Lindsay compiled a playlist full of songs inspired by motherhood. Click here to listen, and read a little more about the tracks she chose below.
1. Rufus Is A Tit Man – Loudon Wainright III
A comical folk song about when Loudon’s now adult son, Rufus Wainright, was a baby breastfeeding. Brilliantly witty lyrics and an amusing and ironic title for the song especially considering Rufus’s sexual orientation! Take a listen
2. This Woman’s Work – Kate Bush
Kate Bush wrote this song specifically for a scene in the film ‘She’s Having A Baby’ – it’s about a man whose wife is having complications during childbirth. The melody as well as the lyrics and meaning behind them is extremely emotive.
3. Wires – Athlete
I absolutely LOVED this song from the minute I heard it, and before I even properly understood the lyrics. The words are about a baby who starts his life in intensive care and describes how the parents are feeling about the situation. Once I realised what it was about, I found it hard to listen to without a tear in my eye, and especially now I’ve had children – I can empathise with them even more.
4. Medicine – Honey Ryder
This track was written by Martyn Shone – with whom I originally started the band. It’s about post-natal depression – but from a man’s perspective. He’s struggling to cope with a new baby as well as a wife who is suffering – in the middle of the night when he’s feeding the baby he feels like he’s the only person up – and reflects on what life used to be like.
5. I’m The Only Hell (My Mama Ever Raised) – Johnny Paycheck
I just love the title of this song, along with the rest of the lyrics. It has the clever ‘Nashville’ storytelling appeal and doesn’t take itself seriously
6. Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
This is a 60’s autobiographical track later covered by Joan Baez about the artist’s experience in prison and about how his mother had tried to keep him on the straight and narrow. Again interesting storytelling lyrics
7. Road to Hell – Chris Rea
I had to have this track as it was on the radio when my second son Ozzie was being delivered… hopefully not an omen for the future!
8. Mama – The Spice Girls
One of the cheesier tracks amongst this collection, but it’s the way I feel about my mum and fingers crossed my sons will feel the same way. It’s a feel good happy song but still quite poignant
9. Coat Of Many Colors – Dolly Parton
There’s a clip on YouTube of Dolly managing to play guitar very competently despite her long fingernails which I just love! She’s singing about her poverty-stricken childhood and how her mother had made a coat from different rags which she loved. Another genius storyteller.
10. In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride
I love the lyrics in this song…
In my daughter’s eyes I am a hero
I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see she was sent to rescue me
I see who I wanna be in my daughter’s eyes