Song for Sunday – I will survive

The Priscilla Queen of the Desert version of Gloria Gaynor’s “I will survive” seemed appropriate for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. “I will survive” is consistently listed as one pf the top gay anthems. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (back in 2008), Same Same asked its readers to vote for the “Gayest Songs of All Time.” “I will survive” came in at number 3, beaten by “YMCA” and “Dancing Queen”.

Although it’s a song about a woman getting over a man, in listing it as the top gay anthem of all time, Time Out explains its status in the list:

In 1978, as gay liberation was gathering steam in heated nightclubs around the world, it also played like a declaration of hard-won pride (“I used to cry / But now I hold my head up high”) and independence from the hetero norm (“I’m not that chained-up little person still in love with you”). In the 1980s, when AIDS wiped out tens of thousands of those celebrants, the song took on new layers of resonance. Today “I Will Survive” carries all of that baggage, and lifts it up along with the spirits of anyone who hears its message. Did you think we’d crumble? Did you think we’d lay down and die? Think again. We’re going to dance.

If you liked this post please follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to watch some previous songs for Sunday:

  1. Child in Time by Deep Purple (and a version by Blackmore’s Night)
  2. 99 Red Balloons by Nena
  3. John Lennon’s Image by Playing for Change
  4. Nuclear by Mike Oldfield
  5. Foolish Notion by Holly Near
  6. Dust in the Wind by Kansas

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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3 Responses to Song for Sunday – I will survive

  1. An important discussion, Graeme, and a great choice for music. (And this is a fascinating, poignant, and funny movie with many important messages.)

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