Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" Proves The Staying Power of Great Songwriting

November 15, 2019
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Meg Myers (who you should know from her killer original track "Desire") has offered up an updated version of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" which has found itself receiving spins on ALT 92.3 and countless fan playlists.

  • "If I only could, make a deal with God, I'd get him to swap our places..."

Bush explained in a 1985 interview: "It's about a relationship between a man and a woman. They love each other very much, and the power of the relationship is something that gets in the way. It creates insecurities. It's saying if the man could be the woman and the woman the man -- if they could make a deal with God, to change places, that they'd understand what it's like to be the other person and perhaps it would clear up misunderstandings. You know, all the little problems; there would be no problem."

However, for this writer, the song's lyrics can also be interpreted as a nod to the men and women who protect and serve -- whether that be in the military or those in a first responder role. 

  • "(I'd) Be running up that road, Be running up that hill, Be running up that building, See if I only could..."

But for those unaware, the track has been covered countless times before, proving the staying power of a well written and emotionally driven song.

Take a look and listen to a few of the other versions below and feel free to search out more on your own time.

This is the original, Kate Bush's biggest song in the U.S. reaching number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also enjoyed time at number 3 on the U.K. Singles Charts.

U.K. ALT rockers Placebo covered the song for the bonus disc of their 2003 album Sleeping with Ghosts and subsequently offered it up on as many other releases as they could following its success. The Placebo version was also included on the soundtracks for The Vampire Diaries, CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationBonesStargate: UniverseQueer as FolkThe O.C.NCIS: Los AngelesHow to Get Away with Murder and the Lifetime film I Am Elizabeth Smart. It can be also heard in the movies From Paris with Love and The Heavy.

American Goth rockers Faith and the Muse covered the song for their 2001 album, Vera Causa on Metropolis Records.

Portland, OR electronic four-piece Chromatics reimagined the track in their Italo-disco style in 2007 for their album Night Drive.

Which one is your favorite?

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Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Meg Myers who visited this week to lay down on a conference table with Bryce.

Always up to something. Thank you @bryceonvacation @iamcoreyb and team for being so cool about me doing my @alt923radio interview laying on your table barefoot --

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