The War On Drugs — Holding On
Album: A Deeper Understanding
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Released: 2017
Length: 5:37
Plays (last 30 days): 4
Once I was alive and I could feel
I was holding on to you
And I redefined the way I looked at dawn inside of you

I went down a crooked highway
I went all outside the line
I've been rejected, now the light has turned and I'm out of time

Ain't no way I'm gonna last
Hiding in the seams, I can't move the past
Feel like I'm about to crash
Riding on my line, keep keeping on

Once we were apart and I could see red
Never trying to turn back time
Never meant to bring my pain to the front and into your life

Now I'm headed down a different road
Can we walk it side by side?
Is an old memory just another way of saying goodbye?

Ain't no way I'm gonna last
Hiding in the seams, I can't move the past
Feel like I'm about to crash
Riding the same line, I keep keeping on

I ain't never going to change
He'll never get in line
I keep moving on the path, yeah
Holding on to mine

When you talk about the past
What are we talking of?
Did I let go too fast?
Was I holding on too long?

Ain't no truths from the past
As silent as the sea
Am I holding on too long?
But you're right in front of me

And I'm moving on a cast
Shadows on my seam
I keep moving to changes, yeah
Ooh

Heart or hope
Heart or hope
Heart or hope
Heart or hope
Comments (39)add comment
I'd say there's more drive than you'd get with hypnotic music and that's what I like about it.
Diggin this band a lot lately, reminds me of the Waterboys, I like the way the songs kind of roll along almost hypnotically
Just changed from 9>10.  These guys really grow on ya.  Thanks RP

                                                        
                                                 ADAM GRANDUCIEL 
                                                   guitar - lead vocal


Every time I hear this I think it's Bryan Adams... for whatever that's worth.
 EchtNiet wrote:

Same here ;-)

 

 

Fantastic performance in Amsterdam Nov 1st : great show !


 rpdevotee wrote:
Is this really the best name a band can come up with?  And how is this name relevant in any way to their music?

 
From what I can tell, the name of the band is irrelevant to the music.  

If anything Adam Granduciel has won his own personal war on 'drugs'.   He quit them all.  

But given that the actual War on Drugs in North America is currently being rolled back, the timing is not bad.  
 rpdevotee wrote:
Is this really the best name a band can come up with?  And how is this name relevant in any way to their music?

 
You're overthinking this.


Is this really the best name a band can come up with?  And how is this name relevant in any way to their music?
just got tickets....
{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}{#Guitarist}
{#Sunny} 
The current occupant denies it too. So do his Russian friends.
Aside from that, I quite like the tack.
 rpdevotee wrote:
I heard this band was started by Richard Nixon

 
He denied it.
I heard this band was started by Richard Nixon
 StillAwake wrote:
Another awesome track....The official video is sweet and fits the song perfectly.

 
Actually, this is my favourite version of the song (so far). 
Perfect flow, hauntingly beautiful, a great one yeah   {#Jump}  {#Jump}  {#Jump}
 westslope wrote:

Is this what synth-pop band Flock of Seagulls sounds like?  Interesting.

 
Wandering back through the comments for WoD "Red Eyes" it seems the comparison has been noted elsewhere too...
Another awesome track....The official video is sweet and fits the song perfectly.
 phlattop wrote:
Bill, please play some more tunes off this fine record. These guys make great driving music  (though it sounds great anywhere)

 
You're totally right! I listen to this band while i'm driving and it's so gooooood to drive with this music {#Motor} !
Bill, please play some more tunes off this fine record. These guys make great driving music  (though it sounds great anywhere)
 ploba wrote:
New album out today!!!  YAY!!!

 
Yeah.  Heard a good interview with Adam Granduciel today on NPR.

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/25/545814847/on-its-new-album-the-war-on-drugs-searches-for-a-deeper-understanding 
New album out today!!!  YAY!!!
 hayduke2 wrote:
great piece (I get a sort of Springsteen vibe, in a really good way : )

 
It vaguely reminds me of "Driver's Seat" by Sniff 'n' The Tears.  I'm not sure why, maybe just the overall production sound or the singer's voice and phrasing.  Cool song.
...and the hits just keep on coming'!
september 30 in austin at stubbs....can't wait. 
Everytime I hear a new tune from this band, the more and more I like them.  Can't help but hear Jude Cole in this guys voice, another amazing talent.
 walter_sintenie wrote:
{#Guitarist}Can't wait to see them live November 1st Amsterdam... !

 
Same here ;-)


{#Guitarist}Can't wait to see them live November 1st Amsterdam... !
Great song!  Cranked the stereo to 11 for this one.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Didn't realise Bob had teamed up with Flock of Seagulls.  I'm looking forward to this album, too.

 
Is this what synth-pop band Flock of Seagulls sounds like?  Interesting.
Didn't realise Bob had teamed up with Flock of Seagulls.  I'm looking forward to this album, too.


I did not like this band at first listen, but Bill has changed that for me.(Thanks Bill) .......,,,,,, I don't know how many bands I've been turned onto (1000 or more) but I'm sure happy because of it Bill..
 
 westslope wrote:
 lizardking wrote:

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What I like best about TWOD is how similar the vocalization and lyrics/song structures are to (one of my all time favs) Bob Dylan; it's almost like BD were Forever Young and started a whole new career with a new band name!

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The best about TWOD is that the vocals sound a little like Bob Dylan but in actual fact Adam Granduciel can really sing.  That and the 'production values' are much, much better.

Note I say this as a big fan and admirer of Bob Dylan. 

Once again, looking forward to the new album/CD release.

 
I'm also looking forward to the coming new release, TWOD is neck & neck with Elbow and Spoon as my recent favorite groups.  And yes, I've been looking into Adam a bit and he's a freaking stud!  8 bumped up to a 9....Long Live RP!
great piece (I get a sort of Springsteen vibe, in a really good way : )
The unmistakable sound of......I like!
Whether driving or at my desk, I cannot sit still listening to this track. I f'ing love this band. 
 lizardking wrote:

......

What I like best about TWOD is how similar the vocalization and lyrics/song structures are to (one of my all time favs) Bob Dylan; it's almost like BD were Forever Young and started a whole new career with a new band name!

.....



The best about TWOD is that the vocals sound a little like Bob Dylan but in actual fact Adam Granduciel can really sing.  That and the 'production values' are much, much better.

Note I say this as a big fan and admirer of Bob Dylan. 

Once again, looking forward to the new album/CD release.
So this is the War on Drugs strip-tease?  One song at a time?  

Not just to be 1st to comment....I do want to say I've really enjoyed hearing some of The War on Drugs' music lately.  Another gem unearthed for me from listening to RP.  This track is a bit more upbeat than others, and at only 5:37 a bit shorter than others. 

What I like best about TWOD is how similar the vocalization and lyrics/song structures are to (one of my all time favs) Bob Dylan; it's almost like BD were Forever Young and started a whole new career with a new band name!

Long Live RP for ALL of the great music, old and new, familiar and not. 


Looking forward to hearing the entire album - August 25th!   Love this band!  {#Bananajam}