The Hard Way

Ray Davies, released on Schoolboys in Disgrace, © Davray Music Ltd. 1976

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Boys like you were born to waste,

You never listen to a word I say

And if you think you're here to mess around,

You're making a big mistake,

'Cos you're gonna find out the hard way,

You gonna find out the hard way.

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No matter what I do or say,

You're much too dumb to educate.

One day life's going to turn around and slap you in the face,

Then you're gonna find out the hard way.

You'll take the hard way,

Gonna take the hard way.

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Well, you'll do it your way and I'll do it my way,

And we'll see who's the one to survive.

You'll find that with no foundation

Or qualifications

There's no way that you can get by,

No, there's no way you can get by.

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Why don't you take the easy way?

Why don't you co-operate?

Don't just sit there and vegetate.

Do you want to end up illiterate?

You think that life's a vacation

And you've no inclination

To dust away the cobwebs of your mind.

Now it's time for confrontation

And I'm tired of being patient,

So I've got to be cruel to be kind.

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You've got to be cruel to be kind.

I'm wasting my vocation teaching you to write neat

When you're only fit to sweep the streets.

Your intellect is such

That it requires a killer's touch.

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So I'm going to play it your way,

We'll take the hard way.

Going to take the hard way,

You can take the hard way.

Gonna take the hard way,

Gonna take the hard way.

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