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Red Shoes (the)

The Red Shoes - UK 7" single sleeve
The Red Shoes - UK CD-single #1 sleeve
The Red Shoes - UK CD-single #2 sleeve
Still from the music video for 'The Red Shoes'

Song written by Kate Bush. Originally released on her seventh album The Red Shoes. Also released as a single by EMI Records in the UK on 4 April 1994. Lead track of the movie The Line, The Cross and the Curve, which was presented on film festival at the time of the single's release.


'The Red Shoes' was released in the UK as a 7" single, a cassette single and two different CD-singles. The 7" single and cassette single feature the B-side track You Want Alchemy. CD-single 1 added 'Cloudbusting (Video Mix)' and This Woman's Work, and CD-single 2, released one week after the other formats, features Shoedance (see below), together with the single remix of The Big Sky and the 12" version of Running Up That Hill.


There are three versions of 'The Red Shoes': the album version, which was also used on the single released, and 'Shoedance', which is a 10 minute remix by Karl Blagan of 'The Red Shoes', featuring excerpts from dialogue from the movie The Line, The Cross & The Curve. Finally, there's the version from Bush's album Director's Cut in 2011.

Music video

The music video for 'The Red Shoes' was also used in the movie The Line, The Cross and The Curve.

Cover versions

'The Red Shoes' was covered by E-Clypse featuring Emma Price.

Highest chart positions

UK: 21

Credits (1993)

Drums, percussion: Stuart Elliott
Bass: Gaumont d'Oliveira
Guitars: Danny McIntosh
Mandola, whistles, musical bow, vocals: Paddy Bush
Vocals: Colin Lloyd Tucker
Valiha: Justin Vali
Keyboards: Kate

Credits (2011)

Drums: Steve Gadd
Bass: John Giblin
Guitars: Dan McIntosh
Mandola, mandolin, whistles, musical bow, backing vocals: Paddy Bush
Backing vocals: Colin Lloyd Tucker
Additional vocals: Albert McIntosh, Jacob Thorn


Oh it's gonna be the way you always thought it would be
But it's gonna be no illusion