Radio 60, side A, track 4: “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips

Wilson Phillips - Hold OnOh, Wilson Phillips, you have no idea how much I needed this song right now.  And not just because I’ve been in love with Wendy Wilson ever since I bought the cassingle of this one.  I haven’t heard this song in forever, which is crazy to me now, because I listened to it soooooo much as a kid.  I not only had the cassingle of this, but I bought the whole tape.  That’s how much I loved you, Wilson Phillips.

And I had forgotten how much I clung to this song when it first exploded on the radio.  I had some dark days and dark thoughts around this time, Wilson Phillips.  Hell, I had them all through high school and beyond.  And this was back in the day before therapy and pharmaceuticals were a thing.  And in my family, you didn’t talk about such things anyway.  Depression was something you just had to get over.  It wasn’t seen as a real thing, and if you COULDN’T get over it, you just weren’t trying hard enough.  So high school was a wondrous mix of anxiety and hormones and sadness, all of which I assumed were my own fault.

So I self-medicated.  Now, because I was scared to death of getting in trouble with my parents, my self-medication did not involve any illicit substances.  I was petrified that my parents would know I’d taken a drink of beer or took a drag off a cigarette.  Of course, college was a different story, but in my teen years, I coped through music and TV and books.  Those were my drugs of choice.  Sometimes I used them to try to forget what was going on in my head.  Sometimes I used them to dive on in to my madness and splash around in it for awhile.  This was the song I played when I needed some hope.  For a teenager in junior high who can’t understand why he’s angry and then sad and then euphoric and back again, all within the span of a few hours sometimes, reaching “adulthood” seemed unattainable.  The years seemed to stretch out to eternity and it didn’t seem possible that there would be a time when I wasn’t going to feel like I was completely out of control.  And so it helps to have a trio of pretty women tell you that if you can just make it another day, things’ll start looking up.

And I’m having one of those days, Wilson Phillips.  I’m dangerously behind at work, I’ve got a sick cat, and I’ve got an impending road trip looming on the horizon.  I’m feeling very much like I did in junior high when just existing seemed like it was too much.  So when this song came up on my track list, I kinda almost wept, Wilson Phillips.  You showed up at just the right time.  I realize now that Wendy and I can never be, but listening to your voices swirl around each other as you remind me that things will go my way if I hold on for one more day is exactly what I needed to hear.  I love you so much, Wilson Phillips.  I’m gonna hold on just for you.

“Hold On”

<awesome Wilson Phillips jam>

I know this pain (I know this pain)

Why do ya lock yourself up in these chains (these chains)

No one can change ya life except f’you

Don’t ever let anyone step all over you

Just open your heart
And your mind

Mmm
Is it really fair to feel

This way inside

Whoooa

Some day somebody’s gonna make you wanna turn around and say goodbye

‘Til then, baby, are you gonna let ’em hold you down and make you cry
Doncha know
Doncha know
Things’ll change
Things’ll go your way
If ya hooold on
For one more day

Can ya hoooold on for one more day
Things’ll go your waaaaay

Hold on for one more day

You could sustain (you could sustain)

Mmm, or are ya comfortable with the pain

You’ve got no one to blame for your unhappiness

(No, baby) you got yourself into your own mess
(Oooo) lettin’ your worries pass ya by (lettin’ your worries pass you by)
Baby, doncha think it’s worth ya time

Ta change your mind
(Noo nooo)

Some day somebody’s gonna make you wanna turn around and say goodbye

‘Til then, baby, are you gonna let ’em hold you down and make you cry
Doncha know
Doncha know
Things’ll change
Things’ll go your way
If ya hooold on
For one more day

Can ya hoooold on for one more day
Things’ll go your waaaaay (oh, things’ll go your way)
Hold on for one more day

I know that there is pain, butcha
Hold on for one more day, and ya
Break free from the chaaaains

Yeah, I know that there is pain, butcha
Hold on for one more day and ya
Break free, break from the chaaains

Some day somebody’s gonna make you wanna turn around and say goodbye (say goodbye)
‘Til then, baby, are you gonna let ’em hold you down and make you cry
Doncha know
Doncha know (no)
Things’ll change (no)
Things’ll go your way
If ya hooold on
For one more day, yeah

Hoooold oooooooooooon

Doncha know
Things’ll change
Things’ll go your way
If ya hooooold on
For one more day

Hooooold oon

Can ya hold on

Mmmm, hold on, baby

Woncha tell me, now
Hold on for one more day, ’cause
It’s gonna go your way

Doncha know
Things’ll change
Things’ll go your way
If you
Hooooold on for one more daaay, yeah

Cancha change it this time
Make up your mind

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