I've Been Holding On

from by Joe Craig

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      £0.80 GBP


  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Limited edition CD, beautifully designed and printed, complete with a 16 page booklet containing the thoughts behind the songs and some lush images.

    A great gift, a proud addition to any music collection.

    When you buy the CD, you also get immediate download of the whole album: 11-tracks in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
    ships out within 3 days
    edition of 1000 

      £7 GBP or more 


  • If you'd like just one 'Jimmy Coates' book (signed by the author, of course) then you can also download Joe Craig's whole album for free!

    You can specify which book (or books) you'd like at the checkout. There are 8 books available:

    Jimmy Coates: Killer
    Jimmy Coates: Target
    Jimmy Coates: Revenge
    Jimmy Coates: Sabotage
    Jimmy Coates: Survival
    Jimmy Coates: Power
    Jimmy Coates: Blackout

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Songman & Me, vol 1 via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      £6 GBP or more 


  • - All 7 Jimmy Coates books (the full set so far), each one signed by the author, Joe Craig

    - A signed copy of Joe Craig's first non-Jimmy Coates book, the short thriller 'Lifters'.

    - Instant download of Joe Craig's album, 'The Songman & Me, vol. 1' so you can start listening straight away

    (IMPORTANT: This option DOES include the latest Jimmy Coates book, Jimmy Coates: Blackout, even though it's not in one of the pictures.)

    So you're getting 8 books, in total.
    ships out within 4 days

      £44 GBP or more 



How did I get involved, tied up in the world, when all I said was ‘yes’?
Now I’m staring at screens, now stifling screams while I clear up their mess.

That’s the crux of this song, really. The fear of ending up working for someone else, staring at a computer screen... that’s what keeps a lot of people like me ‘holding on’ to a life of creative pursuits. If you want to keep making music, writing stories, painting, acting, dancing... whatever it is you do – it’s sometimes hard to hold on to that life. I’ve seen a lot of brilliant people give up along the way.

This song is the reality of the self-employed, creative life: the excitement, panic, doubt, frustration, responsibility and freedom.


Joe Craig

Got to make that call, got to fix that tap before I catch that train
Got hit that button, got to make the grade, I can't be late again
I have to meet the expectations that are put in me

I've been holding on to what I've got I know it's not enough
But I've been holding not breaking down while all around I see my friends have given in while I've been holding on

It doesn't matter why it doesn't matter what I managed yesterday
But it doesn't let up it's upsetting but tough because there's bills to pay
I need to merit all the trust that you have put in me


Time is a beast that has me in its claws
How does it know how to tear at my flaws?

How did I get involved, tied up in the world when all I said was 'yes'?
Now I'm staring at screens, now stifling screams while I clear up their mess
I can't say 'no' but even Superman needs Sundays...



from The Songman & Me, vol 1, released December 15, 2010


all rights reserved



Joe Craig Islington, UK

"The Songman & Me, vol. 1 is a collection of beautifully crafted songs in the classic tradition of Billy Joel, Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb and James Taylor. At the keyboard and with his intimate vocals, Joe Craig performs with a raw emotion that cuts to the heart of the characters and stories in the songs. He may be a virtuoso storyteller, but on this evidence, he's very much a gifted songman too." ... more

contact / help

Contact Joe Craig

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Joe Craig recommends:

If you like Joe Craig, you may also like: