Musikens pärlor (24): Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush – Don’t give up

Peter Gabriel1 Bush & Gabriel

Efter Presley och den engelska Beatlesrevolutionen kom en ocean av bra artister och band. I England vill jag framför allt minnas den jordnära kraften hos Eric Burdon & The Animals, outtröttlige melody makern Phil Collins och allkonstnären Peter Gabriel. Ta bara hans otroliga videolanseringar som man fortfarande kan njuta av på YouTube. Och vackrast av dem alla är väl Don’t give up från åttiotalets mitt, med älskliga Kate Bush klamrande i hans famn i vinden. Texten går inte heller av för hackor. Om arbetslöshet och noll framtidsdrömmar… Går fint att applicera i valda delar på somliga politiska partier i både England och vårt eget land idag. Men upp med hakan:

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 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 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.

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