Hard to Say I'm Sorry

Album: Chicago 16 (1982)
Charted: 4 1
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  • Everybody needs a little time away
    I heard her say
    From each other
    Even lovers need a holiday
    Far away
    From each other

    Hold me now
    It's hard for me to say I'm sorry
    I just want you to stay
    After all that we've been through
    I will make it up to you
    I promise to
    And after all that's been said and done
    You're just the part of me I can't let go

    Couldn't stand to be kept away
    Just for the day
    From your body
    Wouldn't want to be swept away
    Far away
    From the one that I love

    Hold me now
    It's hard for me to say I'm sorry
    I just want you to know
    Hold me now
    I really want to tell you I'm sorry
    I could never let you go
    After all that we've been through
    I will make it up to you
    I promise to
    And after all that's been said and done
    You're just the part of me I can't let go

    After all that we've been through
    I will make it up to you
    I promise to

    You're gonna be the lucky one
    When we get there gonna jump in the air
    No one'll see us 'cause there's nobody there
    After all, you know we really don't care
    Hold on, I'm gonna take you thereWriter/s: DAVID FOSTER, PETER CETERA
    Publisher: Peermusic Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 12

  • Michael from Alabama@Mus1cman Yes! It was THE summer ballad of 1982. I graduated from high school nine days after this song was released and started college five days before it hit #1. The first time I heard it was in the employee cafeteria at Opryland USA, called the "Great Escape". We got the deformed popsicles, hot dogs, and excess hamburgers from all over the park on the cheap in there with some of the coolest air-conditioning in the place while listening to KDF (who ALWAYS seemed to play the full cut including "Get Away") on our breaks.

    WKDF in the mid-1980s was the best formatted rock station I've heard in my entire life. I did a LOT of travelling in the 1990s and early naughts. The only other one that came remotely close was in Raleigh-Durham, NC during the mid-to-late 1990s. It was a virtual clone of mid-80s KDF in Nashville. An FM Album Oriented Rock station was #1 in "The Home of Country Music" every single month for almost the entire decade of the 1980s. Johnny Cash once said in an interview that it was what he listened to while driving his son John Carter to school in the mornings. If it was not too sappy for KDF, that was good enough for me.
  • Dave from Wheaton, IlYep, Get Away, needed to be on the radio single, in the 1st place!
  • Mus1cman from Barrow, Ak"Terry Kath must have rolled over in his grave when he heard the garbage his band mates made after his untimely death."

    Not a bad point but one must remember that he WAS around for "If You Leave Me Now" and such other 'schmaltz' that was going on with the band even before that. Of course very-early, just-out-the-gate Chicago is their respected best along with Kath being the band's most-respected member, the one who gave Chicago their early 'edge' before Cetera either by his own doing or AOR or a little of both monopolized things (I believe Jimi Hendrix himself, before he died, acknowledged Kath's guitar playing and went as far as to say that Terry was better than he was). Just the same, songs such as 'If You Leave Me Now', their 'Hot Streets' offerings (first album w/out Kath) such as 'Alive Again' and 'No Tell Lover' along with 'Hard For Me to Say I'm Sorry' a few years later were really not too bad at all ('Hard Habit to Break', 'You're the Inspriation' and post-Cetera 'Will You Still Love Me' and 'Look Away'...now that's when it REALLY got out of hand). 'Sorry' was indeed a 'summer' song and released as a single at the perfect time in 1982, just before the summer began; and finally peaking on the charts as the summer was officially ending. The entire song embodies the spirit of an entire summer giving you the feel of the summer's beginning at the SONG's beginning and giving you that sad feeling of another summer now gone by the time we hear "you're gonna be the lucky one" with that 'sad' feeling dissolving ONLY if the DJ could POSSIBLY play 'Get Away' which hardly EVER happened when the song was out. A shame, but a decent track nonetheless.
  • Art from Mpls, MnI stopped following Chicago after Chicago III came out because it was such a letdown after their first 2 albums though it wasn't that bad really. After that all i knew of them was their incredibly sappy singles on which cetra sang lead on most of them. This kind of music is for 12 year olds. At Billy Champlins website he won't even discuss his time with chicago as if he's ashamed to have been associated with them. I think the only reason he joined the band was because he needed the money since his Sons of Champlin albums , while good, were very unsuccessful commercially. I doubt if anyone who listened to Chicago only after 1978 even knew who the legendary Terry Kath was which is a shame. I never did care for Cetra's voice much but he was ok doing backups when either Kath or Lamb sang and as long as he only sang lead on 2 songs per album it was bearable. Terry Kath must have rolled over in his grave when he heard the garbage his band mates made after his untimely death. These guys sold out close almost as much as elton john and rod stewart did. It's really a shame because these guys were pretty good musicians as their earliest work proves.
  • Aimee from Plant City, FlDavid Foster is an amazingly talented man. He wrote some of the best songs ever made.
  • Erin from Fargo, NdAt the 2009 "David Foster and Friends" concert, Clay Aiken sang a "Peter Cetera Medley" that contained this song, "You're the Inspiration," and "Glory of Love".
  • Adrian from Johor Bahru, MalaysiaChicago's songs topping the charts seem to follow a 6 year pattern. Their first in 1976, If You Leave Me Now was followed by Hard To Say I'm Sorry six years later in 1982 . Then six years later they topped the charts again in 1988 with the Diane Warren composed track, Look Away. It was their first post- Cetera number one or their first number one hit minus Peter Cetera.
  • Rick from London, OnKevin, I personally blame everything on David Foster! He is at the nucleus of all things shmaltz and i'm pretty sure he ruined the whole 1980's.
  • John from Grand Island, NyIt should be a crime to play this song without the GET AWAY ending. I can't stand it when pop stations cut the song right before the great ending. Still one of the best songs of the 80's. Do I like the 60's-70's Chicago better? Absolutely, but this is one great song especially the ending.
  • Don from Marietta, GaThis ballad bozo, as Kevin, in the preceding comment, calls Cetera, cowrote a song lasting 2 weeks, beginning Sept. 11, 2002, @ #1 on the Billboard chart. Pretty good for a "bozo". I'd gladly be a bozo if I could do that. Esp. that upbeat ending, the high paced Get Away. Some FM stations wouldn't play both, but they fit together so well and it was unique. Chicago would often make this their final encore number in concert, and it was a great crowd pleaser.

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  • Henry from Pawtucket, RiBill Champlin of Chicago co-wrote After the Love Was Gone.
  • Kevin from Reading , PaWhat dreck. Peter Cetera ruined Chicago when he began hogging the spotlight and numbing everyone in to submission with this radio drivel. Yuck. Even when he left the band later, it was too late. The formula had been established and the band carried on with this soulless slop. I find it interesting that Cetera's transofmration from rock/jazz bassist to ballad bozo came with a similar physical transformation: Look at the old pictures and he is kind of beefy and muscular. Once he adopted the soft style, he grew thin and fragile looking. He went wimp, both physically and musically.
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