Kite

Kate and band performing 'Kite' on Bio's Bahnhof, 1978

Kate and band performing 'Kite' on Bio's Bahnhof, 1978

Kate performing 'Kite' live at Hammersmith Odeon, 1979

Kate performing 'Kite' live at Hammersmith Odeon, 1979

Song written by Kate Bush. 'Kite' was released as the B-side of Kate Bush's debut single Wuthering Heights and subsequently included on her debut album The Kick Inside as track 4.

Versions

There are two officially released versions of 'Kite': the album version and the live version from Hammersmith Odeon. However, a demo version from 1977 has also surfaced and was released on various bootleg cd's.

Performances

'Kite' was performed on television once. Kate performed the song live on Bio's Bahnhof, recorded in Germany on February 9, 1978, which was Kate's television debut. The song was also included in the setlist for the Tour of Life shows.

Kate about 'Kite'

In the song, the character starts to feel that he is rooted to the ground, but there is a force pulling him up to the sky. A voice calls out, "Come up and be a kite", and he is drawn up to the sky and takes the form and texture of a kite. Suddenly he's flying "like a feather on the wind", and for a while he enjoys it; but the longing for home and the security of the ground overtake these feelings. (Music Talk, 1978)

Credits

Drums: Stuart Elliott
Bass: David Paton
Guitars: Ian Bairnson
Organ/Clavinet: Duncan Mackay
Percussion: Morris Pert

I'd like to be back on the ground,
But I don't know how to get down!