It's So Hard
John Lennon Lyrics


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You gotta live
You gotta love
You gotta be somebody
You gotta shove
But it's so hard, it's really hard
Sometimes I feel like going down

You gotta eat
You gotta drink
You gotta feel something
You gotta worry
But it's so hard, it's really hard
Sometimes I feel like going down

But when it's good
It's really good
And when I hold you in my arms, baby
Sometimes I feel like going down

You gotta run
You gotta hide
You gotta keep your woman satisfied




But it's so hard, it's really hard
Sometimes I feel like going down

Overall Meaning

In "It's So Hard," John Lennon explores the struggles and challenges of daily life. He lists out the basic necessities we all need to live - food, drink, love, purpose - and expresses how difficult it can be to balance all of these things. The repetition of "You gotta" creates a sense of obligation and pressure that many people can relate to. But despite the difficulty, there are moments of joy and pleasure, represented in the lyrics "when it's good, it's really good" and "when I hold you in my arms, baby."


The line "sometimes I feel like going down" is interesting because it can have multiple interpretations. It could mean feeling depressed or overwhelmed, almost like sinking into despair. But it could also be interpreted as a sexual innuendo, which was not uncommon in Lennon's writing.


Overall, "It's So Hard" is a reflection on the ups and downs of life, and the constant struggle to maintain balance and find happiness.


Line by Line Meaning

You gotta live
You have to survive and make the most of your life


You gotta love
You have to experience and give out affection


You gotta be somebody
You have to find your identity and be recognized for it by society


You gotta shove
You have to be bold and assertive to achieve your goals


But it's so hard, it's really hard
Despite these aspirations, it's difficult to achieve them


Sometimes I feel like going down
At times, it all feels impossible to handle


You gotta eat
You have to sustain yourself with food


You gotta drink
You have to hydrate yourself with fluids


You gotta feel something
You have to experience emotions and sensations


You gotta worry
You have to be concerned about the consequences of your actions


But it's so hard, it's really hard
Despite these basic needs, it's tough to achieve them


But when it's good
However, when everything falls into place


It's really good
The experience is genuinely joyful and fulfilling


And when I hold you in my arms, baby
Especially when I embrace my loved one


Sometimes I feel like going down
It makes me emotional and overwhelmed


You gotta run
You have to escape from danger or difficult situations


You gotta hide
You have to protect yourself from harm


You gotta keep your woman satisfied
You have to take care of your partner's needs and happiness


But it's so hard, it's really hard
Despite these efforts, it's not always successful


Sometimes I feel like going down
It can cause doubt and discouragement




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: John Winston Lennon

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