Who Sang Hand to Hold on To? John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp American Fool cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1982
Genre: Rock Pop
Style: Country Rock/Southern Rock/Pop Rock
length: 3:26
producer: Don Gehman and John Mellencamp
lead vocals: John Mellencamp
mixer: George Tutko and Don Gehman
bass: George Perry
guitar: Michael B. Wanchic and Larry Crane
drums (drum set): Kenny Aronoff
phonographic copyright by: John Mellencamp
composer: John Mellencamp
lyricist: John Mellencamp
You can laugh and joke and make fun of your friends,
Spin in the middle when your troubles begin,
Take it nice and easy and always pretend
That you're cool...so cool...so cool.

Say, "I'munna hold onto that a while and I will and I'll be tame",
Talk like a jerk on an educated brain,
Be an old girl drivin' the young boys insane,
Be a joker, a preacher...it does not matter.

Everyone needs a hand to hold on to
Everyone needs a hand to hold on to
Don't need to be no strong hand
Don't need to be no rich hand
Everyone just needs a hand to hold on to

Havin' good luck with your financial situation,
Play the ponies, be the president of the United Nation,
Go to work and be a Hollywood stand,
Drive your four wheel drive right into the mud, but


And in those hours when you're alone,
And there's nobody there except yourself,
I know it...you want to pick up the phone,
And say, "Talk to me, talk to me, somebody please
Talk to me!" Yeah!

Ohh, yeah!

[Chorus: Repeat 2X]

CD 1
  • 1 Hurts So Good
  • 2 Jack & Diane
  • 3 Hand to Hold on To
  • 4 Danger List
  • 5 Can You Take It
  • 6 Thundering Hearts
  • 7 China Girl
  • 8 Close Enough
  • 9 Weakest Moments