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The Way It Is

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
full 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
full lyrics

Features of This Track

great musicianship
mild rhythmic syncopation
extended piano soloing
demanding instrumental part writing
major key tonality
a dynamic male vocalist
political lyrics

These are just a few of the hundreds of attributes cataloged for this track by the Music Genome Project.

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Comments

Better than 2pac's version!
Always have liked this song
This song inspires me, right through early teens to present day.
lilarobe
To the anyone posting below who doesn't like the political lyrics of this song, why are even you listening to it? Some of the greatest emotions and thoughts are expressed through music, so to tell an artist not to express them through song is lame. You're allowed to express your political thoughts but they aren't? Hmm...
I never like tupac but when he made a remix of that song I really love it. Can't beat the original though awesome song!
Somethings never change. So true!
I've always liked this song. Of course I'm a PIANIST too!
Cause yu don't look like they do
I lov this song
Cool song makes alot of sense about life for sure
susan0086
I never paid attention to the lyrics of this song, I just liked the music. Now I really like it.
That's just the way it is!
Say la vee
hey old man how can you stand to think that way ... my favorite line ...
You have to experience life to write this song! Love it
Some deep lyrics still relatable today. One of the best 80's song out of many.
Just let me know when yur here
Hello
U can never dry up with this great composer, lead guitarist and singer..
kwh9547
Excellent and priceless
Be nice,its still my house
And thats just the way it is
More like dorky hot.Yur just fine girl
Great
Good song. I always feel dorky admitting I like Bruce Hornsby but I do.
Still sounds good
Im literally following all of you great people.:))
I also like pacs versiin of this.But the original is still the best.rip pac
rip tupac
I love this song
flyguyry1
I love how rappers steal old songs and then the next generation only knows of that song by the rapper
Bruce wrote this song after my life I think.I love his music.I follow good music,do you?
Beautiful!- Loved it even better when Tupac used it . Gave it more definition!
Talented piano flow .
noetrevino21 0
Great song...
One of the greatest songs of all time!
GREAT SONG!!!!!!!!
I think musicians as artists SHOULD consider incorporatin g and expressing political views in their music, IF they wish. Nothing wrong with that. If u don't like or agree with the message, then don't listen.
john&krista, musicians are people, too, no matter how hard we want them not to be. They are allowed to have a political view.
241084893
thumbs up
His piano work is amazing..... s o beautiful, Mandolin Rain is my favorite.
PhillipSenn
Occupy Wall Street theme song
John & Krists -- Because a song highlights a social problem doesn't make it affirmative action song- or even a political one. There is no solution political or otherwise prescribed by the lyrics. To me it is just regretfully looking at the misfortune of others. Why shouldn't songs do that?
I love the musical talent here, but this song's lyrics are a complaint that affirmative action doesn't go far enough. Musicians should really stay out of politics. That's just the way it is.
"score! its an aspen. you can tell its an aspen because 'THE WAY IT IS'"

~"neature walk" from youtube video
hhrothman
the best Bruce Hornsby song by far!
It'd be nice if they had the lyrics posted here, but they don't as of the time I posted this comment.

I really like this song, even if I don't get all the lyrics... the piano is what draws me.
Pandora just tried to play That's Just The Way It Is by Phil Collins. I skipped it and then they play this. The Way It Is! LOL!!!!!!!!! ! ! !
The story of our current economic times.
PhillipSenn
Thanks Bennett!
so it's the the Civil Rights Act of 1964 then.
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