The Way It Is 4:56 Trk 5 (B. R. Hornsby) Lead vocal - Bruce Hornsby Pop Chart #1 Sept. 20, 1986 RCA Records single #14361 Musicians: Bruce Hornsby - piano, synthesizer Hammered dulcimer. David Mansfield - guitar Mandolin, violin, George Marinelli - electric/acou Guitars, Joe Puerta - bass & vocals, John Molo - drums, percussion. Produced by Bruce Hornsby & Elliot Scheiner Album: 'The Way It Is' PCD1-5904 Zappa Productions
Standin' 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 lady's eyes Just for fun he says, 'Get a job'
That's just the way it is Some things'll never change That's just the way it is Ha, 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'll never change That's just the way it is' Ha, but don't you believe them
Ooo, yeah (instrumental)
(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 'Cause the law don't change another's mind When all it sees at the hiring time Is the line on the color bar But who knows
That's just the way it is Some things'll never change (right) That's just the way it is That's just they way it is, it is, when you're waiting.