Tina Campbell, “Too Hard Not To”

Gospel singer Tina Campbell, best known as one half of gospel duo Mary Mary, has released “Too Hard Not To.” I know that the track was released more than a few months ago, but I literally just got to listen to it now, and it is breathtaking.

What makes “Too Hard Not To” absolutely gorgeous is the combination of the subject matter and Campbell’s beautiful voice. Tina often has had to live in the shadow of the commercial and critical success of her sister, Erica, who has scored several Top 10 hits on the gospel charts, but with the release of “It’s Still Personal,” her new album, we are getting a good like at where Tina is coming from, and she is certainly a force to reckon with.

“Too Hard Not To” benefits from beautiful production and Tina’s stellar voice, true, but at the end of the day, it’s the subject matter that brings this song to the fore. We need more forgiveness in the world, and it’s all about mindset and attitude when it comes to the kind of forgiveness that changes lives. So when Tina sings, “Some say it’s too hard to forgive, I say it’s too hard not to,” you really believe it and want to. Stunning.

TOO HARD NOT TO Lyrics
Tina Campbell

[Verse 1]
Maybe you feel entitled
‘Cause this should have never, ever happened to you
And maybe you’ve tried to let it go
But letting go just ain’t never easy to do

[Pre-Chorus]
And maybe you feel you’ll end up with another broken heart
Trying to face something that seems way too hard

[Chorus 1]
But it’s too hard to hold on to all of the pain
And it’s too hard to relive it over and over again
It’s too hard when the memories have control over you
Some say it’s too hard to forgive
I say it’s too hard not to
It’s too hard not to
It’s too hard not to

[Verse 2]
Maybe you’re trying to handle
Losing someone that you thought would be there
And maybe you’re feeling anxious
‘Cause it left you lonely, confused and so scared

[Pre-Chorus]
And maybe you feel you’ll end up with another broken heart
Trying to face something that seems way too hard

[Chorus 1]
But it’s too hard to hold on to all of the pain
And it’s too hard to relive it over and over again
It’s too hard when the memories have control over you
Some say it’s too hard to forgive
I say it’s too hard not to
It’s too hard not to
It’s too hard…

[Bridge]
Some things so senseless and some things so selfish
Try to come and tear your world apart
Someone so loving and someone so selfless
Will help you when you’re ready to restart

[Chorus 2]
It’s too hard to hold on to all of the pain
And it’s too hard to relive it over and over again
It’s too hard when the memories have control over you
Some say it’s too hard to forgive
I say it’s too hard not to
It’s too hard not to
I say it’s too hard not to
It’s too hard not to
It’s too hard not to forgive
Lord, help me to forgive
Because it’s too hard not to