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've got a little life in you yet.
I know you've got a lot of strength left.
I know you've got a little life in you yet.
I know you've got a lot of strength left.

I should be crying, but I just can't let it go.
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,
Though 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.

(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 go
I should be hoping, but I can't stop thinking

Of all the things we should've said,
That we never said.
All the things we should've done,
Though we never did.
All the things that you needed from me.
All the things that you wanted for me.
All the things that I should've given,
But I didn't.

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



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"This Woman's Work" as written by Kate Bush

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  • +1
    Song Meaning:The song was written expressly for the movie 'She's Having a Baby' by John Hughes and sung by Kate Bush.
    If you listen to the rhythm of the song there's a slow, steady build up to the anguished 'make it go away'...much like breathing through a contraction build up and the pushing during labor. It's so obvious that this is about a man watching his wife give birth. He 'stands outside this woman's world, this woman's work'. Birth is the one true woman-only work! He encourages, 'I know you've got a little life in you yet, I know you've got a lotta strength left'...she's crying 'make it go away'. The entire movie is about a guy that isn't even sure he wants to be married, but he wakes up to the reality of what he really has when his wife suddenly has a difficult birth and he may lose them both. (He doesn't). The song captures the raw emotions of birth and possibility of death. Very powerful.
    carmijokon August 04, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:This song meant different things, but today I got a different interpretation. Our views change as our situation does so mine is as follows:

    I am a mother of 3, my youngest born just 6 months ago.
    I recently was diagnosed with an fatal heart disease.

    There is no way of begining to imagine how to cope with the thought of leaving my loved ones behind...Pray God you can cope...

    I've been to hell and back in my life... a womans struggle

    The only way forward is to let the Craft of the Father begin. Only God can see me through.

    it's my husband's words to me.

    And it hurts like hell.

    I'm dying, so best I say what needs to be said.
    kjbhopeon June 19, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:it has a beautiful rhythm to it and it makes people think and it also calms me down when im really depressed.
    xxpebblez69xxon April 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Amazing song
    Katydidon May 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It's actually a remake. Kate Bush sang it in the 70's or 80's...I can't really remember. Both good makes of the song though. Both beautifully sung.
    Caiton May 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I love this song. whenever i feel depressed i listen to itjust because his voice is so soothing. To me, i think this song is reminding everyone to say and do what is important before its too late.
    Unrequited poeton June 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:tHis SOnG iS *BEautiFUl* and I thiNk liKe eVEryOne elsE i liSTen to iT wheN i'm DePrESsEd oR WanT to Be calmEd down...HiS vOice iS soOo prEtty!...thiS soNG is abouT SayIN and doinG whAT should bE donE BeforE itS toO laTE you neVEr iF toMorrow nEVer comEs...r.i.p liZzy loVE you GirL
    BrAvE lIl tOaStEron June 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song reminds me that i need to tell people what they mean to me when i still have the chance.its beautiful. i miss her. i love you liza
    uncurablepayneon August 27, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:i saw the video on college and i couldnt apreciate the song becuase it was pretty full the tv room.so i decided to look for that song,,i swear,,i didnt last one minute without having tears on my eyes.they were flowing.if this guy doesnt win an award for such a beautiful song,,,it would be unfair.
    $THE HYPE$on August 30, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:this is a beautiful song
    wpafineston March 06, 2003   Link

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