Kate Bush

A Coral Room

in Aerial

LYRIC

[Verse 1: Kate Bush]
There's a city, draped in net
Fisherman net
And in the half light, in the half light
It looks like every tower
Is covered in webs
Moving and glistening and rocking
Its babies in rhythm
As the spider of time is climbing
Over the ruins
[Chorus 1: Kate Bush]
There were hundreds of people living here
Sails at the windows
And the planes came crashing down
And many a pilot drowned
And the speed boats flying above
Put your hand over the side of the boat
And what do you feel?

[Verse 2: Kate Bush]
My mother and her little brown jug
It held her milk
And now it holds our memories
I can hear her singing
"Little brown jug don't I love thee
Little brown jug don't I love thee
Ho ho ho, hee hee hee"

[Interlude: Michael Wood]
Little brown jug don't I love thee
Little brown jug don't I love thee

[Bridge: Kate Bush]
I hear her laughing
She is standing in the kitchen
As we come in the back door
See it fall
See it fall
Oh, little spider
Climbing out of a broken jug
[Chorus 2: Kate Bush]
And the pieces will lay there a while
In a house draped in net
In a room filled with coral
Sails at the windows, forests of masts
Put your hand over the side of the boat
Put your hand over the side of the boat
And what do you feel?

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About "A Coral Room"

“A Coral Room” is the seventh track from Kate Bush’s 2005 double album, Aerial, and the final track from the “A Sea of Honey” side of the album. Back down to the more moderate tempo of 117 bpm, it retains the E major key of previous song “Joanni”.

Despite the main theme of the song being the passage of time, the song eventually comes to address a saddening topic: the death of Kate’s mother. Hannah Bush became sick during the recording of Kate’s previous album, The Red Shoes, before dying a short time later. Although she was mentioned in the song “Moments of Pleasure”, this song is the first and only time Kate has sung about her mother’s death and thus links the song to the theme of each song being about a person.

It is the only song on this side of the album to have a vocal from someone other than Kate.

A Coral Room Track info

Publisher Noble and Brite Ltd.
Copyright © Noble and Brite Ltd.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ Noble and Brite Ltd.
Remastering Engineer Bernie Grundman
Piano Kate Bush
Lyricist Kate Bush
Vocals Kate Bush
Engineer Simon Rhodes
Assistant Engineer Chris Bolster
Mastering Engineer James Guthrie
Mixing Engineer Del Palmer

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