Don't Give Up

by Jonah Matranga

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This song has been on my mind since it entered it. I’ve been feeling depressed and hopeless about the latest march of White nationalism fascism, and feeling worried for others trying to keep their heads up. I had fun making the video while looking and leaning out the car window on a long drive through the mountains the other day, and sending it to loved ones.

Then I found out that Bandcamp (a cool DIY music platform) is being great and giving away all the proceeds from sales today (Friday) to the Transgender Law Center (more info at, and this seemed a perfect way to be a part of it.

So, whatever you buy from me today, they’ll give away their cut, and I will too. The song may well be re-recorded someday (and it’s really easy if anyone wants to cover it, and in my dreams it’s a global uplift pop hit), and this bedroom demo is perfect right now.

I've always thought gender lines to be as illusory and damaging as all the other lines. When asked, I always say my preferred pronoun is It. I'm well aware that in real-world terms of how I'm perceived, I'm a Straight White CIS guy, and I don't take those privileges for granted, and I'm interested in dismantling the systems that said privileges come from. That said, I'm a sensitive, playful, pansensual creature, and I want everyone to feel and be safe and happy in whatever skin they're in. Love to all. Don’t give up.



I know I could never really know the way you’re feelin, but I’ll try. I know things or you might not be who or where you want them, and that’s fine. Just cut away the noise. Listen for that voice: Don’t give up. No matter what, now. Don’t you stop. Don’t give up.

Cos we all want a world where all our lives might really matter, and if you don’t, then quiet please so we can fix this world before it shatters. We gotta figure this out, and with you making all that noise then we won’t. Cos somebody’s sick and somebody’s sad, or they’re missin their kid or their missin their dad. Someone’s gettin beat up just for being who they’ve been since they were born. Just for bein who they’ve been since they were born.

Anyone who’s out here with me, sing it to each other softly: Don’t give up. No matter what, now. Don’t you stop. Don’t give up.


released August 4, 2017




Jonah Matranga San Francisco, California

Thanks for finding me here. Over the last 20 years, I've played in a gazillion bands (Far, onelinedrawing, New End Original, Gratitude), with big budgets and no budget, from big festivals to tiny living rooms, all over the place. As long as it stays direct and personal, I'm happy. ... more

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