I recently heard this beautiful song… Although it’s originally by Kate Bush(and truth be told, she created a real classic and deserves all the credit), it was this particular cover version sung by a beautiful New Zealand singer, Hayley Westenra that really enamoured and touched me, it’s from her 2002 debut Album “Pure” and she was only Sixteen when she recorded it:
I didn’t realise why till much later on.
I decided to find out what the song was all about by engaging in Emily Bronte’s utterly classic novel thinking I was reading it for the first time. Iironically I had actually read years earlier and totally forgotten that I’d read it before till I remembered what the tragic ending was! It was like rediscovering a lost treasure from my earlier reading years…
After hearing that beautiful musical interpretation of that famous scene, it woke something deep in my soul that over the years I had forgotten was actually there. A love for good romance and a good Ghostly or Spiritual tale in one and the same story.
How could I have forgotten that I ever read such a beautifully haunting novel with eloquent themes?
If you’ve never read it before, I’m going to spoil the Third Chapter for you, as it was the inspiration for this song… Cathy is in fact a Ghost, haunting Heathcliff from what can only be described as her own personal Purgatory(wandering on the cold isolated Moors), as her soul struggles to find forgiveness from having tormented her true love and played with his feelings. She bangs on the window, hoping he will forgive her and let her soul “in from the cold”. It brings a tear to my eye just writing about it and thinking about how beautiful the song and the novel that inspired it are…