I Won’t Back Down

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

almost the Beatles!

It’s great fun for me researching the songs for this blog. I get to see the videos that I missed first time round – there was no You Tube in 1989 – the year this song was published and the year that the World Wide Web was born.

I played this song in a Derby-based gospel outreach band called the A52s in the early 1990s and because it is such a strong song, I still sometimes sing it solo today. It expresses a resolution to stand firm against some unidentified problem. Because it is not specific, it does not get outdated, so the meaning can be re-applied to a current situation. For me singing it as a Christian, it is a kind of prayer, a reaffirmation of intent to keep on following the Lord. The idea of ‘standing firm’ crops up several places in the Bible, but here is a famous passage from Ephesians 6.10-13.

“You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down.”

Author: Andy Meek

Guitarist and singer-songwriter trying to make more love in the world using rock 'n' roll.

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