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It's the hard-knock life for us

It's the hard-knock life for us

'Stead of treated 

We get tricked

'Stead 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, 

'Steada of wool! 

Empty Bellies 

'Steada of full! 

It's the hard-knock life! 

 

Don't it feel like the wind is always howl'n? 

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 puttin' 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 an' weepy! 

From the cryin’ you would think this place would sink. Oh!

 

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

It's the hard-knock life 

 

You'll stay up till this dump shines 

like the top of the Chrysler Building. 

 

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 (It's the hard-knock life)

It's the hard-knock life (It's the hard-knock life)

It's the hard-knock life

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