Well, it's a pretty hard thing (it's not easy) It's not easy livin' on your own And it's hard (it's not easy) And it's hard (it's not easy) And it's a pretty hard thing (it's not easy) It's not easy living on your own Sit here thinking with your head of fire Go think the same thing and never tire Imaginin' the glow of her long clean hair As she goes to sit on her own high chair And it's hard thing (it's not easy) Well, it's a pretty hard …

"It's Not Easy" is a good example, and one of the better songs on the album, though it's never become well known to listeners whose exposure to the Rolling Stones primarily lies in radio airplay, concerts, and greatest-hits collections.

The bluesiest part of the song is the brief unaccompanied guitar at the very beginning, which like the whole tune has a "gotta make the best of things even when they're screwed …