A Woman’s Work

Musical Monday

Just for the record, I don’t do sad songs and I am not a crier. 



Whenever I am feeling sad, under-weather or depressed, I listen to up-beat songs to lift my spirits.  I select songs that empower me rather than cause me to wallow in self-pity.  I swallow sad feelings and regurgitate happy thoughts.



But since there are themes to September’s Musical Monday selections, I am forced to pick a sad song and for me, there is simply no sadder song than Kate Bush’s A Woman’s Work.  Her voice is as haunting as the lyrics in the song and moves me to my core.  It twists my stomach and crushes my heart.  Honestly, when I hear this song and attempt utter the lyrics I can’t help but do the ugly cry.



My emotional reaction to this song is caused by the images that are brought to mind from the film, She’s Having a Baby.  I first heard this song back in 1989 as the music accompaniment to the scene where Kevin Bacon learns the news about his wife’s emergency c-section.  The scene and the music broke my heart and for years, I couldn’t watch this scene without tearing up.  Now, as a wife and a mom, I find myself crying even harder. 




And as if it couldn’t get any worse, I found Kate Bush’s music video on You Tube.  I don’t remember ever seeing this video back in the day.  As if the sad movie scene wasn’t bad enough, I began bawling over a ridiculous melodramatic music video.




This song is a true heartbreaker.  And yes, I’m PMSing, but that isn’t the point.  The song is SAD.  I swear.


  1. Carleen says:

    I remember the song and the scene so when I saw that it was your choice, I ran for the box of tissue before clicking the PLAY button, LOL! Great choice for the theme.

    • Run DMT says:

      No, I hadn’t seen that! Oh Lordy, talk about gut-wrenching! The song is sad enough, then you gotta go and add breast cancer. Here come the waterworks again! In all serious though, thanks for posting the link. It just goes to show you what a true “heartbreaker” the song is.

  2. Alison says:

    Oh my goodness. I love that song. My sister put it on a mix she made for me called “Sad Girl” – a bunch 0f tear-jerker songs. Now “This Woman’s Work” reminds me of when I listened to it in my car on one of my countless trips to the fertility doctor – frustrated, tired and angry – and I just cried my eyes out in the car. I am 34 weeks pregnant and just pressed play on the movie scene – I am still crying right now! Wow. I needed a good cry 🙂

    • Run DMT says:

      Wow is right, girl! Congrats on your pregnancy! What women endure…infertility, miscarriages, breast cancer, loss of a child…I don’t know how we ever have the strength to live life. God bless us.

  3. Thom says:

    OMG…I’m PMS’ing that is so funny. I just fell off my chair. I’ve never heard this song but it was great and on point for the theme…I best watch out what I say…PMS’er on the loose ROFLMAO

  4. Hazel says:

    I’ve never heard that song before, but it’s sad enough for the theme 🙂 I am like you – not a crier. If I can hold the tears, I will. (didn’t even cry at my father’s funeral)

    Have a great week!

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