Friday, 7 September 2018

My Retro Single of the Week - Kate Bush - This Woman's Work

This week, I have chosen a classic Kate Bush Track for my retro single of the week - 'This Woman's Work'. Why you may ask? Well, because it appeared, surprisingly, on the X Factor last weekend and reminded me how lovely it is.

'This Woman's Work' was released in 1989. It was the second single from her album 'The Sensual World', also released that year.

Now this is a sad song. It starts with Kate singing "oh-oh-ohhh" several times in quite a high note. Its soft piano music and her lyrics are so emotional. Apparently she wrote this for the film 'She's having a baby' and its written from the father's perspective.

Her voice sounds almost angelic on this song. She sings so deeply, so thoughtfully, so gently. Lyrics such as "I know you have a little life in you yet, I know you have a lot of strength left". So thought provoking.

The video stars Kate and Tim McInnerny (Lord Percy off Black Adder). He is pacing the floor of the waiting room, presumably at the hospital. We see Kate collapse, and him race to the hospital. Then he waits for news. He imagines the nurse coming to him to tell him bad news. Then we see the nurse, smiling, put her hand on his shoulder. You can only assume from that expression that its good news.

This is an emotional song, and an emotional video. Very beautiful and haunting though. It reached number 25 in the UK singles chart, but its stood the test of time.

Its been used in the film it was made for, She's Having a Baby, but also the NSPCC adverts, and loads of TV shows here and in the US. As a result, its been back in the charts again a few times, once peaking at number 3 in the download charts.

This is a great song. Take a listen, remind yourself how good or if you have never heard it, let me know what you think. You can check out more of Kate and loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)