Hold the Line

Toto

About Hold the Line

"Hold the Line" is a song by the American rock band Toto. The song was written by the band's keyboardist David Paich, and the lead vocals were performed by Bobby Kimball. The song was released as the band's debut single, and was featured on their debut 1978 eponymous album. The song was a huge success in the U. S.; it reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the winter of 1978–79, and number 14 on the official UK chart.


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2007
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It's not in the way that you hold me
It's not in the way you say you care
It's not in the way you've been treating my friends
It's not in the way that you stayed till the end
It's not in the way you look or the things that you say that you'll do

Hold the line, love isn't always on time, oh oh oh
Hold the line, love isn't always on time, oh oh oh

It's not in the words that you told me, girl
It's not in the way you say you're mine, ooh
It's not in the way that you came back to me
It's not in the way that your love set me free
It's not in the way you look or the things that you say that you'll do

Hold the line, love isn't always on time, oh oh oh
Hold the line, love isn't always on time, oh oh oh

It's not in the words that you told me
It's not in the way you say you're mine, ooh
It's not in the way that you came back to me
It's not in the way that your love set me free
It's not in the way you look or the things that you say that you'll do

Hold the line, love isn't always on time, oh oh oh
Hold the line, love isn't always on time (Love isn't always on time)

Hold the line, love isn't always on time (love isn't always, love isn't always on time)
Hold the line, love isn't always on time
Love isn't always on time
Love isn't always on time
Love isn't always on time, oh oh oh

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Toto

Toto is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1976. The band's current lineup consists of Joseph Williams (lead vocals), David Paich (keyboards), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Steve Lukather (guitars, vocals), and Simon Phillips (drums). Bass player Nathan East is currently touring with Toto as a guest musician, as Mike Porcaro is too ill to tour. Toto is known for a musical style that combines elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B and jazz. more »

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Written by: David Paich

Lyrics © Spirit Music Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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10 facts about this song

Genre
"Hold the Line" is often classified under the rock genre, specifically combining elements of progressive rock, hard rock, and pop.
Release Date
The song was released as the band's debut single in 1978 from their eponymous album, "Toto".
Chart Success
It is one of Toto's most successful songs, having reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Band Members
Toto was formed by top session musicians in LA, including Steve Porcaro (keyboards), David Paich (keyboards/vocals), Jeff Porcaro (drums), Steve Lukather (guitar/vocals), David Hungate (bass) and Bobby Kimball (vocals). Each member contributed significantly to the creation of "Hold the Line".
Song Composer
The song was written by David Paich. He states that the song is about a phone relationship and the challenges of keeping it alive.
Influence on Pop Culture
The song is a frequent player on Classic Rock radio stations and has been covered by many artists. It's also been featured in several films, television shows, video games, and commercials, implying its continued influence on popular culture.
Stylistic Feature
Unlike typical rock songs, "Hold the Line" blends rock and roll with elements of pop music which makes the song's structure quite distinct.
Unique Themes
Even though it is a love song, "Hold the Line" has been referred to as a perfect arena rock tune. It's not a ballad, but it has powerful, driving guitars and a stirring chorus that declares "Hold the line/Love isn't always on time".
Certification
The song holds a "Gold" certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) implying more than half a million copies were sold.
Iconic Music Video
The music video for the song is equally iconic, featuring the band members performing on what appears to be a soundstage, which reflects the 80's music videos style.

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