Give a Little Bit (1977) – Supertramp

This song Give a Little Bit has been around me nearly all my life and I never grow tired of hearing it. It’s not that I have heard it all that much, it just seems to make appearances in certain epochs of my life and always has an impact. It’s just a simple song, like a train beat and full of uplifting emotion which builds until a crescendo finale. It was the opening song on Supertramp’s 1977 album Even in the Quietest Moments.

Give a little bit
Give a little bit of your love to me

Give a little bit
I’ll give a little bit of my love to you
There’s so much that we need to share
So send a smile and show you care
(Alright)

Give a Little Bit was first written by Roger Hodgson – the co-frontman of the British group when he was 19 or 20 years old before it was introduced to the band for recording five to six years later. Hodgson stated that the song was inspired by the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”, released during the love and peace movement of the 1960s.

Hodgson after he left Supertramp performed this song during his tour with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band in 2001. He also sang it as his finale for his short set at the Concert for Diana. Princess Diana loved the song, and Hodgson said of the performance in her honor: “It was very wonderful when the audience all stood up, and the princes also, to sing ‘Give a Little Bit’ with me. That was a magical moment.”

I’m sure almost here are familiar with the original version of this song so I will relay the Concert for Diana version below:

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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7 comments on “Give a Little Bit (1977) – Supertramp
  1. Badfinger (Max) says:

    This one I’ve always loved…it just cheers me up along with even “It’s Raining Again.” Something about their songs just make me happy.

    • You know, ‘It’ s raining again’ was one of my favourite songs growing up and I had forgotten about it for decades until you mentioned it here. I must add it. I agree, they cheer me up as well.

  2. “Give a LIttle Bit” was one of my favorite songs of 1977, and brings back fond memories of that summer I spent in and around Portland, Oregon.

  3. Like you, Matthew, this song has been hanging around it seems for a good part of my life! Like you it’s not that I have heard it that much but it sticks.

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