"Hard On Me" as written by and Tom Petty....
It's all I can do
To keep that little girl smiling
And keep my faith alive
Takes all I got to hold on to tomorrow

And you want to make it hard
You want to make it hard on me

Some other time
I'd be understanding
You were supposed to be
The friend that I needed when I was down and now

You want to make it hard
Yeah, you want to make it hard on me

Maybe if I tried, I could turn the other cheek
Maybe, but how big do I have to be

Now you want to make it hard
Yeah, you want to make it hard on me

Maybe if I tried, I could turn the other cheek
Maybe, but how big do I have to be

I need someone
To put their arm around me
Shelter me from all harm
Just as I find something to believe in

You want to make it hard
You want to make it hard on me
Yeah, you want to make it hard
You want to make it hard on me


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"Hard on Me" as written by Tom Petty

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    General Commentjust an amazing song. What I get out of it is about a friend and he is just talking about how that friends betrayed him.
    chunkymonkey102on May 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think its about a guy who is married and they have a daughter then his wife dies and after he mourns his lose its like he gets angry at his wife for leaving (dieing) and he is trying to be strong for his daughter but its hard
    tweek420on August 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree that this song is about a guy loosing his wife and having to try to stay strong for his daughter. not sure if his wife has died or left him. "how big do i have to be" makes it sound as if she has left him but i think he is talking to a higher power as in the beginning of the song he is tlaking about trying to keep faith. beautiful song
    Hippie_Watermanon April 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentget you're own fucking opinion... seriously, what it means to you dumbasses...

    I think it's about a guy that desperatly wants a relationship (the little girl) and he's trying hard to be with her... and she doesn't get him... it's like a pre break up song.. in my opinion... he's willing to try anything to be with her, not only for her, but himself... a "what do you want me to be" type of thing... and the bitch of it is... she is making it hard on him.
    philosopherstoneon November 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTP purposely will sometimes write songs in an ambiguous way. He doesn't always like to put the meaning right out there. This song is less like that. The first time I heard this, my 25 year old had gone through a breakup and his daughter was caught in the middle and it really tore him. Then when he found someone who was very good for him, his ex made things very difficult for him and his daughter. To me, this song fits that situation to a tee. However, I like to think of Tom Petty's music like a fine and maybe sometimes abstract painting. The artist has an idea or definite thought he wishes to convey. The audience may sometimes get what the artist is saying, or may find his own interpretation. Either way, Tom successfully does his job and beautifully I might add. He is an incredible songwriter and performer. His music compels and moves me like no other artist. The music world was so blessed when he was born to it.
    Silvertoadon April 26, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionGreat song, no deep or hidden meaning. Pretty straightforward
    When I first heard this album I thought I was in heaven
    RIP TP
    Into the mysticon October 17, 2017   Link

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