Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)

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"Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)"
Single by ABBA
from the album Ring Ring
B-side "I Am Just a Girl"
Released June, 1973
Format 7" single
Recorded March 14, 1973 at Metronome Studio, Stockholm
Genre Country rock
Length 2:57
Label Polar
Writer(s) Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s) Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA singles chronology
"Ring Ring"
"Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)"
"Nina, Pretty Ballerina"
Music video
"Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)" on YouTube
Music sample

"Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)" is a country-rock song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA.[1] It was the fourth and last single to be released from their album Ring Ring, but unusually, it wasn't issued in ABBA's home-country of Sweden, but elsewhere in Scandinavia.[2] It was coupled with "I Am Just a Girl" as its B-side upon release in 1973. The song was one of the last songs to be recorded for the album Ring Ring. "Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)" was the first and last Polar single to be issued as 'Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Frida'.

The song describes the common phenomenon of a quarrel between lovers, and although the song's title seems to be self-contradictory, it's unlikely that it pertains to a sexual double entendre as some have believed it to be.[3]


The song was written and composed by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus. All four members of the ABBA share the lead vocals.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)"
  2. "I Am Just a Girl"

Chart performance[edit]

The single's limited release did not generate a Top 10 chart placement anywhere, though it was a minor hit in some countries where it was released. In Sweden, it reached #3 on the Tio i topp singles chart.


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  3. ^ Scott, Robert (2002) 'ABBA: Thank You for the Music - The Stories Behind Every Song', Carlton Books Limited: Great Britain, p. 31