What's Easy for Two Is So Hard for One

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"What's Easy for Two Is Hard for One"
Single by Mary Wells
from the album Mary Wells' Greatest Hits
B-side You Lost the Sweetest Boy
Released 1963
Format 7" single
Recorded 1963
Genre Soul/pop
Label Motown
M 1048
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson
Producer(s) Smokey Robinson
Mary Wells singles chronology
"Your Old Standby"
"What's Easy for Two Is Hard for One"
"You Lost the Sweetest Boy"

"What's Easy for Two Is Hard for One" is a song written and produced by Smokey Robinson and released as a single by singer Mary Wells for the Motown label.

Song information[edit]

In this song, the narrator is longing for a longtime partnership with a suitor and constantly begs the man to "take her to the preacher man" in hopes the couple does "what should be done" because "what two can easily do is so hard to be done by one".

Release and reaction[edit]

Released in mid-1963, the song returned Wells to the top 30 where it peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100. Wells covered the song at least two more times.


"What's Easy For Two Is Hard For One" is one of the most covered Motown songs within the company.


Mary Wells' version[edit]

Temptations' version[edit]

Connie Haines' version[edit]

Marvelettes' version[edit]

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