Continuing on from the intermittent series of songs that are my favourites of all time, I’d like to introduce you to my first ever experience of a duet done perfectly, and also still, in my opinion, the greatest “you and me against the world” song ever written – Pater Gabriel and Kate Bush, “Don’t Give Up”, from one of the greatest albums ever, Gabriel’s 1986 classic, “So”. Interestingly, the lyrics, 23 years on, echo with truth in the current economic climate.

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An absolutely haunting song of worry, pain, fear, love, redemption, faith, trust. I dare you to not get shivers down your spine when Gabriel contemplates the flowing river, as the song changes tempo, and you know, you know, what he’s really thinking about – before Bush’s faith and love pulls him back from the brink.

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 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 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 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 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.

Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush – Don’t Give Up

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