Hold On, I’m Comin’ chords by Sam & Dave


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Hold On I’m Comin’ | Chords + Lyrics

Intro

| Ab | B | Db | Ab |

Verse 1

| 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.

Chorus 1

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

Verse 2

| 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.

Chorus 2

| 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!

Middle 8

| 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.

Solo

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

Verse 3

| 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.

Chorus 3

||: 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’ | Chords and progressions

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.


Sam & Dave’s first hit

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?