Released in 1978, “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor is one of the most iconic disco songs of all time. It’s a powerful anthem of resilience and perseverance that has inspired generations of listeners. The song’s upbeat tempo, catchy melody, and empowering lyrics have made it a staple at dance parties, karaoke bars, and sporting events around the world.
The Story Behind The Song
The lyrics to “I Will Survive” were written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris, two songwriters who were part of Gloria Gaynor’s production team. The song was originally intended to be a B-side to Gaynor’s cover of the Righteous Brothers’ “Substitute,” but it quickly became clear that “I Will Survive” had the potential to be a hit in its own right.
The song’s lyrics tell the story of a woman who has been left by her lover, but who refuses to let the breakup defeat her. She declares that she will survive and thrive on her own, without the support of her former partner. The song’s message of self-empowerment and strength in the face of adversity resonated with audiences around the world.
The Lyrics To “I Will Survive”
The lyrics to “I Will Survive” are as follows:
At first I was afraid, I was petrified
Kept thinkin’ I could never live without you by my side
But then I spent so many nights thinkin’ how you did me wrong
And I grew strong, and I learned how to get along
And so you’re back from outer space
I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face
I should have changed that stupid lock, I should have made you leave your key
If I had known for just one second you’d be back to bother me
Go on now, go, walk out the door
Just turn around now
‘Cause you’re not welcome anymore
Weren’t you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye
Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?
Oh no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live
And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive
I will survive, hey, hey
The Impact Of “I Will Survive”
“I Will Survive” became an instant hit when it was released in 1978. It topped the charts in multiple countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Disco Recording in 1980.
The song’s impact has continued to be felt in popular culture. It has been covered by numerous artists, including Cake, Demi Lovato, and Diana Ross. It has also been featured in countless movies, TV shows, and commercials, cementing its place in the cultural zeitgeist.
The Legacy Of “I Will Survive”
More than 40 years after its release, “I Will Survive” continues to inspire and uplift listeners around the world. Its message of resilience and self-empowerment is as relevant today as it was in 1978. As long as there are people facing adversity, “I Will Survive” will remain a source of hope and inspiration for generations to come.
“I Will Survive” is more than just a disco song – it’s a cultural phenomenon. Its lyrics have become a rallying cry for anyone facing hardship or adversity. The song’s infectious melody and empowering message have made it a timeless classic that will continue to inspire and uplift listeners for generations to come.