If you weren’t already swooning over Jason Mraz’s guitar skills, we’re pretty sure a quick listen to his tune “I Won’t Give Up” (from his new Love Is A Four Letter Word album) will win you over. The song was inspired by his full support for gay equality/marriage. Nope, he’s not gay — just a really great guy.
The slow-tempo strumming and hopeful melody are lovely enough, but the lyrics are the true powerful element of the tune: ” I’m here to stay and make the difference that I can make/ Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use/ The tools and gifts we got yeah, we got a lot at stake.” While it’s not a motivational “We’re not gonna take it” feel, it’s a tender reminder that “things will get better.” Mraz admits that the song has many levels of meaning, but the tune was mostly inspired by equal rights. In a recent interview (about the album)with LGBT Weekly, Mraz says: “Traditional marriage between a man and a woman, and trying to put that into a law or a rule, is basically saying that gay people aren’t real. Well, gay people are very real. It is treating our gay and lesbian citizens like second-class citizens. I think it is the final step in the civil rights movement.”
With the even more recent teen suicides, the gay marriage debate, and everyday hate that is charged in to the world… it’s nice to have a sweet anthem like Mraz’s to remind us that love — no matter who it’s with — will save the day. (Follow The Everyday Gay on Facebook and Twitter!)
Listen to Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” below!