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Peter Gabriel — Don't Give Up
Album: So
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Released: 1986
Length: 5:46
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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
I've changed my face, I've changed my name
But no one wants you when you lose

Don't give up
'Cause you have friends
Don't give up
You're not beaten yet
Don't give up
I know you can make it good

Though I saw it all around
Never thought that I could be affected
Thought that we'd be 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 don't 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 gonna be all right
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 any more
Gonna stand on that bridge
Keep my eyes down below
Whatever may come
And whatever may go
That river's flowing
That river's 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 up
'Cause you have friends
Don't give up
You're 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 there's a place
There's a place where we belong

Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up
Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up
Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up
Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up
Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up
Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up
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 eroz wrote:

Peter Gabriel originally approached Dolly Parton for the female lead. She turned it down, and thus we were blessed with Kate accompanying Peter and making this song the classic it is.



Either way, PG is a genius.
Timeless
"Rest your head, you worry too much..."
Words I didn't hear until quite late in life. Gets me every time I hear them. .
Is RP trying to be ironic, playing "The Funeral" right after Peter Gabriel's "Don't Give Up"? Ugh
When I was passed over for Commander, Eva stood by me. This song will always mean the world to me. (Made it the second time around. Kate (and Eva and PG) were right.)

Don't give up.
Sweet
Timely
 ckcotton wrote:
The only Kate Bush I appreciate.
 

I read something similar about Paula Cole vs. Sinead O'Conner yesterday. I just don't get it?? Peter chose who to record with... Alas, opinions are ours to have.
Long Live                                                                                                                                      Radio Paradise
For me                                                                                                                                     9 -OUTSTANDING       
The only Kate Bush I appreciate.
if you haven't felt like this at some point in your life, you're a zombie. tectonic. 10

thanks bill 
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
Cheery song. I envision a guy standing on a bridge rail getting ready to jump. The song ends unresolved but I think he jumps. 

 
A few years I ago I was asked to give the eulogy for a man who took his life with a gun leaving behind his widow and two daughters.  He lost his professional job in the film industry and couldn't back on his feet again.  Depression cam e in and did its thing.   

Kate's "Because you have friends" lyric hits me hard because in his fall he alienated and badly treated his family causing a divide where and pretty much all of us friends sided with the family, not knowing of course where this was going.  I'm sure it seemed to him at the end that he had no friends.  I've successfully rationalized my way out of the "If onlys" and "I should haves" at this point but an emotional song like this can quickly bypass all that.

The best songs can be the most difficult to hear sometimes.

Saturday evening in Germany and you play one favourite song after the other for me ....
Peter Gabriel Kate Bush, great
I read his biography it is really amazing and insightful and takes albums and song by song meanings and personnel .  Worthwhile for those in his space, he's a very deep  thinker and dreamer.
 eroz wrote:
Peter Gabriel originally approached Dolly Parton for the female lead. She turned it down, and thus we were blessed with Kate accompanying Peter and making this song the classic it is.
 
Amazing. I did not know that. Thanks.
Peter Gabriel: ‘Kate Bush replaced Dolly Parton on ‘Don’t Give Up”
 eroz wrote:
Peter Gabriel originally approached Dolly Parton for the female lead. She turned it down, and thus we were blessed with Kate accompanying Peter and making this song the classic it is.

 
Dodged a bullet there.
Peter Gabriel originally approached Dolly Parton for the female lead. She turned it down, and thus we were blessed with Kate accompanying Peter and making this song the classic it is.
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
Cheery song. I envision a guy standing on a bridge rail getting ready to jump. The song ends unresolved but I think he jumps. 

 
Yes, this is one sad song,, Kate's constant optimism not withstanding (and I think he jumps too). But you know, the occasional sad song is okay with me. Especially one of this high caliber. A great song regardless and always been one of my faves.
The anthem for us unemployed {#Frustrated}
I'm not knocking Mr Gabriel or his fans but I have yet to hear a P.G. song that isn't boring
this song has an average rating of 8, I don't get it {#Sleep}
 
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
Cheery song. I envision a guy standing on a bridge rail getting ready to jump. The song ends unresolved but I think he jumps. 

 
But at least he's listening to some quality music....
Not all songs are meant to be cheery nor do they need to be, but this one actually is, albeit in a rather subtle and slightly twisted way. Just because the instrumentation isn't overly jovial doesn't mean that there isn't an uplifting message/sentiment there somewhere.
Cheery song. I envision a guy standing on a bridge rail getting ready to jump. The song ends unresolved but I think he jumps. 
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
When Kate sings "you worry too much" I just lose it.
 
Everybody should have a First Aid Kate
easy 10.

Best on vinyl too. 
STUNNING, TRULY STUNNING.
Love the part where the piano comes in. That's Richard Tee.
I never thought I could fail
 Got to walk out of here.
  Got to work out a deal.
{#Notworthy}
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
When Kate sings "you worry too much" I just lose it.
 
yes.
Oh dat dem der bass{#Bananajam}
When Kate sings "you worry too much" I just lose it.
Kate steals it.
Great triplet of songs - Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb, then the best Tori Amos song (the one she doesn't sing in :-)  and then PG (with Kate B in the background...
I heard PG perform this at the Hollywood Bowl with a full orchestra a few years back.  I believe it was his daughter singing the Kate Bush lines.  My wife & I were awe struck at how moving it was.  Most moving live song we have ever heard.  Ever.
At a low point in my life, a longtime friend and colleague gave me this CD. Several songs in particular really hit me: this is one.
A bit surprise on RP... anyway, an absolute classics!

Extremely beautiful and moving!

 


 milleronic wrote:
 this isn't funny, and I feel sorry for you if you think it is.

 
I guess I should then feel sorry for you for missing the point or having a narrow attitude towards life... but I don't feel sorry for strangers and you seem to have enough pity in your life as it is.
 unclehud wrote:

.... because my brother shot himself at age 31.

 
...which only means he's been through a lot worse than you, even though you suffered the loss of him, and you'll never get to know it until you yourself get there.
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song, and this entire marvelous album...
 unclehud wrote:

Please shed some light.  This looks like the opening line to a good story.

 
Kate Bush on the left. PG on the right. Duh.
 testpilot wrote:


too easy   {#Cheesygrin}

  this isn't funny, and I feel sorry for you if you think it is.


Just those five rising piano notes (twice) in the middle eight lift this song up high. I heard this to overkill in the mid-1980s, but it must be 5 or more years since the last time. Perhaps I don't need to wait another five before the next occasion.
 rdo wrote:

I read them again...nothing.

I have thrown some shit back at you elsewhere on RP because you seem to get off scott free for some confounding reason...don't be a pussy about it.... 

 
go clean your gun.
...would love to hear this roll into 'No Ordinary Love' by Sade         {#Whisper}
 *wink*
 Mannick wrote:
Pleaaase enough with this song! It seems like it's played at least once every 24h! To be honest, even if it was a song I love --clearly it's not but that's just remotely important -- it's on air way to often, just like the other one... Diggin in the dust!

 
You mean: (aka 'WHINE area')  Played twice in the last 30 days I say is not enough!  An 8 from me!
Gorgeous.
Pleaaase enough with this song! It seems like it's played at least once every 24h! To be honest, even if it was a song I love --clearly it's not but that's just remotely important -- it's on air way to often, just like the other one... Diggin in the dust!
 gemtag wrote:
Love Peter, Love Kate. Great Album. His best. but this song is so sappy it makes me want to hurl pancake syrup. 
 
Balance it with some of his other work. I recommend "Intruder". There. You can take the sappy again :)
A very moving song from a Masterful album.

 
It may be material for ridicule now, but this song helped so many that were thinking there was no escape, nothing to live for. Who know how many lives it touched - and saved.
Please, please... please, FFS, GIVE UP!
 oldsaxon wrote:

read them again...and again if you must. They tell such a rich story that they desrve understanding.

 
I read them again...nothing.

I have thrown some shit back at you elsewhere on RP because you seem to get off scott free for some confounding reason...don't be a pussy about it.... 
 RabbitEars wrote:


 
Please shed some light.  This looks like the opening line to a good story.
 testpilot wrote:
Oh.... and you're so sure of it because you've been through all the possible hardships one can imagine, or...?  {#Smile}
 
.... because my brother shot himself at age 31.
This song is particularly satisfying today.
 oldsaxon wrote:

read them again...and again if you must. They tell such a rich story that they desrve understanding.

 
I'm sure there's a specific story behind the lyrics- but to me, they are translatable to any circumstance involving hardship- whether societal or personal.


 rdo wrote:

It is a very inspirational song.   I am not sure what the lyrics mean.  I seldom do. I seldom care.   But this is wonderful.

 
read them again...and again if you must. They tell such a rich story that they desrve understanding.
 impediguy wrote:
This song helped me through some very tough times so long ago.
 
It is a very inspirational song.   I am not sure what the lyrics mean.  I seldom do. I seldom care.   But this is wonderful.


This is such a beautiful song...  this album is awesome...

 
 unclehud wrote:

Never a good choice.  Ever. 

 


Oh.... and you're so sure of it because you've been through all the possible hardships one can imagine, or...?  {#Smile}
The always exquisite and angelic vocals of Kate Bush.
 bendame wrote:
Not his best song.
 

... but still incredible and beautiful
Song remains relevant and poignant here in 2013 given the continued high levels of unemployment and general economic malaise we are enduring.

But then again, I really like Peter Gabriel...
{#Notworthy}
 testpilot wrote:


 
Never a good choice.  Ever.  Even if I don't like you.
 lidia88 wrote:
this is one of the most important songs in MY LIFE.. 
 
 
That's kind of sad. The song is so weepy and maudlin.
bendame wrote:
Not his best song.
 
Maybe, but that is what happens when you have a catalogue of songs as deep and strong as he does. Few artist reach that mark.I like this one. Bass playing strong, arrrangement builds nicely, heart felt story... 


too easy   {#Cheesygrin}
 bendame wrote:
Not his best song.
 



Well except maybe fir Tony Levin's playing :-)
Not his best song.
wnen the piano comes in the song goes from the particular to the universal...as relevant today as when it was  written
Would have been OK (just) if Kate Bush wasn't singing. 
So much precious so early in the morning.
 She put out a beautiful album 50 Words for Snow last November. Really worth checking out...especially as the winter is approaching :)

mgkiwi wrote:
Whatever happened to Kate's bush {#Twisted}
 


 mgkiwi wrote:
Whatever happened to Kate's bush {#Twisted}
 

heh heh.    ummmmmm.... i don't think they have those anymore...almost positive
Whatever happened to Kate's bush {#Twisted}
This song helped me through some very tough times so long ago.
 rdo wrote:
Only one word to describe this.  Genius. Shite.  {#Notworthy}
 


 rdo wrote:
Only one word to describe this.  Genius.  {#Notworthy}
 

{#Daisy} you are so wrong  {#Daisy} 

  {#Daisy}  wrong wrong   {#Daisy} 

     {#Daisy}  wrong    {#Daisy}
{#Sick} 

{#Eek}

{#No}

{#Sad}

{#Ass} 
Only one word to describe this.  Genius.  {#Notworthy}
Sorry dude, I 'gave up' listening @ 0:01
This is the only Kate Bush I've ever liked.  That shrill voice of hers works well against Peter's salty vocals.
yippiiiieee!
peter was here, in Stuttgart, yesterday!! (and me, too, that is :-)
i was not sure before if a whole concert with (only) a classic orchestra would be working, for me, but was completely amazed how good it worked. especially songs which seems very strange to perform this way - like INTRUDER f.e., 
yes: "don´t give up" (which is NOT my favourite pg song) was included  in the set-up yesterday. , with his daughter Melanie doing the "Kate Bush" vocals. very moving version...
although, the undisputed highlight was the absolute breathtaking, powerfiul version of BIKO (in my opinion one the best "political rock songs" of all time)

And the eyes of the world are
watching now
watching now

although pg did not make a lot of "new stuff" the last years, he ist still one of the best rock performers around here.

i saw him for the first time on April 2nd, 1975.. one of the very last concerts he did with Genesis on April 2, 1975in 1975, performing "The Lamb lies down on Broadway" omg how long ago is THIS!!

Kate Bush has a four octave vocal range.


 eroz wrote:
Sixteen or so years later, this song still holds up well (as do these two artists.) Especially in these times.

 



Thought about using an Abacus?
Tony Levin doin' his thing on bass.
Sixteen or so years later, this song still holds up well (as do these two artists.) Especially in these times.

The latest (at least here in the states) issue of Prog magazine has a nice and exhaustive article on Kate.
This was a go to song on the college mix tape when trying to get someone.
 Nerubo wrote:
As of 08/16/2011, 77% of the raters chose an 8 or higher, but due to a smattering of lower votes, this show shows up as only an 8. Hmm.
 
Welcome to Math.

 gemtag wrote:
Love Peter, Love Kate. Great Album. His best. but this song is so sappy it makes me want to hurl pancake syrup. 
 
For me it's just way overplayed—one of those casualties of lazy FM radio programming that make think "Oh not again", even though you haven't heard the tune in years. 
Right? Wrong!
Raising it from an 8 to a 9.
this is one of the most important songs in MY LIFE.. 
 

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
Love Peter, Love Kate. Great Album. His best. but this song is so sappy it makes me want to hurl pancake syrup. 


We be dancing...  love it...


As of 08/16/2011, 77% of the raters chose an 8 or higher, but due to a smattering of lower votes, this show shows up as only an 8. Hmm.
25 years ago.  Wow.
Still love the album, just like the song.
 sirdroseph wrote:
This is actually a very good song, the background singers are great. Just too bad they could not get a lead singer for this one that can sing.
 

"Background singers"? (?) I hear Peter and Kate.

I couldn't imagine anyone better suited to sing this song than Peter Gabriel, one of the most soulful white singers around. His protagonist could be almost anywhere, from American Appalachia to somewhere in Africa. He captures the debilitating emasculation of the lack of work, makes that struggle to keep one's heart in staying alive and not giving up (even when it seems hopeless) universal. Kate's supportive counterpoint is heartbreaking.
 Danimal174 wrote:
Not a Kate Bush fan by any means, but I can put up with her in this song.
 
Heh. I always earn indignant looks when I mention that this song would sound a lot better if somebody edited out the Kate Bush parts. {#Cheesygrin}
there are not many BETTER songs than this...the marriage of artistry and musicianship here are staggering....
Love Peter - Love the song
A really good song from an album full of really good songs.
 andigenu wrote:
Isn't this a bit too explicit? I mean OK, the strong message and heartfelt delivery are noted, but then there are dozens of songs that do it in a more lively matter, which is kind of the essence of Go On!

Oh well, maybe it's just a matter of taste... Putting on Getting Better by the Beatles!
 
This song is more the soundtrack for when things are pretty much at their worst.  "Getting Better" is for when things are already improving.

Don't give up,
'Cause you have friends
Don't give up,
You're not beaten yet
Don't give up,
I know you can make it good


Don't forget this... because it holds true for you too.
 andigenu wrote:
Isn't this a bit too explicit? I mean OK, the strong message and heartfelt delivery are noted, but then there are dozens of songs that do it in a more lively matter, which is kind of the essence of Go On!

Oh well, maybe it's just a matter of taste... Putting on Getting Better by the Beatles!
 

To a degree I think maybe Peter himself agrees with this, well not playing the Beatles instead part, (although I do believe he's humble enough to maybe say that too;-) But if you've ever caught his live performances of this song he always takes the choral vocals part and ramps up the ending into a much more joyous AND lively song.






This song is an excellent affirmation— a great song from a seminal album...

 
Isn't this a bit too explicit? I mean OK, the strong message and heartfelt delivery are noted, but then there are dozens of songs that do it in a more lively matter, which is kind of the essence of Go On!

Oh well, maybe it's just a matter of taste... Putting on Getting Better by the Beatles!
I give it a 35.  I'd give it a 50, but you can't dance to it.  {#Cry}  only cry... what a great song.
Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush!!!
One great song from two phenominal artists. 
The older I get the more I like this song.  
20
This is actually a very good song, the background singers are great. Just too bad they could not get a lead singer for this one that can sing.
Very nice!