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Blue-Eyed BiPedal BookWorm from Betelgeuse (aka B4[insertpunhere]) Started conversation May 5, 2010
Do you remember your Entry on the Kate Bush - Albums?
I asked a question concerning some trivia surrounding Mrs. Bartolozzi. Care to elucidate?
Ormondroyd Posted May 22, 2010
It's so long since I wrote that entry that I can't really remember, but I imagine that I got that reading of 'Mrs. Bartolozzi' from one of the few interviews that Kate gave to promote 'Aerial'. Kate remarked in Mojo magazine that one listener had told her that she thought Mrs. B was cleaning up after a murder. I can't find the actual quote online, but it's referred to here: http://www.atforumz.com/archive/index.php/t-280693.html - scroll down to the comment from 'Nancy'.
Looking at the lyric now, I can certainly understand that interpretation. The song's narrator *could* be like Lady Macbeth, trying to scrub away a tell-tale 'damned spot'. Something is making her see signs of her missing man everywhere, and it *could* be guilt. The people who 'traipsed mud all over the house' on 'that Wednesday' *could* have been police officers. On the other hand, of course, it could simply be that she misses her lost love and 'sees' him out of wishful thinking. That seems more likely to me, and so I agree with you - I see it as a poignant song about bereavement.
Blue-Eyed BiPedal BookWorm from Betelgeuse (aka B4[insertpunhere]) Posted May 24, 2010
Now that you've laid out all the 'reasons' why someone would think it was in context of a murder, I can kind of see it.
I'm glad you and I still took it as a poignant love story. I feel so much better when the story is 'nice'.
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