ANNIE & ORPHANS
It's the hard-knock life for us!
It's the hard-knock life for us!
Instead of treated - we get tricked!
Instead of kisses - we get kicked!
It's the hard-knock life!


Got no folks to speak of, so
It's the hard-knock row we hoe
Cotton blankets - instead of wool
Empty bellies - instead of full
It's the hard-knock life!


Don't it feel like the wind is always howling?
Don't it seem like there's never any light?
Once a day, don't you wanna throw the towel in?
It's easier than putting up a fight!


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 and weepy
From all the crying you would think this place's a sink!
Ohhhh!


Empty belly life!
Rotten smelly life!
Full of sorrow life!
No tomorrow life!


Santa Claus we never see
Santa Claus, what's that? Who's he?
No one cares for you - a smidge
When you're in an orphanage


MOLLY
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!


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!


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    General CommentThis song describes how rough they all have it in this NYC orphanage. It shows forth how much of a heartless villian Ms. Hannigan is. She doesn't care about the orphans, she's absorbed in self-pity.

    This song is so true. If you don't have money, almost everyone will not be your friend or show you any kindness.

    In Catholicism, we have the concept of not murmuring and redemptive suffering, but the kids do end up giving a fair description of what's it's like.

    This is like the song of the 3rd world. Nobody in America thinks about them, but they suffer a lot more than us.

    This song sets up their situation before Daddy Warbucks decides he gives a care.
    histmyston April 26, 2014   Link

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