Terence Trent D’arby Holding On To You |All poets must have an unrequited love

terence trent d'arby holding on to you

Holding on to you is in our opinion Terence Trent D’Arby‘s best song. It is also one of my favorites since I was a kid because of the emotion that his raspy and passionate voice conveys, most of all when he sings: “all poets must have an unrequited love“. Discover the story behind this gem.

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Terence Trent D’Arby Holding on to you

Trembol | Story behind Holding on to you

I left the east side for a west coast beauty,
A girl who burned my thoughts like kisses

So begins the song, with one of the best voices ever, that of Terence Trent D’Arby (now called Sananda Maitreya), tearing up and telling us a love story, a tale in which he meets a girl who heals him, who becomes his life, his religion.

Holding on to you is like a poem, it is music at its best.

This verseS probes it (you can read the full lyrics below):

They say that all poets must have an unrequited love, as all lovers must have thought-provoking fears

Why me of all the tough-talking boys?
I guess she heard my heartbeat through the noise

Did you know that he composed the song for his idol Rod Stewart?

In the end Terence recorded it and included it on his 1995 album “Vibrator”. I guess the story was too personal to give to someone else.

I’ve always had this song in my heart, as something very touching and intimate. I hope after reading this and listening to it, you will too. If so, share it to keep moving as much people as possible ❤️

Terence Trent D’Arby explains how Rod Stewart inspired him:

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Sananda Maitreya holding on to you

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Rod Stewart sigue siendo un héroe para mí. Me dio dirección y ambición y lo idolatraba.

Cantaba ‘Tonight I’m Yours‘, decidido a conseguir esa voz ronca y áspera como Rod.

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Rod Stewart remains a hero for me. He gave me direction and ambition and I idolised him.

I’d sing along ‘Tonight I’m Yours‘, determined to come out with that gruff, raspy voice like Rod.

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You can’t miss ⭐️ The best parts of Holding on to You

1. The way he begins singing the first verse is just marvelous it absorves you and you can’t stop listening.

2. The second verse is no slouch. It flows smoothly and passionately into the chorus.

3. The third verse ends in an almost spoken voice, subtlety, expressing his total surrendered to her.

This is what it says | Terence Trent D’Arby Holding on to you Lyrics

Englihs lyrics

LYRICS TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY | HOLDING ON TO YOUR | ENGLISH

I left the east side for a west coast beauty
A girl who burned my thoughts like kisses
She was down by street decree
She swore she’d pull my best years out of me

Fat painted lips on a live wire beauty
A tangerine girl with tambourine eyes
Her face was my favourite magazine
Her body was my favourite book to read

They say that all poets must have an unrequited love
As all lovers must have thought-provoking fears

But holding on to you means letting go of pain
Means letting go of tears
Means letting go of rain
Means letting go of what’s not real
Holding on to you, oh

I left the rough side for a seaside baby
A chamomile smile that pouts on cue, ha
For every moment I breathe her sigh
Her bosom contains my sweet alibi, yeah

In an emotional mist she breathes in fog
And breathes it out as garden flowers
Why me of all the tough-talking boys?
I guess she heard my heartbeat through the noise

They say that all poets must have an unrequited love, yes they do, ha
As all lovers must have thought-provoking fears

But holding on to you means letting go of pain
Means letting go of tears
Means letting go of rain
Holding on to you, ha
Means letting sorrows heal
Means letting go of what’s not real, yeah
Holding on to you, yeah, woo-hoo!

Wah, heard some people say that all poets must have an unrequited love, ha
As all lovers I’m sure must have thought-provoking fears, yeah
But holding on to you means letting sorrows heal
Means letting go of what’s not real
Holding on to you

I left the east coast for a west coast beauty
A woman who wet my thoughts like kisses
She was down, down by street decree
She swore she’d pull my best years out of me

Fat wet lips on a sea salt canvas
Goodbye Picasso, hello Dolly
The soil is fertile where her footsteps trod
She’s my new religion, she’s all I got

They say that all poets must have an unrequited love, yes they do, ha
As all lovers, I’m sure must have thought-provoking fears, yeah

But holding on to you means letting go of pain
Means letting go of tears
Means letting go of rain
Holding on to you, ha
Means letting sorrows heal

It means letting go
It means letting go of pain
It means letting go of pain, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, whoo

It means letting go of tears, it means letting go of rain
It means turning the page
And letting go of pain
Woo-hoo, yes it does, yes it does, yes it does

LYRICS IN SPANISH

LYRICS TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY | HOLDING ON TO YOUR | SPANISH

Dejé el este por una belleza de la costa oeste
Una chica que quemaba mis pensamientos como besos
Ella estaba abajo por decreto callejero
Ella juró que me quitaría mis mejores años

Gruesos labios pintados en una belleza de alta tensión
Una chica mandarina con ojos de pandereta
Su cara era mi revista favorita
Su cuerpo era mi libro favorito para leer

Dicen que todos los poetas deben tener un amor no correspondido
Como todos los amantes deben tener miedos que invitan a la reflexión

Pero aferrarse a ti significa dejar ir el dolor
Significa dejar ir las lágrimas
Significa dejar ir la lluvia
Significa dejar ir lo que no es real
Aferrarse a ti, oh

Dejé el lado duro por una chica de la costa
Una sonrisa de manzanilla que hace pucheros en el momento oportuno,
Por cada momento que respiro su suspiro
Su pecho contiene mi dulce coartada, sí

En una niebla emocional ella respira en la neblina
Y la exhala como flores de jardín
¿Por qué yo de entre todos los chicos duros?
Supongo que escuchó los latidos de mi corazón a través del ruido

Dicen que todos los poetas deben tener un amor no correspondido, sí lo tienen, ja
Como todos los amantes deben tener miedos que invitan a la reflexión

Pero aferrarse a ti significa dejar ir el dolor
Significa dejar ir las lágrimas
Significa dejar ir la lluvia
Aferrarse a ti, ja
Significa dejar que las penas se curen
Significa dejar ir lo que no es real, sí
Aferrarse a ti, sí, ¡woo-hoo!

Wah, escuché a algunas personas decir que todos los poetas deben tener un amor no correspondido, ha
Como todos los amantes estoy seguro de que deben tener miedos que hacen pensar, sí
Pero aferrarse a ti significa dejar que las penas sanen
Significa dejar ir lo que no es real
Aferrarse a ti

Dejé la costa este por una belleza de la costa oeste
Una mujer que mojó mis pensamientos como besos
Ella estaba abajo, abajo por decreto callejero
Ella juró que me quitaría mis mejores años

Labios gruesos y húmedos en un lienzo de sal marina
Adiós Picasso, hola Dolly
La tierra es fértil donde sus pasos pisaron
Ella es mi nueva religión, es todo lo que tengo

Dicen que todos los poetas deben tener un amor no correspondido, sí lo tienen
Como todos los amantes, estoy seguro que deben tener miedos que hacen pensar, sí

Pero aferrarse a ti significa dejar ir el dolor
Significa dejar ir las lágrimas
Significa dejar ir la lluvia
Aferrarse a ti, ha
Significa dejar que las penas se curen

Significa dejar ir
Significa dejar ir el dolor
Significa dejar ir el dolor, sí
Sí, sí, sí, sí, sí, whoo

Significa dejar ir las lágrimas, significa dejar ir la lluvia
Significa pasar la página
Y dejar ir el dolor
Woo-hoo, sí lo hace, sí lo hace, sí lo hace

Songwriters: Terence Trent D’Arby / Publisher: BMG Rights Management | Background Image: Sananda Maitreya Facebook Image

Did you know...?

There is a second version of the song. It’s slightly shorter and it was released as part of Terence Trent D’Arby greatest hits compilation

Terence Trent Darby’s story is surprising. He changed his name to Sananda Maitreya and went to live to Italy. But he is still in music, even singing in Italian

Despite being a mesmerizing song, it was not particularly successful. Its best position was number 20 on the UK Singles Chart

Much more | Live 1995 Vs Live 2018

We don’t usually get to hear an artist’s best songs sung more than 20 years later. In this case we are lucky 🙂 because we can enjoy Terence Trent D’Arby performing the song in his 1995 tour, versus a more recent show, when he had already changed name to Sananda Maitreya. Tell us which one do you like the most in the Comments section.

Holding on to you | Live in London, 1995

Holding on to you | Live in Georgia, 2018

Technical Note | Terence Trent D’Arby Holding on to you

  • The song is in the key of D♭ minor
  • It is a Soul tune, where we can appreciate some reminiscences of Jimi Hendrix in the guitar riffs.
  • The background winds specially the trumpet, give a lot of class to the cut.
  • Of course, we can’t forget the eclectic and rough vocals of the artists formerly known as Terence Trent D’Arby 🔝

‘Holding on to you’ Chord progressions

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