Them Heavy People

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"Them Heavy People"
Single by Kate Bush
from the album The Kick Inside
B-side The Man with the Child in His Eyes
Released 1978
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1977/79
Genre Art rock
Length 3:05
Label EMI
Writer(s) Kate Bush
Producer(s) Andrew Powell
Kate Bush singles chronology
"Moving"
(1978)
"Them Heavy People"
(1978)
"The Man with the Child in His Eyes"
(1978)
Music sample

"Them Heavy People" is a song written and recorded by Kate Bush, from her debut album The Kick Inside. It was issued as a single in Japan only with the title "Rolling the Ball" reaching number 3, its only release worldwide as an A-side.

The song is about religion, and the teachings of Jesus, Gurdjieff, among others. The song expresses an insistent desire to learn as much as possible, while she is still young.

A Seiko logo appears on the insert's back side, which makes it Bush's only commercial release featuring any kind of product endorsement.

A live recording of this song was the lead track on the On Stage EP which reached number 10 in the UK singles chart in 1979.[1] In The Netherlands, the EP was listed as Them Heavy People in the Top 40 chart, making it basically an A-side. It peaked at No. 17 in 1979.[2]

Bush performed "Them Heavy People" on several TV programmes including her only appearance on Saturday Night Live in the USA.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1978/1979) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[3] 10
Dutch Single Top 100[4] 17
Dutch Top 40[5] 21
Japanese Singles Chart 3

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