The Hard Way (Clint Black album)

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The Hard Way
The Hard Way cover.jpg
Studio album by Clint Black
Released July 14, 1992
Recorded Studio Sound, Burbank, California; Moonee Ponds, Los Angeles, California; Eleven Eleven Studio and Mesa Recording, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 34:09
Label RCA
Producer James Stroud, Clint Black
Clint Black chronology
Put Yourself in My Shoes
The Hard Way
No Time to Kill
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly B− [3]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars [4]
Q 3/5 stars [5]
Robert Christgau C [6]

The Hard Way is a 1992 (see 1992 in music) album by country singer-songwriter Clint Black. It was his third album and the first one he co-produced with James Stroud.

It includes the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks top-ten hits "We Tell Ourselves"[#2], "Burn One Down"[#4], and the Number One hit "When My Ship Comes In". While not as commercially successful as his first two albums, The Hard Way was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Clint Black and Hayden Nicholas except where noted.

  1. "We Tell Ourselves" – 4:39
  2. "The Hard Way" – 3:22
  3. "Something To Cry About" – 3:55
  4. "Buying Time" – 3:36
  5. "When My Ship Comes In" – 3:33
  6. "A Woman Has Her Way" (Black, David Bellamy, Jerry Lynn Williams) – 2:51
  7. "There Was Never A Train" – 2:42A
  8. "The Good Old Days" – 2:29
  9. "Burn One Down" (Black, Nicholas, Frankie Miller) – 3:51
  10. "Wake Up Yesterday" – 3:43
  • AOmitted from cassette version.




  • Clint Black—producer
  • James Stroud—producer
  • Lynn Peterzell—engineer

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1992) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 2
U.S. Billboard 200 8
Canadian RPM Country Albums 3
Canadian RPM Top Albums 47


Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1992 "We Tell Ourselves" 2 1
"Burn One Down" 4 2
1993 "When My Ship Comes In" 1 1