The Big Sky (song)

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"The Big Sky"
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Single by Kate Bush
from the album Hounds of Love
  • "Not This Time"
  • "The Morning Fog" (12" only)
Released28 April 1986 (1986-04-28)
GenreArt rock
Length4:34 (Special Single Mix)
4:42 (Album Version)
Songwriter(s)Kate Bush
Producer(s)Kate Bush
Kate Bush singles chronology
"Hounds of Love"
"The Big Sky"
"Don't Give Up"
Alternative cover
7" picture disc
Music video
"The Big Sky" on YouTube
Audio sample
"The Big Sky"
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"The Big Sky" is a song by English singer-songwriter Kate Bush. Released in 1986, it was the fourth and final single to be released from her No. 1 album Hounds of Love. The single became another Top 40 hit for Bush, peaking at No. 37 on the UK Singles Chart.

The 7" single was released as the "Special Single Mix", which includes a different intro. This version appears as a B-side on the 1994 CD single "The Red Shoes". The 12" single includes an extended version of "The Big Sky" called the "Meteorological Mix".

The song is about remembering some of the simple pleasures enjoyed as children that most no longer find the time for, such as spending the afternoon looking at the sky, watching the clouds take on shapes.[1]

The B-side is a song called "Not This Time". The 12" single includes an additional B-side, "The Morning Fog", a track on the Hounds of Love album. The music video was directed by Bush herself. In 1987, "The Big Sky" was nominated for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.[2]

Track listing[]

7-inch single (UK)
1."The Big Sky" (Special Single Mix)4:34
2."Not This Time"3:41
12-inch single (UK)
1."The Big Sky" (Meteorological Mix)7:44
2."Not This Time"3:41
3."The Morning Fog"2:35



Chart (1986) Peak
Irish Singles Chart[3] 15
UK Singles Chart[4] 37


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  2. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 1987". MTV. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  3. ^ " search results for Kate Bush". Retrieved 9 December 2008.
  4. ^ " search results for Kate Bush". Retrieved 9 December 2008.
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