Kate Bush’s unique chord progression

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's launching single, , quickly developed her as someone unique, somebody who, aged 18, could write an extremely unusual song and, in spite of its special chromatic mediant chord development, have it rise to the top of the charts!

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  1. I truly don’t know much music theory as I’ve always played by ear. I find it to be ht emost emotionally moving song ever. Not just for the lyrics but the chord feel demonstrates it better than any other I can think of.
    I remember the first time I banged it on and worked it out on keyboard and I’ve still to find anything else that matches this weird chord arrangement. It’s truly sublime and I’ll never understand how she can have written this when she was so young.

    1. maybe simply she knew no boundaries at the time, followed her ear and what matched the storytelling

  2. I must have listened to this song thousands of times, just like everyone else. I always sensed that it had a unique chord progression, but I never dwelled on it. What sets you apart and makes you superior to many musicians is this. Thank you endlessly.

  3. Imagine if Kate Bush and Björk wrote a song together. 🦸‍♀️🦹‍♀️

    1. Well… either they’d amplify each other and you’d get something on another plane of musical theory…. or they’d cancel each other out and you’d get a three chord punk song – which would still be amazing!

  4. Thank you! I’ve tried justifying my fascination with this song to people but without the music theory base knowledge, I just sounded like a lunatic repeating, “There’s something going on there! I can’t explain it!”

    1. I’d call it ‘Wandering Heights’ in the same spirit I called McCartney’s ‘Long Winding Road’ the ‘Long and Winding Song’. both are too ponderous.

  5. I have a good ear for music. But when I bought the record in 1978 and wanted to take out the chords, it was not easy. KB is undoubtedly a musical genius! Thank you for analyzing this song and greetings from Sweden!

  6. I can think of several chord progressions that go A, F, E. It’s a slightly unusual move because you’d expect the A to be minor (or the F to be an F#). But you do hear that kind of modal mixture elsewhere. It’s that C# that truly sets it apart. It’s not a chord that you’d expect to complete the loop at all. It doesn’t resolve and it doesn’t create a natural turnaround back to the A.

  7. At last!!!! I’ve been waiting and waiting for you David, or Mr.Beato, or Mr. Huart or one of the many other wonderful music analysts to point out the brilliance of this chord progression! Play this chord progression to any serious pop-smith and tell them to write a number one hit song with it and they would look at as if you were mad! Ms. Bush is a genius! Both musically AND emotionally!

  8. Finally a video on Kate Bush! Please explore her discography. Her songs are so unusual and intricate, with so many different time signatures!

  9. Kate herself has LOTS of unusual chord progressions. Check out Fullhouse, Moving, the Man with a Child in his Eyes, In search of Peter Pan…

  10. That song has been always astonishing for me, not only due to the chords progression but to the bars 5/4 and 7/4 inserted in the chorus too. Never tired of listening to it. And the guitar solo as outro !!!(wich most of radio stations cut as soon as the voice is fading). That record is a gem.

  11. The way the lyrics say “I’ve come home” at the exact moment the song finally resolves with a perfect cadence after all this chromatic wandering is pure genius. Amazing to think that Kate was still a teenager when she came up with this unique and mature example of the art of songwriting.

  12. She is so unusual and unique and beautiful in more ways than one. She doesn’t care about music convention and this song sounds so spooky and beautiful at the same time. Love it.

  13. Thanks for covering this song. I’ve only recently got into Kate’s music in a much deeper way and I’m currently reading an excellent biography. The music for Wuthering Heights immediately caught my ear, mainly for the timing but also the harmony. I don’t think I’ll ever understand how someone can be so talented at such an age. I’ve come to understand that she was surrounded by all manner of art as a young girl and I assume she just soaked all of this up. She is one of a kind.

    1. @@vanessalouzon Hi. It’s called “Running Up That Hill: 50 Visions of Kate Bush” by Tom Doyle. I got it for Christmas and I’m really enjoying it.

  14. I honestly think Kate was one of the most unique writers of that pop era (not that I would consider her music “pop”). Her ability to evoke the emotion of the subject matter with her chord progressions is so exceptional. Love her.

  15. Thank you so much David, Kate Bush is such an amazing and inspirational artist, I can’t get enough of her! It’d be fantastic to hear your analysis on Symphony in Blue, or Them Heavy People. Cheers! 🇨🇱

  16. I’d love to get a chord with progression analysis of some Pink Floyd songs. The progression of Dogs is super unusual, and the chords when the singing starts in shine on you crazy diamond are definitely worth an analysis. I haven’t seen anyone else break down the harmonic structure of these songs. I love your videos

  17. Absolutely one of my all-time favourite songs. I never tire of it and now, seeing the shifting key and time signatures, I’m not surprised why. The “you know it’s me, Cathy” part and the short phrase after at the end of the bridge is goosebump-inducing every damn time!

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