Hold On (With Every Thing You've Got)

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Hold On (With Every Thing You've Got)

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UPDATE: This song has been picked up by a radio station in Ireland and one in Canada! Biggrin

Mellow Moments with Donal
Friday 21st July 2pm in Chicago, 8pm in Ireland
http://www.rftkradio.co.uk/

Q108 Kingston
http://www.q108kingstonindie.com/
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Sad but hopeful...I like it! Biggrin

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Hold On (With Every Thing You've Got)
July 9, 2017
http://parksandrececommerce.com/JohnStaplesMusic-50-90/JohnStaples-HoldOn(WithEveryThingYou'veGot).mp3

some days seem
to last forever
and you don't know how
to be strong
and sometimes you
just can't imagine
goin' on
goin' on

hold on with every thing you've got
open up your heart to all the beauty you forgot
it is not time for you to sleep
and it's not time for you to bleed
hold on with every thing you've got

the world seems
to be against you
and you don't know how
to get along
and some days you
can't even find the strength
to carry on
carry on

hold on with every thing you've got
open up your heart to all the beauty you forgot
it is not time for you to sleep
and it's not time for you to bleed
hold on with every thing you've got

sadness comes for everyone
it does not mean your time is done
please look at me my darling one
and feel the love

hold on with every thing you've got
open up your heart to all the beauty you forgot
it is not time for you to sleep
and it's not time for you to bleed
hold on with every thing you've got

© 2017 John Staples JohnStaplesMusic.com



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Powerstars's picture

I'm digging your slipping, sliding lead line over the prominent bass that opens the song, and comes back for the chorus. I like the line "open up your heart to all the beauty you forgot" as well, that's a really nice sentiment that feels very fresh. And that harmony you add on the second chorus works perfect. Good work, John!

Unkept's picture

That a beautiful song! Loved the lyrics, the resonator... I want a resonator so bad. lol

Great work! Sounds like a *done* song to me.

Acousticmaddie's picture

Amazing song. very fine lyrics and great work with the guitar. Fantastic sound

Stacy Swinford's picture

I love this! There are so many different life situations where people could relate to the lyrics. Really great job!

Donna Devine's picture

Wonderful message in the finely crafted lyric, and - as always - perfection in the vocals and music. Just beautiful, John. Smile I love that guitar.

TomS's picture

Glorious. Straight to radio. What a wonderful thing. Smile

iHelen's picture

Your song has a beautiful message and music to go with it. It's great that you're sharing it with so many people - Congratulations on your radio plays!! Smile

artyredsocks's picture

John congrats on being taken up and played can certainly see why it would happen! the hook line Hold On is universal and comes through with a certain profoundness great work

it is not time for you to sleep
and it's not time for you to bleed

OdilonGreen's picture

Inspirational and gorgeous. Your radio success is well deserved, as will be your hit album (once you get around to releasing it). There's a stately dignity and peace here that's deeply affecting and... well, I'll say it again, inspirational (and reassuring), especially at the "please take a look at me my darling one / and feel the love."

JamKar's picture

OK here is the music! I got distracted by fb. This is a very well constructed song. Nice to see it getting airplay, but not surprising. I see a great comfort across the land from this John!

moonshadow's picture

Wow nice sound John, its so professionally done.
its really good.
Hopefully by the end of this 50/90 i'll have at least 10 songs i can maybe take into a recording studio

JoanneCooper's picture

Hi John. This is just lovely. So glad it is getting some radio play

tcelliott's picture

Damn, you're killing it. First your FAWM song from the thread is very good. Now I come and listen to this and I like it even better. This sounds great. You've nailed that classic sound without feeling dated. I mentioned that before, but it's true here as well. Maybe this one will be on the album (or second one?) Be sure to link us. If you keep writing songs like this I'll be buying multiple copies to share.

colgoo's picture

Wonderfully done. You're an inspiration! Great advice and musicianship on display here!

tamsnumber4's picture

open up your heart to all the beauty you forgot - Love that line, great production and the write is relatable to anyone. Great song, enjoyed it!

Joy's picture

And there he is again: wise and warmhearted John! Awww, this is so true and it gives so much hope. Thank you for writing this beauty!

Frances Smith's picture

Thought I'd come and have a listen. T C Elliott is right when he says you've created the classic sound, without it seeming dated. It feels beautifully familiar, but at the same time completely original. The narrator's voice is really warm, and wise, really nice. Very enterprising getting it played on a couple of radio stations too.

standup's picture

The resonator adds a really lovely touch. I like the story, I'm following it easily. I like that there are harmonies on the chorus later in the song, which is a good way to build things up. If I was your producer I'd suggest a female vocal for the harmony, implying (in my mind) that it's two people trying to hold on to each other, soothing each other in a hard time. Or maybe even as a duet, trading verses? Just a thought.

3tdoan's picture

Congrats on the radio play! A big-hearted song - a comfort we need in these troubled times.

metalfoot's picture

Absolutely perfect rendition here. Your meticulous attention to detail in writing and arranging shines forth beautifully here. Solid lyrics, solid tune and impeccably played.

Stephen Wordsmith's picture

Thoughtful. Resonant. Engrossing. A pleasure to listen to. I particularly like where the banjo wanders when you take it off its leash Smile

siebass's picture

Really digging that slide guitar in the opening. The resonator makes me think of a banjo almost with that tone. Always important to be mindful of all of the things you take for granted and really should be thankful for, great message in this song. Especially when times are tough. Very heartfelt and emotional message comes across very well with the delivery. Everything really gels here from the harmonies, vocal and all of the instrumentation.