BlackPink, Hard To Love: the lyrics and the meaning

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On September 16, 2022, BlackPink finally published their new album, Born Pink. Pink Venom was the first single released, and we already analyzed it here, whereas the album released was followed by a new music video, Shut Down (you can find it here). However, the most popular song regarding the lyrics is Hard To Love, perhaps because many girls can relate to how the track talks about sentimental relationships. This article will explain the song’s meaning and provide the complete lyrics at the end.

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Hard To Love: the lyrics and their meaning

Hard To Love is a song about some girls’ difficulties in building a solid, stable love relationship. The lyrics tell the female point of view, describing how sometimes a woman can send her man into heaven with her love and then rapidly change in a way that will hurt him.

The song’s beginning is actually resigned: this is how I am, and there is nothing I can do to fix me, so I warn you, please, don’t fall in love with me, or it will hurt you.

Ain’t no magic tool to fix it
You should keep your distance
I’m only tellin’ you because I care

The chorus successfully explains why she feels that way: it’s because of that typical fear we have when things look too good to be true. We get scared that something could get wrong; we are afraid of the pain and the sadness that could come, so we unconsciously sabotage the relationship, avoiding getting too involved.

‘Cause I’m hard to love, find it hard to trust
When it feels too good, I just f**k it up
You want all of me, I can’t give that much
So don’t fall too hard ’cause I’m hard to love

It’s a typical self-defense mechanism when our relationship gets more serious: we are aware that we need it, so we fear the risk of losing it. Therefore, a part of us prefers to prove to ourselves that we don’t need that relation, and that’s the part that stages the sabotage. At the same time, we care about the other person and don’t want to hurt him. That’s why, in the lyrics inside Hard To Love, the singer says it explicitly:

I’ll make it feel like heaven, but I swear I’m not a saint
And you won’t see the truth ’cause I’ll be kissin’ it away
Yeah, I’ll be all you need until I’m drivin’ you insane
Baby, all I’m tryna do is save you the pain

That becomes the real meaning behind Hard To Love lyrics: I can love you, and my love will be heavenly. But be careful because a part of me will suddenly make you fall from heaven, and it will hurt. So please, protect yourself, and don’t get too involved with me.

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The complete lyrics

Ain’t no magic tool to fix it
You should keep your distance
I’m only tellin’ you because I care

‘Cause I’m hard to love, find it hard to trust
When it feels too good, I just f**k it up
You want all of me, I can’t give that much
So don’t fall too hard ’cause I’m hard to love

(Yeah)
I’m hard to love
Yeah
(Hard to love)

Never meant to cause you a problem
Here I am yet once again with the same old story
You don’t see the issues, I got ’em
Yeah, I do (Yeah, I do), yeah, it’s true (Yeah, it’s true)
I’ll make it feel like heaven, but I swear I’m not a saint
And you won’t see the truth ’cause I’ll be kissin’ it away
Yeah, I’ll be all you need until I’m drivin’ you insane
Baby, all I’m tryna do is save you the pain

‘Cause I’m hard to love, find it hard to trust
When it feels too good, I just fuck it up
You want all of me, I can’t give that much
So don’t fall too hard ’cause I’m hard to love

(Yeah)
I’m hard to love
Yeah
(Hard to love)

Up ’til I’m down
I’m all in ’til I’m out
Got a lot to work out
‘Til it’s all behind me
You know you don’t
Play with fire in the dark
Protect your heart
Ain’t no goin’ back once you start
I’m tryna be nice

(Yeah)
I’m hard to love
Yeah
(Hard to love)