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Tear Jerker / Kate Bush

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This quirky and original British singer/songwriter has some very moving songs.

  • "Wuthering Heights" is quite haunting, especially if you've read the source material.
  • "Mother Stands for Comfort", while one could say has a positive undertone, is performed in a very somber tone and could bring up some Manly Tears for the subject matter alone.
  • The Hounds of Love-era B-side "Under the Ivy" can be this, purely through sheer unadulterated romantic cuteness.
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  • "This Woman's Work" is a tearjerker in and of itself, but the video can especially reduce one to tears upon seeing it. Especially the ending, which doesn't tell you whether the woman dies or not.
  • "Cloudbusting", both the song itself and the video.
  • The title track from The Kick Inside, in which a woman becomes pregnant as a result of Brother–Sister Incest. Not wanting to bring shame to her family, the woman commits suicide. The subject matter is sad enough, but Kate's haunting vocals add greatly to the melancholy atmosphere.
  • Similarly, "The Wedding List" tells the story of couple who are about to get married until some guy shoots the groom. The bride-to-be hunts the killer down, then kills herself. As devastating as the whole thing is, it becomes even worse when it is revealed that she was unknowingly pregnant, which means that four people were killed.
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  • "Moments of Pleasure", in which Bush remembers various friends and family members of hers who have died, including filmmaker Michael Powell, lighting technician Bill Duffield (see below), guitarist Alan Murphy, and others. The artist wrote the chorus "to those we love, to those who will survive" for her mother, who was dying of an illness at the time of recording.
  • "You're the One", which is about being reluctant to leave a former lover who, to her, is irreplaceable. She reminisces about the good times they've had, finally shrieking "Just forget it, all right?!"
  • "Army Dreamers", about a mother grieving the loss of her son in wartime.
  • "Oh England My Lionheart" is sung from the point of view of a dying RAF pilot, reminiscing on his beloved country in his final moments. As with "The Kick Inside", the vocals contribute greatly to the sadness.
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  • "Waking the Witch" isn't particularly a tear jerker and would much more qualify as Nightmare Fuel as a whole, but the "wake up" part at the beginning can be soul-wrenching, especially with the knowledge that most of the voices heard in that part are actually from (mostly beloved) people in Kate Bush's life back then:
    "My mother's in there, my father, my brothers Paddy and John, Brian Tench - the guy that mixed the album with us - is in there, Del is in there, Robbie Coltrane does one of the voices."
  • Other downers from Kate include "And Dream of Sheep", "The Man With the Child in His Eyes", "A Coral Room", "The Fog", and "Never Be Mine".
  • The tragic on-stage accident that claimed the life of lighting technician Bill Duffield during Bush's 1979 Tour of Life. His death deeply affected the artist and is often rumored to be one of the reasons she stopped touring for thirty-five years after the Tour of Life finished.
  • The title song from her album The Dreaming is about the exploitation of Aboriginal Australians, including the destruction of their land to harvest weapons-grade uranium.

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