American folk musician Peter Yarrow – former member of the famous folk group Peter, Paul and Mary – is set to release a song about anti-bullying in Japan, where bullying has become a major problem among the youth in schools. Yarrow’s new song “Never Give Up” is adapted from the words of the Dalai Lama, and he hopes to bring inspiration to a new generation of “peace-builders” when the song is released in Japan next week.
“We can learn to turn our anger at others into forgiveness and love them, too; even if they have done something terrible or cruel,” said the folk artist who has a number of hits in the 60’s and 70’s under his discography. “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,” he said last week at his song’s launch event in New York. Japanese music producer Kosaku Yamada had initially approached Yarrow at the beginning of the year about making a song from a poem by the Dalai Lama, owing to the famous musician’s history of using music to combat social problems. “We see too many stories of children committing suicide after being bullied. I wanted to find a way for adults to confront this and to make a happier future for them,” Yamada said, adding that he thought Yarrow’s music would be a perfect medium for this message.
After receiving the words from the Dalai Lama, Yarrow said he was moved by the religious leader’s “powerful” message of not only loving your enemies, but forgiving and working together with them. The full album called “Never Give Up: Inside the Heart of Peter Yarrow” is set to be released Nov. 13 in Japan. After the album release in Japan, Yarrow is also set to meet the Dalai Lama and then perform songs from the record in Japan. “I’ve been in Japan and I’ve seen the hearts of Japan. This cruelty is not Japanese and it’s not worthy of your country and it’s not worthy of my country,” Yarrow said.
[via Japan Times]