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Kate Bush’s Hammer Horror VIDEO

Kate Bush’s Hammer Horror VIDEO
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Kate Bush Hammer Horror single

Kate Bush “Hammer Horror” single

Strangely Kate Bush’s Hammer Horror is about a film the British studio never made but that doesn’t stop the video being well-worth watching for its crazy dance moves and catchy tune. Hammer Horror was the first single of Kate Bush’s second album Lionheart, released in 1978.

Apparently – because I can’t really understand the words – the story of the song is about an actor who gets the lead role of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and ends up being haunted by the jealous original actor, a friend of the song’s narrator until the re-casting. Funnily enough, Hunchback was never filmed by Hammer. The dancing with the double hands is pretty cool and as with most Kate Bush songs, it is catchy and generally crazy fun.

Here’s the lyrics if you want to sing along:

Kate Bush Hammer Horror

You stood in the belltower, 
But now you’re gone. 
So who knows all the sights 
Of Notre Dame? 

They’ve got the stars for the gallant hearts. 
I’m the replacement for your part. 
But all I want to do is forget 
You, friend. 

Hammer Horror, Hammer Horror, 
Won’t leave me alone. 
The first time in my life, 
I keep the lights on 
To ease my soul. 
Hammer Horror, Hammer Horror, 
Won’t leave it alone. 
I don’t know, 
Is this the right thing to do? 

Rehearsing in your things, 
I feel guilty. 
And retracing all the scenes, 
Of your big hit, 
Oh, God, you needed the leading role. 
It wasn’t me who made you go, though. 
Now all I want to do is forget 
You, friend. 

Hammer Horror, Hammer Horror, 
Won’t leave me alone. 
The first time in my life, 
I keep the lights on 
To ease my soul. 
Hammer Horror, Hammer Horror, 
Won’t leave it alone. 
I don’t know, 
Is this the right thing to do? 

Who calls me from the other side 
Of the street? 
And who taps me on the shoulder? 
I turn around, but you’re gone. 

I’ve got a hunch that you’re following, 
To get your own back on me. 
So all I want to do is forget 
You, friend. 

Hammer Horror, Hammer Horror, 
Won’t leave me alone. 
The first time in my life, 
I keep the lights on 
To ease my soul. 
Hammer Horror, Hammer Horror, 
Won’t leave it alone. 
I don’t know, 
Is this the right thing to do?


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