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"Hold My Hand" is an original theme song performed by Lady Gaga from the soundtrack to the 2022 action drama film Top Gun: Maverick. The track was written and produced by Gaga and BloodPop, with additional production by Benjamin Rice.

Background

The long-awaited sequel to the 1986 film has been in the works for years. It was originally set to release in 2019, but was postponed to “work out all the complex flight sequences.” Then it was delayed once more due to the pandemic. Rumors about Lady Gaga possibly recording an original Top Gun song started in April 2021, when the gossip websites posted a short pieces that speculated that Gaga was involved with the film, but Gaga didn’t publicly acknowledge until April 2022.

On April 25th, 2022, Gaga teased lyrics from the song, writing, “Hold my hand everything will be OK I heard from the heavens that clouds have been grey” she tweeted. She later wrote, “Pull me close wrap me in your aching arms I see that you’re hurtin’” and “Why’d you take so long to tell me you need me.

Two days later, she formally announced that the song would be released on May 3rd, 2022. She stated:

When I wrote this song for Top Gun: Maverick, I didn’t even realize the multiple layers it spanned across the film’s heart, my own psyche, and the nature of the world we’ve been living in. I’ve been working on it for years, perfecting it, trying to make it ours. I wanted to make music into a song where we share our deep need to both be understood and try to understand each other—a longing to be close when we feel so far away and an ability to celebrate life’s heroes. I’m so grateful to Tom and Hans and Joe for this opportunity—and it’s been a beautiful experience working with them. Me, BloodPop, Ben Rice and everyone else who worked on it with us are so excited to share it with you. This song is a love letter to the world during and after a very hard time. I’ve wanted you to hear it for so long. And I’m so excited to give it to you on May 3. “Hold My Hand.”


Release

Digital release

Hold My Hand artwork.jpg Label: Interscope
Format: Digital
Released: May 3, 2022
Photography: Scott Garfield
# Name Time
1. "Hold My Hand"   3:45

Release history

Country Date Format Label Catalog # Barcode
Worldwide May 3, 2022 Digital download • streaming Interscope N/A
Us.png May 9, 2022 Adult contemporary radio
May 10, 2022 Contemporary hit radio

Lyrics

To tell me you need me

Hold my hand, everything will be okay
I heard from the heavens that clouds have been grey
Pull me close, wrap me in your aching arms
I see that you're hurtin', why'd you take so long

To tell me you need me? I see that you're bleeding
You don't need to show me again
But if you decide to, I'll ride in this life with you
I won't let go 'til the end

So cry tonight
But don't you let go of my hand
You can cry every last tear
I won't leave 'til I understand
Promise me, just hold my hand

Raise your head, look into my wishful eyes
That fear that's inside you will lift, give it time
I can see everything you're blind to now
Your prayers will be answered, let God whisper how

To tell me you need me, I see that you're bleeding
You don't need to show me again
But if you decide to, I'll ride in this life with you
I won't let go 'til the end

So cry tonight
But don't you let go of my hand
You can cry every last tear
I won't leave 'til I understand
Promise you'll just hold my hand

Hold my hand, hold my—
Hold my hand, my hand
I'll be right here, hold my hand
Hold my hand, hold my—
Hold my hand, my hand
I'll be right here, hold my hand

I know you're scared and your pain is imperfect
But don't you give up on yourself
I've heard a story, a girl, she once told me
That I would be happy again

Hold my hand
Hold my hand
Hold my hand, hold my hand
Hold my hand, hold my hand
Hold my hand
I heard from the heavens

Music video

Hold_My_Hand
Premiere date May 6, 2022
Director(s) Joseph Kosinski
Fashion director Nicola Formichetti
Choreographer N/A
Director of photography Scott Garfield

The music video for "Hold My Hand" was directed by Joseph Kosinski, the director of Top Gun: Maverick. Gaga announced the music video on May 5, 2022 with a short teaser clip on social media for release on May 6, 2022 at 9AM Pacific Time.

  1. Lady Gaga wears a vintage bomber jacket which belongs to Tom Cruise, jeans and a belt from her own archive, and sunglasses by Ray-Ban.
  2. Lady Gaga wears a flight suit, a tank top, and a personalized dot tag ballchain necklace from a local military surplus store.
  3. Lady Gaga wears a custom dress and a cape by LeVer Couture, and vintage army boots.

Merchandise

Credits

Written by Lady Gaga and Michael Tucker
Produced by Lady Gaga and BloodPop®
Additional Production Benjamin Rice
Vocal Produced by Benjamin Rice
Mixed by Benjamin Rice and Tom Norris
Mastered by Randy Merrill
Track Participants Guitar by Tim Stewart
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