Folk legend Peter Yarrow uses Dalai Lama poem for new anti-bullying song

Peter Yarrow

As part of the effort in Japan to counteract bullying and the alarming suicide rate among its young people, a Japanese music executive has produced a song by folk legend Peter Yarrow (ex-Peter, Paul and Mary), whose lyrics come from a unique source: a poem by the Dalai Lama.

The catchy “Never Give Up” mines His Holiness’s constant theme that the courageous application of compassion and understanding can change hearts for the better.

“We can learn to turn our anger at others into forgiveness and love them, too; even if they have done something terrible or cruel,” the Japan Times reports Yarrow as saying. “If we can teach children to do that when they are young, they will grow up to be caring, loving peace-builders in the world.”

“Never Give Up” will be released in Japan November 13 as part of a 14-track album of original and cover songs by Yarrow with an overall anti-cruelty message. Warner Music Japan has uploaded it to YouTube; have a listen after the jump:

Want more positive and helpful thought about working with bullies and bullying? See Lin Jensen’s “Stand By Me,” from the Shambhala Sun.

One Comment

  1. meg lawrence
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    I loved the words and the music. the meaning or message does have to start with teaching the little ones and they will be the future! I was bullied as a child and in junior high after that I just didn't care but things are so different now, I am so afraid for my granddaughter.

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