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Don’t Give Up

Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush

Oh my goodness I love this song.  I could listen to it over and over.  Kate Bush’s voice is soothing and comforting.  Her words of hope are so sweet.

Interestingly, this song was written as the British coal miners strike entered its second year. It describes the utter destruction of the mining industry by Thatcher, the desolate impact on once macho workers and the increasing importance of the women who managed by hook or by crook to keep families and whole communities ticking over.


It can certainly have all sorts of meanings since it is a general message of hope in a time of despair.


“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”


Today is not like the Great Depression of the 1930s, but it is a depression. It is a depression in employment, in our economy and in our lives.  It is definitely depressing for the person who can’t find a job, a means to support their family.





“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”

statues of unemployed men standing in a unemployment line during the Great Depression at the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Too many people closed their doors for the last time.  They closed their door to their dream, their livelihood.

“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”

“moved on to another town
tried hard to settle down
for every job, so many men
so many men no-one needs”

‘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 river’s flowing
that river’s flowing”

If you are unemployed right now, or just feeling like things aren’t going your way, have hope.  Things can’t be bad forever.  You’re luck is gonna change.  I’ve been there myself at times in my life.  We all have.  I’ve been laid off at one time.  I was laid off during a nursing hiring freeze here in Arizona.  It was awful.  I felt hopeless.  I didn’t want to let anyone know how rough it really got.  Even being laid off for 4 months almost devastated us.  We could have lost our home if it had gone on much longer.  And I felt like that would have been my fault.  Even with a supportive husband, friends and family it was tough. It’s hard to put on a smiling face and get motivated to do a job search when you’re feeling so low.  I understand.  It’s not going to last forever though. I have more work than I want now and those days are just a memory.  Things are gonna change for you too.

“For a day, just for one day,
Talk about that which disturbs no one
And bring some peace into your
Beautiful eyes.”
― حافظThe Subject Tonight Is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems of Hafiz

Take comfort in Kate Bush’s words from this song:

don’t give up
‘cos 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 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

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

comforting hug in grief

“Every day, a new opportunity to decide where your next step will go is given to you. Your future will be determined by the accumulation of these daily decisions. You control your steps and therefore your destiny, so choose wisely.”

~Kevin Ngo~

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