Take My Hand

Album: 5SOS5 (2022)
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Songfacts®:

  • Written by Luke Hemmings, "Take My Hand" finds the 5 Seconds of Summer singer reflecting on his journey from a teenager to rock star.
  • In 2013, Hemmings dropped out in the final year of secondary schooling to commit himself full time to the band.

    Shut my eyes right at 17
    Always hits me
    I'm always shifting


    The next six years passed like a blink of an eye. Three albums and world tours later, Hemmings was 23 and an adult. As 5SOS went from a local Australian group to international superstars, Hemmings changed from a carefree teenager to a 23-year-old with adult responsibilities.

    Open eyes right at 23
    Always hits me
    That I'm always shifting
  • Hemmings recognizes the band's fans are an integral part of the journey.

    Sending in every cavalry
    A few more souls on the bus now


    On the chorus, he asks his fans to "take his hand," continuing the sense of their close-knit relationship.

    He also understands the fickle nature of being a famous rock star. As time makes its inevitable and unalterable progress, so Hemmings' life will change. The singer hopes as he grows older, he can redefine himself and adjust to his different circumstances.

    Pick apart all of the pieces
    While I'm running out of time
  • The song's theme of growing up in the spotlight is one Hemmings has touched on several times before. On the Calm track " Old Me," he reflects on his journey from a teenager to an adult in the public eye. On Hemmings' solo song "Starting Line," he ponders missing out on normal adolescent life and making teenage memories.
  • 5SOS released "Take My Hand" as a single on April 1, 2022.
  • Lead guitarist Michael Clifford produced the track, as he did with 5SOS's previous single, "Complete Mess."
  • 5 Seconds of Summer named their 2022 world tour after this song. Originally scheduled to begin on May 11, 2020, when it was known as the No-Shame Tour, the band rescheduled the shows to 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Take My Hand World Tour kicked off on April 3, 2022 in Dublin at the 3Arena.

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