I understand that lots of people are going through so much and doing the best that they can to succeed in life. This is even

Don’t Give Up!

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I understand that lots of people are going through so much and doing the best that they can to succeed in life. This is even more real in a harsh environment like we have here in Nigeria. Contrary to what some may have told you, the struggles that you face are not always because you did something wrong or are not getting something right. That’s too simplistic, if not downright unfeeling, a view of life’s events. Sometimes, things just don’t work out. Tough luck.

As a music lover, a track that ministers to me deeply in scenarios like this is Peter Gabriel’s “Don’t Give Up”. Herbie Hancock’s version with vocals from John Legend and Pink is the only version that I am familiar with. Did I mention that John Legend is a favourite of mine? Anyway, the track addresses that kind of situation aptly. I love also the picture of support from friends and loved ones that it paints, though too often in real life, friends are too busy trying to force down your throat what they think you did wrong or did not do. I love ideals, but reality is such a spoilsport.

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L-R: Herbie, John, Pink

Don’t give up. When you hit a rock, feel free to review your strategy or to modify your very dreams and goals. Life is not set in concrete or stone. Life is more like a flowing river, making its way through rocks and bends and canyons till it meets the ocean.

Anyway, here are the lyrics to the song, “Don’t Give Up”. I hope they say something to you, but its best if you have the track to listen to too. If you haven’t listened to it, go buy a copy quick. One of the best songs on my playlist. Enjoy!

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 ‘cos 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 I could be affected
thought that we’d be the 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.

4 comments

  1. Caleb,

    You can say that again. I go through it too, but keep reminding myself to not give up. We shall have to keep doing that all the way to the end.

    Cheers.

  2. Take 6 also do a version of this song which I love. But the haunting sounds of the original by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush will always be a classic.

  3. Just the #perfect start to #monday. Perfect Boost. Streamed the classic from PG & KB and I couldn’t help but doff my hat.

    It won’t be always easy, just ensure it’s worth it.
    If it’s easy, na setup *in 2face’s voice*

    Thumbs up to MrMo for this.

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