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Hold On Tight


Electric Light Orchestra

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This was the first Electric Light Orchestra single not to use strings. (thanks, Ken - Louisville, KY)
The third verse is in French. The translation is: "Hold on tight to your dream/Hold on tight to your dream/When you see your ship go sailing/When you feel your heart is breaking/Hold tight to your dream." (thanks, Logan - Troy, MT)
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Comments (16):

I thought it was Joltin' Joe Montana in the Coffee Achievers commercial. God above, I miss the 70's (and 1981).
- Jim, Boston, MA
This whole album (Time) is one of my ELO fav's. If you listen to the words of all the songs, it's almost like Jeff L. was putting together his own Rock Opera - love story, based in the future... in this case it was with an android. My favorite song, although not released as a single is "Here is the News". I even recorded the intro as my ringtone. They just don't make music this good anymore!!!
- Todd, Brentwood, CA
Ken Anderson, quarterback from the Cincinnati Bengals was featured on that coffee ad eons ago. They just played in the recent Super Bowl. Can you imagine an ad like that now?!?
- Mitch, Crown Point, IN
I second the comment below about the correction regarding the first ELO song to feature No strings. It was "Don't Bring Me Down." After it charted higher than any of their previous singles in the U.S., ELO is rumored to have sent the string players they used for their recordings a farewell note!
- MikeD, Ann Arbor, MI
Mik Kaminski the violin player appeared in the Video for this even though he was not on the album
- Steve, Milford, United Kingdom
i first heard this song on a tv ad so 7 albums later i think there a great band and this a great song
- Jose, Phoenix, AZ
Very uplifting song.
- Lynda, Pasadena, TX
ELO is good running music to get the rhythm that I want. For those of you who put in your post that they and Jeff Lynne are underrated, you could not have been more right.
- Julia, Knoxville, TN
It's impossible to listen to ELO and be in a bad mood. I've tried!!!
- Madison, Norway, ME
I was intro'd to this song by the Honda commercial...thought I'd take a listen, and it has become my favorite ELO song. I absolutely love the keyboards, the tempo, and the French in it is quite a neat little addition.
- Christopher, Nashville, TN
"Accroches-toi a ton reve
Accroches-toi a ton reve
Quand tu vois ton bateau partir
Quand tu sents -- ton coeur se briser
Accroches-toi a ton reve."


"Hold on tight to your dream
Hold on tight to your dream
When you see your ship go sailing
When you feel your heart is breaking
Hold tight to your dream."

It's the first verse in French.
- Logan, Troy, MT
YES!!! I remember the "Coffee Achievers" (I before E accept after C) That's when I found this song. I used to listen to the old E.L.O on 8-track. One of my favorite bands of all time!!!!

Jeff Lynne RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Mike, Flowery Branch, GA
I see 'Honda' is now using this song for their "New" Accord automobile ads
- Alan, Milwaukee, WI
Very inspirational! I might teach this song to my 4th graders!
- Beryl, New York, NY
This song was also used in the '80s as part of a series of "Coffee Acheivers" commercials. Anyone remember those?
- Benn, Arcola, IL
Um, no, actually, 1979's "Don't Bring Me Down" was the first ELO hit to forego the use of strings.
- Benn, Arcola, IL
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