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Bruce Hornsby and the Range - The Way It Is (1986)

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"The Way It Is" is a song by American rock group Bruce Hornsby and the Range. It was released in September 1986 as the second ...

"The Way It Is" is a song by American rock group Bruce Hornsby and the Range. It was released in September 1986 as the second single from their debut album The Way It Is. It topped the charts in the United States, Canada and the Netherlands in 1986, and peaked inside the top twenty in such countries as Australia, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Written by Bruce Hornsby, it made explicit reference to the Civil Rights Movement. Musically, the song is characterized by two long piano solos. The song has been sampled by rapper E-40 for his song "Things'll Never Change", by 2Pac for "Changes", and rapper Polo G for "Wishing for a Hero" in 2020.