I was doom riding on top a black horse
Whatever prize there was
I could only observe where the trouble starts
Where does it end?

I cannot be cured
Before it ends
I know life would be different if I held on (held on)
I know I could be something if I held on

Gave her love away
Put it in my pocket when it should've been framed
Oh, it lost its shine
Gotta get this out of my head

Out of my brain
How could it end,
End like this?
How could it end?

I know life would be different had I held on (held on)
I know I could be something had I held on (held on)
I know I could be something if I held on (held on)
I know life would be different if I held on (held on)

Held on
Held on, if I held on
Held on, if I held on
Held on, if I held on

Held on.

Lyrics submitted by CaptainLaganja

Hold On Lyrics as written by Stone Gossard Eddie Vedder

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song was considered and left off both Ten and Vs. I believe the version on Lost Dogs was an instrumental with the lyrics recorded sometime after 1997, judging on Eddie's voice and the way he growls when he sings certain parts. The version that was from the early years is an acoustic version on the Vs/Vitalogy reissue.
    Tig45on November 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song wasn't on an album? Someone needs to be court-martialled.
    Regos the Saneon April 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOkay, I probably didn't make that comment clear enough. I meant that the person who decided it shouldn't be on Vs needs to be court-martialled. Although that's a bad idea because it was probably someone in the band.
    Regos the Saneon May 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI cannot believe that i haven't commented on this song yet.............

    um anyone who has heard it knows exactly what I am talking about when I say I don't need to really say much about this song.....

    An incredible song....
    N0 C0DE 79on June 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think you are the one who should be court-martialled. The song is off Lost Dogs, a double cd of b-sides, rarities etc. This is an awesome song, one of my favourites off Lost Dogs, I wish it had made it to Vs. "If you love someone, set them free... if someone loves you, don't fuck up" - Eddie Vedder from the Lost Dogs booklet
    ZepWhoreon May 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first verse of this song is probably my favorite lyric, period. Anyone going through a tough time that is apparently endless can relate to it. Great image. Kudos Ed.
    Nasuson June 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbesides yellow ledbetter, best song on lost dogs
    richie8092on January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is from the vs. era
    nic000on December 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI completely ADORE this song on so many levels.
    1. It sounds amazing, so beautiful both the music and his voice.
    2. I feel this way half of the time
    3. The lyrics are great...
    Before I couldn't fight. Now I can and will.
    This song means to me what I felt and still feel:
    I feel like I'm riding on a black horse without any reins, and I know that my life can be good, but all I need to do is hold on, but it's so hard, sometimes almost impossible.
    That horse is life, and I can't control it, but some things I still can if I try, because It's my life.
    no code88on December 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually this was an out take from Ten, they messed up the Lost Dogs liner notes and they incorrectly state that Hold On was an out take from Vs... it's since been corrected on Pearl Jam's website... For proof check out the wikipedia entry for Lost Dogs...en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    Stephen Flowon March 12, 2009   Link

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