"Hold My Hand" (CD single)



Posthumous MJ single is bittersweet, fine for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Song is about embracing life and facing problems together.

Positive role models

Although MJ had his share of indiscretions, even posthumously, he's trying to make the world a better place through his music.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this single was recorded with rapper Akon before Michael Jackson's 2009 death. It's about getting through things together, and the lyrics and content are fine for kids. Some kids may have questions about Michael Jackson's life, death, and how he is able to release new music, so be prepared for some discussions.

What's the story?

Over a year after the death of the King of Pop, the first posthumous single from Michael Jackson's new self-titled album, HOLD MY HAND, is a bittersweet song about beating life together. It's a duet with Akon, and was completed while MJ was still alive.

Is it any good?


The first line of "Hold My Hand" says, "This life don't last forever, so tell me what we're waiting for." It's an eerie beginning to a bittersweet song about facing problems together. The chorus, "Hold my hand," lingers in your head, and the lyrics "I've been there before and you've been there before and together we can be alright," makes the listener think about the last days of Jackson's life in the shadows of the spotlight. But the message is positive, and kids will come away believing that "together anything is possible."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the fact that this single is being released after Michael Jackson's death. Do you think this will make it more successful than if it had been released while MJ was still alive? Why? Do you think it might make people remember him differently?

  • The lyrics talk about working things out together. MJ has written many songs about human relationships and hardships, and continues to try to make the world a better place even in death. Do you think this song will help the tarnished image and lasting legacy of the King of Pop?

  • Do you think Michael Jackson is writing personal experience? How does the song make you feel?

Music details

Artists:Akon, Michael Jackson
Release date:November 18, 2010
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 April 10, 2012

Sweet song

It's fine for kids
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Kid, 10 years old June 14, 2011


it's good
Teen, 14 years old Written bystripesanddots May 3, 2011
I love this song! It has such a great message and is really inspirational. I totally recommend it.
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