‘Big Stripey Lie’ is a song written by Kate Bush. It was originally released as the B-side of the single Rubberband Girl in the UK. Subsequently released on her seventh album The Red Shoes.


There are two versions of ‘Big Stripey Lie’: the album version from 1993, and the remastered version from 2011, included on a new release of The Red Shoes on the Fish People label.

Cover versions

‘Big Stripey Lie’ was covered by Dave Watkins.


Oh big stripey lie moving
Like a wavy line
Coming up behind

All young gentle dreams drowning
In life’s grief
Can you hang on me?

Don’t want to hurt you baby
I only want to help you
I could be good for you

Your name is being called by sacred things
That are not addressed nor listened to
Sometimes they blow trumpets

Only want to help you
Never want to hurt you
I know I could be good for you

Oh my God it’s a jungle in here
You’ve got wild animals loose in here

Want to help you
Never hurt you
Good for you

Hey all you little waves run away
Mmm run away


Drums, percussion, FX: Gaumont d’Oliveira
Violin: Nigel Kennedy
Guitar, bass, keyboards: Kate