Experiment IV

Album: The Whole Story (1986)
Charted: 23
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  • We were working secretly for the military
    Our experiment in sound was nearly ready to begin
    We only know in theory what we are doing
    Music made for pleasure, music made to thrill

    It was music we were making here until
    They told us all they wanted
    Was a sound that could kill someone from a distance
    So we go ahead and the meters are over in the red
    It's a mistake in the making

    From the painful cries of mothers to a terrifying scream
    We recorded it and put it into our machine

    They told us all they wanted
    Was a sound that could kill someone from a distance
    So we go ahead and the meters are over in the red
    It's a mistake in the making

    It could feel like falling in love
    It could feel so bad
    It could feel so good
    It could sing you to sleep

    But that dream is your enemy
    We won't be there to be blamed
    We won't be there to snitch
    I just pray that someone there can hit the switch

    They told us all they wanted
    Was a sound that could kill someone from a distance
    So we go ahead and the meters are over in the red
    It's a mistake in the making

    And the public are warned to stay off Writer/s: KATE BUSH
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 5

  • Rod from Gainesville, FlREMINDS me of the use of horrible musci to torment Noriega into surrendering when he was holed up under catholic church protection, or the use of loud music to induce sleep deprivation. LET me also hear pledge my eternal devotion to our Kate!
  • Mikey from London, EnglandThis song is based on secret Government experiments during the 40's and 50's to develop a weapon that would play a sound that could kill someone from a far distance. According to rumours, the sound they discovered that could manage this was the sound of a woman's screams when she was just told that her baby had died.
  • Leah from Brooklyn, NyNo longer science fiction, it's beginning to appear that the US Navy's experimental ocean broadcasts of special sonar to detect enemy submarines is killing whales and dolphins by the hundreds. The sea mammals are washing ashore, dying of hemmoraged brains. Of course, the Navy denies their sonar is responsible and refuses to stop the development and use. Sounds can already kill, and I've no doubt the military won't stop at sea mammals, with something so prospectively 'useful.' Do a web search using the words 'sonar' 'navy' and 'mammals' for more info.
  • Andrew from Salem, MaThe video for this song stars well known British actors Peter Vaughan, Richard Vernon, Dawn French and Hugh Laurie, a traditon Kate began with Donald Sutherland for the 'Cloudbusting' video and continued with 'This Woman's Work, featuring Tim McInnerny.
  • Andy from Hunterdon, NjThis "might" be a reference to Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" (written some 30+ years earlier). In that novel, the evil government engages a brilliant (but cowardly and immoral) theoretical scientist to develop technology that is then used to create a top-secret weapon nicknamed "The Xylophone". The "Xylophone" uses soundwaves to kill living things stationed at a far distance from the weapon.
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