The Red Shoes (song)

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"The Red Shoes"
Kate Bush - The Red Shoes (song).jpg
CD single, part one
Single by Kate Bush
from the album The Red Shoes
B-side "You Want Alchemy"
"Shoedance" (The Red Shoes Dance Mix)"
"Running Up that Hill"
"The Big Sky"
"This Woman's Work"
"Cloudbusting (Video Mix)"
Released 4 April 1994
Format 7" single
CD single
Cassette single
Recorded 1990-1993
Genre Art rock, folk rock
Length 4:02
10:08 (Shoedance)
Label EMI
Writer(s) Kate Bush
Producer(s) Kate Bush
Kate Bush singles chronology
"Moments of Pleasure"
"The Red Shoes"
"The Man I Love"
Alternative cover
CD single, part two
Music sample

"The Red Shoes" is a song written and recorded by musician Kate Bush. It was the third single released from, and is the title track of, the album The Red Shoes.

"The Red Shoes" was released in April 1994 and made it to number 21 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] The song is about a girl who puts on a pair of enchanted ballet slippers and can't stop dancing until she breaks the spell. It is inspired by a character in the Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film The Red Shoes.

"The Red Shoes" was released on 7" vinyl, as a cassette single, and as a two-part CD single. "You Want Alchemy" was the B-Side song on all formats, except the second part of the CD single.

The second part of the CD single was released one week after the first part, and was more dance-oriented. It features a 10-minute remix by Karl Blagan of "The Red Shoes", renamed "Shoedance", and remixes of "The Big Sky" and "Running Up that Hill".

Track listings[edit]

All songs were written by Kate Bush.

7" / Cassette single
No. Title Length
1. "The Red Shoes"  
2. "You Want Alchemy"  
CD #1
No. Title Length
1. "The Red Shoes" 4:02
2. "You Want Alchemy" 4:22
3. "Cloudbusting (Video Mix)" 6:57
4. "This Woman's Work" 3:32
CD #2
No. Title Length
1. "Shoedance (The Red Shoes Dance Mix)" 10:08
2. "The Big Sky (Special Single Mix)" 4:40
3. "Running Up that Hill (12" Version)" 5:43

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
UK Singles Chart[1] 21


  1. ^ a b " search results for Kate Bush". Retrieved 18 December 2008.