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Hold On chords

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                             Hold On - Tom Waits (Chords)
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Tabbed by: Edwin Figueroa
E-mail: dexter884@yahoo.com

Tuning: DGAFAD (Whole-step down)

[INTRO]

E x4 (Throw a Esus4 in every now and then)


[VERSE 1]

E                           A
They hung a sign up in our town
        B                     E
"If you live it up, you won't live it down"
E                 A
So she left Monte Rio, son
     B             E           E
Just like a bullet leaves a gun
         A                 B
With her charcoal eyes and Monroe hips
             E             A
She went and took that California trip
        F#m                 B
Well the moon was gold, her hair like wind
         F#m                  B           B
She said don't look back, just come on Jim


[CHORUS]

              E        B       E          A
Oh you got to hold on, hold on, --you gotta hold on
E                 B                              E
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on


[VERSE 2]

E                A
Well he gave her a dime store watch
B                      E
And a ring made from a spoon
E                      A
Everyone's looking for someone to blame
       B                         E      E
If you share my bed you share my name
     A          B
Well go ahead and call the cops
          E                  A          A
You don't meet nice girls in coffee shops
F#m                 B     
--She said baby I still love you
    F#m                   B         B
Sometimes there's nothing left to do


[CHORUS]

              E        B       E          A
Oh you got to hold on, hold on, --you gotta hold on
E                 B                              E
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on


[VERSE 3]

      E             A   
Well god bless your crooked little heart
B                 E
St. Louis got the best of me
E                  A
I miss your broken china voice
B                         E           E
How I wish you were still here with me
         A               B
Well you build it up and wreck it down
         E                 A            A
Then you burn your mansion to the ground
F#m                     B       
When there's nothing to keep you here
F#m                                B              B
When you're falling behind in this big blue world


[CHORUS]

              E        B       E           A
Oh you got to hold on, hold on, baby gotta hold on
E                 B                              E        E
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on


[VERSE 4]

E                 A
Down by the Riverside Motel
     B            E
It's 10 below and falling
E     A
By a 99 cent store
B                       E              E
She closed her eyes and started swaying
A                  B
But it' so hard to dance that way
E                   A              A
When it's cold and there's no music
          F#m                B
Well your old home town's so far away
      F#m                      B                    B
But inside your head there's a record that's playing


[CHORUS]

              E        B          E        A
A song called Hold On, hold on, baby gotta hold on
E             B                                  E
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on

              E        B       E           A
You got to hold on, hold on, baby gotta hold on
E                 B                              E        
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on
              E        B       E           A
You got to hold on, hold on, baby gotta hold on
E                 B                              E        
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on
              E        B       E           A
You got to hold on, hold on, baby gotta hold on
E                 B                              E        
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on


[OUTRO]

E                 E
You got to hold on x4
E                 E
You got to hold on (baby/girl) x2
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Ropegun 23 Nov 30, 2013 07:54 AM

I prefer the sound of a D/F# (thumb on the second fret of the 6th string with an open D) in place of all of the Ds in this song. Small change but it sounds more authentic to the feel of the song to me. Nice tab.

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Chantellewood 10 Sep 13, 2015 05:51 PM

If you tune it down 2 steps and change the A to an A7 it works great for ukulele not to mention it takes care of that hard-to-translate E/G.

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DiddyD 13,039 Feb 20, 2017 01:46 PM

Why go to the bother of detuning, the original is not in a difficult key?
It's just D, G, A, and Em. Use the transpose function down -2 and you have the right chords.

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