Hang On to Your Life
|"Hang On to Your Life"|
|Single by The Guess Who|
|from the album Share the Land|
|B-side||"Do You Miss Me Darlin'"|
|Released||December 1970 (CAN)|
January 1971 (US)
March 1971 (UK)
|Recorded||1970 at RCA's Mid-America Recording Center, Chicago, Illinois|
|Label||Nimbus Records 0414 (CAN)|
RCA Victor 0414 (US)
RCA Records 2065 (UK)
|Songwriter(s)||Burton Cummings, Kurt Winter|
|The Guess Who singles chronology|
"Hang On to Your Life" is a song written by Burton Cummings and Kurt Winter and performed by The Guess Who. It reached #5 in Canada and #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971. It was also released in the United Kingdom as a single, but it did not chart. The song is featured on their 1970 album, Share the Land.
This song is an anti-drug message. In the chorus section, the phrase: "Oh Life", is repeated a few times, in an echo that fades falsely, depicting a heartbeat. ("Oh Life, Oh Life, Oh Life"). Before the song's ending, the "Oh" in the phrase is heard stronger, with the repeated phrase fading in the spoken coda section.
At the end of the album version Cummings recites verses 13-15 of Psalm 22. The single version ends just before he speaks.
On the 8-track tape edition of Share the Land, the song was edited to make it a bit longer in order to fill out the timing on the first channel (a few extra measures appear before each verse).
- The Guess Who, "Hang on to Your Life" Canadian Chart Position Retrieved March 10, 2015
- The Guess Who, "Hang on to Your Life" United States Chart Position Retrieved March 10, 2015
- The Guess Who, "Hang on to Your Life" UK single release Retrieved March 10, 2015
- The Guess Who, Share the Land Retrieved March 10, 2015
- The Guess Who, "Hang on to Your Life" Canadian single release Retrieved March 10, 2015