The Way It Is

Lyrics: Bruce Hornsby
Music: Bruce Hornsby

Played by Bruce Horsnby with The Other Ones at the 2000 Furthur Festival.

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 ladies' eyes
Just for fun he says "get a job"

Chorus
That's just the way it is
Some things will never change
That's just the way it is
But don't you believe them

They say 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

[chorus]

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

[chorus]
Recordings
1986 The Way It Is (Bruce Hornsby)
2000 Here Come The Noisemakers (Bruce Hornsby)