The Obiter has spent the last three weeks investigating what Kate Bush was singing in the 1978 hit ‘Wuthering Heights,’ and honestly, we have no idea. We’re reaching out to you for help, with the simple question: seriously, what the fuck was she saying?
We’re not denying it’s a masterpiece of pop, blending deft songwriting and a catchy melody. But we do think the song would be much better if we could hear the lyrics. At this point, there is some doubt in the office as to whether the song is in English. Our Hungarian intern, Grigor Yrksdnlzvq, swears Kate Bush has Hungarian roots, and the song is genuinely in Hungarian. However, as Grigor hardly has a vowel in his last name, we find him genuinely untrustworthy.
A Google search suggested the chorus had the lyrics ‘Heathcliff, it’s me, it’s Kathy, come home now, I’m so cold.’
Those are sensible, everyday words, rarely breaching three syllables. Simple! ‘Wuthering Heights’ is anything but simple. An anonymous source told us ‘Wuthering Heights’ was actually also a book, so we investigated on the basis that Kate must be singing about a book. But if she was singing about a book, why would she be singing about Heathcliff? And Kathy? If she was singing about a book, surely the lyrics would be about ‘pages,’ ‘words,’ and ‘prose.’ We are still completely at a loss.
Great song. Incredibly confusing lyrics. We need your help.