It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go Lyrics

Nanci Griffith


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Nanci Griffith
album: Track 6 in album Storms
release date: 1989-8-8
popularity : 16 users have visited this page.
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country/Folk
length: 4:02

Cover Art

Nanci Griffith Storms cover art
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I am a backseat driver from America
They drive to the left on Falls Road
The man at the wheel's name is Seamus
We pass a child on the corner he knows
And Seamus says, "Now, what chance has that
Kid got?"
And I say from the back, "I don't know."
He says, "There's barbed wire at all of these exits
And there ain't no place in Belfast for that kid
To go."

[Chorus:]
It's a hard life
It's a hard life
It's a very hard life
It's a hard life wherever you go
If we poison our children with hatred
Then, the hard life is all that they'll know
And there ain't no place in (Belfast) for
These kids to go

(Chicago)

(This world)
A cafeteria line in Chicago
The fat man in front of me
Is calling black people trash to his children
He's the only trash here I see
And I'm thinking this man wears a white hood
In the night when his children should sleep
But, they slip to their window and they see him
And they think that white hood's all they need

[Chorus]

I was a child in the sixties
Dreams could be held through TV
With Disney, and Cronkite, and Martin Luther
Oh, I believed, I believed, I believed
Now, I am the backseat driver from America
I am not at the wheel of control
I am guilty, I am war, I am the root of all evil
Lord, and I can't drive on the left side of the road

[Chorus]


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 I Don't Wanna Talk About Love
  • 2 Drive-In Movies and Dashboard Lights
  • 3 You Made This Love a Teardrop
  • 4 Brave Companion of the Road
  • 5 Storms
  • 6 It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go
  • 7 If Wishes Were Changes
  • 8 Listen to the Radio
  • 9 Leaving the Harbor
  • 10 Radio Fragile