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That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be

Lyrics

My father sits at night with no lights on
His cigarette glows in the dark
The living room is still
I walk by, no remark
full lyrics
My father sits at night with no lights on
His cigarette glows in the dark
The living room is still
I walk by, no remark
full lyrics

Features of This Track

pop rock qualities
a prominent rhythm piano part
acoustic sonority
intricate melodic phrasing
thru composed melodic style
string section beds
mixed minor & major key tonality
melodic songwriting
a breathy female lead vocalist
emphasis on instrumental arranging

These are just a few of the hundreds of attributes cataloged for this track by the Music Genome Project.

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Comments

Ur right storm....!
Love live this song.......!
Its music like this that just puts me at ease...
Recently moved back to the north east Carly Simon makes me feel back home
arkhammer7
Carly has not had much luck with love it seems from a lot of her music
youdid20
your so vane
She's one of the greatest!
Love this song......al w a y s
It tells of a time long ago and as the world turns it all comes full circle. We all know one or more couples with this same life.
Another fave song and love carly
sarah.kaiser 9 1 9
Sums up my mothers life
Hey carly and james were great bk in the day!!
Breathy? It doesn't sound to me like she just ran up five flights of stairs!
stormdwhite
This song is not "sad" this song is reality. This song is honesty based on opinion and truth of a perception. Which in reality is pure beauty. "Without sttruggle there is no progress" so what sounds sad can ultimately be a blessing. The key is to grow and learn. So embrace this song and appreciate it as a beautiful song, not sad keep jammin people.
I love it
Perfectly dysfunctiona l family
Classic
Great song. Her first hit from her debut LP. Lyrics are brilliant as they chronicle her past life and what she's observed. The sentiments expresses were very relevant in the early 70s. Times have changed, thank goodness. But I'm sure there's people who get married because it's expected.
skibby924
Always loved this song!!! It makes me sad everytime I hear it, but can't help it I love the song!!!!
Aewsome song. Takes me back to high school.
james.wilson 4 9
Pretty song but kind of pretentious.
Sad song but I love it.
Carly...so unique and fine!
Wow, I really like Carly Simon's music. Soulful.
It's such a visual song - you can see everything she sings.
I absolutely LOVE this song. Carly Simon is such a gifted singer. This is perhaps one of her Greatest songs, ever!
sad but great.hard to believe only 3 comments re: this CLASSIC
Definitely breathy. I think somebody should remake this classic, wide open, and sliding vocals, not to take anything away from CS. She owns it.
one of the saddest songs of all time
This is a beautiful song. It's unbearably sad. I would not characterize the vocals as "breathy," though. Soaring. This is the best vocal performance I've every heard from CS.

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