Lena Horne

The Way It IsBruce Hornsby & The RangeStanding in line marking time-Waiting for the welfare dime'Cause they can't buy a jobThe man in the silk suit hurries byAs he catches the poor ladies' eyesJust for fun he says "get a job"CHORUSThat's just the way it isSome things will never changeThat's just the way it isBut don't you believe themThey say he little boy you can't goWhere the others go'Cause you don't look like they doSaid hey old man how can you standTo think that wayDid you really think about itBefore you made the rulesHe said, SonCHORUSWell they passed a law in '64To give those who ain't got a little moreBut it only goes so farBecause the law don't change another's mindWhen all it sees at the hiring timeIs the line on the color barCHORUS


Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an American singer, actress, civil rights activist and dancer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York. She had recorded and performed extensively, both independently, and with other jazz notables, including Artie Shaw, Teddy Wilson, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnet, Benny Carter, and Billy Eckstine.

In her biography she stated that on the day she was born, her father was in the midst of a card game trying to get money to pay the hospital costs. ... Read More