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Alyssa Marie – Hold On Tight

Alyssa Marie was born into a large extended Lebanese-American family on April 2, 1989 on the south shore of Massachusetts in Brockton. She grew up working alongside her family in the agricultural business they have built up over the last 75 years. Working from such a young age instilled a work ethic in Alyssa that could not be taught in a classroom. Lebanese families are notably close-knit; however, working together with them fortified her bond with her family, something that she feels has carried her through her toughest times. Ever since she learned how to write, Alyssa Marie could be found revealing her thoughts and feelings through poetry. Her work was published in various anthologies early on, but Alyssa didn’t discover true validation for her writing until later on in a slightly different avenue. Although she claims she cannot sing, Alyssa has always loved music, especially Hip-Hop. Her love for poetry gradually transformed into a passion for rap, and by the age of 15 she had recorded her first verse. She bounced around between the low-budget home studios of different friends, recording verses whenever the opportunity presented itself. Alyssa Marie’s first investment toward her music career was a $50 microphone she paid for at the age of 16 so she would be able to record her own work from home. At the time, a career in rap seemed unimaginable, but this was far more than a hobby. Her work quickly became her life.

Alyssa Marie – Hold On Tight

The song “Hold on Tight” holds the message of coming together through the common ground of struggle. Although we all have our own individual crosses to bear that make us feel like we’re the only ones going through it, everyone has their own version of it. Knowing that we all share this same feeling in our otherwise different situations can help us move forward together, helping each other instead of isolating our own problems. This video was shot in the city of Brockton, MA, a city of struggle but also of perseverance. Thank you to its people for participating. Video produced by Anthony and James Deveney, Identical Films.

Alyssa Marie – Hold On Tight Lyrics:
Never seemed to find bliss inside ignorance
Time stole the innocence, I noticed how we’re living by our differences
Separate, instead taking how we’re all the same
Use the common bonds and together break the ball and chain
Cause we’re all still residents of square one
Unaware of what our struggles we share and how far we’ve really come
Still no where near done, still got a lot the race that we’ve gotta face
They don’t care about where you’re from
They don’t ask who started last, they’re just worried who finished first
They don’t factor who had it worst when they pick the winner, no curve
In the system; the further in that I get the clearer the image appears
And it turns simplest step to set of infinite stairs
Aware of the veil of perception worn
But it’s either take the umbrella they hold, or weather the storm
In the cold alone on my own, and I know it’s wrong
But was over tryna hold on to the hope when the rope is gone
I was stuck in traffic on the road going to Nowhere
But that’s when I noticed that I’m not alone here
So when the wind blows, instead of falling down
I think of you, spread my wings and let it take me off the ground

By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held onto me

Felt like I was existing in a world that really isn’t mine, walked the thinnest line
Between light and shadow where it’s shattering a brittle mind
That battles to a finish line that’s nothing but an ending
With a sugar coated title and wonder, is this depending
Or supporting? are we fixing or distorting?
Sort as risk or reward when the thrill itself is awarding?
The more that it’s reinforcing a difference, the more it’s assuring with it
This isn’t the same predicament all of us forced to live in
That we’re not in it together, that we fight it alone
But looking close we’re more alike than we know
Holding on to the same hope as we climb that in time it’ll all be worth it
Find peace of mind one peace at a time beyond the surface
Digging further and reaching deeper, believe we’re on the verge
Of the peak and see you’ll find it right when you’re no longer searching
A journey to see it all, climbing the tallest tree
The problems that seemed so big on the ground I can hardly see
They get smaller with every branch that I pass, watching how far
To the top I still gotta climb or the bottom if I would fall
While we’re all climbing in the same direction working separately
How much less would the effort be merging our strength together
To lesson the weight we carry alone?
Holding on tight to each other as we get blown by the wind and gravity’s hold
On us pulls, we’ll push to top of the tree together
Move the leaves aside to see it better and say

By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held onto me

By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held onto me

So this is for the people sitting at the bottom
Awaiting my return or thinking I forget them
Let them know the second that I hit the very top
I’ll throw a rope down, bring ‘em up, and sit beside them

Sitting at the bottom
Thinking I forget them
Hit the very top, I’ll throw a rope down, and sit beside them

This is for the people sitting at the bottom
Awaiting my return or thinking I forget them
Let them know the second that I hit the very top
I’ll throw a rope down

This is for the people sitting at the bottom
Awaiting my return or thinking I forget them
Let them know the second that I hit the very top
I’ll throw a rope down, bring ‘em up, and sit beside them and say

By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held onto me

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