What does Hold Back the River mean?

Search Login

James Bay: Hold Back the River Meaning


No tags, suggest one.

Song Released: 2014

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...


    click a star to vote
    May 13th, 2018 5:16pm report

    I don't want my Eurovision friends to cry. It means don't cry, please don't cry.


    click a star to vote
    Apr 30th, 2017 4:04pm report

    Hold Back The River lyrics said it all.

    For the comment below, I read this interpretation at Song Meanings.

    Please give the credit to the one who made this comment.



    click a star to vote
    Apr 30th, 2017 4:58am report

    Someone said that this song is all about the disintegration of a relationship caused by the fierce speed of time.
    'Hold back the river' is nuanced with similarities to the metaphor of the 'tides of time.'
    'But now we're caught against the tide' is probably the strongest lyric to support this view; that the protagonists cannot resist the degenerative force of time.
    'Lonely water' is testament to the inevitable nature of time - that it causes loneliness eventually.
    'Let us hold each other' mirrors the 'hold back the river' ideal which seems to plead with time to pause in order to appreciate a perfect moment unhindered by the degradation of time.

More James Bay song meanings ยป


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]

Just Posted

Watch Over You anonymous
I Love You anonymous
From a Distance anonymous
Girlfriends and Ex's anonymous
My Darling anonymous4
On the Brightside anonymous
Come Along anonymous4
Sex With Me anonymous
We Found Love anonymous
Dominated Love Slave PunkBenRN
Words as Weapons anonymous
Never Enough anonymous
Seven Wonders GeorgeDanis329
Talking to the Moon anonymous
Crooked Smile anonymous

Get a weekly email update

(We won't give out your email)

Latest Releases

John Deere Green
Joe Diffie
Pickup Man
Joe Diffie
Wild World
Kip Moore
Kenny Rogers
Third Rock From The Sun
Joe Diffie
Ships That Don't Come In
Joe Diffie
Jordan Davis
Praying And Believing
Erica Campbell