"The Man with the Child in His Eyes" as written by and Kate Bush....
I hear him
Before I go to sleep
And focus on the day that's been
I realize he's there
When I turn the light off
And turn over
Nobody knows about my man
They think he's lost on some horizon
And suddenly I find myself listening
To a man I've never known before
Telling me about the sea
Oh his love is to eternity

Ooh he's here again
The man with the child in his eyes
Ooh he's here again
The man with the child in his eyes

He's very understanding and he's so
Aware of all my situations
When I stay up late
He's always with me
What I feel when I hesitate
Oh I'm so worried about my love
They say no, No it won't last forever
And here I am again my girl
Wondering what on earth I am doing here
Maybe he doesn't love me
I just took a trip on my love for him

Ooh he's here again
The man with the child in his eyes
Ooh he's here again
The man with the child in his eyes


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"The Man with the Child in His Eyes" as written by Kate Bush

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  • +4
    General Commentyoutube.com/… see 5.00 for Bush's interpretation, which is that men (or the men she falls for) have a childlike quality.
    yohaneuano5on August 10, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIts about a man, men in general really, how they have a child inside of them. Like, they're immature. Like, grown up children. And that this man can understand and communicate with the younger girls because they're on the same level. Like, first love with an older man. People don't know why they click so well, and they say it won't last because of the age difference but she believes it will, and wants it to because they get along so well, and relate so well too.
    sweetx3on August 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentone of my most favourite songs ever. in fact, maybe my #1. bueatiful. just stunningly beautiful
    wankerson November 02, 2012   Link
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    Song FactIn her own words.

    Kate answers the question "What is the meaning of the song: The man with the child in his eyes?" in this video youtube.com/…

    "Oh! well it, its something that I feel about men generally (sorry about this folks) that a lot of men have got a child inside of them, you know? they're more or less just ...grown up kids... and that its... its a very... (delayed laughter from audience), no, no! its a very, very good quality... its really good because a lot of women grow up and get far too responsible and its really nice to keep that delight in wonderful things that children have, and thats what i was trying to say;... that this man can communicate with a younger girl because... he's on the same level"
    disorgon August 27, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about Jesus Christ
    aammyydd1978on November 04, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Comment“The Man With The Child In His Eyes” was a friend of a friend (of a friend) of Kate’s brother, Paddy, who once brought him home for a few hours, one summer’s afternoon. Cathy was thirteen, and he, John (Ossy) was twenty one; a student at a coastal university. John heard Cathy singing, whilst playing the piano. Unknown to her, he stood in the doorway, listening, for several minutes, before Cathy became aware of his presence. They chatted intently for two hours or more, before John left with Paddy, delivering him back to their mutual friend (of a friend) in order to visit a folk club that evening. During their conversation, John/Ossy, asked Cathy to promise to continue with her songwriting. She promised. Kate’s own explanation skirts around the details, but it is based upon this very real meeting.
    Blytonon August 25, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is basically a love song and a very early song of Kate's. It's about a man having two sides and not letting go of his inner child. And it's also about there being a deep understanding in a relationship, mainly because nobody understands the person Kate sings about, and the lines, "Nobody knows about my man . They think he's lost on some horizon." back that up to some extent. The lyrics explain a mutual understanding but at the same time, a secret fear of giving yourself completely to another human being. Simply beautiful.
    Licion October 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think I read in an interview somewhere that this was about masturbastion. It would certainly fit in with the concept of a man that she only realises is there when she goes to bed and turns off the light. The man with the child in his eyes is an idealised sexual partner.
    Losteston February 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Lici, and completely understand the situation.

    She loves him, but no one else *gets* him. She's still a bit scared of him, and herself.
    cheimatophobiaon March 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOn a lot of English first pressings of vinyl records you can find an inscription in the run-out area of the disc... Kate not only knows about the inscriptions, she even writes them, so most of them are of some significance...

    Here's a list of the inscriptions on the first releases of the vinyl editions:

    The Man With The Child In His Eyes / Moving: Side A: "The child hides in the light";
    - In August 1980, Pat Benatar released her second LP, 'Crimes of Passion', featuring 'Hell Is For Children' ("They hide in the light, so you can't see their fears") AND her cover of WUTHERING HEIGHTS.
    YouTube: Pat Benatar - Hell is for Children:
    - youtube.com/…
    "They cry in the dark, so you can't see their tears
    They hide in the light, so you can't see their fears
    Forgive and forget, all the while
    Love and pain become one and the same
    In the eyes of a wounded child..."

    Each line of TMWTCIHE seems to have a different address, from Jesus to her imaginary friend, guardian, or groom...
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon June 01, 2008   Link

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