"Hold On" as written by and Sarah Mclachlan....
Hold on
Hold on to yourself
For this is gonna hurt like hell

Hold on
Hold on to yourself
You know that only time will tell

What is it in me that refuses to believe
This isn't easier than the real thing

My love
You know that you're my best friend
You know that I'd do anything for you
And my love
Let nothing come between us
My love for you is strong and true

Am I in heaven here or
Am I
At the crossroads I am standing

So now you're sleeping peaceful
I lie awake and pray
That you'll be strong tomorrow
And will see another day
And we will praise it
And love the light that brings a smile
Across your face

Oh God
If you're out there won't you hear me
I know we're never talked before

And oh God
The man I love is leaving
Won't you take him when he comes to your door

Am I in heaven here or
Am I in hell
At the crossroads I am standing

So now you're sleeping peaceful
I lie awake and pray
That you'll be strong tomorrow
And we will see another day
And we will praise it
And love the light that brings a smile

So now you're sleeping peaceful
I lie awake and pray
That you'll be strong tomorrow
And we will see another day
And we will praise it
And love the light that brings a smile
Across your face

Hold on
Hold on to yourself
For this is gonna hurt like hell


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"Hold On" as written by Sarah Mclachlan

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    General CommentI thought you guys might be interested in this... Sarah McLachlan introduced it with this explaination at VH1 Storytellers...

    "This is a song, basically um, another one of those few and rare occasions where a song came out very quickly and easily. It was from pure emotion. Um, I watching a, a documentary called a 'Promise Kept' it was made in Canada. It was about this woman who uh, discovered her fiance was HIV positive and basically the story followed her and her husband. They got married, um, and he got progressively sicker and she took care of him right up until the end, and she was telling her story with just such, y'know, beautiful clarity and honesty and uh, it just, it struck home in a way that I, I couldn't really describe except by writing this song and I really feel like it's a, sort of a, something that came out of me through her. This is called 'Hold On'."
    soundofherwingson June 20, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorites of Sarah's, especially the live version.
    "Oh God - if You're out there, won't You hear me?
    I know that we never talked before
    Oh, God - the man I love is leaving
    Won't You take him when He comes to Your door?"
    Possibly the best snippet of any song I have ever heard. This is one of Sarah's most emotional, most bittersweet songs. Ever. Lumierdenuit's commet hit the nail on the head: praying for a loved one's soul to be admitted to heaven's gates.
    RapturesAnomalyon March 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI have always loved this song, and thought it to be about loosing a loved one to an illness. But it never hit me like it does now, until my best friend was diagnosed with cancer, when we took him to the hospital, and he sat on the bed in his gown, and looked at me with fear in his eyes, because he knew he had cancer, this song popped into my head. Ever since then, it is a memory of him, and our frinedship. It truly is a beautiful song of love and devotion to those who are leaving your life in pain.
    analyzeallon October 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me it seems that this song is about coming to grips with the fact that "the man I love is leaving", facing the reality that every day he survives is a gift which may stop at any time ("I lie awake and pray that you'll be strong tomorrow and will see another day...").

    Facing the imminent death of a loved one sure does hurt like hell.
    Gennon December 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLately, I've been going through somewhat of a personal hell. I feel like I'm distant from all of my friends and things aren't ever going to be the same again. I feel like this song is telling me to remember to be myself although I'm going through so much pain.
    Tuesdayz_goneon February 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell, when I first head it, I thought it was about a woman whose man was leaving her, and she was having a hard time coming to terms with it, but she didn't want to stop him because she loved him so. But I recently found out that Sarah McLachlan was originally wrote it about a woman who's husband was dying of AIDS, and because Sarah was inspired by her strength, she penned this song.
    cheson March 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentknowing that she wrote it for a woman losing her soul mate, you hear the song so differently than if you didn't know it was about real loss. not just spiritual loss, but a loss of a loved one. "won't you take him when he comes to your door?" that's powerful stuff! i love this song...it's very moving.
    mdwatson0319on May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment This song is about coming to terms with the impending death of a loved one.
    Sergioutfoxon July 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhat an incrediable song....whatever the inspiration she had to write it, or the meaning behind it, it is so good...i've gone through alot in the past 2 years and i always head this song...now i am happy, good, saved, and blessed...God Bless you all forever i love you in Jesus
    jesusmyheartadoresuon August 06, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"Hold on, hold on to yourself, for this is gonna hurt like hell....."
    I think that's possibly the best line ever!! It's when you know something is coming but you can't change it so you just brace yourself and let it happen.
    leaneyson March 21, 2003   Link

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