Sat in Your Lap

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"Sat in Your Lap"
Single cover
Single by Kate Bush
from the album The Dreaming
B-side "Lord of the Reedy River" (Donovan)
Released 21 June 1981 (UK)
Format 7" single
Length 3:29
Label EMI
Writer(s) Kate Bush
Producer(s) Kate Bush
Kate Bush singles chronology
"December Will Be Magic Again"
"Sat in Your Lap"
"The Dreaming"
Music sample

"Sat in Your Lap" (1981) is a song by the English musician Kate Bush. It was the first single to be released from her fourth album The Dreaming (1982), though it was issued 15 months prior to the album, which was nowhere near completion at that time. The single peaked at no. 11 in the UK Singles Chart.

The lyrics of the song deal with humanity's endless search for knowledge, which is often limited by unwillingness to devote the effort necessary to attain it. Musically, it was faster and more percussive than Bush's previous releases.[1]

Kate Bush stated in an early interview that the single version was remixed slightly for inclusion on The Dreaming. The vocals were raised higher and the backing track altered to fit in better with the overall feel of the album.[citation needed]

The demo version of "Sat in Your Lap" contains an extra verse at the start, which was later cut out of the song. As with subsequent singles from the album, a 12" single was planned but was eventually withdrawn.

The B-side to the single was a cover version (Bush's first) of "Lord of the Reedy River" by Donovan.


Chart (1981) Peak
UK Singles Chart 11
Irish Singles Chart 18
Australian Singles Chart 93
Dutch Single Top 100 32


  1. ^ Lorne Murdoch (1985). "Kate Bush". Record Collector (December 1985, No. 76): p.22

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