Cloudbusting -- Kate
Bush In Her Own Words
Dreams form an important part of your preoccupations, at first
- There exists only a very fine barrier between them and reality.
With this difference, that one's dreams rarely make the headlines
- It doesn't go that far, you're right. But dreams are essential to
humanity. (1985, Guitares et
moment it is difficult to see how such a placid, genteel, and downright normal
musician could ever produce songs like ``get out of my house'' and `` sat in
your lap'' Perhaps some strange transformation takes place over when she is
- Yes, I have very strange dreams you know. Over the years I've
collected the most incredible star cast of them. Very famous people come and
Curiouser and curiouser...
- Peter O'Toole came round to dinner last week and my mum met him and
thought he was wonderful. Keith Moon often comes round for tea as well. I have
a lot of vivid dreams, most of which I can't mention. The images I get from
them sometimes bleed into my songs.
Most of Kate's heroes like Oscar Wilde, the Pythons, Roxy Music,
Billie Holiday and Hitchcock have all visited her, but her mum didn't like
Hitchcock - maybe she was just frightened by him?
- Hitchcock was definitely a genius. His dreams must have been
extraordinary. He must have plucked his ideas out of the sky, or had a private
line to Mars. (1985, Melody
[Untranslated, perhaps something like ``how do you respond to
the charge that you don't have a strong sense of reality???]
- I think that's how human beings are, though, I don't think anyone
has a real sense of reality. Everything we see is how we experience it in our
heads and I think along with that goes an awful lot of dreams and illusions and
so I think it's quite a real thing. (1985, Rockline)
Do you rely on dreams a lot for inspiration for your songs?
- It's strange, a few people have started asking me that question
recently, and I would so no, that I can't actually think of any song that a
dream has directly inspired. No.
Are you a keeper of a dream diary or something like that?
- No I'm not, no.
I've experimented with that sort of thing and it's interesting -
there's a surrealistic quality to some of your songs that might lead one to
think that, [Kate makes polite expression] but not the case?
- No, not consciously but... (1985, MuchMusic)
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