Saturday Night Social: Wait Is Kate Bush Barking on ‘Hounds of Love’

Is she saying "oo oo oo oo oo oo-oo" like a person or "oo oo oo oo oo oo-oo" dog bark edition? One woman's epiphany!

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Saturday Night Social: Wait Is Kate Bush Barking on ‘Hounds of Love’
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You know Kate Bush? The inventor of mystery and foreboding yet sensual physical embodiment? Of course! Well, I was listening to “Hounds of Love,” the titular single off the British musician’s 1985 album, when it hit me: She’s barking. Kate is barking!

It happens throughout the song, but the first instance of it occurs in the first verse. She sings:

When I was a child, running in the night
Afraid of what might be

Normal, normal! She continues:

Hiding in the dark, hiding in the street
And of what was following me
(doo doo doo doo doo doo-oo)

Sounds like doos! A favorite of many singers, of which I could name tens. Perhaps even dozens!

Ms. Bush continues still:

Now hounds of love are hunting
(oo oo oo oo oo oo-oo)

Do you hear that?

(oo oo oo oo oo oo-oo)

Maybe it’s more of a

(aur aur aur aur aur aur-oo)

Like a dog barking! Or possibly more like a seal. Definite

(arf arf arf arf arf ar-oof)

vibes happening here, if not literally in terms of the actual sounds she’s making. Regardless, I think it’s pretty clear that she’s barking? Which is to say, Kate’s barking! Did everyone already know this? I certainly didn’t, despite the fact that Kate is clearly barking and the song is called “Hounds of Love” and all types of hounds, even hounds of hate and hounds of indifference, love to go bark. I’m glad I know this now! To realizing stuff and/or things… :,)

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