‘Moving’ is a song written by Kate Bush, included on her debut album The Kick Inside. The song is a tribute to Lindsay Kemp, who was her mime teacher in the mid-Seventies. She explained in an interview, “He needed a song written to him. He opened up my eyes to the meanings of movement. He makes you feel so good. If you’ve got two left feet it’s ‘you dance like an angel darling.’ He fills people up, you’re an empty glass and glug, glug, glug, he’s filled you with champagne.”

‘Moving’ opens with a whale song sampled from Songs of the Humpback Whale, an LP including recordings of whale vocalizations made by Dr. Roger S. Payne.


On 6 February 1978, ‘Moving’ was released as a 7″ single in Japan only, featuring Wuthering Heights on the B-side.


There are two officially released versions of ‘Moving’: 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.


Soon after the release of The Kick Inside, Bush performed ‘Moving’ alongside with ‘Them Heavy People’ on 25 February 1978 on the BBC TV show Saturday Night at the Mill.
On 12 May, she took part in a Dutch special TV show dedicated to the opening of the Haunted Castle, the new attraction of the amusement park Efteling. She performed six songs in six videos filmed near the castle and across the park.
In June 1978, Bush sang ‘Moving’ at Nippon Budokan during the Tokyo Music Festival. The performance was retransmitted on the Japanese television on 21 June and was followed by a 35 million audience. She won the silver prize alongside with the American R&B band The Emotions.
Kate also performed ‘Moving’ on the Japanese TV programme Sound in S.
In 1979, Bush included ‘Moving’ on her first tour, The Tour of Life. Her performance can be seen on the video Live at Hammersmith Odeon.

Cover versions

‘Moving’ has been covered by Kat Devlin, The Hounds Of Love, Valen Hsu, Yuri Kono, Married Monk, Risa Ohki and Alan Tignanelli.


Moving stranger
Does it really matter
As long as you’re not afraid to feel?
Touch me, hold me
How my open arms ache!
Try to fall for me

How I’m moved
How you move me
With your beauty’s potency
You give me life
Please don’t let me go
You crush the lily in my soul

Moving liquid
Yes, you are just as water
You flow around all that comes in your way.
Don’t think it over
It always takes you over
And sets your spirit dancing

How I’m moved
How you move me
With your beauty’s potency
You give me life
Please don’t let me go
You crush the lily in my soul


Drums: Stuart Elliott
Bass: David Paton
Guitars: Ian Bairnson
Electric piano: Duncan Mackay