It’s A Hard Life

Words and music by Freddie Mercury
Performed by Queen on the album ‘The Works’

It’s a Hard Life chords transcribed by Shane McDonald

This is a fairly straight-forward song to play if you are comfortable with the key of Bb and the standard chords within that key, namely Bb, Eb, Cm, Gm, F and Ab as the most used chords in this song. I have uploaded a video which might help and that is at the bottom of this page.

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It’s a Hard Life Chords

Intro : The song 'It's A Hard Life' starts straight away, but if you play a Cm7 you should be able to get the starting note.
   Cm7
 I don't want my freedom
Eb                     D7
 There's no reason for living
               Bb       Ab/Bb
 With a broken heart

Verses:
Bb         F          Gm
 This is a tricky situation
Eb         Bb/D         Cm
 I've only got myself to blame
             Bb
 It's just a simple fact of life,
Ab/Bb
 it can happen to anyone.
Eb        Bb/D             Cm                Gm
 You win, you lose, it's a chance you have to take with love.
Eb          Bb/D             Cm               Gm
 Oh yeah, I fell in love and now you say it's over,
                 Ab          F
 and I'm falling apart        
        Bb   Dm7    Eb               Bb
It's a Hard Life to be true lovers together
    Eb                Bb                  F  Gm  Ab  F/A
To love and live forever in each other's hearts
       Bb        Dm       Eb                     Bb   
It's a long hard fight to learn to care for each other
   Eb              Bb                  F
To trust in one another right from the start
                Eb    Db/Eb
When you're in love

Bb         F               Gm
 I try and mend the broken pieces
Eb        Bb/D          Cm
 I try to fight back the tears
               Bb
 They say it's just a state of mind
       Ab/Bb
 But it happens to everyone
Eb             Bb/D          Cm                         Gm
 How it hurts, deep inside,  When your love has cut you down in size
Eb                 Bb/D          Cm                   Gm                         Ab
 This life is tough, on your own, Now I'm waiting for something to fall from the skies
                 F
I'm waiting for love
        Bb   Dm7    Eb               Bb
It's a hard life to be true lovers together
    Eb                Bb                  F  Gm  Ab  F/A
To love and live forever in each other's hearts
       Bb        Dm       Eb                     Bb   
It's a long hard fight to learn to care for each other
   Eb              Bb                  F
To trust in one another right from the start
                Eb    Db/Eb
When you're in love

Solos:
| Ab         | G          | Cm   Cm7/B | Ab    Cm/G |

| Eb    Bb/D | Cm         | Ab   Eb/G  | Fm7        |

| Bb11  Bb7  |            | Ab   Eb/G  | Fm7    Cm  |

| Ab    Eb/G | Fm    Cm   | Bb         | F          |
       Bb   Dm7       Eb                       Bb
It's a hard life in a world that's filled with sorrow
          Eb                     Bb          F  Gm  Ab  F/A
There are people searching for love in every way
       Bb        Dm              Eb                Bb   
It's a long hard fight, but I'll always live for tomorrow
     Eb                      Bb
I'll look back on myself and say
              F
I did it for love
                 Ebadd9/G
Yes, I did it for love
     Ab6     F7/A
For love,   Fo______r,
               Bb    Ab/Bb    Bb    Ab/Bb     Bb    Ab/Bb     Bb    Ab/Bb  (end by hitting a high Ab note)
I did it for love.
Some Guitar & Keyboard Chords :
These are some Guitar Chords used in the song above with the individual notes for keyboard players.
Cm	335543	C   Eb  G
Dm7	557565	D   F   A   C
Eb	668886  Eb  G   Bb
F	133211	F   A   C
Gm	355333	G   Bb  D
Ab	466544	Ab  C   Eb
Bb	688766	Bb  D   F
Bb/D	558765	Bb  D   F  (Bass Note is D)
Bb11	6x6544	Ab  C   Eb (Bass Note is Bb) - Not Exact but an acceptable simple replacement

It’s a Hard Life Lyrics

I don’t want my freedom
There’s no reason for living with a broken heart

This is a tricky situation
I’ve only got myself to blame
It’s just a simple fact of life
It can happen to any one

You win, you lose
It’s a chance you have to take with love
Oh yeah, I fell in love
But now you say it’s over and I’m falling apart
Yeah yeah

It’s a hard life
To be true lovers together
To love and live forever in each others hearts
It’s a long hard fight
To learn to care for each other
To trust in one another right from the start
When you’re in love

I try and mend the broken pieces
Oh, I try to fight back the tears
Oh, they say it’s just a state of mind
But it happens to everyone
How it hurts (yeah) deep inside (oh yeah)
When your love has cut you down to size
Life is tough on your own
Now I’m waiting for something to fall from the skies
I’m waiting for love

Yes it’s a hard life
Two lovers together
To love and live forever in each others hearts
It’s a long hard fight
To learn to care for each other
To trust in one another right from the start
When you’re in love

Yes it’s a hard life
In a world that’s filled with sorrow
There are people searching for love in every way
It’s a long hard fight
But I’ll always live for tomorrow
I’ll look back at myself and say I did it for love (oh)

Yes I did it for love
For love
Oh I did it for love

How to Play “It’s a Hard Life” by Queen on Piano

This is my version of the Queen song It’s a Hard Life on piano.

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