That's the way Lyrics - Led Zeppelin

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I don't know how I'm gonna tell you, I can't play with you no more,
I don't know how I'm gonna do what mama told me, My friend, the boy next door.
I can't believe what people saying, You're gonna let your hair hang down,
I'm satisfied to sit here working all day long, You're in the darker side of town.

And when I'm out I see you walking, Why don't your eyes see me?
Could it be you've found another game to play, What did mama say to me?

That's The Way, Oh, That's The Way it oughtta be, yeah, yeah,
Mama say That's The Way it oughtta stay, yeah, yeah, ooh, ooh

And yesterday I saw you standing by the river,
And weren't those tears that filled your eyes?
And all the fish that lay in dirty water dying,
Had they got you hypnotized?

And yesterday I saw you kissing tiny flowers,
But all that lives is born to die.
And so I say to you that nothing really matters,
And all you do is stand and cry.

I don't know what to say about it,
When all your ears are turned away,
But now's the time to look and look again at what you see,
Is that the way it ought to stay?

That's the way... That's the way it oughtta be, oh don't you know now,
Mama said, mama said... that's the way it's gonna stay, yeah. ahh, ahhh, ahhhhhhhh

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A lost art | Reviewer: Ross Walters | 10/13/14

The words were written after the music. Like Stairway to Heaven, don't read too much into the lyrics. That's the Way was written to be pretty and showcase John Paul Jones Mandolin play and Plant's guitar creativity.
If you want to imagine the words go deeper than filling space Plant and Page were talented enough to let you do just that picking and choosing pretty words that are every bit as pleasant as the songs melody.
The Moody Blues did the same as did many others. Lyrics that invite deep reflection and infinite interpretation on their way to becoming lifelong anthems in the lives of many of their fans.
Make no mistake, many of the old Rock band members were musical and lyrical artists - perhaps geniuses. The ability to paint a different picture in each and every listeners mind while listening to the exact same words and music. Truly a lost art.
Don't get me wrong. I wish I was young again but am thankful my teen years were filled with the music of groups like Cream and Zeppelin...not Eminem and Beyonce.

That's the Led Zeppelin way | Reviewer: Laura | 10/15/12

I originally thought that his song was about racial issues and two young children of different ethnicity not being allowed to be friends but now that I look at the lyrics it would make sense for it to be about the 'one that got away' or the girl that he truly loved. But it could be anyone's game. I love this song. It is so gentle yet so powerful. It's a great song

History | Reviewer: Camm | 10/15/11

Now, I'm huge into lyrics becuase I aspire to become a singer of a famous band one day. Hard to look over the zeppelin especially when the vocalist is similar to me. As much as it is rediculous this is about a girl, who he lost to someone so close to him. The relationship is a part of the stars. A story of Hephaestus (virgo) is a worksmith, who spends all of his days working on armor and weaponry for the gods. Him and Aphrodite (taurus), goddess of beauty and love, would be together in love. Until one of the other gods, close to Hephaestus' would tear them apart, she regrets this. For me it was an Aries, god of war. It's so haunting to hear the lyrics when they're pulled out from his soul, he lost someone close to him and possibly the love of his life. It's just so supported from the lyrics "I can't believe what people saying, You're gonna let your hair hang down, I'm satisfied to sit here working all day long, You're in the darker side of town." I want to believe robert plant is talking of the girl, I love and hate at the same time. Just how he saw her too, even how his mom gave him the best advice about his problem as well. Its all too real to me, and I love listening to someone I can relate too

I'm a hippy, a rocker (and a roller too..), or a punk. Different days. | Reviewer: Steve M. | 9/26/11

First heard this in the 70's. Been through phases of all the above and more. I love my favourite LedZep most (I-IV, Houses, Song R T Same & Sessions). I would have been a biker, were it not for my epilepsy. "Born To Ride" became "Born To Die" after many failed attempts on myself. My life flew away like Swan Song's image. No one can deny the truth that "All that lives is born to die". It's supported even more by my education in physics and my Atheism. I may have survived jumping off Tower Bridge (,etc...), but I will still die sooner or later.

A cousin who feels more like a sister | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/15/11

I first heard this tune when I was about 14, or 15 (more than 30 yrs. ago), and at the time thought it was about growing up, etc. which was happening to me in my life. For some reason my cousin who was my age always came to mind when I heard it. Although she lives across the ocean (in England) it shows you how music brings people together b/c just recently we discoverd by phone how much we love this one by LED ZEP. You will never hear it on the radio and yet it has such a special quality to it. Somehow through it all (and this song to a degree) we've discoverd we're more like brother/sister to each other. Something special to have w/a family member you cheerish, and really love, so thank you Robert Plant & Jimmy Page! "That's the way" our song is.

love to cousin H,
from her brother-like cousin,

That's the Way | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/14/10

that's the way takes you to places that you will never forget, a moment by a river, a girl crying and the incongruity of life and death. Led Zeppelin hit a chord here in the soul, not many songs take you there... The acoustics set the backdrop for Plant's haunting lyrics. A truly beautiful but sad song, one of their best..

amazing song | Reviewer: have u seen the bridge | 7/15/10

when i heard this song it made me think of when the 'rents wanted me to stop hanging with my buddies who started smoking pot and drinking beer at a young age. but that was me too, we all got drunk and stoned together and to this day we're still friends. that's the way.

in the eyes of parents | Reviewer: micky | 5/27/10

I also wasn t allowed to be together with a guy, because he was always playing truent and of course got me into the rut that he was in, to a certain extent. He was rather neglected by his parents and he also was a mean bastard for example he let his dog kill cats from the neighbouhood just for the fun of it.....

best song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/21/10

people call me a hippy all the time, no big deal, but to the song, i feeel like if you listen to it enough you will realy feel the energy. t reminds me of my friend, were not allowed to be friends cause my mom, but we try to still hangout, its hard though, so i listen to this song, and i cry.

It doesn't have to be the way it is... | Reviewer: Chuck | 11/20/09

Contrast this song with Friends, and choose to give that smile, don't listen to what mama or society or your over-thinking mind says, listen to your heart. When we split this earth let's not have held back our love, but spent it all if even foolishly at times. That's the way I want to be.

Yaa | Reviewer: Allyson. | 10/18/09

I'm 17, and and all I can remember listening to, growing up until now, is Zeppelin. There my favorite ever. When i heard this song when I was about 13, my first thought is that this was about racism. But reading all these reviews I kind of changed my opinion about it. Great song though, so beautiful.

kiss a tiny flower.. | Reviewer: cristo | 9/23/09

I love this song...and really like that the song is for a boy thats so friendly and lovely no matter that is dedicate to a boy... for those that feel that are hippies and for those that were hope never stop being...and the power that moves the hippies never die never have to die will live forever...

¨¨peace and love¨¨

great song. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/10/09

I just figured it out on guitar and I'm playing it for the school talent show. My ex girlfriend will really want me back after hearing it! But for some reason I think of her when I listen to the acoustics off Led Zeppelin III....

Thanx man, | Reviewer: Mary Jane | 3/30/09

Hey thnx. I feel better now, I was just really depressed that day I posted that comment. I know I'm a hippie. Everyone who knows me wants to send me to 6o's + 70's. I feel so mellow, and my dude is back to my best friend now. Peace to you and all Led Zep fans!


mary jane | Reviewer: cape cod nate | 3/13/09

Hey Sister,(Mary Jane)
There is a whole world for you to discover that isn't self destructive. If you feel like you're a hippie, dive into some old Grateful Dead. Yes Jerry was self destructive, but the music was quite the contrary. Listen to the words of Van Morrison, watch "Almost Famous" and the scene with Elton John''s "Tiny Dancer", feel the music, and let it flow through you. When your done, find some "Sundays" albums and let it all go.............Bless,
Cape Cod Kid

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