If you demand an explanation
I am here because I want to be
Not because my mother sent me

She told me, when I first left her heat
Bring a coat, it's cold
If you don't, I won't sleep

At first, I didn't believe
That the key to success in the world is to leave shelter
And that shelter is slavery
That comfort is the enemy

So I wanted to go to a party with you
Not because I like parties
I hate them, but I like you

There's no secret cloak
Nor a thick wooly coat
That can shield you from bad feelings
It's these truths that are hard telling

A wise man once told me
To be active in power is to be free
So why surrender one's autonomy
To spend a night with some lady?

I want someone to tell me
Before I hurt myself
That all living is hard living

As for all the love that's in my heart
And this is going to smart
I know getting, not giving

But if you want to talk about it, let's talk about it

Lyrics submitted by bananahero

Hard Livin' song meanings
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