Cloudbusting


by Kate Bush
I still dream of Organon. 
I wake up crying. 
You're making rain 
And you're just in reach 
When you and sleep escape me 
You're like my yo-yo 
That glowed in the dark 

What made it special 
Made it dangerous 
So I bury it and forget. 

Everytime it rains, 
you're here in my head 
Like the sun coming out - 
Ooh I just know that something good is going to happen 
And I don't know when 
But just saying it could even make it happen. 

On top of the world 
Looking over the edge 
You could see them coming 
You looked too small 
In their big black car 
To be a threat to the men in power. 

I hid my yo-yo in the garden 

I can't hide you from the government 
Oh God, daddy - I won't forget 

Your son's coming out 



Inspiration for/Story of the song:

"Cloudbusting" - It's about a special relationship between a young son and his father. 
The book was written from a child's point of view. 
His father is everything to him; he is the magic in his life, and he teaches him everything, 
teaching him to be open-minded and not to build up barriers. 
His father has built a machine that can make it rain, a "cloudbuster"; and the son and his father go out together cloudbusting. 
They point big pipes up into the sky, and they make it rain. 
The song is very much taking a comparison with a yo-yo that glowed in the dark and which was given to the boy by a best friend. 
It was really special to him; he loved it. 
But his father believed in things having positive and negative energy, and that fluorescent light was a very negative energy - 
as was the material they used to make glow-in-the-dark toys then - 
and his father told him he had to get rid of it, he wasn't allowed to keep it. 
But the boy, rather than throwing it away, buried it in the garden, 
so that he would placate his father but could also go and dig it up occasionally and play with it. 
It's a parallel in some ways between how much he loved the yo-yo - how special it was - and yet how dangerous it was considered to be. 
He loved his father (who was perhaps considered dangerous by some people); 
and he loved how he could bury his yo-yo and retrieve it whenever he wanted to play with it. 
But there's nothing he can do about his father being taken away, he is completely helpless. 
But it's very much more to do with how the son does begin to cope with the 
whole loneliness and pain of being without his father. 
It is the magic moments of a relationship through a child's eyes, but told by a sad adult.   
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All of us tend to live in our heads. In "Cloudbusting," the idea was of starting this song with a person waking up from this dream, 
"I wake up crying." It's like setting a scene that immediately suggests to you that this person is no longer with someone they dearly love. 
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It's a song with a very American inspiration, which draws its subject from A Book of Dreams by Peter Reich. T
he book was written as if by a child who was telling of his strange and unique relationship with his father. 
They lived in a place called Organon, where the father, a respected psycho-analyst, had some very advanced theories on Vital Energy; 
furthermore, he owned a rain-making machine, the Cloudbuster. 
His son and he loved to use it to make it rain. Unfortunately, the father was imprisoned because of his ideas. 
In fact, in America, in that period, it was safer not to stick out. Sadly, the father dies in prison. 
From that point on, his son becomes unable to put up with an orthodox lifestyle, to adapt himself. 
The song evokes the days of happiness when the little boy was making it rain with his father. 
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