The Sensual World

+ Walk Straight Down The Middle

The Sensual World (Japan) front


The Sensual World (Japan) rear


Country: Japan
Label/Number: EMI TODP-2110
Release date: Fall, 1989
Chronology: Kate's 1st Japanese CD single; a 3" disc housed in a very nice 3.25" x 6.5" sleeve. It's standard CD single packaging in Japan (but nowhere else in the world).
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: 3:57
Walk Straight Down The Middle Lyrics
What it's about: Trying to remain balanced and centered in our lives, instead of bouncing from one extreme to the other.
Running time: 3:47
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.)
Walk Straight Down The Middle shows up on the This Woman's Work box set as a non-LP track, and true enough, it doesn't appear on any of The Sensual World LPs. It was, however, a "bonus track" on the CD, so I've excluded it from my Non-LP/CD track listing.
Unlike its UK and Austrian counterparts, this release of The Sensual World does not include the instrumental version of the song. (Scan courtesy of Pertti.)

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