"this world,this world is cold.but you dont,you dont have to go"
"With the release
of our video "Hold On" we wanted to write a note to tell you how much this video means to us and how important life is.
have lost some close friends to suicide and it has affected just about everyone we know. Everyday we read letters from fans
saying that the stress of life, the pressure with family, and losing love is too much to bear. We want to say that you may
feel alone but you are not. So many have gone through the same thing and reaching out is a sign of strength not weakness.
Life will get better and life is worth living even if it seems unbearable right now. It's our goal that this video gives hope
to our fans that have reached out to us, and maybe it will reach some who don't know us. Even if it is just one person, if
it makes a difference in their life it was worth the time, effort, and money it took to make. Life is not something we feel
anyone should give up on.
Once again we will always thank our fans for being a part of this and making this happen,
thanks for giving us a chance"
-- Joel Madden.
Good Charlotte Shoot Heavy Clip For Anti-Suicide Song 'Hold On'
HOLLYWOOD ? These
days Good Charlotte are on top of the world, but there was a time when Benji Madden felt like taking his own life. "It's
almost like a public service announcement," Joel said of the mostly performance-driven clip. "[It includes] real people who
have lost sons, daughters and friends, and then kids who have tried to commit suicide, kids who didn't [and] pictures of kids
who have killed themselves."
The Madden brothers added that they could have easily chosen a more radio-friendly and accessible
song from Lifestyles ..., like the bouncy and fun third single, "Girls and Boys," before it, in place of "Hold On," but they
opted to choose message over money. They also saved the video for last in hopes that it would get more attention than the
songs before it.
"We just hope that maybe one kid will see this video or hear this song and say, 'OK, I'm gonna hold
on,' " Benji said.