The song describes a man who is in a relationship that’s dying, yet both are afraid to walk away from it. He struggles with ambivalent feelings, however, still longs to hold on to the love they have shared.
Although peaking only at number 40, the song spent four months on the Billboard Hot 100, longer than almost all of Anka’s other hits, including some of his highest-charting songs. On the Cash Box Top 100, it reached number 38 for two weeks. “Hold Me ‘Til the Mornin’ Comes” was his last of 53 charting pop singles in the US. The song also reached number two on the US Adult Contemporary chart.
In Canada, the song failed to enter the pop singles chart, however, reached number one on the Adult Contemporary chart in August 1983