Thursday, May 21, 2009


My Friend Rachel - who lives far away but is always near and dear to my heart - sent me an email yesterday letting me know she was thinking of us. She reads my blog and when a specific post strikes her she sends me a note....I love her for that.

She said my "Don't Give Up" post reminded her of a song by Peter Gabriel called "Don't Give Up" and here is why we are such good friends. She thinks like me in terms of music - when I am happy, sad, angry etc. I can relate how I am feeling to a song. She also has tremendous taste in music and being an *ahem* '80's teen (like me) how could she was the best music EVER!

Her email made me smile because when I wrote that post I had Peter Gabriel's song "Don't Give Up" playing in my head the whole time and my intention was to post the video but had forgotten...and then I got her email. I am reminded how connected we are even though we only see each other once maybe twice a year.

So, I dedicate this to all my waiting friends with love.

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 any more
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 its never been easy
Don't give up
'Cause I believe there's a place
There's a place where we belong.


Stephanie said...

Thanks friend!! I needed to hear those words today.

Steph :-)

Rachella said...

and there ya go making me cry at work again!

we were meant to be that first night we got drunk together and i crashed on your couch.


i love you too (two)!!

Carolyn said...

Sounds like a great friend- how would we survive this process without all this support.


Julie said...

I love this song. Thank you.

Julia said...

This song always gives me chills. Love, love, LOVE PG. KB's voice is absolutely haunting.

You can fall back on us.

Janice said...

I haven't heard this song in many years. In my last year of high school I chose it for a writing ssignment in English class. We had to choose a song we liked and write about the lyrics, how it made us feel, etc, etc. ( I guess I'm really showing my age now). It was an easy choice for me then but means so much more now.

lyndsey&kevin said...

hey chicka, I was wondering if you got my hotmail message??? I am unsure if it was the right email account???

haze said...

I adore this song (and video). It certainly IS perfect. As is your friend, Rachel.

Ramona said...

This is the perfect song... Some moments it seems like it would be easier to give up... but like I typed you last week, we can't give up and quit... But it is hard.

Shannon said...

Why is it that I have never heard this song before? I must have been only listening to Duran Duran at the time!

What a great song and a great friend you have.

The Warren Family said...

I love that song too. You are right, we have the exact same taste in music.