The Way (4:16)

Cover of All the Pain Money Can Buy

From All the Pain Money Can Buy and 41 other releases

“The Way” revolves around an older married couple who decide to give it all away by packing up and going driving and drinking. Along the way, their car breaks down, so they continue on foot. As the song goes on, it becomes apparent that these two achieve happiness by losing touch with the world.

Fastball bassist Tony Scalzo came up with the idea for the song after reading journalistic articles which described the disappearance of an older married couple, Raymond and Lela Howard from Salado, Texas, who left home in June of 1997 to attend a family reunion but never arrived[1]. They were discovered two weeks later, dead, at the bottom of a ravine near Hot Springs, Arkansas, hundreds of miles off their intended route[2].

About the song, Scalzo said that “It’s a romanticized take on what happened” - he “pictured them taking off to have fun, like they did when they first met.”

At the beginning of the song, it plays a radio scanning through the FM stations, and one of the songs is Jewel’s 1997 song Foolish Games.

This song is based on the true story of Lela and Raymond Howard, an elderly couple from Salado, Texas who drove to a nearby festival and kept going. She had Alzheimer’s disease and he was recovering from brain surgery. When they disappeared, a reporter from the Austin American-Statesman wrote a series of articles about the missing couple. Fastball bassist Tony Scalzo came up with the idea for the song after reading the articles (the band is from Austin).


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They made up their minds and they started packing
They left before the sun came up that day
An exit to eternal summer slacking
But where were they going without ever knowing the way?

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  • annaoj

    the real life story this song was inspired by is so sad

    27 Mar 4:53am Reply
  • hosswr10

    thank you theparkerfamily. Keep listening. great stuff.

    27 Feb 1:10am Reply
  • theparkerfamily

    lol. such variety. lol i love it. thanks Hosswr10 for the music that brings back so many good memories. lol what can i say, i'm tempted to blast this one. lol then the wife would really kill me. lol. god bless

    22 Feb 6:56am Reply
  • marjo47

    Fantastic song,

    15 Jan 6:04pm Reply
  • JerryZola25

    something one plays at weddings???

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Susi_Bellamy

    •*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*• [3]

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • mrpaul01

    I wish the radio would inject some awesome one hit wonders like this into itself these days...

    23 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Dreamsonashelf

    This is quite cheesy but I've been obsessing over this song in the past few days. It randomly popped up in an 90s playlist I was listening to and I had completely forgotten its existence and how much I used to love it back in the days. It takes me straight back to being 18 again.

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
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  • Susi_Bellamy

    Me gusta la letra. muy útopica.

    22 Mar 2014 Reply
  • LUCE08

    " becomes apparent that these two achieve happiness by losing touch with the world."

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • AneezMom

    •*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*• [2]

    18 Mar 2014 Reply
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  • brennaneden

    When I was in the hospital, I would listen to this song on repeat.

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • tylerstaxi

    Fastball returns with their first music video in over 10 years! 'Love Comes in Waves'

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • tonystuff


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  • missnitsirkk

    This album was so good. Give it a chance, seriously.

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Sadie1993b

    "Anyone can see that the road that they walk on is paved in gold, it's always summer they'll never get cold. They'll never get hungry, they'll never get old and grey." One of my all time favorite songs that I grew up listening to.

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • IL-91

    Legendary. Forever awesome.

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
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