Parvin & Patterson
Barely Hanging On

The heiress cut me loose in Port Aransas
It seems everlasting love don't last long
So I set my sights on an enchantress
Should've known right then it was wrong
I had left a little wreckage behind me
And needed a goddess to atone
She said I'm not the kind to bring you peace of mind
Oh honey I'm just barely hanging on

My compadre had no time for the future
The here and now was just fine
There never was a friend that was truer
As long as I was buying the wine
He had a lethal demon inside him
But I was fighting one of my own
I said I'd help if I could and you know that I would
But brother I'm just barely hanging on
Brother I'm just barely hanging on

The man of the cloth was my confessor
I was counting on him for the truth
I said Father help me clean up my ledger
I've been a shiftless scamp since my youth
He said don't look to me for your redemption
Lately saviors are hard to come upon
He said I'll do what I can but like you I'm just a man
And son I'm just barely hanging on
Oh I'm just barely hanging on
Yeah I'm just barely hanging on

Lyrics Credits: Mark Patterson
Music Credits: Mark Patterson
Producer Credits: Mark Patterson & Lee Parvin
Publisher Credits: Distinguishing Marks Music BMI
Performance Credits: Mark Patterson: Lead vocal, Lee Parvin: Vocals and keyboards, Thad Beckman: Acoustic guitars, Mike Tyler: Acoustic and electric guitars, Tom Miller: Bass, Danny Montgomery: Drums
Label Credits: Distinguishing Marks Records
Short Song Description:
The song is a medium-slow, classic rock track featuring acoustic and electric six and twelve string guitars and organ to produce a 70's style sound.
Long Song Description:
Written originally as a folk song, "Barely Hanging On" describes three scenarios where people are just managing to get by, whether it's romantically, personally, or spiritually.
Story Behind the Song:
"Barely Hanging On" echoes the sentiments of a lot of people who are treading water emotionally, economically, politically and spiritually.
Song Length: 3:31
Primary Genre: Rock-Classic
Secondary Genre: Rock-Easy Listening
Tempo: Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal: Male Vocal
Subject Matter 1: Life
Subject Matter 2: Frustration
Mood 1: Composed
Mood 2: Relaxed
Similar Artist 1: Byrds, The
Similar Artist 2: Eagles, The
Language: English
Era: 2000 and later