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Bush comes into bloom on new 'Ulysses' track


Kate Bush. Photo: Getty Images

Kate Bush. Photo: Getty Images

Kate Bush. Photo: Getty Images

IT TOOK 20 years, but singer Kate Bush was nonetheless delighted when she got a resounding "yes, yes, yes" to her request to use the text of James Joyce's 'Ulysses' for a song.

The singer, who next month returns with her first album for six years, was originally prevented from using the famous Dubliner's words, causing her to write a new lyric for the track. But now she has been able to rework the song.

Bush had wanted to use the words of character Molly Bloom from Ulysses, which she had set to music.

She said: "When I asked for permission to use the text I was refused, which was disappointing. I then wrote my own lyrics for the song, although I felt that the original idea had been more interesting. Well, I'm not James Joyce, am I?"

The track was retitled 'The Sensual World', the title track of her 1989 album. She has now rerecorded the song for 'Director's Cut', a collection of revamped older songs.

Bush said: "When I came to work on this project I thought I would ask for permission again and this time they said yes.

"It is now retitled 'Flower Of the Mountain' and I am delighted that I have had the chance to fulfil the original concept."

Irish Independent