It's the Hard Knock Life
|"It's the Hard Knock Life"|
|Song by Annie and Orphans|
"It's the Hard Knock Life" is a song from the musical Annie with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. The song is about the hardships faced by children 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". As well as the line "You'll stay up 'til this dump shines like the top of the Chrysler building", has been changed to "Make my bathroom shine, but don't touch my medicine cabinet".
- The song is sampled in the Jay-Z song "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)." The Jay-Z version is parodied in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember.
- The song is sampled in the Lil' Romeo track "We Can Make It Right" from his second album Game Time.
- Play covered the song in 2004 for their third studio album Don't Stop the Music which was later featured 20th Anniversary DVD release of Annie. The cover was panned by critics.
- The song is sampled in Lukas Graham's 2014 single "Mama Said".
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- "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) by Jay-Z Songfacts".
- "Lukas Graham's Mama Said". WhoSampled. Retrieved February 25, 2016.