Harder They Come

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"The Harder They Come" is a reggae song by the Jamaican singer Jimmy Cliff. It was first recorded for the soundtrack of the 1972 movie of the same name, in which it is supposed to have been written by the film's main character, Ivanhoe Martin. "The Harder They Come" has been covered by many artists and was ranked number 350 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".


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Well they tell me of a pie up in the sky 
Waiting for me when I die 
But between the day you're born and when you die 
They never seem to hear even your cry 

So as sure as the sun will shine 
I'm gonna get my share now of what's mine 
And then the harder they come 
The harder they'll fall, one and all 
Ooh the harder they come 
The harder they'll fall, one and all 

Well the oppressors are trying to keep me down 
Trying to drive me underground 
And they think that they have got the battle won 
I say forgive them Lord
They know not what they've done 


Ooh yeah oh yeah woah yeah ooooh 

And I keep on fighting for the things I want 
Though I know that when you're dead you can't 
But I'd rather be a free man in my grave 
Than living as a puppet or a slave 


Yeah, the harder they come,
The harder they'll fall one and all

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Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff, OM (born James Chambers on 1 April 1948) is a Jamaican musician, singer and actor. He is the only currently living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts and sciences. more »

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