The Hard Way (Clint Black album)

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The Hard Way
The Hard Way cover.jpg
Studio album by Clint Black
Released July 14, 1992
Recorded Studio Sound, Burbank, California; Moonee Ponds, Los Angeles, California; Eleven Eleven Studio and Mesa Recording, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 34:09
Label RCA Records
Producer James Stroud, Clint Black
Clint Black chronology
Put Yourself in My Shoes
(1990)Put Yourself in My Shoes1990
The Hard Way
No Time to Kill
(1993)No Time to Kill1993
Singles from The Hard Way
  1. "We Tell Ourselves"
    Released: June 22, 1992
  2. "Burn One Down"
    Released: October 1992
  3. "When My Ship Comes In"
    Released: January 11, 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars [2]
Entertainment WeeklyB− [3]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars [4]
Q3/5 stars [5]
Robert ChristgauC [6]

The Hard Way is a 1992 (see 1992 in music) album by American country singer-songwriter Clint Black. It was his third album and the first one he co-produced with James Stroud.

It includes the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks top-ten hits "We Tell Ourselves"[#2], "Burn One Down"[#4], and the Number One hit "When My Ship Comes In". While not as commercially successful as his first two albums, The Hard Way was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Clint Black and Hayden Nicholas except where noted..

1."We Tell Ourselves" 4:39
2."The Hard Way" 3:22
3."Something to Cry About" 3:55
4."Buying Time" 3:36
5."When My Ship Comes In" 3:33
6."A Woman Has Her Way"Black, David Bellamy, Jerry Lynn Williams2:51
7."There Was Never A Train" (Omitted from cassette version.) 2:42
8."The Good Old Days" 2:29
9."Burn One Down"Black, Nicholas, Frankie Miller3:51
10."Wake Up Yesterday" 3:43




  • Clint Black—producer
  • James Stroud—producer
  • Lynn Peterzell—engineer

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1992) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 2
U.S. Billboard 200 8
Canadian RPM Country Albums 3
Canadian RPM Top Albums 47


Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1992 "We Tell Ourselves" 2 1
"Burn One Down" 4 2
1993 "When My Ship Comes In" 1 1