Symphony In Blue

Symphony In Blue - Japanese 7" single sleeve

Symphony In Blue - Japanese 7" single sleeve

Song written by Kate Bush in 1978, released on her second album Lionheart. It was one of three newly written songs for the album, along with Coffee Homeground and Full House. It is believed that the lyric of the song is an attempt at describing Kate's own belief system. The descriptions of God, sex and the colour blue seem to be inspired by reading about Wilhelm Reich's theory in A Book Of Dreams. 


'Symphony In Blue' was released as a single in Canada and Japan. In Canada, the B-side was Hammer Horror; in Japan it was Fullhouse.


Kate performed 'Symphony In Blue' during the live shows of the Tour of Life. The song also appeared in the 1979 Christmas special.

Cover versions

'Symphony In Blue' was covered by Astral Prince, Big City Orchestre, Kat Devlin, The Kate Bush Experience and Niki Romijn.

Kate about 'Symphony In Blue'

It was inspired by Erik Satie's Gymnopedies.


Drums and percussion: Stuart Elliott
Bass: David Paton
Electric guitars: Ian Bairnson
Piano: Kate Bush
Fender Rhodes: Duncan Mackay

  • Symphony in Blue. Wikipedia, retrieved 27 September 2014.
  • Graeme Thomson, Under The Ivy: The Life & Music Of Kate Bush, cop. 2012. ISBN 9781780381466

Blue on the walls, blue out of my mouth
The sort of blue between clouds, when the sun comes out