Michael Flatt

Michael Flatt

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Rock - Alternative | Cheney, Washington, United States
Total Song Plays: 1,279   
Member Since: 2005
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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Song Description

Ayoung black boy who spends his day playing in an abandoned house and vacant lot. His mother gets shot, so the Social Workers take hin to a foster home. Living there he builds up resentment and has to "stuff" his feelings. He literally "holds back the tid

Story Behind the Song

This is a situation that regretably happens in todays society. Kids get lost in the system, Their anger bulds up until one day it explodes and the dam breaks and one can only imagine what happens next.


In a boarded up shack at the edge of town
A place that everyone ignores
Everyone except one small youngster
Who means no harm, he's just a boy

He plays his games inside this vacant house
And hides his dreams around the lot
His mother left him last Christmas,
It only took that man one shot

He's holding back the tide
The tide of tears and pain
A little one so frightened with nothing left to gain, yeah

The white folks said he was an orphan
And so they took this boy away
Suffocating in his anger
Resentment holds his heart at bay

He has a reputation that follows him around
You can see him walking the streets at night
Shadows appearing on the ground

They took away his momma he never knew just why
Today he goes on living
Just holding back the tide, yeah
He's holding back the tide
The tide of tears and pain
He's drownin in the water
He's soaking up the pain.

He's holding back the tide
He's holding back the tide
A little one so frightened
Now he's grown up and holding back the tide

He's holding back the tide
He's holding back the tide


Song Length
Pop - Alternative, Blues - Modern
Tempo / Feel
Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal
Duet Male
Heartbreaking, Cheerless

Subject Matter
Life, Ghetto, Barrio

Similar Artists
The Dave Matthews Band, The Alan Parsons Project
2000 and later

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Performance Credits Michael Flatt, Doug Stewart & Roger Gibb
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