The Hard WayWritten by: Ray Davies
Published by: Davray Music Ltd.
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.
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.
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
There's no way that you can get by,
No, there's no way you can get by.
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.
Yeah, I'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.
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.
This song can be found on the following releases:stereo mix, recorded 22 Sep, 1975 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
|(The Kinks Present) Schoolboys In Disgrace||17 Nov, 1975||USA||RCA Victor LPL1-5102||12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM|
|I'm In Disgrace/The Hard Way||Jan 1976||USA||RCA Victor PB 10551||7" vinyl single, 45 RPM|
|(The Kinks Present) Schoolboys In Disgrace||23 Jan, 1976||UK||RCA Victor RS 1028||12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM|
|No More Looking Back/Jack The Idiot Dunce/The Hard Way||23 Jan, 1976||UK||RCA Victor RCM 1||7" vinyl maxi-single, 45 RPM|
|Second Time Around||22 Aug, 1980||USA||RCA Victor AFL1-3520||12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM|
|(The Kinks Present) Schoolboys In Disgrace||23 Jan, 1990||USA||Rhino R2 70937||CD|
|(The Kinks Present) Schoolboys In Disgrace||24 Nov, 1998||USA||Konk/Velvel 63467-79724-2||CD|
|The Kinks' Greatest - Celluloid Heroes||25 Sep, 2001||USA||Konk/Velvel/Koch VEL-CD-79734||CD|
|(The Kinks Present) Schoolboys In Disgrace||24 Aug, 2004||USA||Konk/Koch Records VEL-SC-79805||SACD (hybrid)|
|Greatest Hits 1970-1986||30 Oct, 2007||USA||Konk/Velvel/Koch Records VEL-79822||3 CD set|
live, stereo mix (3:18), recorded 24 Dec, 1977 at Rainbow Theatre, London
|The Kinks At The BBC - Radio & TV Sessions And Concerts: 1964-1994||13 Aug 2012||UK||Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 279 721-8||Multi CD box set|
live, stereo mix, recorded 3 Mar, 1979 at The Barn, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
|One For The Road||1980||Brazil||Arista (Ariola Discos Fonograficos) 300 932/3||12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM|
|One For The Road||4 Jun, 1980||USA||Arista A2L 8401||12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM|
|One For The Road||1 Aug, 1980||UK||Arista DARTY 6||12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM|
|One For The Road||4 Apr, 1989||USA||Arista A2CD-8041||CD|
|One For The Road||27 Apr, 1999||USA||Konk/Velvel 63467-79728-2||2 CD set|
|One For The Road||7 Sep, 2004||USA||Konk/Koch VEL-SC-79803||SACD (hybrid)|
stereo mix, by The Intricate Smears, recorded 2000
|The Great Lost KPS Album - The Kover Kontroversy Kontinues||Jul 2000||UK||Pie KPSCD003||CD|
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