Song of the Day: Bruce Hornsby & The Range, “The Way It Is”

"The Way It Is" was the title track and second single from Bruce Hornsby & The Range’s 1986 debut album. It makes references to the divide between rich and poor, segregation, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, more as a way to say that while progress has been made, we can’t sit back and say "that’s just the way it is" to shortcomings in those areas. The song features a couple of long but excellent piano solos by Hornsby, which caught my ear first. The song reached #1 on the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary charts and #3 on the Mainstream Rock chart, #1 in Canada and The Netherlands, and the Top 10 in Belgium, Ireland and Spain in 1986-87, and was the #9 single in the US for 1987.

16 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Bruce Hornsby & The Range, “The Way It Is”

  1. This song (which I’ve posted on at least one of my Music Moves Me posts) will forever be a memory of exercise walking in our local indoor mall during the winter. Now, with case increasing in my areaI not sure if we will risk this type of exercise once winter and flu season comes. Apart from that memory, I’ve loved that song since the first time I heard it.

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