A Woman’s Work Is Never Done.

Over the coming months, I’ll be posting my favourite songs of all time – the one’s that made me fall in love with music all over again the first time I heard them, and cause me to fall a little deeper each time I hear them now.

Firstly, the goose-bump-inducing “This Woman’s Work” by Kate Bush, and it’s accompanying video.


This is one of those songs where the video plays a key role in understanding the song – a man sits alone in a waiting room, impatient, upset, while a woman’s spirit tries to console him; tries to get close to him; but he pulls away again and again. He slips into a reverie where the spirit, his wife, wraps a jacket around him, and we see their love. A nurse pulls him from his reverie, checking on him in the waiting room.

A meal. The wife collapses, and he rushes her to hospital, his last touch of her arm one as she’s rushed away by gurney. Finally, we’re back in the waiting room; the nurse reappears; and she looks positive. She says something to the man, and he sits, in shock, but what seems like relief.

This song will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Pray God you can cope.
I stand outside this woman’s work, this woman’s world.
Ooh, it’s hard on the man, now his part is over.
Now starts the craft of the father.

I know you have a little life in you yet.
I know you have a lot of strength left.
I know you have a little life in you yet.
I know you have a lot of strength left.

I should be crying, but I just can’t let it show.
I should be hoping, but I can’t stop thinking…

…Of all the things I should’ve said, that I never said.
All the things we should’ve done, that we never did.
All the things I should’ve given, But I didn’t.

Oh, darling, make it go, make it go away.

Give me these moments back.
Give them back to me.
Give me that little kiss.
Give me your hand.

Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work

www: Kate Bush


  1. Love this song – it was used in the 80s movie She’s Having A Baby, the scene where all of a sudden something goes wrong with the labor…Kevin Bacon is left in the waiting room…check it out:

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