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The Way It Is
Bruce Hornsby & the Range Lyrics


Standing in line, marking time
Waiting for the welfare dime
'Cause they can't buy a job
The man in the silk suit hurries by
As he catches the poor old ladies' eyes
Just for fun he says, "get a job"

That's just the way it is
Some things will never change
That's just the way it is
Ah, but don't you believe them

Said, hey little boy you can't go where the others go
'Cause you don't look like they do
Said, hey old man how can you stand
To think that way
Did you really think about it
Before you made the rules?

He said, "Son
That's just the way it is
Some things will never change
That's just the way it is
Ah, but don't you believe them"

Oh yeah

(That's just the way it is)

(That's just the way it is) well, they passed a law in '64
To give those who ain't got a little more
But it only goes so far
Because the law don't change another's mind
When all it sees at the hiring time
Is the line on the color bar, no, no

That's just the way it is
And some things will never change
That's just the way it is
That's just the way it is, it is, it is, it is

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Bruce Hornsby

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Dewayne Patrick

I'm black too....doesnt matter. Music transcends color,race, religion, etc. One of my favorite songs of all time. And those piano skills?!!! Bruce is a legend!

Brian Meen

I really don’t understand why bringing up race is even a thing on a thread about a song . I don’t get it

SROEVUKA SROEVUKA

I'm in agreement with you on pretty much all you said. Peace brother.

Michele True

My mom always told me when I asked for something , she would say " get a job" quoted from this song. This is iconic

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Jake Simmers

My 14 yrold daughter loves piano, learned this in about 3 months, practicing everyday for hours and hours and hours, ups and downs, good days and days she struggled, but finally got it down, and it's one of her biggest musical accomplishments, SO PROUD OF MY BABY GIRL

Toni Dabbs

Good for her oh I know you're so proud and that is a beautiful song

Yelizaveta

Aww! I'M proud of her!! Yesss, keepin it going , play on lil sister ..

Derp

That's awesome!

B40 W40W40

Good for her!!!!! Yeeeehaaaawwww!!!!!!

Jess

@Oumpa Loompa7 it’s whatever you want it to mean I suppose. But the general theme is about calling out the degradation of race, class, etc…

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