Kate Tempest – Hold Your Own – Glastonbury 2015



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Amazing. Genuine Glastonbury moment as Kate mesmerises every single person in the crowd with her brilliant closing poem.

When time pulls lives apart
Hold your own
When everything is fluid and when nothing can be known with any certainty
Hold your own
Hold it till you feel it there
As dark and dense and wet as earth
As vast and bright and sweet as air
When all there is
Is knowing that you feel what you are feeling
Hold your own
Ask your hands to know the things they hold
I know
The days are reeling past in squealing blasts
Stop for breath and know it’s yours
Swaying like an open door when storms are coming
Hold
Time is an onslaught
Love is a mission
We work for vocation until
In remission
We wish we’d had patience and given more time to our children
You must feel each decision you make.
You must hold it
Hold your own
Hold your lovers
Hold their hands
Hold their breasts in your hands like your hands were their bras
Hold their cheeks in your palms like a prayer
Hold them all night and feel them hold back
Don’t hold back
Hold your own
Every pain
Every grievance
Every single stab of shame
Every day spent with a demon in your brain giving chase
Hold it
Know the wolves that hunt you
In time, they will be the dogs that bring your slippers
Love them right and you will feel them kiss you when they come to bite
Their hot snouts digging out your cuddles with their bloody muzzles
Hold
Look, nothing you can buy will ever make you more whole
This whole fucking thing thrives on you feeling incomplete
It is why you will search for happiness in whatever stupid thing you crave in a moment
And it is why you will never find it there
It is why you will sit there with the lover that you fought for
In the car you sweated years to buy
Wearing the ring you dreamed of all your life
And some part of you will still be unsure that this is what you really want
Glastonbury, stop craving
Hold your own
But if you are satisfied with what you have and who you are
You won’t need to buy new makeup or new outfits or new pots and pans
To cook new exciting recipes
For new exciting friends
To make yourself feel like the new exciting person you think you’re supposed to be
Happiness, the brand, is not happiness
You are smarter than they think you are
They take us all for idiots
That’s their problem
If we behave like idiots it’s our problem
So hold your own
Breathe deep on a freezing beach
Taste the salt of shellfish
Smile at a stranger and mean it
Lose your shit to your new favourite English rapper
Hold your own
And let it be
Catching.

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35 Responses

  1. wanbyukhae says:

    It’s crazy lit at x2 speed

  2. R.R. Cachemaille says:

    Wow

  3. a jayne says:

    I'm so gutted I wasn't there live❤

  4. Avatar 777 says:

    Thank you Kate, for your words and passion and clear insight, the clarion call to for each of us to LOVE more

  5. budhee says:

    Kate is class

  6. jenna colby says:

    omg Kate Tempest you are fucking magic

  7. mrmaje1 says:

    She keeps making me well up.

  8. crankthebeatz says:

    only heard of her last month…..and now i get hear more…what an amazing woman…

  9. Arna Kristjánsdóttir says:

    You are the most impressive poet I've ever come across!

  10. king fla-ming says:

    YESSSSSS

  11. Amleto Traversa says:

    Amen

  12. Psychokitten113 says:

    such spirit

  13. Evelyn Walsh says:

    Outstanding! Another girlishouldhavebeen. We love yah Kate!

  14. Spencer Max says:

    Wow, She's WONDERFUL!

  15. Thecla Jallim says:

    preach the truth you blessed

  16. Thecla Jallim says:

    wow

  17. Tess Turberfield says:

    definitely teared up at this. she has so much talent!

  18. ariel lily says:

    Know the wolves that haunt you
    In time, they will be the dogs that bring your slippers
    Love them right and you will feel them kiss you when they come to bite

  19. Pete Fuggle says:

    Amazing! Kate you're an absolute star. So glad I got the chance to see you live.

  20. Future Artists says:

    Epic – few tears after watching that

  21. KINDLE says:

    Once I got past the fact she reminds me of Daisy from SPACED, she grew on me & now I fuck her in the pussy!! Love this girl!

  22. Nina Tepedino says:

    I caught it!!  Kate the wisdom woman.  Oh, everyone please listen.  Heed the advice of this creation in words and rhythm………

  23. Melissa Greenwood says:

    Damn! Preach!!

  24. warataraw says:

    yes yes yes thank you for giving me back my dark heart today

  25. David Morin says:

    I've watched this 3 times straight through and it honestly brings tears to my eyes. So powerful.

  26. dark horse says:

    on this day of Equinox, in the Heart of this blessed Still Point, I AM declaring this Seed of Love I plant: I want to trust the magnificent intelligence of Gaia, of the indomitable, infinite, Creative force. I want to trust that Life is so much grander and cosmically Intelligent than hu-man mind can yet imagine. My whole Be-ing wants to say Yes, I trust,,, Creation Her-self is not subject to the limiting smallness of human mind. I want my hu-man imagination to expand into an Imaginarium of cosmic vastness, so that the Be-ing-ness that I AM joins in Co-Creating the New Earth: Health-full, Whole-full, Peace-full, Love-full, Divine-full, Energy-full, Create-ing-full. the Whole-ness of this I AM-ness, hu-man, wombyn ,Be-ing commits, with all the Divine Love that animates this body in this Precious NOW.

  27. Patanisha Williams says:

    just when I was feeling that my love affair with poetry had become stagnant. I feel their are Too Many words out there saying the same thing… then I get introduced to Kate. This is the wisdom and passion that I miss… I'm a new forever fan.

  28. Fia Thonhauzer says:

    wauw

  29. BFD says:

    Who is this brilliant girl? Absolutely awesome!

  30. dark horse says:

    I fucking love what you say how you say this whole fucking thing thrives on you feeling incomplete,,, fucking hold your own, fucking wake up sleeping ones. Fucking Be the magnificence you ARE born to BE!!

  31. Ems Frans says:

    This is the best poem I have ever heard, performed with such vigour and passion. It is what I now try to live my life by. Thank you Kate Tempest.

  32. julestwo2 says:

    Kate Tempest is an absolute star, wise beyond her years and I am sure given her talent and passion, there is a lot more good stuff yet to come. Thank you Kate.

  33. Leslee Daniel says:

    I've just added this inspired work to my YouTube playlist …. Thank you

  34. Leslee Daniel says:

    Deeply moving innate wisdom and voice x

  35. Zero Vision says:

    When time pulls lives apart
    Hold your own
    When everything is fluid and when nothing can be known with any certainty
    Hold your own
    Hold it till you feel it there 
    As dark and dense and wet as earth
    As vast and bright and sweet as air
    When all there is
    Is knowing that you feel what you are feeling
    Hold your own
    Ask your hands to know the things they hold
    I know
    The days are reeling past in squealing blasts
    Stop for breath and know it’s yours
    Swaying like an open door when storms are coming
    Hold
    Time is an onslaught
    Love is a mission
    We work for vocation until
    In remission
    We wish we’d had patience and given more time to our children
    You must feel each decision you make
    You must hold it
    Hold your own
    Hold your lovers
    Hold their hands
    Hold their breasts in your hands like your hands were their bras 
    Hold their cheeks in your palms like a prayer
    Hold them all night and feel them hold back
    Don’t hold back
    Hold your own
    Every pain
    Every grievance
    Every single stab of shame
    Every day spent with a demon in your brain giving chase
    Hold it
    Know the wolves that hunt you
    In time, they will be the dogs that bring your slippers 
    Love them right and you will feel them kiss you when they come to bite
    Their hot snouts digging out your cuddles with their bloody muzzles
    Hold
    Look, nothing you can buy will ever make you more whole
    This whole fucking thing thrives on you feeling incomplete
    It is why you will search for happiness in whatever stupid thing you crave in a moment 
    And it is why you will never find it there
    It is why you will sit there with the lover that you fought for
    In the car you sweated years to buy
    Wearing the ring you dreamed of all your life
    And some part of you will still be unsure that this is what you really want
    Glastonbury, stop craving
    Hold your own
    But if you are satisfied with what you have and who you are
    You won’t need to buy new makeup or new outfits or new pots and pans
    To cook new exciting recipes
    For new exciting friends
    To make yourself feel like the new exciting person you think you’re supposed to be
    Happiness, the brand, is not happiness
    You are smarter than they think you are
    They take us all for idiots
    That’s their problem
    If we behave like idiots it’s our problem
    So hold your own
    Breathe deep on a freezing beach
    Taste the salt of shellfish
    Smile at a stranger and mean it
    Lose your shit to your new favourite English rapper
    Hold your own
    And let it be
    Catching.

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