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Jason Mraz: I Won't Give Up Meaning

Song Released: 2012

Covered By: Glee Cast

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I Won't Give Up Lyrics

When I look into your eyes
It’s like watching the night sky
Or a beautiful sunrise
There’s so much they hold

And just like them old stars
I see that you’ve come so far
To be right where you are
How old is your soul?

I won’t give up on...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 12th 2012 report

    Each of us holds inside the possibility to do something.
    "Cause even the stars they burn. Some even fall to the earth." -This means that no one's perfect. If you can't do it, it's okay. Just keep on trying cause one day, you'll get it right.
    "God knows I'm tough enough." -Doesn't mean that you're not special to others, you're not special. To God you are special. It's not what they think, it's what that guy up there thinks.
    "I won’t give up on us
    Even if the skies get rough
    I’m giving you all my love
    I’m still looking up
    Still looking up"
    -Just keep pushing eventhough it hurts. You're doing it all for someone you love. (still looking up...)Never lose hope.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Nov 15th 2018 report

    I started thinking it was about a guy patiently waiting for his girl to be ready to be loved but the more I listened to it, the more I started thinking that it could possibly be about a person struggling with life's challenges and uphill battles.

    At the beginning, there is no denying that the person in question is professing his love/gratitude/admiration towards the other person by seeing the night sky and sunrise through looking into their eyes. But where I started seeing deeper meaning was after he sings "there's so much they hold". There's always more that meets the eye and everyone has a different life experience and perspective in life.

    He continues by saying "I see that you've come so far", this could be interpreted as over coming personal battles/struggles. Jason Mraz continues by saying "to be right where you are. How old is your soul?" - so even if this person is young, mid aged or older, clearly he or she has lived a mile of experience and climbed an uphill battle, more than their own years could consider.

    He proceeds with the chorus which I believe means that even after everything the person in question has been through and made the person feel, that person will stay by their side regardless and won't give up. He won't give up on them, he will always love and keep faith.

    Then he says that even when time gets rough, he'll be patiently waiting while the person in question needs to soul search "to do some navigating".

    Then he says "'cause even the stars they burn some even fall on the earth. We've got a lot to learn, God knows we're worth it", meaning even the best have bad days and fall down, we're not perfect but we were placed on this earth with a purpose and we can make it if pushed through.

    He proceeds by saying "I'm here to stay and make the difference that I can make", meaning I'm always going to be your side and help guide and love you as much as I can.

    Then he says "our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use our tools and gifts we got yeah, we got a lot at stake", meaning we are placed here on earth with each our individual strength and purpose and it's up to us to use them to fulfill our destiny.

    Then he says "and in the end, you're still my friend at least we did intend for us to work, we didn't break, we didn't burn. We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in" meaning, if there's anything to grab in this is our strong friendship even with all of the elements and challenges that life throws our way. We didn't lose site of who we are as friends even with the pressures of life. And right after he adds "I had to learn what I got, and what I'm not, and who I am" meaning, even he had soul searching to do and their precious friendship assisted in understanding his limitations and his worth.

    Then he says "God knows I'm tough (I am tough, and I am loved). We've got a lot to learn (we're alive, we are loved). God knows we're worth it (And we're worth it)" meaning, that even if this friendship can get tough and throws challenges his way, he can take it because he's tough because God built him that way. And he will feel supported even with that added burden because he is loved. Also, he mentions we are always learning, meaning no one is perfect. We are alive and need to remember we have a purpose and when times get rough remember we are loved.

    In the grand scheme of things, I believe it's about a loved one that is struggling with depression and contemplating the bigger questions about why we are here on this earth.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 17th 2012 report

    Self explanatory, how the singer try to convey a message to someone they loved.

    I won't give up on you and us. No matter how much you hurt and hate me, my love will never faded away. Trying not to love you, makes me love you more.

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 30th report

    This song means so much to my current situation. The girl that I love has been through somethings as have our relationship. But this song says exactly what I feel for her. I'm willing to wait for her to do what ever "navigating" she needs to do and I'll be right there to help her every step of the way thank you sooo much Jason. This song has been so impactful to me.

  5. anonymous
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    May 30th 2020 report

    Jason - I just wanted to say thankyou for this song. My wife (who was only 35) came down with an aggressive form of cancer. I took the final year of her life off from work to be her caregiver. It was the toughest damn thing I’ve ever lived through and I had to keep myself together - so I went out for a walk each day, played your song and wept. But your song helped me make it through those days and to even to find moments of love and strength for the both of us. God bless you man - this is a seriously beautiful song

  6. Wickedly
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    Mar 29th 2020 report

    This song I believe was written for Tristan Prettyman. I’m a fan of both and when she released the song “I was gonna marry you” he shortly released this song ...and then as a final song to their situation she released “Glass Jar”. So if anyone wants to listen those three songs In sequence, it will all make perfect sense. Sadly they both went on their separate ways and remarried, Tristan actually divorced her husband but happily had a son she cherishes to take away from it , now if only down the road they came back together full circle that would be the ultimate love story!.. they also made the most amazing song together while together “Shy that way” ..I listen to it all the time~ their chemistry was undeniable to say the least !❤️Them together !!

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 25th 2017 report

    Jason Mraz is well known for his bohemian style and profound messages –some explicit, some hidden, some metaphorical. I wish I could underline or highlight his phrase "We've got a lot to learn..." My appreciation of his artistic philosophy entices me to believe that this song refers to tolerance and acceptance of one another –and even aimed to the different“s” (those who are, or became different by their own choice or that of others who influenced them -either a belief or sexual orientation; drug induction or sex curiosity which lead to addiction or STDs; or simply different because others decided it so in order for us to be accepted if we let them!) Bottom line, the hidden metaphor behind Jason Mraz’s promise is that no matter how different you are or I am, we can count on his allegiance or whose-so-ever dedicates this song to us because all we need is love, after all!

    "Well I won't give up on us, even if the skies get rough… I'm giving you all my love,”
    “...And when you're needing your space,
    to do some navigating
    I'll be here patiently waiting,
    to see what you find
    'Cause even the stars they burn
    Some even fall to the earth
    We've got a lot to learn
    God knows we're worth it
    No, I won't give up”

    There’s also space for interpretation of spiritual belief where he mentions "God knows we're worth it" (as a Perfect Creator/Designer) and where he reflects on... “I’m still looking up!” as if he still “trusts” a miracle might happen… or a Supreme Being might ‘individually’ touch humanity in Unity and true love. I invite you all to listen to his other musical poem, "The Remedy" and discover what an artist can do with Words!! Gloria

    “The price we pay for being different may be severe.”
    ― Unknown (www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/being-different)

  8. anonymous
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    Apr 8th 2017 report

    twin flame song indeed ...
    unconditional love
    immortal love
    undying love .
    steady and everlasting .

  9. anonymous
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    Feb 2nd 2014 report

    I think the song means Jason has fallen in love and there are a few bumps in the relationship. The girl thinks the is gonna leave but he tells her I wont give up on us even if the skies get rough I'm giving you all of my love. I'm still looking up.

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  10. anonymous
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    Sep 11th 2013 report

    I believe this song means that he will never give up and he will keep trying until he gets it right. He says that "you have come so far" so why give up now? Until the job is done, don't give up because there is so much to learn from yourself and mistakes. God will look after you. He will not give up even if it gets rough. He will put his heart and soul into everything he does.

  11. anonymous
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    Aug 1st 2012 report

    I think it's a song about a man who loves his lady. I think she has had a long past of painful experiences that she is working through and may cause riffs in their relationship. I think he's saying he sees through all her troubles and sees her beauty and strength. He's telling her that he will be her rock (so to speak). She can take her time going through what she's going through - and he'll be there still. He loves her and wants her to feel his love and trust him. I think the song is amazingly beautiful! He says that he's struggling because she's struggling - but she's not strong enough to do anything...but he's going to be strong enough for both of them right now. He knows what he has...unconditional love.

  12. anonymous
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    Apr 25th 2012 report

    I believe he is refering to not giving up on humanity but im sure it's about a girl typically is.

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