Cloudbusting -- Kate
Bush In Her Own Words
any other tracks that you could explain the meanings of to us, from the album?
- Yeah, well there's one called ``Coffee Homeground''
which was in fact inspired directly from a cab driver that I met who was in
fact a bit nutty. And it's just a song about someone who thinks they're being
poisoned by another person, they think that there's Belladonna in their tea and
that whenever they offer them something to eat, it's got poisen in it. And it's
just a humorous aspect of paranoia really and we sort of done it in a Brechtian
style, the old sort of German [??? Vibe] to try and bring across the
humour side of it. (1978, Lionheart
In ``coffee homeground", you mention crippen. Who is
- He was a murderer who was arrested after he had escaped from Britain
by ship, thanks to the use of ship-to-shore
radio. It was the first time that radio was used in this way, so he has a
small place in history for that reason. (1979, KBC 3)
Someone once said that ``coffee homeground'' was about
a crazy taxi driver. Is this true?
- "Coffee Homeground'' was sort of based on a taxi driver
that I met once, yes, but I wouldn't like to say that he was crazy because a
lot of people say that I am! (1980, KBC
The sort of vignette-songs like ``coffee homeground''
or ``Houdini", are those
conceived in the first place as ideas, intellectually so to say, while there
are others which take shape while you're actually playing the piano, whereupon
you look for suitable words?
- Well, ``Coffee Homeground'' would have been a song
where the words and the music were coming together probably at exactly the same
time. Actually, that's the only song which I wrote when I visited
America about seven years ago [To
appear on saturday night live]. Which is quite interesting, as
it's not at all American...
A little bit german, maybe? Who did the arrangement?
- Well, actually, Andrew Powell arranged the orchestra. But the riff
[Kate sings it] - that was written on the piano and -
- Paddy: Then translated into different instruments. As a matter of
fact, ``coffee homeground'' violently mutated. When the very first
demos of it were done, it had a decidedly different flavour. The brechtian
treatment didn't appear until much later on, that only took shape when kate got
the idea of treating the song with a slightly german sort of flavour.
So, with a song like that, it's kate who actually
conceives what is possible, and then looks to the musicians or to
an arranger to actualize it?
- Paddy: Oh, yes, yes. But in the case of ``coffee
homeground'' it did mutate. The brechtian feel is something that
appeared only gradually, during the actual recording, and became more definite as
time went on. (1985, Musician)
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