Hold Back

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards 
Recording locations: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France & RPM Studios, New York City April-October 1985

Never performed onstage


Vocals: Mick Jagger
Electric guitars: Keith Richards, Ron Wood (incl. solo) & Bobby Womack
Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Ivan Neville
Synthesizer: Chuck Leavell

Hear the voice of experience, a word from the wise
Grab opportunities while you're alive

Cause if you follow the crowd
Cause if you act like a coward
You'll end up yelling out loud

Hold back, you'll regret it some day
Choke on that, don't let it pass you by
Hold back, you better seize the hour

If you look in your history books, if you delve in the past
Stalin and Roosevelt, yeah, they both took their chances
And George grasped the nettle, it's do or dare
From the banks of the Delaware

Yes, don't hold back
Trust your gut reactions
Be bold, be bold, baby
If you don't take chances, you won't make advances, hold back


Don't matter if you ain't so good looking
If you ain't sharp as a blade, don't be afraid

Hold back, life is passing you by
Choke on that, keep on moving
Keep on moving, yeah
If you run with the crowd, yeah, you're going to end up, end up in the madhouse
Shouting those cold walls down

Yeah, don't hold back

Hold back, you're messing with your life
Hold back, yeah
Life goes by fast sometimes, be bold, be bold
Be bold baby, you're wasting your time

I want your attention, so pin back your ears
I've been climbing this tree of promises for over 40 years
The visions get broken and bust on the ground
So watch me, watch me rebound

Yeah, don't hold back
You're wrecking your life, choke on that, yeah
Don't hold back, you're messing with your life

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