August 4.2014 – The Story Behind The Song “I Hold On” by Dierks Bentley

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Dierks Bentley I Hold On

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This Dierks Bentley and Brett James penned cut is one of the most personal songs the former has ever written or recorded.

“It’s about holding on to things that mean something to me and really expressing the sentiment of, ‘Trust me, I’m not going anywhere,’ ” Bentley explained to Billboard magazine. “It incorporates some bigger imagery, and people seem to get it right away.”

Bentley explained how the lyrics pin spiritual questions to material possessions. “If you asked me to sum myself up in three minutes, I’d play ‘I Hold On’ for you. At first listen, you might think it’s about my truck or my guitar, but it’s really about why I do some of the things I do and the kind of guy I am,” he said.

Bentley added: “The chorus is really universal…it’s about faith, love and freedom…I don’t think there’s a country fan out there who doesn’t live with those as big priorities. I hope through this song I’m able to let the fans into my heart and my mind a little more, and that they can also relate it back to themselves and their own lives.”

LYRICS:

It’s just an old beat up truck,

Some say that I should trade up

Now that I got some jangle in my pocket.

But what they don’t understand

Is it’s the miles that make a man.

I wouldn’t trade that thing in for a rocket.

What they don’t know is my dad and me–

We drove her out to Tennessee

And she’s still here and now he’s gone

So I hold on.

[Verse 2]

It’s just an old beat up box,

Its rusty strings across the top

It probably don’t look like much to you.

But these dents and scratches in the wood,

Yeah, that’s what makes it sound so good.

To me it’s better than brand new.

You see this here flat top guitar,

Has had my back in a million bars

Singing every country song

So I hold on.

[Chorus:]

To the things I believe in

My faith, your love, our freedom

To the things I can count on

To keep me going strong

Yeah, I hold on, I hold on.

Like the stripes to the flag,

Like a boy to his dad

I can’t change who I am, right or wrong

So I hold on.

[Verse 3]

Yeah, baby, looking at you right now,

There ain’t never been no doubt

Without you I’d be nothing

So if you ever worry about

Me walking out

Yeah, let me tell you something.

I hold on.

I hold on.

Can you hear me, baby?

I hold on

Yea,

I hold on…

To the things I believe in

My faith, your love, our freedom

To the things I can count on

To keep me going strong

To the things I believe in

My faith, your love, our freedom

To the things I can count on

To keep me going strong

Yeah, I hold on…

I hold on…

I hold on and on and on and on and on.

I hold on and on and on and on and on.

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