Sat in Your Lap

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"Sat in Your Lap"
Kate Bush - Sat in Your Lap.png
Single by Kate Bush
from the album The Dreaming
B-side"Lord of the Reedy River" (Donovan)
Released21 June 1981 (UK)
Format7" single
GenreArt Rock
Songwriter(s)Kate Bush
Producer(s)Kate Bush
Kate Bush singles chronology
"December Will Be Magic Again"
"Sat in Your Lap"
"The Dreaming"
Audio sample
Sat in Your Lap

"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.[1]The single peaked at no. 11 in the UK Singles Chart.


Musically, the single was faster and more percussive than Bush's previous releases. It features Preston Heyman on drums recorded in the stone room at The Townhouse Studio 2, London, and Paddy Bush and Preston on whip-like percussion (actually played on bamboo canes swooshing through the air rhythmically).[2] Critic Simon Reynolds called it "an avant-pop stampede of pounding percussion and deranged shrieks, a sister-song to Public Image Ltd's "Flowers of Romance."[3] The lyrics of the song deal with feelings of existential frustration and the quest for knowledge.[4] In his biography on Kate Bush, Graeme Thomson states that the title of the song suggests the possibility of experiencing enlightenment through sex.[5]


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 As with subsequent singles from the album, a 12" single was planned but was eventually withdrawn.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
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 93
Dutch Single Top 100 32
Irish Singles Chart 18
Spain (Productores de Música de España)[7] 30
UK Singles Chart 11


  1. ^ Lindsay, Matthew (11 September 2012). "30 Years On: The Dreaming By Kate Bush". The Quietus. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. ^ Lorne Murdoch (1985). "Kate Bush". Record Collector (December 1985, No. 76): p.22
  3. ^ Simon Reynolds. "Kate Bush, the queen of art-pop who defied her critics". the Guardian.
  4. ^ The Guardian Kate Bush 10 best songs
  5. ^ Thomson, Graeme (2010). Under the Ivy: The life and music of Kate Bush. Omnibus Press. p. 23. ISBN 1780381468.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 50. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.

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