The Sensual World

b/w Walk Straight Down The Middle

The Sensual World (Japan) promo front


Country: Japan
Label/Number: EMI PRP 1423
Release date: September, 1989
Chronology: Kate's 1st single from The Sensual World LP/CD.
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: 3:48
Pictured is the Japanese promo only version of this single. Reportedly, only 50 copies were pressed, but it shows up so regularly on eBay that there MUST be more in circulation.
Here is an English translation of the Japanese text which appears on the front of the sleeve. (Sleeve scan and translation courtesy of Bart.)
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.

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