Holding On To Yesterday
(David Pack/Joe Puerta)
Originally recorded by: Ambrosia

And I keep holdin' on to yesterday
I keep holdin' on enough to say that I'm wrong

I keep thinking that I'm lonely
But it's only missing you inside
Days that we were once together
Seems will never come alive

And I keep holdin' on to yesterday
I keep holdin' on enough to say that it's wrong

And I don't know when I'll see you
I can't reach you anymore
Well if I'd only known I'd need you
Then I'd keep you like before

I keep holdin' on to yesterday 
I keep holdin' on enough to say
That I'm wrong
I keep holdin' on to yesterday
I keep holdin' on enough to say
That I'm wrong, I'm wrong
I keep holdin' on to yesterday
I keep holdin' on enough to say
That I'm wrong, I'm wrong

I keep holdin' on.......

(playing time 5:02)

Song Facts: This can be found on The Day After Yesterday.


 According to US

I am so not familiar with the original of this song, this one seems like a new Rick song to me. Somewhat. The lyrical content is certainly not on par with a Springfield original, for one thing. When I first acquired this CD, this was the first song that I didn't know from way-back-when that I learned the words to. When I stop and look at the lyrics now, it's no wonder why. There aren't a whole lot of them here to learn. Which makes me think this is one reason Rick chose this song. It's easy for him to remember!

The whole "vibe" of the song sounds familiar, like possibly something Rick would write about. He's lost something/someone, and doesn't want to look toward a future without them. He's holding on to the memories from yesterday. I can relate to that. It's that whole "you don't know what you've got until it's gone" type of thing. It just seems to me that he wouldn't be so whiny about being lonely, if he had been sorry, instead of wrong. (sorry, I just had to do it)

I really like the musical part of this one, without really hearing the words. It flows along very nicely. I find myself humming this one a lot. Especially the chorus. Well, okay the chorus IS the whole song - so maybe that's why it sticks with you. I don't know really what keeps me holding on to this one (I apologize...last pun, I swear) but I really don't skip this track. It's like pleasant elevator music, I guess. - Michelle P.

This is just a long, blah song to me. The original is just a little odd. It has some long guitar parts so I could Rick's possible attraction to this song. Rick's version has a lot more energy or music quality or something. He's improved upon this one quite a bit. - Jen H.

I was not very familiar with this song when I first heard Rick's version, but I vaguely remembered it somehow. I fell in love with this song instantly when I heard how he sang it. That is really the strongest thing about this song to me--the notes he can hit! The song really doesn't say a whole lot. It's just a song about wanting to hold onto the past, but it's so groovy to me. I love the whole sound & feel of the song. I never skip this song. In fact, it's one of a handful that I tend to play the most. I really like the "ahhhhhhh" sounds right before he goes into the chorus again towards the end. It just fits. (not sure if the original version has that in it). 

Back to not remembering the original....about 2 weeks after I got this CD and was figuring out which ones were non-skip songs (during the newness period!), I awoke one morning, much to my surprise, to the clock radio playing the Ambrosia version of this song. My mind came awake much quicker than it usually does, that's for sure. When I heard it, I realized for sure that in fact I had heard this song at some point. Apparently it never made a big impact on me though. By this point I am so into Rick's version that I'm not sure if that gave me a false impression of the original. I have found (and this is only with one recent listen to the older version) that I like Rick's cover much better. Sorry Ambrosia, but I think he did this song a lot of justice. In fact, it's perfect in my book. - Kelley Pearson