Elton John has said that Kate Bush's duet with Peter Gabriel on Don’t Give Up was his inspiration to “get sober”.
Gabriel wrote the song, a tale of personal struggle which reflected the economic and social ravages of Thatcherism, for his multi-million selling album So. Don't Give Up was the second single from the album and spent eleven weeks in the UK Top 75 chart in 1986,
John makes the admission on the forthcoming BBC documentary, The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill, which is broadcast this Friday, August 22, on BBC Four.
“This was one record that saved my life,“ he says in the new film. "That record helped me get sober . .. So she played a big part in my rebirth. That record helped me so much. I never told her that but it did.”
The veteran musician was motivated to turn his life around by the lyrics of the chorus: “Rest your head/You worry too much/It’s going to be all right/When times get rough you can fall back on us/Don’t give up.”
Kate Bush begins her sold-out 22-night residency in London's Hammersmith Apollo on August 26.
The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill explores Bush's career and music, from 1978's Wuthering Heights to her 2011 album 50 Words for Snow, and includes new interviews with Tori Amos, Steve Coogan and writer Neil Gaiman.