A Man Holdin' On (To a Woman Lettin' Go)

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"A Man Holdin' On (To a Woman Lettin' Go)"
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Single by Ty Herndon
from the album Big Hopes
B-side"Just Enough to Get to Memphis"
ReleasedMarch 23, 1998
Songwriter(s)Bobby Taylor
Gene Dobbins
John Ramey
Producer(s)Byron Gallimore
Ty Herndon singles chronology
"I Have to Surrender"
"A Man Holdin' On (To a Woman Lettin' Go)"
"It Must Be Love"

"A Man Holdin' On (To a Woman Lettin' Go)" is a song written by Gene Dobbins, John Ramey and Bobby Taylor, and recorded by American country music artist Ty Herndon. It was released in March 1998 as the first single from his album Big Hopes. The song reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in July 1998.[1]


The song offers up different lyrical snapshots of men in difficult transitions. These include a woman losing her virginity, a lady who has broke up with a man who turns to drink, a father "walking his daughter down the aisle" at a wedding, and an old man whose wife is dying. In each case, a man is struggling to hold on to "a woman letting go".

Critical reception[]

Larry Flick, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably saying that the "caliber of the song, combined with Herndon's strong vocal performance and Byron Gallimore's skilled production, should guarantee it heavy airplay."[2]

Music video[]

The music video was directed by Steven Goldmann and premiered in early 1998.

Chart performance[]

"A Man Holdin' On" debuted at number 74 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of March 28, 1998.

Chart (1998) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 14
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 81
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 5

Year-end charts[]

Chart (1998) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 92
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 47


  1. ^ Ty Herndon Hot Country Songs Chart History
  2. ^ Billboard, March 21, 1998
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3644." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 3, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Ty Herndon Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Ty Herndon Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1998". RPM. December 14, 1998. Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "Best of 1998: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.

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