Saxophone Song

Kate performing 'Saxophone Song' live in Sweden, 1979

Kate performing 'Saxophone Song' live in Sweden, 1979

Song written by Kate Bush, released on her debut album The Kick Inside. Originally the song was recorded as a demo produced by David Gilmour in June 1975.


'Saxophone Song' was not released as a single. However, a playable postcard featuring the song was released in Poland.


Kate performed 'Saxophone Song' during the Tour of Life live shows in 1979.

Kate about 'Saxophone Song'

I wrote 'The Saxophone Song' because, for me, the saxophone is a truly amazing instrument. Its sound is very exciting - rich and mellow. It sounds like a female. (Dreaming: The Kick Inside, 1978)

The song isn't about David Bowie. I wrote it about the instrument, not the player, at a time when I really loved the sound of the saxophone - I still do. No, I don't know him personally, though I went to his "Farewell to Ziggy Stardust" concert and cried, and so did he. (Kate Bush Club newsletter, November 1979)


Drums: Barry de Souza
Bass: Bruce Lynch
Guitars: Paul Keogh, Alan Parker
Keyboards: Andrew Powell
Saxophone: Alan Skidmore
Electric guitar: Paul Keogh


The candle burning over your shoulder is throwing
Shadows on your saxophone, a surly lady in tremor