S01E13 – The Kick Inside

Strange Phenomena: The Music of Kate Bush
S01E13 - The Kick Inside

At last, we come to the final track on The Kick Inside, the title track. This week’s episode features a very special guest: Graeme Thomson, the author of the music biography Under the Ivy: The Life and Music of Kate Bush. Cecilee and Graeme discuss the original Celtic murder ballad that this song comes from (whether you know it as the Lucy Wan, Lizzie Wan, Lizzie May, etc story). They also discuss its live incarnation on the stage in 1979 for the Tour of Life, the beautifully tragic lyrics and the mythological references Kate used in the song.

Live version used:

Live at the Manchester Apollo

Folk versions played:

  • Raymond Crooke – Lizzie May – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D9bIUI2TgU
  • threelegsoman – Lizzie Wan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCUMVVo-32M
  • Hannah Sanders – Lucy Wan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeVQuPj5JAA