50. Kate Bush – ‘This Woman’s Work’ (1989)

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

Written by Kate Bush

Produced by Kate Bush

Taken from the album The Sensual World

Also released on This Woman’s Work

UK #25, AUS #89

Best known as a song from the late eighties film I haven’t seen called She’s Having A Baby, ‘This Woman’s Work’ to me is simply one of the most gorgeous ballads I have ever heard. Quiet and sad yet hopeful and not afraid to soar when it needs to, ‘This Woman’s Work’ is about missed opportunities, regrets, and the need to stay positive for the future.

It goes without saying that Kate’s voice is perfect – has she even given a bad vocal performance? The piano is just right, floating underneath her voice and making itself known at all the right moments. I love how towards the end, the song rises in intensity and Kate’s voice comes screaming in from the background. Even in one of her most commercial and accessible singles, she wasn’t afraid to hold back when it came to showing emotion.

‘This Woman’s Work’ rivals ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘Babooshka’ and ‘Running Up That Hill’ as the most famous Kate Bush song. Covered by Maxwell in the late nineties, the song was then brought to a new audience, and that cover has been used extensively in film and television. Kate’s original hasn’t been ignored however, re-charting in the UK at least twice over the past few years. High in drama but not falling victim to the melodrama of Kate’s early recordings, ‘This Woman’s Work’ is one of her absolute finest moments.

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