I Will Survive

The song that started life in 1978 with lyrics written on a brown paper bag has become one of the most empowering songs ever recorded.

Gloria Gaynor made it the smash-hit of the disco era, but with its story of a woman changing from "At first I was afraid, I was petrified", to telling her man to "go on now go, walk out the door", it has become not just a karaoke classic, but a lifeline for people with every kind of problem.

Paul Gambaccini and Gloria Gaynor analyse its strengths, while the men and women who have been helped by the song tell their stories.

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The song that started life in 1978 with lyrics written on a brown paper bag has become one of the most empowering songs ever recorded.

Gloria Gaynor made it the smash-hit of the disco era, but with its story of a woman changing from "At first I was afraid, I was petrified", to telling her man to "go on now go, walk out the door", it has become not just a karaoke classic, but a lifeline for people with every kind of problem.

Paul Gambaccini and Gloria Gaynor analyse its strengths, while the men and women who have been helped by the song tell their stories.