The Way It Is chords & lyrics

by Bruce Hornsby

  • The Way It Is was written by Bruce Hornsby.
  • Recorded: Studio D, Sausalito, CA - 1986
  • Released: 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

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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