There are certain songs that just resonate with you. Whether that song recreates a moment in time or is just one that you really like, these songs are the songs that helped create the person you are and were a constant companion in the journey called life.

Today we continue exploring those songs in my life and what they mean to me.   This is Those Certain Songs.

Today’s Certain Song is The Way It Is

The Song:

Title: The Way It Is

Artist: Bruce Hornsby and the Range

Album: The Way It Is

The 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
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 will never change
That’s just the way it is
Ah, 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 will never change
That’s just the way it is
Ah, but don’t you believe them

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
Because the law don’t change another’s mind
When all it sees at the hiring time
Is the line on the color bar, no

That’s just the way it is
Some things will never change
That’s just the way it is
That’s just the way it is

What it means to me:

The first time I heard this song was on KTDR Power 96.3 FM.  Listening on my  red GPX boom box radio, I would spend hours trying to catch my favorite songs on cassette to listen to them later.  One day, when I was trying to catch a Duran Duran song called Hungry Like A Wolf, this song started after I mistakenly hit record.  Instead of instantly hitting stop, I was entranced by the opening piano riffs that lead into a song about the imbalance of life, wealth and caring about others.

The message in Bruce Hornsby’s words stuck with me that day amid the very catchy pop song creating an ear worm that still lives deep inside occasionally waking to remind me of this sadly beautiful tune.  Even though I first hear this song some 30+ years ago, the message is still very vibrant to this day.  It is a simple message and one that you would think we would have figured out by now.  The message, we need to treat those around us much better than we are.  The poor, the hungry, the huddled masses, they are people too and, no matter what our station in life is, we are all the same when we look below the surface.

The irony of this song and it’s lyrics, preaching that this inhuman nature of people to treat others poorly is ‘just the way it is’ and that ‘some things will never change’ is that it really hasn’t changed.  In fact, in many ways, we have only gotten worse. It’s funny how a song from so long ago that I doubt many people remember now has such prophetic words. Now, I am not perfect and I certainly haven’t dedicated my life to changing things but I do try to do what I can when I can.  Even just a small donation, or giving someone something to eat, I try to do what I can to treat everyone as fairly and kindly as I can.  I figure, even if it is something small, if we each do that, those small things can add up.  At least, I hope they can.

If you do want to help out, here is a great list of the top rated charities you can donate to.  Trust me, I am not asking for your money, it’s just a way for you to see that there are ways to help.  If you can’t donate your time, then even a couple bucks will go a long way. Who knows, you might be on the receiving end some day and hopefully those around you will see that somethings do change.

Late to the Game 7/4/2020


Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed  Those Certain Songs.  If you would like to read more about music you can find my Music Reviews Here.

Additionally, I have a weekly series called Key Movies Of My Life that comes out every Thursday and also check out some retro tv goodness with the ongoing series Retro TV Reviews. 

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