It Doesn't Have to Be That Way

Jim Croce

About It Doesn't Have to Be That Way

"It Doesn't Have to Be That Way" is a song written and recorded by Jim Croce for his 1973 album Life and Times. Originally released early that year as the B-side of the "One Less Set of Footsteps" single, it was reissued that December as the third and final single from the album as well as Croce's second posthumously-released single. It reached a peak of #64 on the Billboard Hot 100, spending five weeks on the chart. Because of its Christmas setting and the wintery images associated with its lyrics, the song is often played during the holiday season.  


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1992
2:36
39 Views
#2

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Snowy nights and Christmas lights
Icy window panes
Make me wish that we could be
Together again
And the windy winter avenues
Just don't seem the same
And the Christmas carols sound like blues
But the choir is not to blame

But it doesn't have to be that way
What we had should have never have ended
I'll be dropping by today
'Cause we could easily get it together tonight
It's only right

Crowded stores, the corner Santa Claus
Tinseled afternoons
And the sidewalk bands that play their songs
Slightly out of tune
On the windy winter avenues
There walks a lonely man
And if I told you who he is
Well, I think you'd understand

But it doesn't have to be that way
What we had should have never have ended
I'll be dropping by today
'Cause we could easily get it together tonight
It's only right

But it doesn't have to be that way
What we had should have never have ended
I'll be dropping by today
'Cause we could easily get it together tonight
It's only right

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Jim Croce

James Joseph "Jim" Croce (/ˈkroʊtʃi/; January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973) was an American singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and 11 singles. His singles "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" were both number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. more »

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