Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush: Don't Give Up

Written by: Peter Gabriel
Recorded: 1985
Released: October 1986.
Album: So
Label: Geffen Records

There are times in every person's life where we feel like giving up. It's not a sign of weakness. Quite the opposite. It's a sign of being human, a sign of humanity, when we feel as if life has beaten us down, wherre every turn leads to a dead end. Yes, it's true that the world and people can be cruel. And you can feel the stinging rejection of harshness and criticism. No doubt, it hurts.

Take heart. It means that you can feel emotions, while some people cannot feel anything any longer. They live in a world devoid of feeling. Such people are emotionally dead, and are often in positions of authority, where their even-temperateness might be a mask for something else altogether inhuman or unhealthy.

Even so, having a full range of emotions suggest that you are an integrated human. Sadness is as good as happiness, and there is a time and place in the spectrum of our lives to display both in full measure.

We continue on. We don't give up when we know that people love us and want us around, no matter whether we are accomplished, famous or wealthy. We are needed by someone, and every human has value. It would be beneficial to humanity if we displayed more tolerance and compassion to others. In a world that criticizes needlessly and harshly, I needed to hear these words today. It's a beautiful song.

Here is how the song is described in Wikipedia:
"Don't Give Up" is a duet recorded by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush for Gabriel's album So. The single version spent eleven weeks in the UK Top 75 chart in 1986, peaking at number nine. It describes the despair [sung by Gabriel and the] wise counsel sung in the refrain by Bush.

There were two videos created for this song by Godley & Creme. The first consisted of a single take of the singers in an embrace, as the sun enters total eclipse and re-emerges. The second featured Gabriel and Bush's faces superimposed over film of a town and its people in disrepair. of a man who feels isolated and defeated by the economic system, and the support and the people in disrepair.

Don't Give Up

In this proud land we grew up strong
We were wanted all along
I was taught to fight, taught to win
I never thought I could fail

No fight left or so it seems
I am a man whose dreams have all deserted
Ive changed my face, Ive changed my name
But no one wants you when you lose

Don't give up
cos you have friends
Don't give up
Youre not beaten yet
Don't give up
I know you can make it good

Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Drove the night toward my home
The place that I was born, on the lakeside
As daylight broke, I saw the earth
The trees had burned down to the ground

Don't give up
You still have us
Don't give up
We dont need much of anything
Don't give up
cause somewhere there's a place
Where we belong

Rest your head
You worry too much
It's going to be alright
When times get rough
You can fall back on us
Don't give up
Please don't give up

Got to walk out of here
I can't take anymore
Going to stand on that bridge
Keep my eyes down below
Whatever may come
And whatever may go
That rivers flowing
That rivers flowing

Moved on to another town
Tried hard to settle down
For every job, so many men
So many men no one needs

Don't give upC
Cause you have friends
Don't give up
Youre not the only one
Don't give up
No reason to be ashamed
Don't give up
You still have us
Don't give up now
We're proud of who you are
Don't give up
You know it's never been easy
Don't give up
Cause I believe theres the a place
There's a place where we belong


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