"Hard To Say" as written by James Newton Howard, David Pack and David Wolinski....
The singer finished singing and she's walking out
The singer sheds a tear
Fear of falling out

And It's hard to say how I feel today
For years gone by
And I cried

It's hard to say that I was wrong
It's hard to say that I miss you
Since you've been gone it's not the same

My worries weigh the world
How I used to be and everything
(I'm so cold)
Seems a plague in me

And its hard to say how I feel today
For years gone by
And I cried

It's hard to say that I was wrong
It's hard to say I miss you
Since you've been gone its not the same
Its hard to say I held my tongue
It's hard to say if only
Since you've been gone it's not the same

Worse than a lie you told a thousand times before
Worse than a fear it's the knife
And its hard to say how I feel today for years gone by and I cried
Its hard to say that I was wrong
It's hard to say I miss you
Since you've been gone it's not the same
It's hard to say I held my tongue
It's hard to say if only
Since you've been gone its not the same.


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"Hard to Say" as written by Jeph Howard Quinn Allman

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Commentthis song means to me the "break up" between me and my best friend ashley: i wish things had gone better for us, but it was my fault. i made mistakes in our friendship and i took her criticism as attack instead of seeing i was wrong. we never really spoke again, and honestly my life has been different ever since then. it's been years now; its hard to swallow my pride and say i miss her but i do.
    visit my journal, i wrote a poem (of sorts) about it based on this song.
    yasmiton October 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaningthis song was a reference to Bert's ex-girlfriend's death whom was pregnant with his child, thus leading to the album title "In Love And Death"; although he wrote the song years earlier, it fit the moment and Bert felt that it was the right time to release it.
    WhoeverSheMayBeon January 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, it means so much to me. I can relate to it a lot. Like yasmit, it too reminds me of a break up between an old friend and I. We stopped talking because of the way I acted and treated my friend and yeah, as much has I hate to say it, I miss my friend so much. Even though I tried to act otherwise.
    stagnateon April 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it is pretty obvious this song is about making a mistake and losing someone special as result. Now years later your still missing that person, still regretting what happened and still a mess from it. To relate to this song I don't even think a person had to do or say something to mess the friendship/relationship up but more lack of words that messed it up.

    "It's hard to say I held my tongue
    It's hard to say if only
    Since you've been gone I'm not the same"

    Sort of that if only I hadn't held my tongue and said what I needed to say, things could have turned out different. But now that time has passed it's to hard to say the things now.
    FaLLn2pEiCeSon May 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGoing through high school the loss of a close friend brought meaning to this song for me. A week ago today I heard this song live, and burst into tears because the meaning all of a sudden I realize had changed for me. My sister is suffering from addiction. It has been really a really hard and emotional journey. About a year ago we took her to a rehab. She stayed for less than two weeks and checked herself out and in less than a year addiction had spiraled her life to a new low. I didn't talk to her during that time. She was almost murdered by one of her best friends. After that she came to visit asking for help to get into rehab. She has been there for about two months and seems strong in her sobriety. When I visited her there this song was playing in the back of my head. When she asked me about my life and how I felt about things, I found it "hard to say", hard to explain. So much has happened in the year she was out of my life and anytime anything had happened I thought of her and telling her! Since shes "been gone I'm not the same." Sitting there under the strict supervision of her counselors, with only an hour to talk to my sister and best friend, I was speechless. It was "hard to say" that I was wrong, for shutting her out, for the things that I had said. Just as I began to feel guilty I remembered the lies she "told a thousand times before." The fear of losing her again balanced with the fear that she could just be waiting for me to be confident in her sobriety so she can stab me in the back. "Worse than the fear is the knife". All the memories and pain, so many times during the visit "I held my tongue", afraid to set her off. "If only" I had told my dad my suspicions in the very beginning, "if only" I hadn't been so judgmental, "if only" I had pushed my father more into getting her into to see a therapist. All the stress and worry and fear has been like a "plague" that spreads into the rest of my life. "My worries weigh the world how I used to be," today I am a pretty optimistic person but the old pessimist keeps rearing up, I am scared that her sobriety won't last. My biggest fear, that this will go on for longer "for years gone by and I cried." Just as I am feeling overwhelmed I find a release singing this song, and shedding my tears, there have been times that it hit me so hard that I fear falling out.
    Katie1965on April 23, 2016   Link

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