JAMES BAY - Hold Back The River

This song is from the EP Hold Back the River(2014), released on 17 November 2014.
What I liked about this song is the simplicity and the power in the performance. The guitars felt great and the rhythm had a great groove going on. The background vocals and the harmonies added a nice effect to the song and made it really interesting. The lyrics felt very unique and peculiar as well.
SongRating: 9/10

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Scale: F Major
Time Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 135
[INTRO] Dm C F Bb F Bb F C
[VERSE]
Dm     C    F        Bb    F
Tried to keep you close to me,
     Bb       F     C
But life got in between
Dm     C    F         Bb    F
Tried to square not being there
     Bb        F              C
But think that I should have been

[CHORUS]
Bb
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Bb
Hold back the river, so I
      F
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
F                          C
Hold back the river, hold back

[INSTRUMENTAL] Dm C F

[VERSE]
Dm    C F       Bb     F
Once upon a different life
    Bb       F             C
We rode our bikes into the sky
    Dm   C   F      Bb       F
But now we call against the tide
           Bb   F                C
Those distant days are flashing by

[CHORUS]
Bb
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Bb
Hold back the river, so I
      F
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
C                          C
Hold back the river, hold back

[CHORUS]
Bb
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Bb
Hold back the river, so I
      F
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
C                          C
Hold back the river, hold back

[INSTRUMENTAL] Dm C F Bb F Bb F C

[BRIDGE]
F                                      Bb
Lonely water, lonely water, won't you let us wander
Gm
Let us hold each other
F                                      Bb
Lonely water, lonely water, won't you let us wander
Gm
Let us hold each other

[CHORUS]
Bb
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Bb
Hold back the river, so I
      F
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
C                          C
Hold back the river, hold back

[CHORUS]
Bb
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Bb
Hold back the river, so I
      F
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
C                      C
Hold back the river, hold

[BRIDGE]
F                                      Bb
Lonely water, lonely water, won't you let us wander
Gm
Let us hold each other
F                                      Bb
Lonely water, lonely water, won't you let us wander
Gm
Let us hold each other

[INSTRUMENTAL] Dm C F Bb F Bb F C
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