Song written by Kate Bush. Released as the B-side of the single Breathing.
Kate about 'The Empty Bullring'
This is a song that I first had ideas for quite a few years ago. It is really about someone who is in love with someone who is obsessed with something that is pretty futile. They can't get the person to accept the fact that it is a futile obsession. To put it into a sort of story form: he became a matador, and got gored so badly that he couldn't carry on. But at night he climbs out of the window and runs off to a bullring, when there is no-one there, and he fights a bull that doesn't exist. (...) Tamlain is a girl in a traditional fairy story, who is locked up in an ivory tower. (Kate Bush Club newsletter, 1983)