Don't give up by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush

Don't Give Up is a song written by Peter Gabriel and recorded as a duet with Kate Bush. This page provides information about the song and links to the lyrics and the official video.

Don't give up by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush


Beginner and intermediate students.

Facts about the song

  • Song: Don't give up
  • Album: So
  • Date of release: October 1986
  • Genre: Art rock, pop rock
  • Lenght of the song: 6 minutes and 32 seconds.
  • Writer: Peter Gabriel
  • Produced by : Daniel Lanois, Peter Gabriel

Interesting information about the song

The song was inspired by the Depression-era photographs of Dorothea Lange, showing poverty-stricken Americans in dust bowl conditions. Gabriel saw Lange's images in a 1973 book titled In This Proud Land. He composed a lyric within which a man's unemployment causes stress in a domestic relationship. He felt that the story was wholly appropriate to difficult economic conditions in England under Margaret Thatcher

The video

Official Music Video

The lyrics

Full lyrics of this song

Language points

The song includes many examples of relative clause and present perfect. Here are some expressions that may be useful to students:

  • I am a man whose dreams have all deserted
  • I've changed my face
  • I've changed my name

Source: Wikipedia

More lyrics here