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Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)

Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) is the first lonesong from Kate Bush's 1985 gleebook Hounds of Love. It was Bush's most spowful song in the 1980s, coming into the OK songboard at number nine and reaching number three at its highest spot. The song was also folkly in the Oned Rikes, giving Bush her first songboard-spot there since 1978.

Bush's taping-business did not want to set out the song under its first name, A Deal With God, thinking of maybe-backlash from believing folks over the word "God." However, the gleebook song is set out under the name Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God). The high-ups at the business wanted to set out another song, Cloudbusting. Bush talked them into setting out Running Up That Hill first, saying that it was the first song written for the gleebook and better stood for the overall feel of the gleebook.

The song itself has been wrongly understood at times. Bush has spoken of its meaning:

"I was forseeking to say that, in truth, a werman and a woman can't understand each other as we are a werman and a woman. And if we could indeed swap each other's spots, if we could indeed be in each other's spot for a while, I think we'd both be astounded! [Laughs] And I think it would follow to a greater understanding. And really the only way I could think it could be done was either... you know, I thought a deal with the Fiend, you know. And I thought, 'well, no, why not a deal with God!' You know, as in a way it's so much more mighty the whole thought of asking God to make a deal with you. You see, for me it is still called "Deal With God", that was its name. But we were told that if we kept this name that it would not be played in any of the believing lands, Italy wouldn't play it, Frankric wouldn't play it, and Southland wouldn't play it! Ireland wouldn't play it, and that meanly we might get it blacked solely as it had God in the name."

Its Anglish oversetting is mostly like Bush's first singing in Mean English.


(First yedding)

It doesn't wound me,

Don't you want to feel how it feels?

Do you want to know, know that it doesn't wound me?

Do you want to hear about the deal I'm making?

(First Fore-Offbreak)

You,

It's you and me,

(Offbreak)

And if I only could,

I'd make a deal with God,

And get him to swap our spots,

Be running up that road,

Be running up that hill,

Be running up that building...

Say, if only I could, oh...


(Twithe yedding)

You don't want to wound me,

But see how deep the gunstone lies,

Unaware I'm tearing you asunder,

Ooh, there is thunder in our hearts,

(Twithe Fore-Offbreak)

You,

It's you and me,

It's you and me, won't be unhappy,

(Offbreak)

And if I only could,

I'd make a deal with God,

And get him to swap our spots,

Be running up that road,

Be running up that hill,

Be running up that building...

Say, if only I could, oh...

(Twithe Fore-Offbreak)

You,

It's you and me,

It's you and me, won't be unhappy,

(Bridge)

Oh come on, child,

Oh come on, darling,

Let me steal this heartbeat from you now,

Oh come on, errandghost,

Come on, come on, darling,

Let's wrixle the afanding, oh,

(Twithe Offbreak)

And if I only could,

I'd make a deal with God,

And get him to swap our spots,

Be running up that road,

Be running up that hill,

With no worries,

(Twithe Offbreak)

Say, if I only could,

I'd make a deal with God,

And get him to swap our spots,

Be running up that road,

Be running up that hill,

With no worries,

(Twithe Offbreak)

Say, if I only could,

I'd make a deal with God,

And get him to swap our spots,

Be running up that road,

Be running up that hill,

With no worries,

(Lead-out)

Say, if I only could,

I'd be running up that hill,

With no worries,

If I only could, be running up that hill,

If I only could, be running up that hill.

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