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Tom Waits — Hold On
Album: Mule Variations
Avg rating:
7.6

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Total ratings: 2251









Released: 1999
Length: 5:29
Plays (last 30 days): 2
They hung a sign up in our town
"If you live it up, you won't live it down"
So she left Monte Rio, son
Just like a bullet leaves a gun
With her charcoal eyes and Monroe hips
She went and took that California trip
Oh, the moon was gold, her hair like wind
Said, 'Don't look back, just come on, Jim'

Oh, you got to hold on, hold on
You gotta hold on
Take my hand, I'm standing right here
You gotta hold on

Well, he gave her a dimestore watch
And a ring made from a spoon
Everyone's looking for someone to blame

When you share my bed, you share my name
Well, go ahead and call the cops
You don't meet nice girls in coffee shops
She said, 'Baby, I still love you'
Sometimes there's nothin' left to do

Oh, but you got to hold on, hold on
Babe, you gotta hold on
And take my hand, I'm standing right here
You gotta hold on

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

Oh, you've got to hold on, hold on
Babe, you gotta hold on
Take my hand, I'm standing right here
You gotta hold on

Down by the Riverside motel
It's 10 below and falling
By a 99 cent store
She closed her eyes and started swaying
But it's so hard to dance that way
When it's cold and there's no music
Oh, your old hometown's so far away
But inside your head there's a record that's playing

A song called 'Hold On', hold on
Babe, you gotta hold on
Take my hand, I'm standing right there
You gotta hold on

You gotta hold on, hold on
Babe, you gotta hold on
Take my hand, I'm standing right there
You gotta hold on

You gotta hold on, hold on
Babe, you gotta hold on
And take my hand, I'm standing right here
You gotta hold on

You gotta hold on, hold on
Babe, you gotta hold on
And take my hand, I'm standing right here
You gotta hold on

You gotta hold on
You gotta hold on
You gotta hold on
You gotta hold on
You gotta hold on, baby
You gotta hold on, girl
You gotta hold on
You gotta hold on
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Agreed......to add.....one of the finest tunes...

mach-hog wrote:
One of his very fine tunes.
 

 steeler wrote:
The art of songwriting on full display.

Heck, the art of writing, period.  


 

Heck, art, period. 
One of his very fine tunes.
Have a good cough mate.
She's got the milk of human kindness 
and the fat of the land
she's got skin like a baby
but she drives like a man

She lives in Natchez
and she operates a crane
she's like a wrecking ball... 
that's no longer connected to the chain!

Always Keep A Diamond In Your Mind
 mbolch30307 wrote:
Song is wearing me down. Just changed from a 1 to a 4. In another 20 years, maybe it'll go to a 6--but I doubt it.
 I have it at 8 so I don’t care what you think

Song is wearing me down. Just changed from a 1 to a 4. In another 20 years, maybe it'll go to a 6--but I doubt it.
 rhlrstn wrote:

This is a joke, right? He sounds like he just finished smoking his 100th pack of cigarettes for the day...
 
I'm sure ace-marc was NOT joking....singing doesn't always have to be 'beautiful' to be great....there's a lot of passion and feeling in his vocals that is enjoyable to many including me.  I'm at an 8 on this gem, nearly a 9.....Long Live RP!!
 ace-marc wrote:
Man can he sing.
This is absolutely beautiful!
 
This is a joke, right? He sounds like he just finished smoking his 100th pack of cigarettes for the day...
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:


Tom did a great job as the miner in Buster Scruggs.
 

and Renfield!
Man can he sing.
This is absolutely beautiful!
If only he could sing.  I don't know who told him he could but they are seriously mistaken - as he is.
This is awful!
 countyman wrote:
The song before this I wrote that artist just doesn't do it for me.  This guy really does it for me.
 
I'm sure the legendary Tom Waits would appreciate your vote of confidence.


Tom did a great job as the miner in Buster Scruggs.
Thanks to Buster Scruggs, he'll now always be the prospector talking to Mister Pocket.  
The song before this I wrote that artist just doesn't do it for me.  This guy really does it for me.
A girl I knew in Ann Arbor turned me on to Tom Waits. I think about her every time this comes on. 
This track is simply awesome. Tom Waits has been one of my favorite artist since the early 80's 
Following Down By The River with this, more samey than segue.
 SchoepTone wrote:
Just saw Tom Waits in the Coen brother's Buster Scruggs movie. Perfect casting! Oh, and this song is amazing too!
 SAW THE SAME FLICK LAST NIGHT. HE WAS GREAT.

Just saw Tom Waits in the Coen brother's Buster Scruggs movie. Perfect casting! Oh, and this song is amazing too!
"You don't meet nice girls in coffee shops"

Genius!
Now this I can stomach. As I have always said, Waits is a phenomenal song writer. Just loose the schtick voice and I can actually appreciate his talent!!!
Waits makes me want
to hit rock bottom
just so I can call this song
my own
 {#Notworthy}On_The_Beach wrote:

bump

 

 nevar23 wrote:

True dat. It took me a long time to accept Tom Waits as my personal savior but once I did, boy howdy.

 
"boy howdy", indeed.  Bill, pray add "Waitslike" above 10 on the rating scale.  
Especially true for cryptocoiners today.
 SweTex wrote:
I hate it when people compare Tom Waits to God. I mean, sure he's great, but he's no Tom Waits.
 
bump
 DeemerDave wrote:

If you want Luther Vandross, you might be in the wrong place.{#Confused}

 
???
          
This song is beautiful in so many ways.
 DeemerDave wrote:

If you want Luther Vandross, you might be in the wrong place.{#Confused}

 
Luther who?
Most excellent. And better — new to me.
 hbs47 wrote:
Yet again another dreadful TW track. I fail to see what anyone see in this awful dirge. Make Bob Dylan  sound like an opera singer.
 

 
If you want Luther Vandross, you might be in the wrong place.{#Confused}
For some reason i get a Springsteen feel on how the lyrics flow.............
 SweTex wrote:
I hate it when people compare Tom Waits to God. I mean, sure he's great, but he's no Tom Waits.

 
WWTWD
 SweTex wrote:
I hate it when people compare Tom Waits to God. I mean, sure he's great, but he's no Tom Waits.

 
True dat. It took me a long time to accept Tom Waits as my personal savior but once I did, boy howdy.
 hbs47 wrote:
Yet again another dreadful TW track. I fail to see what anyone see in this awful dirge. Make Bob Dylan  sound like an opera singer.
 

 
I'll admit, he takes some getting used to. But once you do, there's brilliance there, imho.
Yet again another dreadful TW track. I fail to see what anyone see in this awful dirge. Make Bob Dylan  sound like an opera singer.
 

gotta have more Cow Bell and MORE Tom Waits!
Ok, 10 form me too
Why no backround girls around?
 SweTex wrote:
I hate it when people compare Tom Waits to God. I mean, sure he's great, but he's no Tom Waits.

 
yup yup yup
Jeebus, this is fine. 10.
 lasker98 wrote:

Possibly the best comment I've ever read (and true).

 
Nice! (I laughed.)
When the 'art' of songwriting and performing was born, "Hold On" was what they had in mind.
The art of songwriting on full display.

Heck, the art of writing, period.  


 vishisingh wrote:
One of those amazing "time and place" songs - very evocative and beautifully sung. 
 
So true,

Down by the Riverside motel
It's 10 below and falling
By a 99 cent store
She closed her eyes and started swaying
But it's so hard to dance that way
When it's cold and there's no music
Oh, your old hometown's so far away
But inside your head there's a record that's playing

A song called 'Hold On', hold on
Babe, you gotta hold on
Take my hand, I'm standing right there
You gotta hold on


One of those amazing "time and place" songs - very evocative and beautifully sung. 
 SweTex wrote:
I hate it when people compare Tom Waits to God. I mean, sure he's great, but he's no Tom Waits.

 
Possibly the best comment I've ever read (and true).
Brilliant songwriter.
 Dahlia_Gumbo wrote:
Absolutely one of my fave Waits songs. Thank you!
 
.......... and mine - it's a big FAT 10
Absolutely one of my fave Waits songs. Thank you!
after the temptations "I Can't Get Next to You" - there isn't a rating low enough, for me anyway - but variety is the spice of life
 
oh yeah, it's that God like thing...
until you have witnessed your chop leaving your plate, be nice to tom................or your coffee may not survive.....{#Bananapiano}
I loved they used this song in The Walking Dead. Just for that; 8 > 9.
 Cynaera wrote:

I like the way your ex-roommate thinks! (Except I'd take a shot of Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum).  Carpé diem (before it carpés you.) {#Cheers}
 

miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this unique song...
 
Love this.  Love The Cottars' cover too.
Gotta got with a 10 on this one. Waits was really firing on all cylinders when he made this album.
 rdo wrote:
I like this song...so happy to finally have the time to say something positive about Waits.....

 
You should watch 'a long way home'
I like this song...so happy to finally have the time to say something positive about Waits.....
When Tom is good, he is simply amazing. 
Desperation?
Ferocity?
Parental guidance?

Whatever; this is good. 
'Hell Broke Luce' features Marc Ribot and Keith Richards on guitar, Flea on bass and Waits' son Casey on drums.
Read more at https://www.nme.com/news/tom-waits/65382#ILT5YzXx7uQi7UlO.99
Quickly now, somebody, please upload this.
Amazing album, lovely tune. Can't get enough.
 lily34 wrote:
damn you.
 
Huh?
damn you.
 SweTex wrote:
I hate it when people compare Tom Waits to God. I mean, sure he's great, but he's no Tom Waits.
 
{#Clap}
I hate it when people compare Tom Waits to God. I mean, sure he's great, but he's no Tom Waits.
Reminds me of Leonard Cohen.
The juxtaposition of Tom's gravelly voice and the evocative lyrics makes this song unique and subtly powerful. 
 ColdMiser wrote:
I always wondered how a guy like Waits would fare on one of those crap shows like American Idol...He probably would be send packing in the first round, while some no talent ass clown moved on to fame and fortune
 
I've always wondered why anyone would watch a program like American Idol.
I always wondered how a guy like Waits would fare on one of those crap shows like American Idol...He probably would be send packing in the first round, while some no talent ass clown moved on to fame and fortune
Just plain great - I discovered him during my WFMU-91.1 days.  Like it was said beofer, would love to see him live! (also just saw him in Bram Stoker's Dracula- !)
love this
 scrubbrush wrote:


Tom does an amazing sountrack (duets with Crystal Gayle) for the Movie "One Fro the Heart". Check it out!
 

https://www.amazon.com/One-Heart-1982-Film-Soundtrack/dp/B00016XO6A


 
You said it ! And "One From the Heart", the movie, was an amazing, quirky and surreal Vegas love story by Francis Ford Coppola early on in  his career. It's trippy, and worth renting. And for me, the soundtrack is exceptional because, for one thing, you understand Tom's lyrics on first listen - and Gayle offers such a poised and torchy counterpoint to Tom's raunch. An odd match, made in heaven nonetheless! It's been a fave for my wife and I since first listen..."and I'm tired of pickin' up after you".

Thanks for the memories, Tom!

Love this. It's on my wake-up CD.
Oh Tom.....please go on tour so that I can come see you!

 Businessgypsy wrote:

Made me laugh. I had a college roommate who would rise, take a shot of Yukon Jack, drop the needle on Tom Waits and proclaim that a great day had begun.


 
I like the way your ex-roommate thinks! (Except I'd take a shot of Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum).  Carpé diem (before it carpés you.) {#Cheers}
Merely perfect.
Decoy wrote:

   I love me some Tom Waits in the morning...

 
BKardon wrote:

Good late in the evening too!

 

Kinda depends on where you live...


 EpiE wrote:
ONE  of the best songs "from the heart"
This song is so deep I move every time I hear it.  Even after all these years.....LOVE it!
 

Tom does an amazing sountrack (duets with Crystal Gayle) for the Movie "One Fro the Heart". Check it out!
 

https://www.amazon.com/One-Heart-1982-Film-Soundtrack/dp/B00016XO6A


went to rate it 10 but i already had 
ONE  of the best songs "from the heart"
This song is so deep I move every time I hear it.  Even after all these years.....LOVE it!
Saw him in the movie "Coffee and Cigarettes," in a vignette with Iggy Pop.  It was really dumb, but seeing both guys at the same time was kinda cool.

 hencini wrote:
"You don't meet nice girls in coffee shops".  This guy is tremendous. 
  Agreed. A true artist.


"You don't meet nice girls in coffee shops".  This guy is tremendous. 
An 11 would not be high enough for this song and many of Mr. Wait's tunes....

Ahh... what a great song for right now...
 Tim_in_N_FL wrote:

Finally!  Some aurally-digestible Tom Waits...nice.
 
Aw, c'mon Tim; any Tom is good Tom! (Waits, that is)   ; )
Tom has been in my top 5 for 20 years at least, but this one helped me through a particularly hard time so has a special place in the musical lexicon for me. Thanks for being there for me Tom, with this song and so many others
 conglif wrote:

Of course not. That's just silly.

The litmus test for good taste is liking Radio Paradise!
 
Yes, Agreed! {#High-five}

But it is interesting how RP helps us to broaden our tastes!  Believe it or not, I'm actually developing a liking for Tom Waits' music!
 leathepea wrote:
A perfect example of how a imperfect singing voice can be perfect.
 
Rest assured Tom's voice can get a lot more imperfect than this.  
This is Really Outstanding!
Decoy wrote:
I love me some Tom Waits in the morning...

Made me laugh. I had a college roommate who would rise, take a shot of Yukon Jack, drop the needle on Tom Waits and proclaim that a great day had begun.


 leathepea wrote:
A perfect example of how a imperfect singing voice can be perfect.
 

well said.
 Decoy wrote:
I love me some Tom Waits in the morning...
 
Good late in the evening too!

 Tippster wrote:

MUCH better than the original.  I don't get the Tom Waits love - sure he writes a good song but he damn well can't sing (and that's very generous) it.

  Ummm......no{#No} That is alright though, those that do not get Tom Waits, if they are fortunate, will live long enough to gain the wisdom to change their minds.{#Wink}

 Decoy wrote:
I love me some Tom Waits in the morning...
 
I'm with ya on that.

I love me some Tom Waits in the morning...
 govna wrote:
3 girls and their buddy (namely shawn colvin) do a killer version of this.

 
MUCH better than the original.  I don't get the Tom Waits love - sure he writes a good song but he damn well can't sing (and that's very generous) it.

3 girls and their buddy (namely shawn colvin) do a killer version of this.


Tom Waits by ~MaxHierro
©2009-2010 ~MaxHierro

A genius!

Acrylic on linen canvas texture paper



ThePoose wrote:
Tom's strong suits are his vocabulary of verisimilitude, ability to paint a solid sonic landscape to go with a particular story, whisky-soaked smoky croak, and marvellous melodic hooks.
crockydile wrote:
Plain Pedantry {#Rolleyes}
C'mon - that's fancy pedantry. Alliteration avalanche!

Yes, why don't I have more Tom Waits...this is very nice. {#Yes}
this is why we need an 11...
Nice!
  Tom is of the same cut as Kerouac, Wolfe, Kesey, Faggen, H.S Thompson,Heller,
Love ya Tommy but it said "Drink Chilled"   Not   "Eat the damn bottle."

I think this is really Mary Chapin-Carpenter with a hangover.
 ThePoose wrote:
Tom's strong suits are his vocabulary of verisimilitude, ability to paint a solid sonic landscape to go with a particular story, whisky-soaked smoky croak, and marvellous melodic hooks.

 
Plain Pedantry {#Rolleyes}
A perfect example of how a imperfect singing voice can be perfect.
somehow, his husky, low repetition just bugs me.... don't know why.... may need more coffee this morning...
Tom's strong suits are his vocabulary of verisimilitude, ability to paint a solid sonic landscape to go with a particular story, whisky-soaked smoky croak, and marvellous melodic hooks.

LOOOOOOVE this album

"your broken china voice..."....

doesn't get any better than this 

 scraig wrote:
With that voice...this song is quite compelling. I am surprised by how much I like it.
 

really a perfect voice for this song.  I'm not normally a _huge_ TW fan but this is really excellent I think
{#Notworthy}
 makadar wrote:
...liking Tom Waits is not a litmus test for musical taste...
 
Of course not. That's just silly.

The litmus test for good taste is liking Radio Paradise!


Perhaps the most accessible of the songs on this disc. Only excellent.