Aspects Of The Sensual World

The Sensual World

+ Be Kind To My Mistakes

+ I'm Still Waiting

+ Ken

+ The Sensual World (Instrumental)

Aspets Of The Sensual World (US) front


Aspects Of The Sensual World (US) rear


Country: US
Label/Number: Columbia 44K 73174
Release date: Late 1989 or Early 1990
Chronology: Kate's 1st commercially released CD single in the US (and her 1st on Columbia). It's a 5 track disc featuring the title cut from The Sensual World LP/CD, plus 4 non-LP tracks.
Cover photo by John Carder Bush
The Sensual World Lyrics
What it's about: Molly Bloom steps out of the black and white, two dimensional pages of James Joyce's Ulysses into the real world, and is immediately struck by the sensuality of it all.
Running time: 3:56
Be Kind To My Mistakes Lyrics
What it's about: A woman asks for understanding as she tentatively explores a new relationship. The track was written for the Nicholas Roeg film, Castaway.
Running time: 3:03 (edited remix)
I'm Still Waiting Lyrics
What it's about: A woman remains ever hopeful her estranged lover will return to her.
Running time: 4:25
Ken Lyrics
What it's about: Ken was written for an episode of the British TV program The Comic Strip Presents...G.L.C. (G.L.C. stands for the Greater London Council. Ken was its leader, Ken Livingstone.)
Running time: 3:48
The Sensual World (Instrumental) running time: 3:56
The Sensual World was originally supposed to be Molly Bloom's speech (from the end of Ulysses) set to music, but Kate could not secure the rights from the Joyce estate, so she altered it. (Here is an excerpt from the original text, reproduced to show the source of Kate's inspiration.)
Be Kind To My Mistakes was originally released on the Castaway soundtrack in 1987, so technically, it's not really a non-LP track. But it's not easy to find, and the version that appears on this single is quite different, so I've included it on my Non-LP/CD list.

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