Never Be Mine

Album: The Sensual World (1989)

Songfacts®:

  • This track from English singer-songwriter Kate Bush's sixth studio album, The Sensual World features backing vocals by the Bulgarian vocal ensemble the Trio Bulgarka supported by some Irish piping by folk musician Davey Spillane.
  • Bush explained the song's meaning to the NME: "It's that whole thing of how, in some situations, it's the dream you want, not the real thing. It was pursuing a conscious realization that a person is really enjoying the fantasy and aware it won't become reality. So often you think it's the end you want, but this is actually looking at the process that will never get you there. Bit of a heart-game you play with yourself."
  • Bush re-visited the song for her 2011 album, Director's Cut, in which she updated a selection of tracks from The Sensual World and The Red Shoes.

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