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Hello Cruel World
Gretchen Peters Lyrics


Haven’t done as well as I thought I would
I’m not dead but I’m damaged goods
And it’s gettin’ late
I’m a rusty hinge, a squeaky wheel
At the bad end of a shaky deal
Cursed by the hand of fate
And ooooooh – I’m a very lucky girl
Yeah ooooooh – hello cruel world

I’m a ticking clock, a losing bet
A girl without a safety net
I’m a cause for some concern
You don’t live this long without regrets
Telephone calls you don’t wanna get
Stones you’d rather leave unturned
But ooooooh – the grain of sand becomes the pearl
Yeah ooooooh – hello cruel world

Some folks go the easy route
Numb the pain or put the lights out
Either way they got to go
Me I’m gonna stick around
In for a penny in for a pound
Cause I hate to miss the show
And ooooooh – I’m a very stubborn girl
Yeah ooooooh – hello cruel world
Hello cruel world

Writer(s): Tom Russell Copyright: Frontera Music

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Catherine S. Todd

HELLO CRUEL WORLD - LYRICS, by Gretchen Peters
Haven’t done as well as I thought I would
I’m not dead but I’m damaged goods
And it’s gettin’ late
I’m a rusty hinge, a squeaky wheel
at the bad end of a shaky deal
cursed by the hand of fate
and ooooooh – I’m a very lucky girl
yeah ooooooh – hello cruel world

I’m a ticking clock, a losing bet
a girl without a safety net
I’m a cause for some concern
You don’t live this long without regrets
Telephone calls you don’t wanna get
Stones you’d rather leave unturned
but ooooooh – the grain of sand becomes the pearl
yeah ooooooh – hello cruel world

some folks go the easy route
numb the pain or put the lights out
either way they got to go
me I’m gonna stick around
in for a penny in for a pound
cause I hate to miss the show
and ooooooh – I’m a very stubborn girl
yeah ooooooh – hello cruel world
hello cruel world

©2011 Circus Girl Music, administered by Carnival Music (ASCAP)



All comments from YouTube:

Jack Hudkins

A great writer and artist!!!

Nick Jarvis

I had the pleasure of seeing this fine woman and her band on Easter Monday 2019 at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. (England) there was something about the atmosphere, the mix between the band and the audience that combined to make it one of life's unforgettable moments. One of the best concerts I've ever attended. I was particularly struck by the added depth to her music that came via the addition of the Southern Fried String Quartet. This particular track has always intrigued me because to my mind, Barry Walsh has always been one of the most underrated keyboard players on the circuit. Did anyone else pick up on the nod to Cher's " Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" that he sneaks in effortlessly on this track? An understated genius in my mind and a perfect match for Gretchen.

Keith Bacon

I've seen her about 5 times in England round the Midlands and once in London and the experience is repeated. A very special artist. And like the clever ones she gets great relationships with other musicians.

Bluegrasshack

Late to the Gretchen party and trying mightily to catch us. Just saw her do this one and others at Nashville's City Winery! Powerful stuff from a powerful singer-songwriter. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent!

Chanyak Lowang

this is poetry...love it

babs4TLove /Barbara Paskin

Love this one, Gretchen! Just added it to my set list. Your music is so inspiring for me. All the best!  <3 Babs

Gypsy0210

Im posting this with tears in my eyes on this early 5am morning. I love this song and am relating to every word! This is a Beautiful song with Music that touches Deep with-in! Thank You for the Song! Doing an amazing job Gretchen! Michelle in Azle, Tx

Antunes Carlos

Eu só estou esperando sair em vinil para comprar esse maravilhoso disco da Gretchen Peters. Que voz suave essa mulher tem!.

Andy Gardner

My god Gretchen you're amazing

Steven Driskell

Thanks Gretchen! What a great song!

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