This was written by Cliff and was used in the Jamaican-produced film of the same name. The movie starred Cliff as a naive country boy who goes to town and becomes a gangster. The film contains two other songs written by Cliff, "Let Your Yeah Be Yeah" and "Wonderful World Beautiful People."
The song tells you that no matter how hard life can be you can still succeed. Cliff stars in the film as Ivanhoe Martin and helps out at the local church. He is seen in the film recording the title track, "Harder They Come." He gets ripped off by the producer and ends up on the wrong side of the law, eventually dying in a shoot out with the police. It's a cracking film with a killer sound track!