Still Listening: This Can’t Be Life
Today’s featured Still Listening song is “This Can’t Be Life” by Jay Z. Hate rap? Don’t discount this one out of hand, as it’s one of the few songs out there that directly addresses stillbirth and the death of a child. “Wait, it gets worse / Baby momma water burst / Baby came out stillborn / Still I gotta move on / Though my heart still torn / Life gone from her womb / Don’t worry / If it was meant to be / It’ll be, soon.” And, “I got phone call from one of my [friends] / Said my homeboy Rease / He just lost one of his kids / and when I heard that / I just broke into tears / And see in the second-hand / You don’t really know how it is / But when it hits that close to home / You feel the pain at the crib/ So I called mine / And saddened my wife with the bad news / Now we both depressed / Countin’ our blessings ’cause Brad’s two / Prayin’ for young souls / To laugh at life through the stars / Lovin’ your kids / just like you was ours /And I’m hurtin’ for you dog / but ain’t nobody pain is like yours.”
Unfortunately, there are no YouTube versions of this song available (and the one that pops up first looks like it, but isn’t); but here’s the Spotify link to the track.
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