It's the Hard Knock Life

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"It's the Hard Knock Life"
Song by Annie and Orphans
Composer(s)Charles Strouse
Lyricist(s)Martin Charnin

"It's the Hard Knock Life" is a song from the musical Annie[1] with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin.[2][3][4] The song is about the hard times while living in an orphanage.

In the 2014 film adaptation, the lyrics in the line "No one cares for you a smidge, when you're in an orphanage", have been changed to "no one cares for you a bit, when you're a foster kid".[citation needed]

Cover versions[edit]


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  3. ^ "It's the Hard Knock Life – ANNIE to Close on Broadway January 5, 2014". Broadway World. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "Annie Fun Facts". Pittsburgh CLO. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) by Jay-Z Songfacts".
  6. ^ "Lukas Graham's Mama Said". WhoSampled. Retrieved February 25, 2016.