«The Way It Is» is a song recorded by Bruce Hornsby and the Range from their 1986 album The Way It Is. It topped the charts in the United States and the Netherlands in 1986 and peaked inside the top twenty in countries such as Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John Hornsby, it made explicit reference to the American Civil Rights Movement.This song was heavily sampled by Tupac Shakur in his song, «Changes» from 1998.The song portrays 1980s America from a critical perspective. The opening verse recounts a story taking place at a line for welfare that illustrate a divide between the rich and poor. The chorus presents several lines insisting that social ills are «just the way it is», and repeatedly suggests resigning oneself to them as a fact of life—however, the chorus ends with the author rebuking this attitude by insisting «ah, but don’t you believe them.»

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