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.