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Survivor - I Can't Hold Back (Official Video)


Like most of Survivor's hits, this song was written by guitarist Frankie Sullivan and keyboard player/guitarist Jim Peterik. These two got along like oil and water, but managed to set aside their differences during songwriting sessions. According to Peterik, the writing of this song was the high point of their collaborations, with Sullivan coming up with guitar riffs and Peterik forming melodies and writing most of the lyrics. Peterik had the title in mind for two years before they were able to craft it into a song. After Sullivan came up with a riff, Peterik sang the first line, "There's a story in my eyes." From there, they put together this song about a guy whose heart is filled with desire.

Jim Peterik says the pre-chorus on this song is what gives it a killer hook. He's referring to the part that goes "I can feel you tremble when we touch..." This part is so memorable that it sounds like it could be its own chorus.

The lead singer on this track is Jimi Jamison, who joined the band starting with the Vital Signs album after original singer Dave Bickler had surgery to remove throat nodules. Jamison proved a worthy frontman and a photogenic face of the band, which helped the video for this song get significant airplay on MTV.

Lyrics

There's a story in my eyes Turn the pages of desire Now it's time to trade those dreams For the rush of passion's fire I can feel you tremble when we touch And I feel the hand of fate Reaching out to both of us I've been holding back the night I've been searching for a clue from you I'm gonna try with all my might To make this story line come true Can you feel me tremble when we touch Can you feel the hand of fate Reaching out to both of us This love affair can't wait I can't hold back I'm on the edge I can't hold back Your voice explodes Inside my head I can't hold back I won't back down Girl, it's too late To turn back now Another shooting star goes by And in the night the silence Speaks to you and I And now the time has come at last Don't let the moment run too fast I can feel you tremble when we touch And I feel the hand of fate Reaching out to both of us There's a story in my eyes Turn the pages of desire Now it's time to trade those dreams For the rush of passion's fire I can't hold back I'm on the edge I can't hold back Your voice explodes Inside my head I can't hold back I won't back down Girl, it's too late To turn back now I can see you tremble when we touch Ooh, and I feel the hand of fate Reaching out to both of us This love affair can't wait I can't hold back I can't hold back I can't hold back




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