"Hold Fast" as written by and Benjamin Nichols....
Well the sail
The sail on this ship comes
Crashing down
As the rope
That is your love slips
Slips from my hands

I hold fast, figures
Don't let her slip away
Hold fast 'cause you need her
To get to the calm of the bay

now the bow
The bow on this ship is
Under the sea
But I won't
Let go the rope so
Though the waves come to me

and I hold fast, figures
Don't let her slip away
Hold fast 'cause you need her
To get the ship back to the bay


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"Hold Fast" as written by Benjamin Nichols

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    General CommentSo no one else must not comprehend this song ? its about LOSING someone, when you need them . but your losing them because you chose to
    thatgirl1112on September 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSo no one else must not comprehend this song ? its about LOSING someone, when you need them . but your losing them because you chose to
    thatgirl1112on September 05, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Now hold fast, fingers,
    Don't let her slip away.
    Hold fast 'cause you need her,
    to get the ship back to the bay."

    The sailboat symbolizes him and his life. The rope is his girl's love. He is in a tumultuous period of his life, which is symbolized by a storm or some kind of impending shipwreck. Opposing forces - the water and the elements - are his life situations that are challenging him to keep his grip on the rope. If he releases the rope, the sail will come down and he won't get the ship back to the calm of the bay (his life won't return to normalcy and happiness). The song is saying that her love is something he can cling to that will pull him through the bad times. She is the sail on his boast in the sea of his life, basically. Maritime metaphors are fun :)
    johnnycanuckon August 11, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI don't want to claim I know what the singer means in these lyrics, but I interpret these words as being about loosing a love that one desperately needs for a peaceful life.

    This idea is beautifully illustrated with the ship medaphor. The ship is the relationship that is needed in order for the sailor to navigate the turmultious sea (life). The sail (trust) comes crashing down, showing that trust and security are almost lost. The sailor holds fast to the rope (the partner's love) to hopefully save the sinking ship, but it's slipping away. However, the sailor won't let go or stop trying to salvage the relationSHIP, until the waves crash over and it's completely sunk.

    The sailor does everything possible, by holding fast, knowing that the relationSHIP is what is needed in order to get to get back to peaceful tranquility (the calm of the bay).

    My final thought is that any good sailor will always have to sail into the turmoil of life, as it is in their blood to leave the bay, and some make it back and some loose the ship and sink with it.
    KQon November 20, 2015   Link

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