There's No Easy Way

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James Ingram

James Ingram (born February 16, 1956) is an American singer, record producer, and instrumentalist. He is a two-time Grammy Award-winner and a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song. Since beginning his career in 1973, Ingram has charted eight U.S. Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 from the early 1980s until the early 1990s, as well charting with thirteen top 40 hits on the R&B singles chart. He has also amassed two number-one singles on the Hot 100: "Baby, Come to Me" which top the US pop chart in 1983 (a duet with R&B singer Patti Austin) and "I Don't Have the Heart", which became his second No. 1 in 1990, his first as a solo artist. Ingram co-written "The Day I Fall In Love" (for rock musician Patty Smyth), from the motion picture Beethoven's 2nd and "Look What Love Has Done", from the motion picture Junior which has earned him nominations for Best Original Song from the Oscars, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards in 1994 and 1995.


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I held her close to me, 
'Cause I know she breaks so easily.
And then I told her,
But I knew no matter how I tried to console her.
She'd just do the best she could,
But there are times the best was no damn good.
And no matter how you try to be kind,
There's always still a part of you you leave behind.
When it falls apart,
There's no easy way to break somebody's heart.

I lied and told her she'd be fine,
Though we both knew it was just a line.
I had to do it,
'Cause I'd have said anything to help her get through it.
Then she reached out for my hand
And her simple touch was more than I could stand.
And I had to turn away,
'Cause I knew all the hurt that she was feeling
I was feeling too.
'Cause when it falls apart,
There's no easy way to break somebody's heart.

She could've gotten angry and made my feel like a guilty child,
But I realized that never was her style.
I wanted her to hurt me and not treat me like a friend.
I wanted her to say there'll be someday
To come crawling on my knees to ask her back again.
But she acted like a lady till the end.
Oh, what a lady.

I thought that she'd break down,
But she smiled at me and never made a sound.
And I guess she understood in her way,
'Cause her silence told me everything she could not say.
When it falls apart,
Oh, there's just no easy way.
There's just no easy way.
There's no easy way to break somebody's heart.

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Written by: Barry Mann

Submitted by BellaGold on July 28, 2019

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