Kate Bush

The Man With the Child in His Eyes

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One of the earliest of Kate Bush’s songs to survive and be reworked for recording, the simple ballad ”the Man with a Child in his Eyes” was written when she was just 14, and is one of the highlights of the legendary, and oft-bootlegged Cathy Tapes collection of precocious teen demos. One of her favorite songs from that storehouse, Bush says it was directed by the strong creativity that emerged when she sat down at her piano. Feeling the instrument spoke to her, the song emerged from those experiences, driven by an innocent, childlike portrait of love and longing that exists only in the mind. Beautiful and slow and just over two and a half minutes long, the song lets pauses fall where needed and a never rushed melody unfolds as it will, culminating in a brief piece that is complex despite its utter simplicity. Bush insisted that this song become the Kick Inside’s sophomore single, chosen over the philosophical ”Them Heavy People”. Released in 1978 ”the Man with the Child in his Eyes” would just miss the UK Top 5, proving to any doubting Thomas’s that Bush was much more than a one hit wonder. The song would also reach the US pop charts, although not until it made a late Stateside mark on 1986’s the Whole Story hits package.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Kick Inside 1978 EMI Music Distribution 2:40
Cloudbusting 1983 EMI Music Distribution
The Whole Story 1986 EMI Music Distribution 2:38
No Image 1986 Pioneer
This Woman's Work [Box Set] 1990 EMI Music Distribution
Endless Love [PolyGram TV] 1995
Various Artists
Polygram
Single File 1995 Picture
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Love Power: 20 Smash Hits Songs of 70's 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:39
Acoustic Moods [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:39
Love at Planet Earth 2000
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 2:40
20 Classic Songs of Love 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:39
The Document II 2003 Illicit Entertainmentz / Classic / Illicit 1:17
Essential 70's [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal International 2:40
Complete Seventies 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:41
British Legends 2006
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:40
Starter for 10 2007
Original Soundtrack
Rhino 2:41
70s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
Remastered, Part I 2018 Rhino 2:41
100 Greatest Love Songs
Various Artists
Rhino
70 Hits of the '70s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
Born and Raised in the 70s
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Chilled Acoustic
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Easy Acoustic
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
No Image
Original Soundtrack
Rhino 2:40