Who Sang The Hard Way? The Kinks

The Kinks Schoolboys in Disgrace cover art
publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Ray Davies
release date: 1975-11-17
genres: Rock Pop
styles: Rock & Roll/Classic Rock
length: 2:39
composer: Ray Davies
lyricist: Ray Davies
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,
Cause 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
Or qualifications
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.

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.

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.

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Schooldays
  • 2 Jack the Idiot Dunce
  • 3 Education
  • 4 The First Time We Fall in Love
  • 5 I’m in Disgrace
  • 6 Headmaster
  • 7 The Hard Way
  • 8 The Last Assembly
  • 9 No More Looking Back
  • 10 Finale