That's the Way (5:37)

Cover of Led Zeppelin III

From Led Zeppelin III and 83 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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