The Way It Is chords

by Bruce Hornsby

The Way It Is was written by Bruce Hornsby. He recorded the song at Studio D, Sausalito, CA in 1986, and released it August 25, 1986 from the album of the same name.

Music: G Major in 4/4 time at 111 bpm (♩)
Song Chords: Am7, Em7, D, Cadd9, G, Fmaj7, C
Bruce Hornsby

The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby

Intro: 4/4     
        ||: Am7  - Em7  | D  - Cadd9  | G  - D  |  Cadd9  :||
        |     Drums     |    Drums    |  Drums  |   Drums   |
        ||: Am7  - Em7  | D  - Cadd9  | G  - D  |  Cadd9  :||

    Am7               Em7
1. Stand-ing in line, mark-ing time
    D              Cadd9
   Wait-ing for the wel-fare dime
  G        D              Cadd9
   'Cause they can't buy a job
     Am7                  Em7  
   A man in the silk suit hur-ries by
          D                  Cadd9
   As he cat-ches the poor old la-dy's eye
  G          D         Cadd9
   Just for fun he says___ "Get a job."

 Chorus:
| G  - Fmaj7  | C                          |
                  That's just the way it is
| G  - Fmaj7  | C                          |
                  Some things will ne-ver change
| G  - Fmaj9  | C                          |
                  That's just the way it is
| G  - Fmaj9  | C                      | Am7   -   Em7  |
                  Ah, but don't you be-lieve them
              | D  -  Cadd9  |  G - D  |     Cadd9      |

        Am7                   Em7                D         Cadd9
2. Said hey, lit-tle boy, you can't go where the o-thers go
 G                  D        Cadd9
  'Cause you don't look like they do
        Am7           Em7                    D        Cadd9  
   Said hey, old man, how can you stand to think that way?
            G               D                 Cadd9
   Did you real-ly think a-bout it be-fore you made the rules?

   He said, son

 Chorus:
| G  - Fmaj7  | C
(son)            That's just the way it is
| G  - Fmaj7  | C
                 Some things will ne-ver change
| G  - Fmaj7  | C
                 That's just the way it is
| G  - Fmaj7  | C                    | 
                 Ah, but don't you be-lieve them...

Instr:  | Am7  - Em7  | D  - Cadd9  | G  - D  |  Cadd9  |
     (be-lieve them)...                              mm...yeah
      ||: Am7  - Em7  | D  - Cadd9  | G  - D  |  Cadd9  :|| x5


Bridge: | G  - Fmaj7  | C
                         That's just the way it is
        | G  - Fmaj7  | C
                         That's just the way it is

               Am7             Em7         
3. Well, they passed a law in '64
       D                  Cadd9
   To give those who ain't got a lit-tle more
  G        D        Cadd9
   But it on-ly goes so far
             Am7                Em7  
  'Cause the law don't change a-no-ther's mind
         D                Cadd9
   When all it sees at the hir-ing time
  G         D        Cadd9
   Is the line on the co-lor bar, oh no

| G  - Fmaj7  | C                             |
Chorus:          That's just the way it is
| G  - Fmaj7  | C                             |
                 Some things will never change
| G  - Fmaj7  | C                             |
                 That's just the way it is
| G  - Fmaj7                    | C           |
                 That's just the way it is...
     
Outro:
      ||: Am7  - Em7  | D  - Cadd9  | G  - D  |  Cadd9  :||
                                                           Repeat to Fade
    

G Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4: Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs    
           Am7                 Em7                  D                 Cadd9
    e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|-2-|---|     e |---|---|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|     B |---|---|---|     B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|---|-4-|
    G |---|---|---|     G |---|---|---|     G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|---|---|
    D |---|-2-|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|-2-|---|
    A |---|---|---|     A |---|-1-|---|     A |---|---|---|x    A |---|---|-3-|
    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|     E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3


            G                 Fmaj7                 C
    e |---|---|-3-|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|
    B |---|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|
    G |---|---|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |---|---|---|
    D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|-3-|     D |---|-2-|---|
    A |---|-1-|---|     A |---|---|---|x    A |---|---|-3-| 
    E |---|---|-2-|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3
                      

Left-Handed Chord Tabs
         Am7                 Em7                  D                 Cadd9
    |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|-2-|---| e     |---|---|---| e
    |---|---|---| B     |---|---|---| B     |-3-|---|---| B     |-4-|---|---| B
    |---|---|---| G     |---|---|---| G     |---|-1-|---| G     |---|---|---| G
    |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|-2-|---| D
    |---|---|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A    x|---|---|---| A     |-3-|---|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E     |---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
      
          G                 Fmaj7                 C
    |-3-|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e
    |---|---|---| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B
    |---|---|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|---|---| G
    |---|---|---| D     |-3-|---|---| D     |---|-2-|---| D
    |---|-1-|---| A    x|---|---|---| A     |-3-|---|---| A
    |-2-|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
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