Motherhood songs (for Oh Mammy’s Music Meme)
I’ve noticed that several of my favourite female pop singers have been inspired by the experience of wanting, conceiving and having a child. Here are four examples of songs that have chimed with my experience of becoming a mum.
Gwen Stefani’s video for What you waiting for hints that one theme of the song is about being under pressure to produce a hit record. But the ‘tick tock’ motif in the lyrics is also referring to the biological clock and pressure to produce a child, as the following lyric makes clear:
Born to blossom, bloom to perish
Your moment will run out
Cause of your sex chromosome
Hit by the Sugarcubes is an irresistible and spiky love song sung by Bjork before she went solo. The following section of the song talks about an embryo:
It’s growing silently
To be a life
Starts in my stomach
Embraces my insides
And about to reach my heart
I couldn’t help hearing these lyrics in my head back in 2007 when I discovered I was pregnant with my son.
I’m not aware of any songs about morning sickness or the latter stages of pregnancy, but Suzanne Vega gives a vivid description of childbirth in Birthday (love made real)
one thing I know
this pain will go
step through all that’s left to feel
I wait to meet my love made real
My own experience of childbirth was pretty nightmarish but knowing that ‘This pain will go’ and that I was going to meet my baby at the end of it got me through it.
It was all worth it though! I can’t possibly describe how wonderful my little boy is, but Kate Bush’s Bertie comes pretty close.
The most wilful
The most beautiful
The most truly fantastic smile
I’ve ever seen
If that isn’t an advert for motherhood I don’t know what is!
Links are to YouTube videos for ‘What you waiting for’ and ‘Hit’, lyrics for ‘Birthday (love made real)’ and an audio-only YouTube version of ‘Bertie’.