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.