"Hold On" was the first charting success for the Canadian progressive rock trio Triumph, with Rik Emmett on lead guitar and vocals, Gil Moore on drums and vocals, and Michael Levine on bass and keyboards. This uplifting, inspirational song is from their debut album Just A Game
Despite the lyric, Rik Emmett didn't write this song because he doubted himself or his ability to achieve his dreams. Rik told Songfacts
, "I was singing those vowel sounds, like open vowels, high, over top of chord changes, and then 'Hold on, Hold on' sort of came out of holding these open vowel sounds. So now I was going to say, 'Okay, so the song's going to be called 'Hold On.' What am I going to hold on for? Well, I'm going to hold on to my dreams.' Then the lyrics grew backwards out of the hook."
The song ended up being about the power of music, a theme triumph would revisit on their 1981 song "Magic Power