Still one of my favourite. Has anyone the lyrics? That would be great.
Someone should release a remastered version from Edwyns first solo album including the single b-sides as well as a booklet, that tell the story about it (incl. the lyrics).
I'm still not sure which version is better, Paul's or Edwyn's. Anyway - both are great!

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AIN'T THAT ALWAYS THE WAY (E. Collins) ©1985
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ain't that always the way
when you're so far gone
there's no turning back
you hit the bottle
then you hit the sack
but the morning is the price you've got to pay
but ain't that always the way

ain't that always the way
when your blue skies turn
to a dirty grey
if you were a bird
you would fly away
but you're subject
to the laws of gravity

(but you're not so you curse
the laws of gravity) alternate lyric on demo/session versions

but ain't that always the way

if you should choose to wear your heart on your sleeve
well let me tell you now there'll be no reprieve

but ain't that always the way

ain't that always the way x4

when you're so far gone
there's no turning back
you hit the bottle
then you hit the sack

when your blue skies turn
to a dirty grey
if you were a bird
you would fly away

fly away x3
oh fly away x2
fly away x3
Frankie – thanks for the lyrics. I think I'll found the chords by myself (it shouldn't be so difficult), then I'll do a cover of the song and post it here ... we will see. Happy holidays anyway (ain't that always the way)!
Martin,
If you do figure out the chords or tab do please post them here. This is also a favourite song of mine,
Best wishes
Ian
Ian,
I hope I've done it right with the chords.

Verse:
C – – – F – – –
C – – – F – – –
C – – – F – – –
d – – – d7 – – –
G – – – ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙
1 C – – – F – – –
2 C – – – C7 – – –

Bridge:
Bb – – – – – – –
C – – – d – – – – – – –
G – – – – – – –

The instrumental part is played to the verse chords, then you play just C and F til the end.
Maybe Edwyn can confirm ...
If anyone is interested, I've added both versions (Edwyn's and Paul's) on My Page for your listening pleasure. Both versions from the original 12".

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