Song of the Day #2,358: ‘Holding On For Life’ – Broken Bells

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Best Songs of 2014 – #18
‘Holding On For Life’ – Broken Bells

Today’s selection, like yesterday’s is a collaboration between two established artists — in this case, Danger Mouse and James Mercer (the man behind The Shins).

I recently named The Shins’ Port of Morrow my favorite album of the decade so far, so I’m a natural audience for any new material from Mercer. This mash-up certainly does the trick, marrying his poignant introspection with a nifty 70s soundscape courtesy of Danger Mouse.

‘Holding On For Life,’ like ’40 Mark Strasse’ (a favorite track of mine from Port of Morrow), appears to be about a prostitute. But the theme and mood could apply to anybody wasting away, lonely in love.

The video, starring Anton Yelchin and Kate Mara, certainly supports that interpretation.

[Verse 1]
Girl take a seat, rest your weary bones
Your secret’s safe in my hands
Tell me about the years and let me buy an hour
Maybe help me to understand
Ain’t nobody callin, ain’t nobody home
What a lovely day to be lonely

[Hook]
You’re holding on for life, holding on for life
Holding on for love
You’re holding on for life, holding on for life
Holding on for love

[Verse 2]
Light another cigarette, burning in the cold
Waiting on the street for your man
You’re trying not to look so young and miserable
You gotta get your kicks while you can
In the Latin Quarter, sitting on your own
What a lovely day to be lonely

[Hook]

[Bridge]
Well you might belong to another time
Still you have to carry on here
No where else to go and you never know
What to hide and what to show

[Hook]

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6 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,358: ‘Holding On For Life’ – Broken Bells

  1. Dana says:

    Would that be THE Anton Yelchin and Kate Mara? Wow! I cannot believe they were able to get these A listers to star in their video! 😜

  2. Clay says:

    Now these two you should know! He’s Chekov in the new Star Trek movies and she’s in House of Cards.

  3. pegclifton says:

    I know her from House of Cards!

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