Hold On… A song of Hope and Resilience

And just when you feel that you are falling and you aren’t sure how you will get yourself out of a funk, something happens.  A friend calls, someone does something kind and it means everything.  I was contacted by Dr. Paul Wong who sent me a poem that he had written about that very subject.  How does one keep going?  How does one find joy amidst sadness and grief.  He asked me if I would work with him to create a theme song for his upcoming conference on personal meaning.  I had met Dr. Wong years earlier at a conference that I attended with my “Honey”.

So we met and I took some of his other poems and writings and we created a theme song for the conference.  I loved this song so much, that I asked Dr. Wong, if I could make a few changes and create my own version to include my belief in the healing power of music.  The power of a song to heal a broken heart and to take us out of our depths. Dr.Wong had the line  “we are made of stardust” and our souls “can reach beyond the stars” and those lines resonated deeply for me given my interest in astrophysics and my work as a healer.  We all must dig deep to find what we are truly made of, to “hear that small voice whisper” to our forgotten souls and give us hope.

  1. Hold On Francine Honey 3:13

Finalist in Blues and Roots Radio's International Awards 2021!

From the album: I Carry On (Nov 22, 2021)

Song Lyrics

Hold On
© Dr.Paul TP Wong and Francine Honey (SOCAN)

Sing me a sad song over and over
Tell me it’s alright to cry 
My heart is broken in a hundred pieces
Can’t stop the tears inside

I’m wandering in a desert
Dragging my feet through the sand
How did I reach this place?
Is this life, in my own hands? So I’ll


Hold On
‘Cause I am made of stardust
My soul can reach beyond the stars
The deeper the valley
The higher the mountain 
No  distance is too far
When you hold on to hope

Sing me a sad song, over and over
That tells me I’ll be alright
Opens my heart to look inside
Calms my chattered mind

I want to hear that small voice whisper
To my forgotten soul
They say it’s never too late to start again
What breaks your heart will make you whole

Chorus 2:
Hold on
‘Cause I am made of stardust
My soul can reach beyond the stars
The  deeper the valley
The higher the mountain 
No distance is too far
I’ll walk in the dark
So I can see the stars
Shine starlight through my heart
And hold on to hope
Hold on
Hold on, Hold On
Hold on to hope

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  1. Hold On Francine Honey 3:13

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2 Responses

  1. I have always been calmed by music. Your songs and voice l could listen to over and over and over….!!!
    I Hold on to Hope and listen to music to give me Hope. Bravo Bravo 👏👏😀👏👏👏😀 again. Blessings 🙏🙏🙏💞❤️💞 and Thank You. XOX 🥰🥰🥰🥰❤️💞💞🌹😽

  2. Hold on is a great song. Perfect for times we are all going through. Beautiful voice. Words are perfection. Congratulations and Hold On. Can listen over and over. 🙏🌹❤️

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Francine Honey: Lead and Background Vocals, Crystal Singing Bowls
Verlon Thompson: Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Will Kimbrough: Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica, Background Vocals
Fats Kaplin: Electric Guitar, Lap Steel, Violin
Dan Mitchell: Piano, Flugle Horn, Background Vocals
Dean Marold: Bass, Background Vocals
Neilson Hubbard: Drums, Background Vocals
Megan McCormick: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel, Background Vocals
Juan Solorzano: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar and Lap Steel
Pat Buchanan: Acoustic Guitar
Robert Gray: Vocals “I Carry On” (Duet), Background Vocals

Danial Washburn: Background Vocals
(Recorded by Andy Thompson, Northumberland Music Studio)
Fabio lngratta: Background Vocals (Recorded by Fabio lngratta)
Dylan Alldredge: Recording Engineer
Recorded at Skinny Elephant Recording, Nashville, TN & The Honey Music Hive, Leamington, ON
Mixed by Dylan Alldredge and Neilson Hubbard
Produced by Neilson Hubbard
Mastered by Jim DeMain at YES Master
Album Photos by Jeff Fasano
Artwork by Brock Lewis
Produced by Neilson Hubbard
Mastered by Jim DeMain at YES Master
Cover Photo by Jeff Fasano
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