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The Way It Is

Guitar chords transcribed by Marian Russell  Printer-friendly version of this piece
Tuning: DGDDAD   "Joni" Tuning: D57075

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Intro:

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If you hear a       politician


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or a singer        making song


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do you just re-     fuse to listen


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knowing that he    must be wrong?


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That's the way it is     you know you


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just see what you        want to see


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Who am I to           tell you how to


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think or tell you      who to be 


Additional verses:

I will show you what I know 
Sometimes we will disagree
If we learn at all to grow
Then I have done my small duty
That's the way it is, you know,
You just see what you want to see
Who am I to tell you how to think
Or tell you who to be

I could bring my favorite flower
Maybe yours would be the same
Maybe we would argue hours
Over the fair flower's name
That's the way it is, you know,
You just see what you want to see
Who am I to tell you how to think
Or tell you who to be

If I brought my good friends home
And set a welcome table place
Could you see them past their clothing
Or past the color of their face
That's the way it is, you know,
You just see what you want to see
Who am I to tell you how to think
Or tell you who to be


Outtro:

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That's the way it is     you know you


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just see what you        want to see


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Who am I to           tell you how to


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think 


© 1967 GANDALF PUBLISHING CO.
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell

 

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