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Album: The Young And The HopelessReleased: 2002Charted:
This is an anti-suicide song. It is a response to all the kids who wrote letters to the band explaining how bad their lives are and how they feel like sometimes there's nothing to do but just give up and cave in to suicide. The band urged these kids to hold on when their world feels like it's not going to get any better, because there's so much to live for. Suicide may seem like the answer at the time, but it accomplishes nothing in the long run. (thanks, Amanda - Brewster, NY and Jesi - Hollywood, FL)
A suicide prevention group helped them put together the video. It showed real people who were effected by suicides.
While promoting the album, Joel explained the song's significance: "Every night on tour at least one, two, sometimes 10 kids tell me how they deal with suicide, like that they're thinking about it. I couldn't sleep at night 'cause all of these kids, they're fans I care about, and i don't want 'em to kill themselves, so I wrote 'Hold on' and put it on the record. That was like the only way I could do something about it. Our fans are the most important thing to me and this whole band, and there's so many kids out there that I meet and that I care about and I only get like two minutes with them and then I have to go on."
Benji added: "And you hope that you said the right thing."
The title is repeated 11 times throughout the song.