The Hardest Part

Lyrics: Ryan Adams et al
Music: Ryan Adams et al

A Ryan Adams song (from "Jacksonville City Nights") sung by Joan Osborne with Phil Lesh & Friends.

Pay my respect to the company store
I ain't got no money, don't want no more
Pay my respects to the company, boys, now just move along
I worked hard for every little bit I got
And got lucky once on some advice
Met a dark haired girl that the Mississippi moon
Must have left by mistake one night
In a hurry, Lord

And that ain't the hardest part
The hardest part is loving
Somebody that cares for you so much

Promises don't pay cash at the bank
If they did I'm bidding your word
They couldn't pay me for the time that it took to write a check
To buy a babydoll for my girl
And I worked hard for every little bit I got
The things I got are gonna stay
And it's been flooding so hard on them company mines
That you know it's gonna flood someday
And you're gonna miss someone

And that ain't the hardest part
The hardest part is loving somebody that cares for you
And that ain't the hardest part
The hardest part is working and I've worked enough

I could stretch that penny like a silver line
Rolling through the pages of my life
Underneath your name where it's underlined
I've been turned around
I've been mystified by a true love

And that ain't the hardest part
Talkin' bout a true love
And that ain't the hardest part
And that ain't the hardest part
And that ain't the hardest part
Ryan Adams Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     2005 Jacksonville City Nights Ryan Adams and the Cardinals