It Is What It Is
Saturday, April 4, 2009

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It is what it is and itís not what itís not
I am who I am and thatís what I was taught
And itís good enough hey thanks a lot
And this is the only band I have got

This show takes as long as it takes
We are who we are and those are the breaks
It isnít the greatest in the show biz
It is what it is

Weíre not from here, weíre from back there
Been here once or twice and itís very nice
And if you think Iím from here I donít care
But Iím not Iím from back there

This is a piano, itís not a guitar
He canít bend the notes, at least not that far
He canít slide a bottleneck over the strings
He has to do piano things

This is a bass, it isnít a tree
It isnít the Boston Symphony
It isnít Mount Rushmore or Lincolnís face
Itís a bass, it has its place.

Six strings is what a guitar has got
You may think thereís more but there are not
Maybe some have twelve and some have four
This one has six, no less, no more.

What you see is what you get
Iím almost done but not quite yet
Iím not the best, not No. 1
Iím from the Midwest and itís been fun
Thatís the end of the song. Iím done

Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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