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Hold Back the River Lyrics Meanings
by James Bay

Alternative
2014
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Hold Back the River Lyrics

Tried to keep you close to me
But life got in between
Tried to square not being there
But think that I should have been

Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Hold back the river, so I
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
Hold back the river, hold back

Once upon a different life
We rode our bikes into the sky
But now we call against the tide
Those distant days are flashing by

Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Hold back the river, so I
Can stop for a minute and be by your side
Hold back the river, hold back

Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Hold back the river, so I
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
Hold back the river, hold back Hold oho, oho
Oho, oho

Lonely water, lonely water, won't you let us wander
Let us hold each other
Lonely water, lonely water, won't you let us wander
Let us hold each other

Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Hold back the river, so I
Can stop for a minute and be by your side
Hold back the river, hold back

Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Hold back the river, so I
Can stop for a minute and be by your side
Hold back the river, hold

Lonely water, lonely water, won't you let us wander
Let us hold each other
Lonely water, lonely water, won't you let us wander
Let us hold each other

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I have listened to this song a dozen times. I love it and its bittersweet meaning. Hold back the river is referring to someone at there worst, about to cry. Its reffering to how we push people away when all in all, all we need is someone. James is telling the person to hold back their tears, because at that moment at the breaking point is when we really see who we really are. He is saying dont be afraid to cry because he is going to see who you really are, and look in your eyes and be there for you. No matter how lonely you get. "let us hold each other"

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