Kriss Erickson

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Song Description

The need to be held is a primal one, that is often exploited. This doesn't take away the need to be held but creates a dichotomy where a person is terrified of being held, yet their deepest desire is to be held. Overcoming this dichotomy by finding heal

Story Behind the Song

I am an adult survivor of child abuse. In my family it was never safe to be held. Even when my father would offer to let me sit on his lap it was only so he could run his hands over my body in inappropriate ways. Yet at night when I was alone, the need


The scariest feeling she knows is that of being held.

Trapped, confined, compelled

Forced to be what others think she should be

Oh, when she's held, the world's too dark to see.


But holdin's what she cries for in the middle of the night.

Holdin's all she dreams of cryin' "Hold me tight!"

She's getting tunnel vision from holdin' back so long

She's reachin' a decision to stand up to the wrong.

Sometimes all she knows is standing alone in the rain.

Dripping, shiv'ring, cold, holdin' in the pain.

Her arms are wrapped around her sides, squeezin' it all in.

As if she realizes she's frozen from within.



Some say the night is full of wonder. Others say it's dark and long.

Her nightmares cry like thunder, sayin' she doesn't belong.

Song Length
Blues - Modern, Folk - Contemporary
Tempo / Feel
Multiple Tempos
Lead Vocal
Female Vocal
Poignant, Moving

Subject Matter
Fear, Dysfunctional Relations

Similar Artists
Barenaked Ladies, Leonard Cohen
2000 and later

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Producer Credits Michael Erickson
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