Running Up That Hill

b/w Under The Ivy

Running Up That Hill (South Africa) front


Running Up That Hill (South Africa) rear


Country: South Africa
Label/Number: EMI EMIJ 4510
Release date: August, 1985
Chronology: The 1st single from Hounds Of Love, with a non-LP B-side.
Cover photos by John Carder Bush
Running Up That Hill Lyrics
What it's about: Gender differences, and how they hamper our ability to understand the opposite sex. The song suggests we should try to resolve the conflicts in our relationships by "swapping places" (looking at the situation from our partner's perspective).
Running time: 4:56
Under The Ivy Lyrics
What it's about: A girl sneaks away from a party for a clandestine meeting with her lover.
Running time: 2:11
The A-side's original title was A Deal With God (referring to the request to swap genders with one's partner). It was deemed "too controversial" and renamed (but it still lives on as a subtitle on the LP/CD).
The front of the South African sleeve shown above is identical to all other countries. The rear is the same as the UK single pocket sleeve except it has no lyrics. Scan courtesy of Bart.

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