Intro -x4-: D

Verse:
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           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           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:
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      D
If you share my bed you share my name
     G          A
Well go ahead and call the cops
          D                  G          G
You don't meet nice girls in coffee shops
Em                 A     
--She said baby I still love you
    Em                   A         A
Sometimes there's nothing left to do

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:
      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           D
How I wish you were still here with me
         G               A
Well you build it up and wreck it down
         D                 G            G
Then you burn your mansion to the ground
Em                     A       
When there's nothing to keep you here
Em                                A              A
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        D
Take my hand, I'm standing right here, you gotta hold on

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

Outro:
D                 D
You got to hold on             -x4-
D                 D
You got to hold on -baby/girl- -x2-
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