King of The Mountain – The Single

Hi all, if you weren’t on our site’s forum this morning at 10am you won’t know that Kate’s new single has been received by fans with an overwhelmingly positive response. King Of The Mountain is today at Number 1 on the Amazon UK Hot 100 singles chart, which also gives some indication as to the interest.

Read the many threads currently running about King Of The Mountain to get a feel for the excitement that has been generated; from initial reactions to full reviews, discussions on Kate’s vocal stylings, thematic debates and analysis of the lyrics – it’s all happening! Remember that you can listen to the single on the BBC Radio site as often as you like for one week by using the “Listen Again” link for Ken Bruce’s Wednesday show here (Kate’s song happens about 38 mins into the show).

The promo single is now being distributed worldwide by EMI. As well as featuring the cover art below it contains the lyrics and some brief credits.

King of the Mountain

Could you see the aisles of women?
Could you see them screaming and weeping?
Could you see the storm rising?
Could you see the guy who was driving?
Could you climb higher and higher?
Could you climb right over the top?
Why does a multi-millionaire
Fill up his home with priceless junk?

The wind is whistling
The wind is whistling
Through the house

Elvis are you out there somewhere
Looking like a happy man?
In the snow with Rosebud
And king of the mountain

Another Hollywood waitress
Is telling us she’s having your baby
And there’s a rumour that you’re on ice
And you will rise again someday
And that there’s a photograph
Where you’re dancing on your grave

The wind is whistling
The wind is whistling
Through the house

Elvis are you out there somewhere
Looking like a happy man?
In the snow with Rosebud
And king of the mountain

The wind it blows
The wind it blows the door closed 

Written and Produced by Kate
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Del Palmer
Mastered by James Guthrie
Drawing by Bertie

From the press release: “The first single from ‘Aerial’ is the hypnotic ‘King of the Mountain’. From its opening faint electronic pulses, to its crashing, driving climax, ‘King Of The Mountain’ is a unique piece of work that could only have come from Kate Bush. Featuring her instantly recognisable vocals, a loping dub-like rhythm and evocative, mysterious lyrics, ‘King Of The Mountain’ proves that the best things are worth the wait. ‘Aerial’, the double album that is released worldwide on November 7th, has already been hailed by those who have heard it as potentially Kate’s greatest work; an album of such scope, depth, emotion and wonder that it is easily one of the most important records of 2005, and certainly one of the most moving.”

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