Kate Bush gets permission to for song based on James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’

James Joyce

It's over twenty years since eccentric British pop genius Kate Bush wrote The Sensual World a song (and album) inspired by James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses.

Bush originally set Joyce's words to music only to have the Joyce estate refuse permission - but this year Bush has finally has been permitted to use extracts from the work.

"Originally when I wrote the song The Sensual World I had used text from the end of Ulysses but was disappointed not to receive permission," Bush told The Irish Times.

"But when I came to work on this current project I thought I would ask for permission again and, this time, they said yes. The song has now been retitled Flower of the Mountain and I am delighted that I have had the chance to fulfill my original concept."

Meanwhile the copyright to all of Joyce’s literary works will expire next year, on the 70th anniversary of his death.

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