Taking It Hard

Lyrics: Joe New
Music: Joe New

Played by the New Riders of the Purple Sage in the late 1970s.

I'm taking it hard
Battered and scarred
Broke down and wasted
Wondering what is life for
If I can't have more
Of the sweet love we tasted

It's so damned hard to deal
With the way that I feel
Heart still beating strong
For lips that went wrong
For one dream too far
I played my last card
And I'm taking it hard

Well the look on my face
Brings down the whole place
Where I do my drinking
Cold whiskey and beer
For the hell that's in here
Where I do my thinking

Her face and form
So rare and so warm
Dance in front of my eyes
But then like a cloud
She's lost in a crowd
Over black scheming lies

I'm taking it hard
Battered and scarred
Broke down and wasted
Wondering what is life for
If I can't have more
Of the sweet love we tasted

It's so damned hard to deal
With the way that I feel
Heart still beating strong
For lips that went wrong
For one dream too far
I played my last card
And I'm taking it hard

I'm playing a part
Chewing holes in my heart
While the box plays a weeper
But the fiddle and steel
They don't seem to heal
They just drive the pain deeper

So don't interupt
You're filling him up
Bar tender be kind
Till I lose my sight
Here comes the night
And there goes my mind

I'm taking it hard
Battered and scarred
Broke down and wasted
Wondering what is life for
If I can't have more
Of the sweet love we tasted

It's so damned hard to deal
With the way that I feel
Heart still beating strong
For lips that went wrong
For one dream too far
I played my last card
And I'm taking it hard
New Riders Recordings
     Date Album
     1985 Marin County Line