Kate Bush Reflects on ‘Running Up That Hill’ Success And Shares Message of ‘Hope’ in Christmas Message

Kate Bush reflected on ‘Running Up That Hill’ success and shared a message of ‘Hope’ in a Christmas message. 

She shared the message titled ‘Merry Christmas’ on her website.

Kate Bush reflected on the lows of the year, including the war in Ukraine and death of Queen Elizabeth. She also shared thanks for the renewed success of her classic 1985 song ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)’ and expressed hope for a brighter 2023. 

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Kate began her note by writing, “I don’t think any of us have ever known a year like this one,”. She continued, “Life became incredibly frightening in the pandemic, but just as we think it might be over soon, it seems to keep going. It’s a bombardment — the horrific war in Ukraine, the famines, the droughts, the floods… and we lost our Queen.”

The 64-year-old U.K. pop icon then looked at the brighter side, the comeback of ‘Running Up That Hill’ on the Billboard charts, due to a high-profile synch in the fourth season of the 1980s-set sci-fi OTT series, ‘Stranger Things’.

“It’s been a crazy, roller coaster year for me,” Bush wrote. “I still reel from the success of [Running Up That Hill], being the No 1 track of this summer. What an honour!”

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After being featured in ‘Stranger Things’, ‘Running Up That Hill’ — the lead single from Bush’s 1985 album, ‘Hounds of Love’ — rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was successful on a global level, as it topped charts in the U.K. and Australia.

“It was such a great feeling to see so many of the younger generation enjoying the song,” she wrote. “It seems that quite a lot of them thought I was a new artist! I love that! Again, thank you so much to everyone who supported the track and made it a hit.”

Bush closed her message, which includes an image of a small robin, on a positive note by sharing some words from poet, Emily Dickinson.

“I used a little robin in some of my Christmas gifts to friends this year. I felt that this humble little bird, which symbolises Christmas could also symbolise hope in the context of poet, Emily Dickinson’s hopeful words: Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul,” Bush writes. “I‘d like to think that this Christmas when joy is so hard to find, hope will perch in all our souls. Merry Christmas!”

Riya Vivek