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It's the Hard-Knock Life


 

It's the Hard-Knock Life Lyrics

It's the Hard-Knock Life Song Lyrics


[ORPHANS]
It's the hard-knock life for us!
It's the hard-knock life for us!

[ANNIE]
'Steada treated,

[ORPHANS]
We get tricked!

[ANNIE]
'Steada kisses,

[ORPHANS]
We get kicked!

[ALL]
It's the hard-knock life!
Got no folks to speak of, so,
It's the hard-knock row we how!

[ANNIE]
Cotton blankets,

[ORPHANS]
'Steada of wool!

[ANNIE]
Empty Bellies

[ORPHANS]
'Steada of full!

[ALL]
It's the hard-knock life!

[ANNIE]
Don't if feel like the wind is always howl'n?

[KATE AND TESSIE]
Don't it seem like there's never any light!

[DUFFY AND JULY]
Once a day, don't you wanna throw the towel in?

[MOLLY AND PEPPER]
It's easier than puttin' up a fight.

[ANNIE]
No one's there when your dreams at night get creepy!
No one cares if you grow...of if you shrink!
No one dries when your eyes get wet an' weepy!

[ALL]
From all the cryin' you would think this place's a sink!
Ohhhh!!!!!!!
Empty belly life!
Rotten smelly life!
Full of sorrow life!
No tomorrow life!

[MOLLY]
Santa Claus we never see

[ANNIE]
Santa Claus, what's that?
Who's he?

[ALL]
No one cares for you a smidge
When you're in an orphanage!

[MOLLY]
(Making a whistling sound and imitating Miss. Hannigan)
You'll stay up till this dump shines
like the top of the Chrysler Building.

[ORPHANS]
Yank the whiskers from her chin
Jab her with a safety Pin
Make her drink a mickey finn
I love you, Miss Hannigan

[MOLLY]
(whistle) Get to work!
(whistle) Strip them beds!
(whistle) I said get to work!

[ALL]
It's the hard-knock life for us
It's the hard-knock life for us
No one cares for you a smidge
When your in an orphanage
It's the hard-knock life
It's the hard-knock life
It's the hard-knock life!



About

May, 07th 2014
"It's the Hard-Knock Life" from the "Annie" soundtrack encapsulates the redilience and despair of the orphans' lives under Miss Hannigan's care. Through its energetic rhythm and poignant lyrics, the song delivers a powerful message about the struggles faced by Annie and her fellow orphans. They sing about the lack of care and affection in their lives, using contrasts like receiving "tricks" instead of being treated well, and having "empty bellies" instead of being fed. The song cleverly uses household chores and the harsh realities of their environment to illustrate the bleakness of their situation, yet it's performed with a spirit that reflects the children's unbreakable hope and tenacity.

The chorus, "It's the hard-knock life for us," becomes an anthem of their shared experience, hihhlighting not only the physical hardships but also the emotional neglect they endure. This refrain, coupled with the vivid imagery of their daily struggles, creates a powerful narrative of resilience against adversity. The orphans' longing for a better life is juxtaposed with their gritty acceptance of their current state, making it a compelling piece of the musical's fabric.

The song's upbeat tempo and catchy melody contrast with the gravity of the lyrics, creating a dynamic tension that captures the listener's attention and empathy. It's a testament to the strength and spirit of children who, despite being in dire circumstances, can still find a way to sing, dance, and dream of a better tomorrow. "It's the Hard-Knock Life" is not just a musical number; it's an emotional journey that underscores the themes of hope and perseverance that are central to "Annie."

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