The Hardest Thing In The World



The hardest thing in the world

Holland fades, it don't please
I never wanted to leave
Searching for a perfect day
It never happens that way
A hey hey hey

I'm sick inside, I'm so obsolete
Would heaven help me be clean ?
Searching for a perfect day (a perfect day)
It never happens that way
A hey hey hey

Cut away
I know your world wants you around

You never heard a word I said (a word I said)
It sounded simple to me
That if you knew, you wouldn't say (you wouldn't say)
It never happens that way
A hey hey hey

And the impression I get
As the story unfurls
That you're the hardest thing in the world

Cut away
I know your world wants you around

What you feel it might not be
It seems so far to me
I cannot climb to touch your spire
I'm getting higher and higher

Cut away
I know your world wants you around
The hardest thing in the world


Demo version (1987)

The hardest thing in the world

A pollen sails in the breeze (in the breeze)
I'm like the flowers of spring
Waiting for a perfect day (a perfect day)
So I can get in your way
A hey hey hey

And there's the chance that I must seize (that I must seize)
Before it fizzles away
I need to reach enormous heights (enormous heights)
So I can get in your way
A hey hey hey

In your way
I know your world wants you around

I'm on this earth, I plan to stay (I plan to stay)
I won't lie in the ground
So much for me, so much to be (so much to be)
I cannot lie in the ground
A hey hey hey

The impression I get
As the story unfurls
That you're the hardest thing in the world

In the ground
I know your girl spins you around

Company's for rainy days
It seems so far away
Cannot grasp the things I need
I am and here and I'll be

In the ground
I know your girl spins you around

The hardest thing in the world


Lyrics by:
Squire / Brown

Music by:
Squire / Brown

Written:
1986

Personnel:
John Squire (guitar)
Ian Brown (vocals)
Gary Mounfield (bass)
Alan Wren (drums, backing vocals)

Produced by:
Peter Hook

Available on:
Elephant Stone single (b-side)
Turns Into Stone (2.39)
The Complete Stone Roses (2.39)

First live performance:
In 1986.

Pseudonyms:
'Hardest Thing'

Details:
The Hardest Thing In The World opens with disappointment about a trip to Holland ("Holland fades..." is ambiguously pronounced as "Holland fails..."), possibly taking its lead from the opening of Safe European Home by The Clash. The first trace of a Simon and Garfunkel influence is also found here: "A hey hey hey" (Mrs Robinson).

Safe European Home is the opening track of Give 'Em Enough Rope (1978) by The Clash.


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