Song of the Day #4,468: ‘The Morning Fog’ – Kate Bush

When this song popped up as today’s Random Weekend selection, I realized that as much as I love Side One of Kate Bush’s 1985 album Hounds of Love, I’ve never paid much attention to Side Two.

In fact, until I read about today’s SOTD, the album’s final track, I didn’t know that Hounds of Love was conceived as two individual suites: Side One, ‘Hounds of Love,’ contains five songs, while Side Two, ‘The Ninth Wave,’ contains seven. The album’s four hits (‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God),’ ‘Cloudbusting,’ ‘Hounds of Love’ and ‘The Big Sky’) all appear on Side One, along with a favorite of mine, ‘Mother Stands For Comfort.’ I guess that explains why I know that half of the album so well.

‘The Ninth Wave’ is a mini concept album about a woman on the verge of death. As Bush describes it, it’s “about a person who is alone in the water for the night. It’s about their past, present and future coming to keep them awake, to stop them drowning, to stop them going to sleep until the morning comes”.

Final track ‘The Morning Fog’ sees the woman survive her ordeal and vow to better appreciate her life and loved ones. An upbeat ending for such a foreboding album.

Listening to Side Two for this blog entry, I realize I’m a lot more familiar with the songs than I thought, though I had no idea what they were about. It’s funny how little attention I pay to lyrics sometimes.

[Verse 1]
The light
Begin to bleed
Begin to breathe
Begin to speak
D’you know what?
I love you better now

[Verse 2]
I am falling
Like a stone
Like a storm
Being born again
Into the sweet morning fog
D’you know what?
I love you better now

[Verse 3]
I’m falling
And I’d love to hold you now
I’ll kiss the ground
I’ll tell my mother
I’ll tell my father
I’ll tell my loved ones
I’ll tell my brothers
How much I love them

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,468: ‘The Morning Fog’ – Kate Bush

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I don’t k ow this album beyond some of the hits. Bush is certainly a talent, but, at least for me, a little of her goes a long way.

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