Hold On, I’m Comin’ chords



You can learn how to play Hold On, I’m Comin’ by Sam & Dave!

Released in 1966, Hold On, I’m Comin’ was Sam & Dave‘s first big hit. They had other singles before but never hit the big time until now.

Written and produced by Isaac Hays and David Porter, as well as backed by Stax house band Booker T. & the M.G.’s, This was the moment the duo really found their sound.

A year and a half later they would release Soul Man, and in doing so reach worldwide fame.

On the soul band’s repertoire, Hold On I’m Comin’ sits nicely with other up-tempo songs like Higher & Higher, Respect, Get Ready, and Can I Get A Witness?


Hold On I’m Comin’ chords and lyrics


| Ab | B | Db | Ab |

| Ab7 | Ab7 | Ab7 | Ab7 |
Don’t you ever, be sad. Lean on me, when the times are bad.
| Db9 | Db9 |
When the day comes and you are down, 
| Db9 | Db9 |
in a river of trouble and about to drown.

| Ab | B | Db | Ab |
Just hold on, I’m comin’. Hold on, I’m comin’.

| Ab7 | Ab7 | Ab7 | Ab7 |
I’m on my way, your lover. If you get cold, yeah, I will be your cover.
| Db9 | Db9 |
Don’t have to worry, ’cause I’m here,
| Db9 | Db9 |
no need to suffer, baby, ’cause I’m here.

| Ab | B | Db | Ab |
Just hold on, I’m comin’. Hold on, I’m comin’.
| Ab | B | Db | Ab |
Hold on, I’m comin’. Hold on, I’m comin’. Let me hear you!

| Db7 | Db7 | Db7 | Db7 |
Reach out to me, for satisfaction, yeah. (Let me hear you, Dave, what else you’ve got to do?)
| B | B | Db7 | Eb7 |
Call my name, yeah, for quick reaction. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

| Ab | Gb | B | Db |
| Ab | B | Db | Ab |

| Ab7 | Ab7 | Ab7 | Ab7 |
Now, don’t you ever, be sad. Lean on me, when the times are bad.
| Db9 | Db9 |
When the day comes and you’re down, baby,
| Db9 | Db9 |
in a river of trouble and about to drown.

||: Ab | B | Db | Ab :||
Just hold on, I’m comin’. Hold on, I’m comin’.
Just hold on (don’t you worry), I’m comin’ (here we come). Hold on (we’re about to save you), I’m comin’ (yeah).
Hold on (don’t you worry), I’m comin’ (here I come). Hold on (for satisfaction).


Hold On I’m Comin chord progression

In Hold On I’m Comin’ we have a great opportunity to learn how to recognize the bIIIx chord. This is the same chord used in Smells Like Teen Spirit, it sits a minor 3rd above the I chord. In this song it’s a B, it’s the 2nd chord of the chorus.

||: Ab | B | Db | Ab :||

For the verse, it’s just a I – IV (#1 on my top 10 list), although the chords are dom7, like in a blues.

Lastly, the m8 section starts on chord IV. then goes down to the bIIIx, back up, then to V, like this.

| Db7 | Db7 | Db7 | Db7 |
| B | B | Db7 | Eb7 |

This is followed by an instrumental with new chords, and then a chorus without singing, like this.

| Ab | Gb | B | Db |
| Ab | B | Db | Ab |

That Gb is a bVIIx chord.


Booker T. & The M.G.’s

Led by piano and organ player Booker T. Jones, the Stax Records house band played behind numerous legendary artists.

Hits include Green Onions, Born Under A Bad Sign, (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, Ain’t No Sunshine, Soul Man, Hold On I’m Coming, Knock On Wood, and Respect.

Go to Booker T. & The M,G.’s – Biography.


Sam & Dave

Sam & Dave are a Soul duo that made their most successful recordings with Stax house band Booker T. and The M.G.’s.

When the film The Blues Brothers was released in the cinema, it gave their career one final boost. However, neither Sam nor Dave seemed happy about it.

Go to Sam & Dave – Biography.


The Professional Guitarist Song Book

As a guitarist, a repertoire is the greatest asset that you can acquire.

Learn these songs and you can progress from being a bedroom player to working with acoustic duos, Jazz trios, Indie/Rock/Party bands as well as large Soul/Motown ensembles.

Go to Song Book.


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