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Thread #843   Message #3613622
Posted By: Jason Xion Wang
29-Mar-14 - 11:14 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: That's the Way It's Gonna Be (Phil Ochs)
Subject: That's the Way It's Gonna Be (Ochs/Gibson)
There are two different versions of the lyrics to the song. There is a video on YouTube of Phil singing this song with the following lines:

Even though you say hard times knock at my door
Though you say I'll never smile anymore
I just imagine that I'm ten feet tall
Then if I try I can climb the highest wall
It doesn't matter if I slip down and fall
That's the way it's gonna be, wait and see

Even though you say I've reached the end of my row
Though you say my tides are all runnin' low
It's been so long since I tried to frown
That ol' man trouble will never get me down
It's all that easy when you know where you're bound
That's the way it's gonna be, wait and see

It was from The Broadside Tapes I, recorded in 1964, a year before the Mitchell Trio released the album of the same title.

Later in a 1974 reunion, Bob and Phil sang the same lyrics as CMT did.