Don't Give Up (Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush song)
|"Don't Give Up"|
|Single by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush|
|from the album So|
|Format||7" single, 12" single|
|Length||6:32 (album version)|
6:07 (12" single edit)
|Producer(s)||Daniel Lanois, Peter Gabriel|
|Peter Gabriel singles chronology|
|Kate Bush singles chronology|
Don't Give Up
"Don't Give Up" is a song written by English musician Peter Gabriel and recorded as a duet with Kate Bush for Gabriel's fifth solo studio album So (1986). The single version was released as the second single from the album in the UK in 1986 and as the fifth single in the United States in 1987. It spent eleven weeks in the UK Top 75 chart in 1986, peaking at #9.
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 felt that a song based on this was wholly appropriate to difficult economic conditions in England under Margaret Thatcher. He composed lyrics within a situation about a man whose unemployment causes stress in his domestic relationship. The verses, sung by Gabriel, describe the man's feelings of isolation, loneliness and despair; the choruses, sung by Bush, offer words of hope and encouragement.
Gabriel originally wrote the song from a reference point of American roots music and he approached country singer Dolly Parton to sing it with him. However, Parton turned it down, so his friend Kate Bush took her place.
- 1 Track listing
- 2 Personnel
- 3 Videos
- 4 Chart positions
- 5 Other versions
- 5.1 Peter Gabriel and Paula Cole version
- 5.2 Peter Gabriel and Ane Brun version
- 5.3 Alicia Keys and Bono version
- 5.4 Jann Klose and Annie Haslam version
- 5.5 Máire Brennan and Michael McDonald version
- 5.6 Shannon Noll and Natalie Bassingthwaighte version
- 5.7 Willie Nelson and Sinéad O'Connor version
- 5.8 Other artists who have covered this song
- 6 Usage in film and television
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush version All songs written by Peter Gabriel.
|1.||"Don't Give Up"|
|2.||"In Your Eyes" (Special Mix)|
|3.||"This Is the picture"|
|1.||"Don't Give Up" (LP version)|
|2.||"Don't Give Up" (edit)|
|Limited edition 7" poster sleeve|
|1.||"Don't Give Up"|
|2.||"In Your Eyes" (Special Mix)|
Two videos were created for the song. The first, by Godley & Creme, consisted of a single take of the singers, as they sing, in an embrace, while the sun behind them enters total eclipse and re-emerges. (Of the shoot, Gabriel remarked, "There are worse ways of earning a living.") The second video, by Jim Blashfield, featured Gabriel and Bush's faces superimposed over film of a town and its people in disrepair.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||5|
|Belgian Top 30||7|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||9|
|Canadian Singles Chart||40|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||5|
|German Singles Chart||27|
|Irish Singles Chart||4|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||16|
|Spain (Productores de Música de España)||13|
|UK Singles Chart||9|
|US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart||72|
Peter Gabriel and Paula Cole version
Peter Gabriel and Ane Brun version
Alicia Keys and Bono version
|"Don't Give Up (Africa)"|
|Single by Alicia Keys and Bono|
|Released||6 December 2005|
|Alicia Keys singles chronology|
"Don't Give Up" was recorded by American recording artist Alicia Keys and Irish musician Bono. Retitled "Don't Give Up (Africa)", the song was produced by Keys and Steve Lillywhite. On 6 December 2005, the song was released as a single exclusively on iTunes and a ringtone version was released by Cingular Wireless. The proceeds of the release went to the charity Keep a Child Alive, for which Keys is a spokesperson. Keys commented that "I love this song. And I love Bono. I really respect what he has done for Africa and how he has used his fame to do good in the world. I hope I can do half as much in my life". Keys and Bono performed the song live at Keys' charity event the Black Ball, which raises money for the organization Keep A Child Alive. They performed the song also on The Oprah Winfrey Show in October 2006.
"We were playing them the backing tracks and I don’t know if I started singing, or he did, but something started happening and we tracked it right here on the spot, that’s it, we’re done. There was a crowd in here, everybody came in from the other room because they could tell there was something going on in here”.
|1.||"Don't Give Up (Africa)"||4:27|
|US Billboard Pop 100||79|
Jann Klose and Annie Haslam version
Jann Klose and Renaissance vocalist and painter Annie Haslam released their version, produced by Rave Tesar in June 2017. The recording features Jann Klose on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Annie Haslam on lead vocals, John Arbo on upright bass, Rob Mitzner on cajon and Rave Tesar on keys. Proceeds from the sale of the recording benefit Desmond Tutu's TutuDesk foundation.
Máire Brennan and Michael McDonald version
Shannon Noll and Natalie Bassingthwaighte version
|"Don't Give Up"|
|Single by Shannon Noll & Natalie Bassingthwaighte|
|from the album Home: Songs of Hope & Journey|
|Released||9 December 2006|
|Format||CD single, download|
|Shannon Noll singles chronology|
|Natalie Bassingthwaighte singles chronology|
A cover version was recorded by Australian artist Shannon Noll and former Rogue Traders frontwoman Natalie Bassingthwaighte. It was produced by Michael "fingaz" Mugisha who also produced hits for Jessica Mauboy, Big Brovaz and recorded for the compilation Home: Songs of Hope & Journey. It was released as a charity single for the depression organisation beyondblue. It was the most added song to Australian radio in its first week. It made its debut at number seven on the Australian Singles Chart, and, in its second week, climbed to number two with a Platinum certification. The song was also performed live on the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars. The music video features Noll and Bassingthwaighte in the studio recording the single.
|Chart (2006)||Peak |
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||2|
|ARIA Australasian Singles Chart||1|
|Australian Airplay Chart||1|
Willie Nelson and Sinéad O'Connor version
It was reported that funds raised by sales of the single were in excess of $300,000.
- "Don't Give Up"
- "Don't Give Up" (Instrumental)
Other artists who have covered this song
|"Don't Give Up"|
|Single by Shark and Co. & Cindy Wasserman|
|Released||4 November 2008|
|Format||CD single, download|
|Label||Magnetic Memories Recording Co.|
|Producer(s)||John Would and Shark|
|Shark and Co. singles chronology|
- The Shadows did an instrumental of the song on the album "Simply Shadows" in 1987.
- Gregorian and Sarah Brightman covered this song, and it is found in Brightman's "The Harem Tour" Limited Edition and Gregorian's "Masters of Chant" albums.
- Jody Watley recorded the song for her Midnight Lounge album in 2001.
- Saga frontman Michael Sadler duetted on the song with Alannah Myles. It was released as a b-side to Saga's 2001 single "Money Talks".
- Show of Hands included a cover of this song on their album Covers
- Xavier Naidoo covered the song on the Zwischenspiel/Alles für den Herrn album in 2002.
- Take 6 recorded an A cappella version of the song on their album of covers "Beautiful World" in 2002.
- Senegalese singer/guitarist Jimi Mbaye covered the song on his 2005 album "Yaye Digalma"
- Tara MacLean covered the song on the Songs For Sunset album in 2006.
- The songwriter/guitarist Shark from Wild Colonials and Dead Rock West singer Cindy Wasserman released the song in 2008. The proceeds of the record going to the charities Farm Aid and the Red Cross, to help the farmers affected by the floods of 2008. The sleeve design is an homage to the original Peter Gabriel / Kate Bush sleeve with similar typography.
- The Feeling released a version of the song on the 2nd disc of the Deluxe version of their album Join With Us in 2008.
- In November 2008, Tina Arena and former Tea Party frontman Jeff Martin performed a live cover of "Don't Give Up" during an episode of Australian quiz show RocKwiz.
- In May 2009, a version by The Midway State featuring Lady Gaga appeared online. According to Lady Gaga the cover was done so "that young people would hear and learn something about Kate Bush." 
- P!nk and John Legend cover the song for Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project.
- Dutch singer Chielie(.nl) (uncredited) sang the Gabriel part on a cover of the song (Bush part sung by also uncredited unknown female singer - Chielie and she never met for the recording but did their work separately) produced at Flowerhouse Studios of Haarlem, Holland, on a CD called 'Duet for lovers' (90.807-2 UK), released 1994 by PMF Records.
- Tarja Turunen covered the song, alongside Liv Kristine (Leaves' Eyes) on the European leg of her, What Lies Beneath Tour.
- A version featuring Nicolai Dunger and Norwegian vocalist Silje Nergaard was included on "Reconnection", an album by Swedish guitarist/bassist Georg Wadenius, which was released in 2010.
- David Archuleta covered the song (with Libbie Linton) on his 2012 album Begin.
- Dr. Ring-Ding released a Rocksteady version of the song on his 2012 album Dr. Ring Ding Ska-Vaganza - Piping Hot, duetting with Skatalites singer Doreen Shaffer.
- Ann Wilson of Heart performs both parts of Don't Give Up live on 2017 Ann Wilson of Heart tour
Usage in film and television
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- This song was used during the end credits of the Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie thriller The Bone Collector, based on the novel of the same name by Jeffery Deaver.
- It was also used in the end of the NBC made-for-TV movie Perfect Body.
- It was also used in the Miami Vice episode "Redemption in Blood" in which Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) recovers from a case of amnesia.
- The song was used in the closing credits of the 1998 surfing movie In God's Hands.
- It was also used in the Cold Case TV series episode no. 117.
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