"Easy To Be Hard" as written by Gerome Ragni, James Rado and Galt Mac Dermot....
How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be hard
Easy to be cold

How can people have no feelings
How can they ignore their friends
Easy to be proud
Easy to say no

Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice
Do you only care about being proud
How about I need a friend, I need a friend

How can people be so heartless
You know I'm hung up on you
Easy to be proud
Easy to say no

Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice
Do you only care about being proud
How about I need a friend, I need a friend

How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be proud, easy to say no
Easy to be gone, easy to say no
Come on, easy to get read
Easy to say no
But too easy to be cold
Easy to say no
But too easy to say no


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"Easy to Be Hard" as written by Gerome Ragni Galt Mac Dermot

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  • +2
    General CommentTDN borrowed this song from the 60s musical 'Hair'. A counter-culture, anti-war, psycedelic rock musical (that's pretty good with songs like this one, 'Walking in Space' and 'Good Morning Starshine'). Reflected what youth was going through at the time (the draft, Vietnam war, drugs, free love, civil rights movement, etc). Very turbulent time. There was a huge contrast between the youth culture and establishment.

    The song's about a young woman (Sheila) who is frustrated that her boyfriend (Berger) seems to care more about strangers in need (the 'bleeding crowd') and social injustices than he does about her. He's caught up in the causes but she's saying 'Hey, I'm important to you too...'

    The message is relevant to anyone who gets too obsessive about a cause or maybe their work and forgets about the people who are close to them.
    gregohflon March 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGood song, listening to it now. I could be wrong but to me, it seems like it's about someone who is trying to make a friend but everyone is cruel. Whoever it is, is wondering how can people be like that. He thinks it's easy for them but hard to believe. How can people be so cruel, heartless etc.

    In the song, they mention that they need a friend but everyone is mean in someway.
    ThePowerpuffGirlson October 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've been hearing this song since the opening night of Hair. All that time, up to now, I thought I heard "ugly" whenever anyone sang "heartless." No matter who sang it! (laughing) Worst part is, I can't blame my poor hearing on one moment of being high or otherwise impaired! Well, at least "ugly" and "heartless" are roughly synonymous.

    I'll admit too, it still is not clear to me exactly what is being sung at "Do you only care about..." I always thought it was "...the real crowd." "...being proud" does seem to fit.
    Hipnoticedon October 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIsn't that the truth!
    MayorMenleyon December 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the lyrics are trying to say friends should come first, before social causes. Ignoring a friend certainly can be cruel. I'd like to know the story behind the lyrics. Sounds like a lover's spat. "You know I'm hung up on you". Is this jeolousy shrowed in poetry?
    norderon August 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song.
    S3v3nson December 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYour lyrics are wrong. It's not "Do you only care about being proud". It is, and always was, "Do you only care about the bleeding crowd". Also attributing this to Three Dog Night instead of Lyn Kellogg and the musical Hair is just moronic.
    Mantellion September 13, 2017   Link

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