Cloudbusting -- Kate
Bush In Her Own Words
"Army dreamers'' is about a grieving mother who,
through the death of her soldier boy,
questions her motherhood. (1980, KBC
But you really live out your roles and fantasies. Playing the
mother in ``army dreamers''
- Yeah, I seem to link on to mothers rather well. As I've grown up a
bit I've become very aware of observing my own mother trying to observe me.
It's fascinating. When I was a kid I never really thought about her, about how
- But I can be more objective now and I find it fascinating about
mothers, that there's something in there, a kind of maternal passion which is
there all the time, even when they're talking about cheese sandwiches.
Sometimes it can be very possessive, sometimes it's very real. (1980, Oct 10,
- It's not actually directed at
Ireland. It's included, but it's much more embracing the whole European
thing. That's why it says BFPO in the first chorus, to try and broaden it away
What about the irish accent?
- The Irish accent was important because the treatment of the song is
very traditional, and the Irish would always use their songs to tell stories,
it's the traditional way. There's something about an Irish accent that's very
vulnerable, very poetic, and so by singing it in an Irish accent it comes
across in a different way. But the song was meant to cover areas like Germany,
especially with the kids that get killed in manoeuvres, not even in action. It
doesn't get brought out much, but it happens a lot. I'm not slagging off the
Army, it's just so sad that there are kids who have no O-levels and nothing to
do but become soldiers, and it's not really what they want. That's what
frightens me. (1980, Zigzag)
- It's the first song I've ever written in the studio. It's not
specifically about Ireland, it's just
putting the case of a mother in these circumstances, how incredibly sad it is
for her. How she feels she should have been able to prevent it. If she'd bought
him a guitar when he asked for one. (1980, Oct 10, Melody Maker)
if I'm wrong, ``army dreamers'' is going to be the next single,
- Yes, it is. Yes, indeed.
It's got a sort of waltz feel to it - three, four, quick, quick,
slow, slow - isn't it?
- Yes, it is a waltz. It was based very much on traditional music, the
stuff that I was brought up on as a kid. So it's deliberately like that, it's
...That must... Is that one of your favorites... To be the single?
Yes, it is. It's hard to like tracks that you create because they seem so old
so quickly and it almost becomes a sort of objective thing where you've just
become very close to it, so you do like it. But it's very hard to actually say
you like or you don't like your own music, it's a very strange thing because
it's so personal.
Having said that though, you actually did state while that was
playing, it was so good to hear your tracks being played on the
radio, at last...
- It's wonderful. It is, it's really exciting because it's been so
long since I've had an album and this has been finished for nearly three months
now and it's so good to actually see it moving, it's lovely.
My first reaction listening to that track, was actually to ask you
if you'd kindly have a waltz in the studio which is unfortunately to small.
- There's no room, I would, I'd
love to! [Both laugh] (1980, Never For Ever Debut)
- No, it's
not personal. It's just a mother grieving and observing the waste. A boy with
no O-levels, say, who might have [??? Line missing!] whatever. But he's
nothing to do, no way to express himself. So he joins the army. He's trapped.
So many die, often in accidents. I'm not slagging off the army, because it's
good for certain people. But there are a lot of people in it who shouldn't be.
(1980, Sunday Times)
- The song is about a mother who lost her son overseas. It doesn't
matter how he died, but he didn't die in action - it was an accident. I wanted
the mother to be a very simple woman who's obviously got a lot of work to do.
She's full of remorse, but he has to carry on, living in a dream. Most of us
live in a dream. (1980, Flexipop)
- The earliest track to show the strong influence of traditional Irish
music on my songs. (C.1986, AVD)
What's your most successful video to date, in your opinion?
- From an artistic point of view, definitely ``Army
Dreamers.'' For me that's the closest that I've got to a littl bit of
film. And it was very pleasing for me to
watch the ideas I'd thought of actually working beautifully. Watching it on the
screen. It really was a treat, that one. I think that's the first time ever
with anything I've done I can actually sit back and say ``I liked that'' That's
the only thing. Everything else I can sit there going ``Oh look at that, that's
out of place.'' So I'm very pleased with that one, artistically. (1980,
Profiles In Rock)
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