That's the Way (5:37)

Cover of Led Zeppelin III

From Led Zeppelin III and 85 other releases

“That’s the Way” is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin from their third album, Led Zeppelin III, released in 1970. Like several of the tracks on the album, it is an acoustic song and is particularly noted as being one of the most gentle and mellow compositions in the Led Zeppelin catalogue.

The studio version features Jimmy Page playing acoustic guitar in open G♭ tuning, pedal steel, dulcimer, and bass guitar while John Paul Jones plays mandolin. There is no presence of John Bonham’s drums on the track, and light tambourine and bass guitar is added towards the end of the song.

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The studio version features Jimmy Page playing acoustic guitar in open G♭ tuning, pedal steel, dulcimer, and bass guitar while John Paul Jones plays mandolin. There is no presence of John Bonham’s drums on the track, and light tambourine and bass guitar is added towards the end of the song.

Lyrics:

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,

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  • RAY7654321

    Listening to "Led Zeppelin III" released on October 5, 1970. Many of the songs featured on the album were conceived in mid-1970 at Bron-Yr-Aur, an 18th-century cottage in Gwynedd, Wales, on a hilltop overlooking the Dyfi Valley, three miles north of the market town Machynlleth. This set the tone for this masterpiece of music. No electric or running water, Page & Plant where roughing it(LOL), they only had a staff of 7. Song written by Page & Plant.

    3 Dec 10:43am Reply
  • vinman76

    These Boys could bring it in SO many different ways! A flash of greatness... and they are gone. But we have the memories and their music that they have given us! R.I.P John Henry Bonham.

    4 Sep 1:35pm Reply
  • wedonttanwerust

    Polar opposite of Immigrant Song from LZ 3 also. Shows the dynamic aural/sonic range of the band on an underrated record.

    17 Aug 10:02pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Get out my face

    25 Jul 9:39pm Reply
  • rushfan1

    Evokes many emotions from a simpler time.

    8 Jul 2:06am Reply
  • joshsaussey

    I still can't get over how insanely beautiful this sounds. [2] Such an awesome Zeppelin track.

    8 May 4:14am Reply
  • pitrafilla

    que "pelazo".. guau...

    28 Jan 6:11pm Reply
  • Thradar

    The live version of this may even be better (on How the West Was Won album). These guys were masters, without doubt.

    17 Jan 4:38am Reply
  • Storchel

    They should definitely have done more accoustic songs! This is just soo beautiful...

    5 Jan 11:07pm Reply
  • Assedor

    Robert is really fascinating till now.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    I still can't get over how insanely beautiful this sounds.

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • lossless777

    this song cures cancer.

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TIGERSNAKEMAN

    GREAT

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • BigDaddy555666

    Speechless

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • justinmcgonigle

    wow

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • pteronophobic

    This remains my favorite song of all time, and the most beautiful I've ever heard. I have fond memories of listening to it while sitting on a riverbank on a warm summer day. Words fail to describe this song.

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Seserakh_

    love this song, love whole album :-)

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Pavski188

    this song reminds me of the happiest times in my life

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • treradical

    beautiful

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • xpldng_hlcptr

    This is really one of those songs where you just wonder, how on earth can someone write something this wonderful. [2]

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
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