Running Up That Hill

b/w Under The Ivy

Running Up That Hill (US) front


Running Up That Hill (US) rear


Country: US
Label/Number: EMI America B-8285
Release date: August, 1985
Chronology: Kate's 3rd US single (the 1st from Hounds Of Love), with her 5th non-LP track to be released in the States (the first 4 were on 12" singles).
Highest chart position: 30! Kate's only Top 40 single (on the Billboard Hot 100 chart) so far...
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 US sleeve shown above is identical to the UK releases except for the additional titling. The rear is that same as the UK single pocket sleeve except for the white band at the bottom and the color of the lyric text (black instead of white).
The UK & US 12" EPs also include two additional non-LP tracks: extended and instrumental versions of Running Up That Hill (the latter of which has never appeared on any other release).
Double A-side promotional copies of Running Up That Hill were also produced (EMI America P-B-8285). They were packaged in stock picture sleeves.

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