1986: Don’t Give Up By Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush

Composed by Peter Gabriel. Recorded by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush as a duet for Peter Gabriel’s fifth solo studio album, So. The composer first approached country and western singer Dolly Parton to record the song but she turned it down. The song was inspired by the Depression-era photographs taken by Dorothea Lange which showed poverty-stricken Americans in dust bowl conditions. Peter Gabriel saw Dorothea’s images in a 1973 book titled In This Proud Land. He felt that a song based on this was very similar to the difficult economic conditions in the UK under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The lyrics are about a man whose unemployment causes stress in his domestic relationship. The verses sung by Peter Gabriel describe the man’s feelings of isolation, loneliness and despair. The choruses sung by Kate Bush offer words of hope and encouragement. The song was used in the closing credits of the 1998 surfing movie In God’s Hands. It was also used in the soundtrack of the 1999 film Bone Collector.

Weekly Chart History (1986)Peak Position
Australia5
Belgium Radio 2 Top 30 Singles Chart7
Belgium Ultratop Singles Chart Flanders Region9
Canada40
France69
Germany (West)27
Ireland4
Netherlands5
New Zealand16
Spain13
United Kingdom9
USA Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart72