Running up that hill Lyrics - Kate Bush

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It doesn't hurt me.
Do you want to feel how it feels?
Do you want to know, know that it doesn't hurt me?
Do you want to hear about the deal that I'm making?
You, It's you and me.

And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
Be running up that building.
Say, If I only could, oh...

You don't want to hurt me,
But see how deep the bullet lies.
Unaware, I'm tearing you asunder.
Ooh, There is thunder in our hearts.

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Is there so much hate for the ones who love?
Tell me we both matter don't we?

You,
It's you and me,
It's you and me who won't be unhappy.

And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
Be running up that building.
Say, If I only could, oh...

You,
It's you and me,
It's you and me who won't be unhappy.

Come on baby, come on darling
Let me steal this moment from you now
Oh come on angel, come on come on darlin'
Let's exchange the experience oh...

And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems...

Say if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems...

Say if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems...

Say, If I only could...
Oh...
Be running up that hill,
With no problems...

If only I could,
Be running up that hill...



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meaning of the song | Reviewer: Nies | 3/4/14

I think this song is about how she's in love with someone who doesn't love her back and how she wishes she could reverse that situation.. that he would love her and that she was the one who was free and happy like he is now. ''Running up that hill'' the hill represents life, and she wishes she had no problem with living, as if it would come easy to her like it does to him. + she thinks it's unfair -> tell me we both matter don't we? So why is she the one that has to be unhappy? Let me steal this moment from you now, let's exchange the experience... The words are filled with desperation. It's actually really very sad =/... (And typical -.-)

Survival | Reviewer: Ginny | 5/31/13

Absolutely beautiful song and very meaningful words. I always thought this song was to do with her struggles with breast cancer and her survival. Can someone tell me if this is so. Thanx

(almost) Another point of view | Reviewer: Rob | 12/27/12

Lyrics sounds really like talking about love, man Vs woman's point of view, etc... Now the music definitely sounds like passionated love making. I think this is the real topic. It always seemed to me that she encouraged the man (either to go on or so as release man's fear which can result in impotency)

such a beautiful song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/5/12

I felt it was about a person who's loved one had died, she would give anything to see him back on this earth again she would even swap places with him....make a deal with God, no problem!

Which way is she running? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/12/12

I'm glad to see these interpretations of this song, things I'd never thought of.

I'd always interpreted the chorus as her watching him leave her, walking down the hill, and if she could swap places she'd run back to him (to herself). she's in the building from the lyrics, looking at him.

I saw the "hurt" as her pain at his leaving her.

If I am right, when she asks "do you want to know" she's telling him that he shouldn't assume she's ok, even though that's what she's been pretending. also she is saying he should WANT to know, as when she asks about seeing how deep the bullet lies.

I thought "exchanging the experience" was asking to him to consider her position, watching him leave, and to swap would be to wonder if he'd then realize he should return, up the hill.

After seeing these poignant reflections, I agree that there is probably a sexual overtone & double meaning to many of the lyrics.

thank you




God | Reviewer: S. | 6/17/11

I feel it's a personal struggle between individuals, whether a lover, friend or both. It does seem like there's a struggle between two people who deeply care for each other and somehow can't face their fears. Like most relationships it seems they are dealing with something deep and emotional. A love so strong it keeps them clingling together. Toxic perhaps -in anycase a beautiful song written by one of my favorite artist. TY Kate.

another point of view | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/31/11

I watched the original music video to this song and then looked up the lyrics. I interpret it to be about how in certain circumstances sex is a sin (depending on the situation) and trying to break away but not being able to leave the one you love.

Is there so much hate for the ones who love?
Tell me we both matter don't we?

You,
It's you and me,
It's you and me who won't be unhappy.

And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,

To me its kind of like wishing that you could explain it or asking God to see something from where you are.


Civil War | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/28/11

I am hearing the song in association with the Civil War program on the History Channel for the Memorial Day Weekend so I looked it up. Running up that hill sounded like a charge. I thought maybe the song was an old war song. Funny.

Trading places | Reviewer: hauntedsandiego | 5/12/11

I've heard many different interpretations of this song's lyrics. Personally I think it's the woman telling the man it doesn't hurt her when they make love, and how she wishes he could experience it. When she sings, "Let me steal this moment from you now" I think it means, let me (the woman) experience orgasm as you (the man) and vice-versa. It's very loving, passionate and powerful.

My review | Reviewer: Kareena | 3/6/11

I have never heard this Version the original version I have heard Placebo's version i decided to look up lyrics for both this version and theirs and the lyrics are different seems Placebo decided to change some off the lyrics or something :).

Kate says... | Reviewer: Laura | 1/30/11

She said she meant it as she wanted males and females to trade places just once so they could see what it feels like to be each other... but the music is so powerful and I love 80s music, I could even dance to this, it's very moving, literally :P LOVE THE SOUND, VERY HAUNTING

My life is a mess.. | Reviewer: Melissa | 10/20/10

About 9 years ago I met a boy named Michael... who changed my life...
Over those years we dated and then stopped... but every time we saw each other again we couldn't be friends... we just had to be together.. eventually 3 years ago I got pregnant and we had a huge disagreement about the child... I put him up for adoption because it was best for him but Mike hated me for a long time... 7 months ago I contacted him and I went to see him because I didnt, wouldnt, leave him alone.. and our love for each other started up again but he was dating someone so we made mistakes... we both had issues 2 months ago and I havent seen him until recently he's been coming back around to his brothers house (i hang out there a lot)
A few weeks ago I picked up my mannequin which I wrote on... I drew a whole bunch of emotional things and words of pain on it... when I looked at the back I saw something I never put there...

Say if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems...

He left me that as a message before he left for the 'last' time.

I'll never get over him.


Love and Hate | Reviewer: Sarah | 9/10/10

I've always (perhaps wrongly) interpreted this song as describing an abusive relationship and the perverse bond between victim and abuser.

The following lines -

"And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems..."

represents a desire to escape the situation but at the same time a pull to remain and the realisation of being trapped. In abusive relationships the victim often still has feelings for their abuser and I think the line "so much hate for the ones who love?" embodies that.

No idea if this was what Kate intended the song to mean. :-)

This is about sex | Reviewer: Big Ball Final Word On Lyrics Interpretation | 7/30/10

It is about the loss of virginity, the girl trying to gently encourage her nervous suitor by acknowledging that if he knew how good it feels for her it wouldn'tr be nervous. Basically, she wants hime to stop treating her gently and to pound away like a steam train.

Power of words | Reviewer: Mike Jacques | 6/15/10

Of all Kate's work I think this song is her most powerful outside of "This Woman's Work". The reviews about seem to feel the thread is that of swapping roles to stand in another's shoes. And unless we do that we will never really understand their view of life. I agree wholeheartedly.
And to Torn-I have almost the same situation. Much like Kate's music,the memory of my past love haunted me for years. I haven't seen her in 15 years but the thought of seeing her again paralyzes me. I don't know what I'd do except do what you did. I fear more emotions will come forth than I ever had before, and I'm afraid of breaking down and never recovering.


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