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Hard Love

This song is by Tony Rice.

Well, I remember growing up like it was only yesterday
Mom and Daddy tried their best to guide me on my way
But the hard times and the liquor drove the easy love away
And the only love I knew about was hard love

Well, it was hard love every hour of the day
When Christmas to my birthday was a million miles away
And the fear that came between them drove the tears into my play
There was love in daddy's house but it was hard love

Well, I recall the gentle courtesy you showed me as I tried
To dissemble in politeness all the love I felt inside
And for every song of laughter there was another song that cried
This ain't no easy weekend, this is hard love

Well, it was hard love every step of the way
Hard to be so close to you and hard to turn away
And when all the stars and sentimental songs dissolved the day
There was nothing left to sing about but hard love

So I love you for your courage and your gentle sense of shame
I love you for your laughter and your language and your name
Though I knew it was impossible but I love you just the same
Though the only love I gave to you was hard love

Well, it was hard love, it was hard on you, I know
When the only love I gave to you was love I couldn't show
You forgave the heart that loved you, as your lover turned to go
Leaving nothing but the memory of hard love

Now I'm standing in this phone booth with a dollar and a dime
Wondering what to say to you to ease your troubled mind
For the Lord's Cross might redeem us but our own just waste our time
And to tell the two apart is always hard love

So I'll tell you that I love you even though I'm far away
I'll tell you how you've changed me as I live from day to day
How you've helped me to accept myself and I won't forget to say
Love is never wasted even when it's hard love

Well, it's hard love but it's love all the same
Not the stuff of fantasy but more than just a game
And the only kind of miracle that's worthy of the name
For the love that heals our lives is mostly hard love


Written by:

Bob Franke

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