There's been a lot of talk of love
But that don't amount to nothing
You can invoke the stars above
But that doesn't make it something

And the only way to last
And the only way to live it
Is to hold on when you get love
And let go when you give it, give it

It's a pretty melody
It might help you through the night time
But it doesn't make it easy
To leave the party at the right time

If I'm frightened, if I'm high
It's my weakness, please forgive it
At least I hold on when I get love
And I let go when I give it, give it, give it

What do I do when I get lonely?
What do I do?
(Hold on when you get love)
What do I do when I get lonely?
What do I do?
(Hold on when you get love)
What do I do when I get lonely?
What do I do?
(Let go when you give it)
What do I do?

The world won't listen to this song
And the radio won't play it
But if you like it sing along
Sing 'cause you don't know how to say it

Take the weakest thing in you
And then beat the bastards with it
And always hold on when you get love
So you can let go when you give it

Take the weakest thing in you
And then beat the bastards with it
And always hold on when you get love
So you can let go when you give it, give it, give it

What do I do when I get lonely?
What do I do?
(Hold on when you get love)
What do I do when I get lonely?
What do I do?
(Let go when you give it)
What do I do when I get lonely?
What do I do?
(Hold on when you get love)
What do I do?

I know it's true, at least I think I do
Nothing that you say or do will make you love me
Forget the song (I know that it's true), things will go on
I keep seeing you from the dark with you above me

I know it's true (I know that it's true), at least I think I do
Nothing that you say or do will make you love me
Forget the song (I know that it's true), things will go on
I keep seeing you from the dark with you above me

Take the weakest thing in you
And then beat the bastards with it
And always hold on when you get love,
So you can let go when you give it.
Give it, give it, give it, give it, give it, give it.


Lyrics submitted by tCiY, edited by Ninjastar, CountNicholas

Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It song meanings
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  • +6
    My InterpretationIt took me a while to understand what the title/chorus means.

    Letting go of love when you give it = you don't expect anything in return.
    Hold on when you get love = receive the gift and let it make you a bigger person

    You have to be complete / confident / self-assured enough (by receiving love) in order to be able to give love without needing anything in return.

    Both sound easy, but they're hella hard in real life.
    migmolon February 16, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAlready love this song! I kind of relate it to what Kurt Vonnegut says in Sirens of Titan: "A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved."
    noiireon August 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionAmy's part in the chorus is "What do I do when I get lonely?" Relayed by Amy herself via twitter!
    the1gwizon July 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThank you for the correction :) editing the lyrics now.
    tCiYon August 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionSuggest corrections throughout:

    There's been a lot of talk of love
    But that don't amount to nothing
    You can evoke the stars above
    But that doesn't make it something

    And the only way to last
    And the only way to live it
    Is to hold on when you get love,
    And let go when you give it... give it.

    It's a pretty melody
    It might help you through the night time
    But it doesn't make it easy
    To leave the party at the right time

    If I'm frightened, if I'm high
    It's my weakness. please forgive it
    At least I hold on when I get love,
    And I let go when I give it... give it... give it

    What do I do when I get lonely?
    What do I do?
    Hold on when you get love,
    What do I do when I get lonely?
    What do I do?
    Hold on when you get love,
    What do I do when I get lonely?
    What do I do?
    Let go when you give it.
    What do I do?

    The world wont listen to this song
    And the radio wont play it
    But if you like it sing along
    Sing 'cause you don't know how to say it

    Take the weakest thing in you
    And then beat the bastards with it
    And always hold on when you get love,
    So you can let go when you give it.
    Take the weakest thing in you
    And then beat the bastards with it
    And always hold on when you get love,
    So you can let go when you give it.

    What do I do when I get lonely?
    What do I do?
    Hold on when you get love
    What do I do when I get lonely?
    What do I do?
    Let go when you give it.
    What do I do?
    What do I do when I get lonely?
    What do I do?
    Hold on when you get love
    What do I do?

    I know it's true, at least I think I do
    Nothing that you say or do will make you love me
    Forget the song, life will go on
    I keep sayin' it from the dark, nothing above me

    I know it's true, at least I think I do
    Nothing that you say or do will make you love me
    Forget the song, life will go on
    I keep sayin' it from the dark, nothing above me

    Take the weakest thing in you
    And then beat the bastards with it
    And always hold on when you get love,
    So you can let go when you give it.
    Give it.. give it.. give it.. give it.. give it.. give it.
    CocteauBoyon September 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI completely agree with migmol in the previous post regarding the interpretation of the main theme. If I can take it to a spiritual level: Being able to receive unconditional love from God can make you permanently secure/confident/complete/mature enough to give Love without expecting return. In keeping the spiritual vein, God's strength is perfected in our weakness if we rely on him, so God actually does take the weakest thing in us and then use it to beat the bastards (Death, Hate, Hopelessness, Satan, etc). This allows us to then hold on to love and then give it away fully. The Old Book even says God is Love...
    wesmcon April 03, 2013   Link

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