It Doesn't Have to Be that Way - chords, tab and comments

At the bottom you'll find a link to the complete lyrics.

Good artists should be forced to stay on the ground. On September 20th 1973 a Beechcraft plane crashed into a pecan tree in Louisiana at takeoff, ending the promising career of both Jim Croce and lead guitarist Maury Muehleisen. Also the agent, the road manager, a comedian and the pilot perished. The team had just got a breakthrough with "Bad Leroy Brown", and the future seemed bright.
Despite of this, Croce thought about leaving music business to get more time with the family. A letter his wife Ingrid received after his death closes with "Remember, it’s the first 60 years that count and I’ve got 30 to go. I love you".
This song is from "Life and Times" (1973), his forth studio album, and essential to his many fans. A fifth album "I Got a Name" was released posthumously; finished just before the plane crash. Sure, he got a name - only thirty years old.
I'd like to stress the importance of Maury Muehleisen, thus there's a link to his tribute site at the bottom of the page, as well as Jim's. His splendid harmonies and special fingerpicking were a perfect match to Croce's songs. He's been a major inspiration to my own treating of the guitar, together with Happy Traum and Stefan Grossman. Bless their memories.
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snowy nights and Christmas lights  icy window panes
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make me wish that we could be  together again
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and the windy winter avenues just don't seem the same
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and the Christmas carols sound like blues
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but the choir is not to blame

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but it doesn't have to be that way
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what we had should never have ended
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and I'll be dropping by today
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we could easily get it together tonight  it's only right
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C major
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B minor
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E minor
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Maury Muehleisen
Jim Croce