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It's the Hard-Knock Life

This song is by Andrea McArdle and appears on the musical soundtrack Annie - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1977).

This song has been sampled by Jay-Z in the song "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)".
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 hoe!

ANNIE
Cotton blankets

ORPHANS
'Steada wool!

ANNIE
Empty bellies

ORPHANS
'Steada full!

ALL
It's the hard-knock life!

ANNIE
Don't if feel like the wind is always howling?

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...or if you shrink!
No one dries when your eyes get wet an' weepy!

ALL
From all the cryin' you would think this place would 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 you're in an orphanage
It's the hard-knock life
It's the hard-knock life
It's the hard-knock life!

Music by:

Charles Strouse Wikipedia16

Lyrics by:

Martin Charnin Wikipedia16

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