Friday, June 1, 2012

"Hold On Just A Little While Longer" (Spiritual)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Post II of a four part series of selected videos and sound files of African American spirituals or Gospel songs that include the words "hold on" or "holding on".

This post showcases five videos/sound files of arrangements of the African American spiritual "Hold On Just A Little While Longer". This post also provides "standard" lyrics for that song.

For Part I of this series -"Keep Your Hand On The Plow" (also known as "Hold On"), click

For Part III of this series ("Hold On Old Soldier"), click

For Part IV of this series (Various Gospel Songs With The Phrase "Hold On"), click h ttp://

The content of this post is presented for historical, folkloric, religious, and aesthetic purposes. All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to the unknown composer/s of this traditional African American spiritual. Thanks also to all the vocalists, musicians, producers, and uploaders of these videos.


[unknown composer, Sound Of Blackness arrangement without soloist's part]

Hold on just a little while longer
Hold on just a little while longer
Hold on just a little while longer
Everything will be alright
Everything will be alright

Fight on just a little while longer
Fight on a little while longer
Pray on a little while longer
Every little thing will be alright

[We will] sing on just a little while longer
Sing on just a little while longer
Sing on just a little while longer
Everything will be alright
Everything will be alright

FEATURED VIDEOS [revised 2/14/2015]
These videos are posted in chronological order based on their posting date on YouTube, with the oldest dated video given first.

Video #1: Sung by Sounds of Blackness

kuumbasingers Uploaded on Aug 12, 2007

Recorded in Leipzig, Germany (2002)

"Hold On (Part 2)" by Sounds Of Blackness

Example #2: "Hold On" Performance with Bobby McFerrin

kuumbasingers, Uploaded on Aug 12, 2007

Recorded in Leipzig, Germany (2002)

Video #3: Hold On (Just a Little While Longer)

smoothrobUploaded on Jul 13, 2008

This is one of my favorite traditional spirituals with verses I wrote 3-4 years ago. It is intended for anyone who is going through a test and has ever thought about just giving up. I was going to add images such as from Hurricane Katrina, the midwest flooding, homelessness, and the like, but then I realized that my struggle may not be your struggle, my fears are not your fears, and my test is not your test. Rather than attempt to dramatize trials and tribulations, I will just let the words minister as you allow.

In Psalm 3, David laments that "Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, there is no help for him in God. But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head." Later on, in Psalm 30:5, he simply lets us know that "For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favour is life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

Notes: Ordinarily I don't sing nearly this much in falsetto; the end of the song is normally very powerful. However, I recorded it at home around 2am, so I really didn't want to wake everyone up!

Video #4: Pray On / Hold On Just a little while longer - Doris Washington

dNessa, Uploaded on Aug 14, 2010

Doris Ann (Fennell) Washington & Millard (Mel) Washington
dNessa & Renita's parents performing "Hold ON"... just a little while longer.

Poem by Doris A. Washington
Thought you couldn't tell me anything ... I'm the parent, you're the child
All I needed to do was to wait a little while
You've had your experiences and your solutions too
And guess what I've found out ... I am now learning from you.

♥Great woman, Great Spirit... SO blessed to be her child!♥ Love U! Miss U!

Video #5: Hold on Just a Little While Longer- The Richmond Boys Choir

Thelma Thomas, Published on Apr 28, 2013

The Richmond Boys Choir in concert @ the historical First Baptist Church in Petersburg VA.
April 28, 2013

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