Hold That Weight - from the "BLACK SPRING" EP

by Samora Pinderhughes



"Hold That Weight" is about how to support each other – it asks the question: in times when people are struggling, what does it really look like to help carry their burdens?

This is the first single of the BLACK SPRING EP project because it most directly addresses the current Covid-19 crisis; it was written before this, but really applies to the senses we are all feeling at this moment -
How we’re trying to cope; how this crisis has exposed some of the real inequalities in the American system; and how we’re all trying to figure out what it looks like to help and support one another during this crisis.
And especially how we can support those most vulnerable to this crisis (the houseless, those in prison/detention, those without work, those without health insurance or access to health).

This song is dedicated to the health care workers, the grocery store workers, the delivery people, the artists - everyone providing us with what we need during these crazy times.

I sincerely hope this song lifts you up in times of despair, and inspires you to continue to support yourself, your community, and all those in need around you. And know I'll always be here to help hold your weight.

Much love,


I came upon a man
Who carried in his hands
All of his years at the factory plant
At minimum wage
through many a stage
Of dreams and love and sorrow
He asked if I could spare
A pair of my walking shoes
To help him climb the hills that still
Lay in his life
Something he could wear
To carry all his cares
Hold up his iron will
A day, maybe tomorrow

...He wanted to lay down
He wanted to test the crown
I placed myself at his feet
And said
Whatever you need
He said practice what you preach

Yes I...
Will hold that weight
I'll hold that weight for you
Yes I...
Will hold that weight
I'll hold that weight for you
. . .

I came upon a man
Who carried in his fists
All of the violence
That happened to him
Through many a day
He locked it away
And hardened his flesh like
no weapon could prosper
They put him in a cage
And said it was his fate
To rot with the rest
But he got out in eight
He puts on a mask, now
To cover his rage
Cause red and blue lights
Might look twice
And bring the chopper today

...He wanted to break down
He wanted to test the crown
I said how do we defeat
A state
That do evil deeds
He said practice what you preach

Yes I...
Will hold that weight
I'll hold that weight for you
Yes I...
Will hold that weight
I'll hold that weight for you

... I had ... daydreams
Ways of ... freedom
What it might be
Maybe ... I see
Working ways out


released April 3, 2020
Music and Lyrics by Samora Pinderhughes
Production by Jack DeBoe
Mixed by Jack DeBoe
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound
Engineered by Brad Allen Williams & Jack DeBoe at Figure 8 Recording
Assistant Engineered by Michael Coleman & Lily Wen

Samora Pinderhughes - Piano, Mellotron, Hammond B3, Oberheim SEM
Jack DeBoe - Drums, Drum Programming
Brad Allen Williams - Electric Guitar
Gabe Schnider - Electric Guitar
Josh Hari - Electric Bass
Riley Mulherker - Trumpet
Andy Clausen - Trombone
Lucas Pino - Bass Clarinet


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Samora Pinderhughes New York, New York

Samora Pinderhughes is a singer/pianist/activist/composer known for raw, honest, layered multidisciplinary projects. He wrote, produced and performed on Common's 2019 album, "Let Love" and has collaborated with Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Daveed Diggs, MeLo-X, Sara Bareilles, Lalah Hathaway, and Christian Scott among others. Samora is the first-ever Art for Justice/Soros Justice Fellow. ... more

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