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Intro -x4-: DD chord
 
Verse:
DD chord                           GG chord
They hung a sign up in our town
        AA chord                     DD chord
"If you live it up, you won't live it down"
DD chord                 GG chord
So she left Monte Rio, son
     AA chord             DD chord           DD chord
Just like a bullet leaves a gun
         GG chord                 AA chord
With her charcoal eyes and Monroe hips
             DD chord             GG chord
She went and took that California trip
        EmEm chord                 AA chord
Well the moon was gold, her hair like wind
         EmEm chord                  AA chord           AA chord
She said don't look back, just come on Jim
 
Chorus:
              DD chord        AA chord       DD chord          GG chord
Oh you got to hold on, hold on, --you gotta hold on
DD chord                 AA chord                              DD chord
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on
 
Verse:
DD chord                GG chord
Well he gave her a dime store watch
AA chord                      DD chord
And a ring made from a spoon
DD chord                      GG chord
Everyone's looking for someone to blame
       AA chord                         DD chord      DD chord
If you share my bed you share my name
     GG chord          AA chord
Well go ahead and call the cops
          DD chord                  GG chord          GG chord
You don't meet nice girls in coffee shops
EmEm chord                 AA chord     
--She said baby I still love you
    EmEm chord                   AA chord         AA chord
Sometimes there's nothing left to do
 
Chorus:
              DD chord        AA chord       DD chord          GG chord
Oh you got to hold on, hold on, --you gotta hold on
DD chord                 AA chord                              DD chord
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on
 
Verse:
      DD chord             GG chord   
Well god bless your crooked little heart
AA chord                 DD chord
St. Louis got the best of me
DD chord                  GG chord
I miss your broken china voice
AA chord                         DD chord           DD chord
How I wish you were still here with me
         GG chord               AA chord
Well you build it up and wreck it down
         DD chord                 GG chord            GG chord
Then you burn your mansion to the ground
EmEm chord                     AA chord       
When there's nothing to keep you here
EmEm chord                                AA chord              AA chord
When you're falling behind in this big blue world
 
Chorus:
              DD chord        AA chord       DD chord           GG chord
Oh you got to hold on, hold on, baby gotta hold on
DD chord                 AA chord                              DD chord        DD chord
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on
 
Verse:
DD chord                 GG chord
Down by the Riverside Motel
     AA chord            DD chord
It's 10 below and falling
DD chord     GG chord
By a 99 cent store
AA chord                       DD chord              DD chord
She closed her eyes and started swaying
GG chord                  AA chord
But it' so hard to dance that way
DD chord                   GG chord              GG chord
When it's cold and there's no music
          EmEm chord                AA chord
Well your old home town's so far away
      EmEm chord                      AA chord                    AA chord
But inside your head there's a record that's playing
 
Chorus:
              DD chord        AA chord          DD chord        GG chord
AA chord song called Hold On, hold on, baby gotta hold on
DD chord             AA chord                                  DD chord
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on
 
 
              DD chord        AA chord       DD chord           GG chord
You got to hold on, hold on, baby gotta hold on
DD chord                 AA chord                              DD chord        
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on
              DD chord        AA chord       DD chord           GG chord
You got to hold on, hold on, baby gotta hold on
DD chord                 AA chord                              DD chord        
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on
              DD chord        AA chord       DD chord           GG chord
You got to hold on, hold on, baby gotta hold on
DD chord                 AA chord                              DD chord        
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on
 
Outro:
DD chord                 DD chord
You got to hold on             -x4-
DD chord                 DD chord
You got to hold on -baby/girl- -x2-

This arrangement for the song is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this for private study, scholarship, or research.

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