Bob Ballard

Bob Ballard

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Pop - General | Ojai, California, United States
Total Song Plays: 3,599   
Member Since: 2003
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Story Behind the Song

About a homeless man, Keiffer, who used to come to hear me play. One day, he stopped by on his bike to listen as I performed at a local restaurant on the patio out back. At the end of my performance, Keiffer handed me a zip lock bag filled with coins. He wanted me to have it. I said that I thought he needed it more than me. Keiffer said that the coins didn't cost him anything and he wanted me to have them. A few months later, Keiffer was found dead behind the library where he sometimes slept. He died from a massive head injury. No one knows how it happened and is often the case with homeless people, the authorities refused to investigate.

Lyrics

Hold Me Up
©2007 R. Ballard

Verse 1:
A lonely man, pedals down the road
Pickin' up pieces of his heart
He lost so long ago
All he has, all he knows
He carries in a treasure chest
He calls hope

Chorus:
Hold me up, lay me down
Wake me, take me off the ground
Hold me up, lay me down
Wake me, take me off the ground

Verse 2:
Midnight madmen set their sights
A simple, quiet man, they took his life
No one knows, no one dares
To find the truth, to clear the air

Chorus (repeat)

Bridge
I'm in a better place, another time
I can clearly see the pain I left behind
No need to cry for me, I didn't die
I found some angel's wings
Now I'm gonna fly

Chorus (repeat)

Song Length
3:14
Genres
Folk - Contemporary, Folk - Alternative
Tempo / Feel
Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
Moving, Poignant

Subject Matter
Equality, Justice

Similar Artists
Bob Dylan, Don Henley
Language
English
Era
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Bob Ballard
Music Credits Bob Ballard
Publisher Credits Moon Nest Publishing
Performance Credits Bob Ballard
Label Credits Moon Nest Records