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Hold On Chords

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D A D F# A D
About this tab version
Important: This song is in a very non-standard tuning. It is listed as open D, but this is not strictly correct. The song is in DADEAD (not an option in UG's drop down, hence listed as open D). This allows the easy hammer/pull alternation between Dsus2 and D heard in the song during the intro/ when on the D chord for longer periods/ between lines etc. For this reason, the chord diagrams in this tuning are shown at the bottom of the page. Was this info helpful? Yes No
[INTRO]
D Dsus2 D Dsus2 D

[VERSE 1]
D                   G
They hung a sign up in our town
        A                     D
"If you live it up, you won't live it down"
D                 G
So she left Monte Rio, son
     A             D           
Just like a bullet leaves a gun
         G                 A
With her charcoal eyes and Monroe hips
             D             G
She went and took that California trip
         Em                 A
Well the moon was gold, her hair like wind
         Em                    A
She said don't look back, just come on Jim


[CHORUS]
              D        A        D           G   
Oh you got to hold on, hold on, --you gotta hold on
D                 A                              D                      
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on

[VERSE 2]
D                  G
Well he gave her a dime store watch
A               D
And a ring made from a spoon
D                      G
Everyone's looking for someone to blame
       A                D
If you share my bed you share my name
     G            A
Well go ahead and call the cops
          D                  G          
You don't meet nice girls in coffee shops
Em              A     
She said baby I still love you
    Em                    A       
Sometimes there's nothing left to do


[CHORUS]

                  D        A       D               G
Oh but you got to hold on, hold on, babe you gotta hold on
D                 A                              D
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on


[VERSE 3]

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


[CHORUS]

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


[VERSE 4]

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


[CHORUS]

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

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

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


[OUTRO]

D                 
You got to hold on
D                 
You got to hold on
D                 
You got to hold on
D                 
You got to hold on
D                 
You got to hold on baby
D
You got to hold on girl
D                 
You got to hold on
D                 
You got to hold on

 Dsus2       D         G         A         Em
D--0--    D--0--    D--5--    D--7--    D--2--
A--0--    A--0--    A--5--    A--7--    A--2--
E--0--    E--2--    E--7--    E--9--    E--3--
D--0--    D--0--    D--5--    D--7--    D--2--
A--0--    A--0--    A--5--    A--7--    A--2--
D--0--    D--0--    D--5--    D--7--    D--2--
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