Daily Archives: April 20, 2013

Radio XVIII, side B, track 8: “Holding On” by Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood - Holding OnOh, Steve Winwood, I have what I would call a grudging respect for you.  During my formative years when these tapes were made, you were the king of the radio.  It seemed like the DJs were falling all over themselves to play your music.  I didn’t quite get it, Steve Winwood.  No offense, your music’s great and all, but in the crowded marketplace that was radio in the late ’80s, there were some pretty amazing artists putting out some pretty amazing music.  Here’s the thing, Steve Winwood.  You ruined a very special New Year’s Eve for me.  Maybe that’s why I have a bit of animosity toward you.  We’ll talk about it when the time is right, Steve Winwood, but yes, this song is great.  Don’t rub it in.

“Holding On”

Used to live in the danger zone
Any day it could get too rough

Now I’m glad I kept holdin’ on
Now I’m glad I had soul enough

You turned night into day
And showed me how
My soul could sing

You took my hurt away
And showed me love conquers anything

When two hearts both feel the same
There’s a way ta beat the game

Hoooldin’ on

Now I’m standin’ in the light

Hoooldin’ on

Hoooldin’ ooooon

Fall asleep in your lover’s arms
And it’s just like it ought to be

Just be thankful she keeps you warm
In a world where there’s nothin’ free

Give her love every day
And pay attention when she dreams

And she’ll be good to you
‘Cause sometimes love is just what it seems

When two hearts both feel the same
There’s a way to beat the game

Hoooldin’ on

Now I’m standin’ in the light

Hoooldin’ on

And this time I got it right

Hoooldin’ on

Every day and every night

Hoooldin’ on

Hoooldin’ ooooon

Seeeee the mountain water
Runnin’ down inta streams

How it hooolds on forever

We’ll be holdin’ on forever
Forever and ever

People soul-searchin’ all night long
For a reason ta help them live

And I do hope they hear this song
You take and you get to give

It can be in a smile
It can be there in a touch

It warms the world awhile
When it’s love it can’t be too much

When two hearts both feel the same
There’s a way to beat the game

Hoooldin’ on

Now I’m standin’ in the light
Holdin’ on
Hoooldin’ on

And this time I got it right
Got it right
Hoooldin’ on

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