You can never hold back spring
You can be sure I will never stop believing
The blushing rose, it will climb
Spring ahead or fall behind
Winter dreams the same dream, every time

Baby you can never hold back spring
Even though you've lost your way
The world is dreaming, dreaming of spring

So close your eyes
Open your heart
To the one who's dreaming of you
And you can never hold back spring
Remember everything that spring can bring
Baby you can never hold back spring
Baby you can never hold back spring


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  • +2
    General CommentThere is a quote from the writer Pablo Neruda that says something like "you can cut all the flowers but you still can't hold back spring". That is more than likely where Tom got the idea for this song, especially since Neruda was a big influence on Bukowski. If you do not know or understand the connection between Waits and Bukowski you should get some books and then listen to A Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis.
    moosepawon January 29, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThe song is obviously about remaining positive trough rough times.
    Spring stands for light, birth, starting over etc. No matter how low you feel, at some point spring will come. You can never hold back spring, You can be sure I will never stop believing The blushing rose, it will climb Spring ahead or fall behind Winter dreams the same dream, every time. He will never stop believing in a fresh start, because the blushing rose will climb. The blushing rose is an affirmation of his optimism.

    Even though you've lost your way The world is dreaming, dreaming of spring. Even though you have lost you way and feel alone, you are not alone, because the whole world is dreaming of brightness and a chance to start over.

    So close your eyes Open your heart To the one who's dreaming of you And you can never hold back spring Remember everything that spring can bring. He basically says just let the good things happen and don’t worry because in the end everything will be okay, because you can’t hold back all the good things from happening, just like you can’t hold back spring.

    RomeoIsBleedingon October 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGorgeous song.
    gweepson December 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone hear the Louis Armstrong in his voice?
    plurjuiceon April 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me, this song's about that feeling you get in spring, when you can almost FEEL everything coming back to life.. but to me, it's also about that feeling you get when you make love for the first time to someone you love with everything that you are.

    "So close your eyes
    Open your heart
    To the one who's dreaming of you
    And you can never hold back spring"

    or maybe that's just my opinion.
    wereTHRIVINGon July 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song. Makes me think of spring and how everything is changing, even if you're not ready for it
    joyce33090on June 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song. Makes me think of spring and how everything is changing, even if you're not ready for it
    joyce33090on June 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wonder what he will never stop believing in? Renewal?
    hangable_auto_blurbon August 27, 2008   Link

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