (he had originally been a member of in it's early days, writing a couple of their best early songs). The Dunedin sound, and the Clean became popular on american college radio in the mid to late 80s. I guess Yo La Tengo heard that version. Great version of a great song,
Album art
Ed Sheeran
“Blue” is a song about a love that is persisting in the discomfort of the person experiencing the emotion. Ed Sheeran reflects on love lost, and although he wishes his former partner find happiness, he cannot but admit his feelings are still very much there. He expresses the realization that he might never find another on this stringed instrumental by Aaron Dessner.
Album art
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran sings about missing his former partner and learning important life lessons in the process on “Punchline.” This track tells a story of battling to get rid of emotions for a former lover, whom he now realized might not have loved him the same way. He’s now caught between accepting that fact and learning life lessons from it and going back to beg her for another chance.
Album art
Plastic Bag
Ed Sheeran
“Plastic Bag” is a song about searching for an escape from personal problems and hoping to find it in the lively atmosphere of a Saturday night party. Ed Sheeran tells the story of his friend and the myriad of troubles he is going through. Unable to find any solutions, this friend seeks a last resort in a party and the vanity that comes with it. “I overthink and have trouble sleepin’ / All purpose gone and don’t have a reason / And there’s no doctor to stop this bleedin’ / So I left home and jumped in the deep end,” Ed Sheeran sings in verse one. He continues by adding that this person is feeling the weight of having disappointed his father and doesn’t have any friends to rely on in this difficult moment. In the second verse, Ed sings about the role of grief in his friend’s plight and his dwindling faith in prayer. “Saturday night is givin’ me a reason to rely on the strobe lights / The lifeline of a promise in a shot glass, and I’ll take that / If you’re givin’ out love from a plastic bag,” Ed sings on the chorus, as his friend turns to new vices in hopes of feeling better.