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Just Hang In There

by Patrick Chong

Just hang in there
You will get there
It’s fine to shed a little tear
When things are just too much to bear

Just hang in there
You will get there
It’s fine to share your fears and struggles
With the people that you care

Lyrics for this song came to me in one of my lower moments. I just finished an exam, and was walking home in the dark in the middle of the winter to join a Zoom meeting. It’s been a tiring and busy season, but as I trudged home, the words ‘Just hang in there’ were stuck in my head.

As I experimented with rhyming, the verses started to form: "It’s fine to shed a little tear when things are just too much to bear", "It’s fine to share your fears and struggles with the people that you care", an apt reflection of my feelings at that moment. A melody started to form as I continued to walk and by the time I arrive home I couldn’t wait to find the right chords to the song in my mind.

The vibe of the song is quite influenced by Jayesslee’s more jazzy songs like Officially Missing You with a more bossa nova vibe. Here are two versions of the song produced so far:

Version produced by Patrick #

Version produced with Fools For Thought #

PS. I’ve been trying to write verses to the chorus but have yet to find anything that really resonates. Do drop a comment below if you have any ideas!