Do It the Hard Way

Rodgers & HammersteinPal Joey


Do It the Hard Way

Lyrics By Lorenz Hart  Music By Richard Rodgers

As their scheme to blackmail Joey and Vera grows more complicated, Ludlow convinces Gladys to persist. Rodgers’ simple, catchy melody made this tune a favorite for jazz musicians, including Chet Baker and André Previn.



“Do It the Hard Way” LYRICS

Fred Astaire once worked so hard
He often lost his breath,
And now he taps all other chaps to death.
Working hard did not retard
The young Cab Calloway,
Now hear him blow his vo-de-o-do today.

Do it the hard way
And it’s easy sailing.
Do it the hard way
And it’s hard to lose.
Only the soft way
Has a chance of failing;
You have to choose.

I took the hard way
When I tried to get you.
You took the soft way
When you said, “We’ll see.”
Darling, now I’ll let you
Do it the hard way
Now that you want me.