The Big Sky (Special Single Mix)

b/w Not This Time

The Big Sky (US) front


The Big Sky (US) rear


Country: US
Label/Number: EMI America B-8327
Release date: Spring, 1986
Chronology: Kate's 5th US single (the 3rd from Hounds Of Love), with her 8th non-LP track released in the States.
Cover photos by John Carder Bush
The Big Sky Lyrics
What it's about: Remembering some of the simple pleasures we used to enjoy as children, that we no longer find the time for -- like spending the afternoon looking at the sky, watching the clouds take on shapes.
Running time: 4:25 (Special Single Mix) (disc says 4:34, but the end of the fadeout is at 4:25)
Not This Time Lyrics
What it's about: A woman declares her independence from her possessive/domineering/abusive (pick one) lover.
Running time: 3:41
The Special Single Mix of The Big Sky opens with (synth) strings in the background (that sound like cellos), and it fades out approximately :16 earlier than the original LP/CD mix.  The LP/CD version doesn't have the synths, but it has background vocals which are not readily audible on the Special Single Mix.  The single mix has replaced the original on the Fish People reissues and iTunes.  (Info courtesy of Blackbird Braille.)
The UK & US 12" EPs also include an additional non-LP track: an extended version of The Big Sky called the Meteorological Mix.
Double A-side promotional copies of The Big Sky were also produced (EMI America P-B-8327). They were packaged in stock picture sleeves.

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