“Don’t Give Up” is a song by English singer Peter Gabriel from his third solo studio album, So (1986). It was released as the second single from the album in 1987. The song’s lyrics are about the fragility of life, and how it can be snatched away at any moment.
The song features extensive use of overdubbing, with up to 24 tracks of instruments and vocals being recorded simultaneously. This made it one of the most complicated songs to record in the history of music recording technology.
Although not released as a single in North America or Australia, “Don’t Give Up” peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1988. It also reached number four on the UK Singles Chart; becoming his sixth top five hit there.
Last modified: October 26, 2022