Holding Back The Years Lyrics - Simply Red

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Words Mick Hucknall Music Mick Hucknall & Neil Moss

Holding back the years
Thinking of the fear I've had so long
When somebody hears
Listen to the fear that's gone
Strangled by the wishes of pater
Hoping for the arms of mater
Get to me the sooner or later

Holding back the years
Chance for me to escape from all I've known
Holding back the tears
Cause nothing here has grown
I've wasted all my tears
Wasted all those years
And nothing had the chance to be good
Nothing ever could yeah

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I'll keep holding on
I'll keep holding on
I'll keep holding on
I'll keep holding on
So tight

(Alright, oh now)

Well I've wasted all my tears
Wasted all of those years
And nothing had the chance to be good
Cause nothing ever could oh yeah

I'll keep holding on
I'll keep holding on
I'll keep holding on
I'll keep holding on
Holding, holding, holding

That's all I have today
It's all I have to say






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"Holdin on" in spite of childhood pain and suffering | Reviewer: peterson | 10/30/12

IMHO, the song alludes to a tragic childhood of someone who thought who could not measure up to his father's hopes (wishes), and never received the affection he wanted from his mother. There is regret for all "the tears and years wasted", for the situation was hopeless (nothing had a chance to be good). As an adult, the singer still has hope for the future (I keep holdin' on), but somehow cannot escape the trauma of his childhood and the regrets that stem from it.

Wow wow... Perfection at its best lyricaly proven | Reviewer: Anon | 12/29/11

It got me thing about how James felt when he wrote this amazin song, lyricaly speakin. I always feel shedin a tear when i hear it playin at all times. I heard the song many years ago, but i stil feel lyk burstin in tears, bcz i feel the song lyricaly and everything puted together in the song. It gets me thinking very very deep, when he says "strangled by the wishes of plater, hoping for the arms of mater, get to me the sooner or later. Wow thats all i can say and express. Thank you James (simply red).

Greatness! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/17/11

Timeless classic, one the I find myself humming while working or just doing mindless activity. Has meanings that apply to many facets of relationships. THIS IS WHAT I CALL MUSIC! when you still love it many years from the release date. God bless simply red

holding on | Reviewer: keisha | 4/8/09

wow this song is truly amazing i first heard it on the movie "love & basketball" & yes even if you manage to break up with a boyfriend or girlfrined it's truly hard to say goodbye sometimes especially if you love them. You will keep holding on & holding back the years that were shared. It's a deep song, I'm only 16 & i understand completly.

choose love over fear and control | Reviewer: Judy Hooker | 7/20/08

This is a haunting song. The damage we incur in our parents' homes can last a lifetime and affect all future relationships. If we are not willing to examine the defects we bring from these first relationships,we will be flawed for life, leaving those closest to our hearts to say, "Nothing had a chance to be good, nothing ever could". Tragic. We need to live our lives courageously.Examine, question and love, love. JH

Sheer perfection!! | Reviewer: Elaine Howell | 1/16/08

I have loved this song since I first heard it on Hereward Radio, many years ago, the lyrics are truly beautiful, the musical arrangement, and Mick's haunting voice all go together to make my all time favourite song, and whenever, wherever I hear it, I always shed a tear, and having just lost my mum, who also loved Simply Red, I have shed a few tears recently.

Wow | Reviewer: Geoff | 12/7/07

Great song. One that actually makes more sense the older you get, and have more of those years to hold back and fight back tears on. It's hard to believe he was in his teens when he wrote it; even if he changed it a lot between then and when it was released in 85, it's got such an old feeling to it that it seems out of place for someone in their twenties. Bravo.

One of the best songs ever | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/22/07

I love the vocals on this song. Every time I hear it I want to cry. Thinking back on memories that can't be changed. This is a timeless song and I think it is beautiful.



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