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Kate Bush

  1. 1. KATE BUSH TWO SONGS ABOUT WOMEN
  2. 2. Presentazione di accompagnamento al mio intervento alla Conferenza in occasione della "Giornata internazionale per l'eliminazione della violenza contro le donne" Cagliari, venerdì 25 novembre 2022 Renato Curreli
  3. 3. Running Up That Hill (a Deal with God) * ___________________________________________________________ * K. B. aveva chiamato questa sua composizione A Deal with God, titolo che però fu fortemente sconsigliato dai discografici della EMI perché, a loro dire, il riferimento a Dio avrebbe condotto alla censura o a una scarsa diffusione del brano. Sebbene riluttante, K.B. accettò la proposta della EMI di intitolare la composizione Running up the Hill, a patto che il titolo originario fosse perlomeno menzionato tra parentesi. In questa sede, come forma di rispetto per l’originaria intenzione dell’autrice, nel riportare il testo del brano utilizzeremo il titolo A Deal with God.
  4. 4. A Deal with God music & lyrics by Kate Bush - 1985 It doesn't hurt me. Do you want to feel how it feels? Do you want to 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. 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. Is there so much hate for the ones we love? Tell me, we both matter, don't we? You, it's you and me. It's you and me won't be unhappy. And if I only could… You, It's you and me, It's you and me won't be unhappy. Come on, baby, come on, come on, darling Let me steal this moment from you, now Come on, angel, come on, come on, darling Let's exchange the experience, ooh And if I only could… If I only could Be running up that hill With no problems... If I only could, I'd be running up that hill.
  5. 5. Waking the Witch music & lyrics by Kate Bush - 1985
  6. 6. …….................. You won't burn You won't bleed Confess to me, girl Spiritus Sanctus in nomine Spiritus Sanctus in nomine Spiritus Sanctus in nomine Spiritus Sanctus in nomine Poor little thing The blackbird Wings in the water Go down (go down, Deus et dei domino inferno Deus et dei domino inferno Deus et dei domino inferno Deus et dei domino inferno What is it, child? Bless me, father, bless me father, for I have sinned Help me, listen to me, listen to me, tell me I question your innocence She's a witch (help this blackbird, there's a stone around my leg) Ha, damn you, woman (Help this blackbird, there's a stone around my leg) What say you, good people (guilty, guilty, guilty) Well, are you responsible for your actions? (This blackbird) Not guilty (help this blackbird) Get out of the waves Get out of the water
  7. 7. “I think it's very interesting the whole concept of witch-hunting and the fear of women's power. In a way it's very sexist behavior, and I feel that female intuition and instincts are very strong, and are still put down, really. And in this song, this women is being persecuted by the witch-hunter and the whole jury, although she's committed no crime, and they're trying to push her under the water to see if she'll sink or float.“ Kate Bush (Radio 1 - 1992)
  8. 8. • ORDALIA DELL’ACQUA: l’acqua poteva essere impiegata per rivelare la malvagità della strega. Alla "strega" venivano legate le mani ai piedi con una fune e poi e poi la si immergeva per un certo tempo in un fiume o in lago: se galleggiava allora era certamente una "strega", perché si credeva che l’acqua “rifiutasse” le creature demoniache, se andava a fondo era innocente. Era facile che la "strega" morisse per il freddo o per un’immersione troppo lunga; se vecchia, anche a causa della debolezza e fragilità del fisico. • IMMERSIONE SEDUTA: si legava l’imputata a uno sgabello, con mani e piedi anch’essi legati, e la si immergeva. Spesso ella tornava a galla e ciò era il segno della sua colpevolezza. Anche in questo caso molte donne, soprattutto vecchie, morivano nel corso della procedura.
  9. 9. . Pour Kate, un petit hommage. R.C.

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