“I hold a cup of wisdom
But there is nothing within”
Written by Kate Bush
Produced by Kate Bush
Taken from the album The Dreaming
Also released on The Whole Story and This Woman’s Work
UK #11, AUS #93
I feel like I should just do a bullet-point list of reasons why ‘Sat In Your Lap’ is amazing, including “drums” and “rollerskating”, because it sort of baffles me that such a song exists, and it’s difficult to put that bafflement (?!) into sentences. A song about self-confidence and doubt and wanting something really bad but not really wanting to work for it, ‘Sat In Your Lap’ is confusing, mental, scattered. One thing I know for sure: you can’t hear the opening without doing the “Kate Bush arms” from the start of the video.
I have no idea how this managed to get anywhere near the UK top ten. The chorus sounds something like this: “some say that NOLEJAZZSOMETHING SAT-a in your lap”. It’s not radio friendly but of course that doesn’t make it bad – ‘Sat In Your Lap’ goes full circle from unlistenable to frightening to fascinating and back to brilliant. The huge rolling drums that soundtrack the song are infectious and Kate’s voice sounds more desperate, more raw and dramatic than ever before, and that includes ‘Wuthering Heights’.
And what about that music video? Who the hell needs drugs when we have ‘Sat In Your Lap’? It includes rollerskating, Kate’s gigantic eyes staring at us, jesters, dunce caps, and of course lots of odd dancing. Through all this m-m-m-madness, Kate’s writing still manages to shine through as the most important factor. I can’t stress enough how amazing the lyrics are, and being mixed with such amazing instrumental work and such great production, how could this not be one of the best songs ever?