Lyra (song)

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Song by Kate Bush
from the album The Golden Compass soundtrack
Language English
Released 26 November 2007
Recorded 2007; EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England and Kate Bush's studio
Genre Art rock
Length 3:19
Label New Line Records
EMI Records
Songwriter(s) Kate Bush
Producer(s) Kate Bush
Alexandre Desplat
The Golden Compass soundtrack track listing

"Lyra" is a song written, produced, and performed by British recording artist Kate Bush, from the 2007 soundtrack album The Golden Compass from the film of the same name. It is used in the closing credits of the film. Bush was commissioned to write the song, with the request that it make reference to the lead character, Lyra Belacqua.


According to Del Palmer, Bush was asked to do the song on very short notice and the whole project was completed in 10 days.[1] The song was produced and recorded by Bush in her own studio, and features the Magdalen College, Oxford choir. It contains the introduction of an unused song written for Disney's "Dinosaur".

Critical reception and recognition[edit]

"Lyra" was nominated for the International Press Academy's Satellite Award for original song in a motion picture.[2][3]

Chart performance[edit]

The song reached number 187 on the UK Singles Chart,[4] charting on downloads from the album alone.


  1. ^ Palmer, Del. "Lyra". Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  2. ^ Silberman, Stacey (30 November 2007). "Tis the Awards Season: Lots of Green & "Golden" Loving Stars". Hollywood Today. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  3. ^ Awards for The Golden Compass, Satellite Awards
  4. ^ Chart Log UK: B