The Hard Way

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The fourth album from the AJM Band, 'The Hard Way' is for those who love the sounds of classic rock and blues / rock but are looking for new music. Both fun and serious subjects are covered. Help us in our crusade to bring back a great style of music!

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released June 1, 2018

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Track Name: The Hard Way
THE HARD WAY
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY ANDREW JAY MAGNUSON

IT SURE SOUNDS EASY
IT’S ANYTHING BUT THAT
GREASY WHEELS SLIPPIN’ AND SLIDIN’
THEN GONE FLAT
IT TAKES DETERMINATION
TO GET IT RIGHT
BUT I NEVER GIVE UP BABY
GONNA GET IT TONIGHT
NO MATTER HOW TIGHT

DOING IT THE HARD WAY
DOING IT THE HARD WAY

WELL, IT’S AN UPHILL BATTLE
DOWN A ROCKY ROAD
IT TAKES AN IRON CONSTITUTION
NOT TO EXPLODE
GOT THE GYPSY’S MOJO
I’M ON A ROLL
GONNA BANG THAT SQUARE PEG
IN THAT ROUND HOLE
WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL

DOING IT THE HARD WAY
DOING IT THE HARD WAY

GOT BUMPS ON MY BRUISES
LUMPS ON MY CHIN
BITES ON MY LIPS
SCRATCHES ON MY SKIN

DOING IT THE HARD WAY
DAMN IT’S HARD

DOING IT THE HARD WAY
DOING IT THE HARD WAY
STIFF COMPETITION
DOING IT THE HARD WAY
NOW THAT’S A FIRM OFFER
DOING IT THE HARD WAY

GOT BUMPS ON MY BRUISES
LUMPS ON MY CHIN
ROUND TWO BABY
JUST SAY WHEN
DOING IT THE HARD WAY
Track Name: Out of Reach
OUT OF REACH
LYRICS AND MUSIC BY ANDREW JAY MAGNUSON

SO CLOSE
BUT MILES AWAY
CIRCUMSTANCE
STANDS IN MY WAY
WHAT DOES IT TAKE
TO BE ON THE INSIDE?
I KNOW HOW IT FEELS
BEING DENIED

TRIED SO HARD
BUT THE WALLS I COULD NOT BREACH
IT HURTS SO BAD WHEN WHAT YOU WANT
IS JUST OUT OF REACH

SO MUCH TIME
LOST IN THE DANCE
RISKING THE EXISTING
BY TAKING A CHANCE
AND WHAT’S THE COST?
YOU KNOW I WOULD SELL YOU MY SOUL
EACH PASSING MOMENT
FALLING DEEPER IN THE HOLE

TRIED SO HARD
BUT THE WALLS I COULD NOT BREACH
OT HURTS SO BAD WHEN WHAT YOU WANT
IS JUST OUT OF REACH

COME A LITTLE CLOSER

TRIED SO HARD
BUT THE WALLS I COULD NOT BREACH
IT HURTS SO BAD WHEN WHAT YOU WANT
IS JUST OUT OF REACH
TRIED SO HARD
BUT THE WALLS I COULD NOT BREACH
IT HURTS SO BAD WHEN WHAT YOU WANT
YES, IT HURTS SO BAD WHEN WHAT YOU WANT
I SAID IT HURTS SO BAD WHEN WHAT YOU WANT
IS JUST OUT OF REACH
Track Name: Lil' Bo Peep
LIL’ BO PEEP
LYRICS AND MUSIC BY ANDREW JAY MAGNUSON

A CHERRY SINKS TO THE BOTTOM
IT TAKES A SPOON TO DIG THAT DEEP
IN YOUR EYES I SEE ANOTHER SURPRISE
IT’S A PICTURE I’D RATHER NOT KEEP
WADING WAIST DEEP IN THE WATER
THEN YOU PULLED YOUR LITTLE STUNT
YOU LEFT ME STUCK IN THE MUD
WITH MY FEET IN THE CRUD
NOW THE DAMN DOG WANTS TO HUNT

YOU WANT ME BACK
WELL, AIN’T THAT RICH
UNTIL ANOTHER CAT COMES ALONG
AND WANTS TO SCRATCH YOUR ITCH
YOU WANT ME BACK
BETTER BRING THE MOON
LOVING YOU IS RIDING A BIKE
ANOTHER BE RIDING IT SOON

YOU SAY YOU WANT SEEDS TO BE PLANTED
A FAMILY TREE OH SO STRONG
WILL YOU PICK ALL THE FRUIT
AND DIG UP THE ROOTS
WHEN ANOTHER SAP COMES ALONG
TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN
NO ONE IS TENDING THE SHEEP
WHEN PUCH COMES TO SHOVE
IT WAS NEVER ABOUT LOVE
AND OFF WITH THE WOLF YOU WILL CREEP

YOU WANT ME BACK
WELL, AIN’T THAT RICH
UNTIL ANOTHER CAT COMES ALONG
AND WANTS TO SCRATCH YOUR ITCH
YOU WANT ME BACK
BETTER BRING THE MOON
‘CAUSE LOVING YOU IS RIDING A BIKE
ANOTHER BE RIDING IT SOON

COME ON, GOT SOME PEDALING TO DO

YOU WANT ME BACK
WELL, AIN’T THAT RICH
UNTIL ANOTHER CAT COMES ALONG
AND WANTS TO SCRATCH YOUR ITCH
YOU WANT ME BACK
BETTER BRING THE MOON
LOVING YOU IS RIDING A BIKE
ANOTHER BE RIDING IT SOON
Track Name: Lack of Trying
LACK OF TRYING
LYRICS AND MUSIC BY ANDREW JAY MAGNUSON

THURSDAY WAS A ROUGH DAY
SEEN A SIDE I HADN’T SEEN
WHAT YOU GAVE YOU TOOK AWAY
WHAT YOU SAID YOU DIDN’T MEAN
WORDS LIKE A KNIFE RIGHT THROUGH MY SIDE
CUT ME RIGHT DOWN TO SIZE
MORE THAN JUST A BLOW TO MY PRIDE
LEFT TEARS IN MY EYES
AND YOU CAUGHT ME BY SURPRISE

YOU TURNED IT OFF JUST LIKE A LIGHT AT YOUR FRONT DOOR
I HURT IN PLACES I NEVER FELT BEFORE
TURNED IT OFF, LEFT ME CRYING
MAYBE WHAT WE HAD IS LOST
BUT IT’S JUST FROM A LACK OF TRYING

NEVER THOUGHT TOO MUCH ABOUT IT
EVERYTHING SEEMED FINE
WHEN IT BLEW IT WAS CATASTOPHIC
AND THE TIES BEGAN TO UNWIND
SHOULD HAVE GIVEN ME A SIGN

YOU TURNED IT OFF JUST LIKE A LIGHT AT YOUR FRONT DOOR
I HURT IN PLACES I NEVER FELT BEFORE
TURNED IT OFF, LEFT ME CRYING
MAYBE WHAT WE HAD IS LOST
BUT IT’S JUST FROM A LACK OF TRYING

PUNCHED HARD BELOW THE BELT
BURNED AND CHARRED IS HOW I FELT

THURSDAY WAS A ROUGH DAY
SEEN A SIDE I HADN’T SEEN
MOVING ON WITHOUT RESOLUTION
SO MUCH HARDER THAN IT SEEMS
AND YOU TORE ME AT THE SEAMS BABY

YOU TURNED IT OFF JUST LIKE A LIGHT AT YOUR FRONT DOOR
I HURT IN PLACES I NEVER FELT BEFORE
TURNED IT OFF, LEFT ME CRYING
MAYBE WHAT WE HAD IS LOST
BUT IT’S JUST FROM A LACK OF TRYING
YEAH, IT’S JUST FROM A LACK OF TRYING
OOH, IT’S JUST FROM A LACK OF TRYING
IT’S JUST FROM A LACK OF TRYING
Track Name: Hard Pill to Swallow
HARD PILL TO SWALLOW
LYRICS AND MUSIC BY ANDEW JAY MAGNUSON

BEEN RIDING ON A HIGH
LUCK’S ABOUT TO CHANGE
WHAT’S BEEN SPILLED IS OVERKILL
AND YOU’RE CRYING ALL THE SAME
WELL, LIFE IS BUT A CURVE
AND IT COMES ON BACK AROUND
WHAT’S HOT TODAY, TURNS TO SHADE
WHAT’S UP COMES CRASHING DOWN

IT’S A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW
TOUGH LUCK ALL AROUND
HARD PILL TO SWALLOW
SUCK IT UP AND SWALLOW IT DOWN

WELL I AIN’T NO PREACHER
AND I’M SURELY NOT THE LAW
NO WISE MAN ON A HILL
HAS SEEN THE THINGS I SAW
PULL UP YOUR BRITCHES NANCY
‘CAUSE YOUR BITCHIN’S GETTIN’ COLD
YOU’RE SCREAMING ‘FIRE’ ALL THE TIME
AND IT’S GETTING PRETTY OLD

IT’S A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW
TOUGH LUCK ALL AROUND
HARD PILL TO SWALLOW
SUCK IT UP AND SWALLOW IT DOWN

HARD PILL TO SWALLOW
TOUGH LUCK ALL AROUND
HARD PILL TO SWALLOW
SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP
HARD PILL TO SWALLOW
TOUGH LUCK ALL AROUND
HARD PILL TO SWALLOW
SWALLOW IT BABY
HARD PILL TO SWALLOW
SUCK IT UP AND SWALLOW IT DOWN
Track Name: Pretend Girlfriend
PRETEND GIRLFRIEND
LYRICS AND MUSIC BY ANDREW JAY MAGNUSON

WOULD YOU BE MY PRETEND GRILFRIEND?
GO TO THE MOVIES, HANG OUT WITH OLD FRIENDS
GET IN THE CAR AND DRIVE AROUND TOWN
BE THE ENVY OF EVERY COUPLE AROUND

NO BAGGAGE, NO FIGHTS
NO WORRIES WHEN YOU STAY THE NIGHT
JUST STAY THE NIGHT

YOU COULD BE MY PRETEND GIRLFRIEND
GO TO PLACES THAT WE’VE NEVER BEEN
SIT AT THE CAFÉ AND TALK ABOUT THINGS
WATCH TV ON THE COUCH AT MY PLACE

NO BAGGAGE, NO FIGHTS
NO WORRIES WHEN YOU STAY THE NIGHT
JUST STAY THE NIGHT

SAY YOU’LL BE MY PRETEND GIRLFRIEND
WE COULD MAKE LOVE LIKE THE NIGHT WILL NEVER END
MAKE PROMISES WE DON’T HAVE TO KEEP
HOLD YOU CLOSE WHEN YOU FALL ASLEEP

NO BAGGAGE, NO FIGHTS
NO WORRIES WHEN YOU STAY THE NIGHT
JUST STAY THE NIGHT
JUST STAY THE NIGHT
JUST STAY THE NIGHT
JUST STAY THE NIGHT
JUST STAY THE NIGHT
Track Name: Guardian Angel
GUARDIAN ANGEL
LYRICS AND MUSIC BY ANDREW JAY MAGNUSON

KNOCKED DOWN AND BLOWN UP
I’M STILL AROUND BUT ITS JUST DUMB LUCK
SHOULD BE DEAD A THOUSAND WAYS
IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN BUT NOT TODAY

MUST HAVE A GUARDIAN ANGEL
LOOKIN’ OVER MY LEFT SHOULDER
MUST HAVE A GUARDIAN ANGEL
CHASING AFTER ME

FAST CARS AND FASTER WOMEN
DIRTY BARS AND DIRTY LIVIN’
CLOSE FRIENDS AND CLOSER ENEMIES
I MADE IT OUT ALIVE, JUST A FEW INJURIES

MUST HAVE A GUARDIAN ANGEL
LOOKIN’ OVER MY LEFT SHOULDER
MUST HAVE A GUARDIAN ANGEL
CHASING AFTER ME

MUST HAVE A GUARDIAN ANGEL
LOOKIN’ OVER MY LEFT SHOULDER
MUST HAVE A GUARDIAN ANGEL
CHASING AFTER ME
MUST HAVE A GUARDIAN ANGEL
LOOKIN’ OVER MY LEFT SHOULDER
MUST HAVE A GUARDIAN ANGEL
CHASING AFTER ME
Track Name: Pictures of You
PICTURES OF YOU
LYRICS AND MUSIC BY ANDREW JAY MAGNUSON

MY INBOX DONE EXPLODED
MY PHONE IS OVERLOADED
ALL FROM PICS FROM THE SELFIE QUEEN
IF YOUR SANITY
WAS HALF OF YOUR VANITY
AND I WASN’T STUCK SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN
IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE
THE COLOR OF YOUR EYES
CHANGES WITH THE TIDES TWICE A DAY
CRAVING ADMIRATION
LIKE SOME SWEET SENSATION
I DON’T WANT TO BE AROUND WHEN YOUR LOOKS FADE

WHOA, OOH, OOH
COMING THROUGH
PICTURES OF YOU

I’VE SEEN ALL OF YOUR MEALS
ALL OF YOUR HIGH HEELS
YOUR FRIENDS ARE LIKE STARS ON A BAD TV SHOW
LIVING THROUGH YOUR CHILD
LIKE YOU’RE STILL YOUNG AND WILD
PUT UP FOR ALL OF THE WORLD TO KNOW
ITS REALLY KIND OF SAD
THE LIFE YOU MIGHT HAVE HAD
YOU REALLY ARE EASY ON THE EYES
BUT NOW WHEN I SEE
“BABY, LOOK AT ME!”
I JUST WANT TO RUN AWAY AND HIDE

WHOA, OOH, OOH
IS THAT NEW?
MORE PICTURES OF YOU

IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE
THE COLOR OF YOUR EYES
CHANGES WITH THE TIDES TWICE A DAY
CRAVIING ADMIRATION
LIKE SOME SWEET SENSATION
I DON’T WANT TO BE AROUND WHEN YOUR LOOKS FADE

WHOA, OOH, OOH
COMING THROUGH
PICTURES OF YOU
WHOA, OOH, OOH
PLEASE DON’T DO
ANY MORE PICTURES OF YOU
Track Name: Rules
RULES
LYRICS AMD MUSIC BY ANDREW JAY MAGNUSON

PLEASE TELL ME WHY
THESE RULES SHOULD APPLY
AND IT’S UP TO YOU WHAT I CAN DO
WITHOUT BEING OVERSTATED
I’M FEELING FRUSTRATED
EVERYDAY YOU MAKE UP SOMETHING NEW
I THOUGHT OPEN SOCIETY
MEANT I COULD HAVE VARIETY
NOW YOU TELL ME I GOT IT ALL WRONG
FREEDOM IS JUST A WORD
USED TO KEEP US IN A HERD
I THINK MY TIME HERE WON’T BE LONG

RULES, RULES, RULES
SINCE I WAS IN MY TWO’S
YOU CAN TIGHTEN UP THE SCREWS
BUT I HEREBY REFUSE
TO ABIDE BY ANY MORE RULES

FIT ME WITH A LITTLE BELL
TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRES OF HELL
FEED ME SHIT AND KEEP ME IN THE DARK
I’M TOO DUMB TO UNDERSTAND
THAT’S WHY BABY – YOU DA MAN
GET MY LEASH AND TAKE ME TO THE PARK
IF I STRAY LOCK ME UP
I’LL BANG THE BARS WITH MY CUP
MAKE ENOUGH NOISE THAT YOU LET ME GO
I SWEAR ‘TIL THE DAY I DIE
YOU CAN’T LOOK ME IN THE EYE
AND TELL ME IT’S ALL ABOUT CONTROL

RULES, RULES, RULES
THAT’S ALL I GET FROM YOU
YOU CAN TIGHTEN UP THE SCREWS
BUT I HEREBY REFUSE
TO ABIDE BY ANY MORE RULES

NO! HERE COME THE SUITS
NO! NIAVE RECRUITS
WIPE MY DIRTY BOOTS I’M WALKIN’ AWAY
NO! SKY IS TURNING BROWN
NO! WORLD IS UPSIDE DOWN
GOT MY FEET ON THE GROUND AND I SAY
KISS MY ASS!

RULES, RULES, RULES
SINCE I WAS IN MY TWO’S
YOU CAN TIGHTEN UP THE SCREWS
BUT I HEREBY REFUSE
TO ABIDE BY ANY MORE RULES

RULES, RULES, RULES
THAT’S ALL I GET FROM YOU
YOU CAN TIGHTEN UP THE SCREWS
BUT I HEREBY REFUSE
TO ABIDE BY ANY MORE RULES

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