Bon Jovi Growin’ Up The Hard Way Lyrics

Growing up the hard way

We’re growing up the hard way

She’s got a blue tattoo on the back of her hand

It says “I love you” from the boys in the band

She’s been living on the run for almost a year

Her daddy would abuse her, she’s been living in fear

She’s got a diamond in her teeth and a leather beret

She knows every city street from New York to L.A.

She’s got little girl eyes

And her heart’s made of stone

I guess you gotta grow up fast

When you’re out on your own

Try to hold your head up high

You live and then you die

Can someone tell me why

Growing up the hard way

Learning how to live with the pain

The weight of the world on your shoulders

I guess that’s just the price that you pay

Growing up the hard way

It;s getting harder every day

Lying in a bead made of fire

Praying to God for some rain

Growing up the hard way

He was the pride and joy of the family

He always was the good boy they told him to be

But no one knew the anger that was building up inside

He was drinking from the bottle

That his old man used to hide

He stole this rent-a-car off of Route 35

And when he gunned it I heard him scream

“Straight to hell I’m gonna drive”

Then the cops came out of nowhere

And that truck got in his way,

I’m sorry, Mrs. Johnson, that it had to end this way

Try to hold your head up high

You live and then you die

Can someone tell me why

Growing up the hard way

Learning how to live with the pain

The weight of the world on your shoulders

I guess that’s just the price that you pay

Growing up the hard way

It;s getting harder every day

Lying in a bead made of fire

Praying to God for some rain

Growing up the hard way, growing up the hard way

Growing up the hard way, growing up the hard way

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Try to hold your head up high

You live and then you die

Can someone tell me why

Growing up the hard way

Learning how to live with the pain

The weight of the world on your shoulders

I guess that’s just the price that you pay

Growing up the hard way

It;s getting harder every day

Lying in a bead made of fire

Praying to God for some rain

Growing up the hard way, growing up the hard way

I’m growing up the hard way

Growing up the hard way

We’ll suffer the hard way, baby

Growing up the hard way, growing up the hard way