Unsteady

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"Unsteady"
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Single by X Ambassadors
from the album VHS (2015)
Released October 13, 2015
Format Digital download
Recorded 2014
Genre
Length 3:13
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
X Ambassadors singles chronology
"Cannonball"
(2015)
"Unsteady"
(2015)
"American Oxygen"
(2015)

"Cannonball"
(2015)
"Unsteady"
(2015)
"American Oxygen"
(2015)
Peaked @ #20 on December 16, 2015

This rock ballad finds lead vocalist Sam Harris singing of a child observing a potential breakup between his parents.

Hold on Hold on to me Cause I'm a little unsteady A little unsteady

The child senses the turmoil between his mom and dad and pleads with them to stay together for his sake. The song features on the soundtrack of the tear-jerker romantic drama Me Before You. Sam Harris and his brother Casey (keyboards) had to live through their own parents' marriages breaking down. Sam Harris explained in a video track by track: "'Unsteady' is a song about divorce and a family kind of trying to keep itself together. It's partially based on our parents' divorce and we tried to show as many sides of the story as possible, you know, from the mother's perspective, from the father's perspective and from the child's perspective. And, yeah, that was a pretty uncomfortable song to write but, because it was an uncomfortable topic, I felt like it was worth exploring."

Music video

The music video focuses on a married couple with an alcoholic husband, who indulges his alcoholism in front of their young son. Scenes of the family and arguments between the couple are interspersed between scenes of a younger couple - presumably their grown son and his girlfriend - mimicking the behaviors of the parents at a diner. The son, now grown, indulges his own learned alcoholism in much the same way his father would in his youth. The young couple is currently happy, but their future is foreshadowed by the relationship of the parents, indicating a cycle of trauma and learned coping mechanisms.

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Lyrics

Hold
Hold on
Hold on to me
'Cause I’m a little unsteady
A little unsteady

Hold
Hold on
Hold on to me
'Cause I’m a little unsteady
A little unsteady

Mama, come here
Approach, appear
Daddy, I’m alone
'Cause this house don’t feel like home

If you love me, don’t let go
If you love me, don’t let go

Hold
Hold on
Hold on to me
'Cause I’m a little unsteady
A little unsteady

Hold
Hold on
Hold on to me
'Cause I’m a little unsteady
A little unsteady

Mother, I know
That you’re tired of being alone
Dad, I know you’re trying
To fight when you feel like flying

If you love me, don’t let go
If you love me, don’t let go

Hold
Hold on
Hold on to me
'Cause I’m a little unsteady
A little unsteady

Hold
Hold on
Hold on to me
'Cause I’m a little unsteady
A little unsteady

Hold
Hold on
Hold on to me
'Cause I’m a little unsteady
A little unsteady


Weekly charts

Chart (2016-20147) Peak
position
June 4, 2016 99
June 11, 2016 87
June 18, 2016 70
June 25, 2016 48
July 2, 2016 39
July 9, 2016 60
July 16, 2016 60
July 23, 2016 44
July 30, 2016 46
August 6, 2016 61
August 13, 2016 60
August 20, 2016 60
August 27, 2016 47
September 3, 2016 45
September 10, 2016 40
September 17, 2016 42
September 24, 2016 29
29
27
October 15, 2016 26
October 22, 2016 30
October 29, 2016 30
November 5, 2016 29
November 12, 2016 30
November 19, 2016 27
November 26, 2016 25
December 3, 2016 21
December 10, 2016 20
December 17, 2016 21
December 24, 2016 22
December 31, 2016 42
January 7, 2017 42
January 14, 2017 3