Song of the Day: Carly Simon, “That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”

Happy 76th birthday to the lovely chanteuse and songwriter Carly Simon. "That’s The Way I Always Heard It Should Be" was her first single off her eponymous 1971 debut album. It was written by her with lyrics by frequent collaborator Jacob Brackman. Wikipedia says "It is an art song with a semiclassical melody in the style of Gabriel Fauré, and Elektra staffers were worried the single was too emotionally complex to be released as Simon’s first single. With subject matter that includes ‘the parents’ bad marriage; the friends’ unhappy lives; the boyfriend’s enthusiasm for marriage but controlling nature; the woman’s initial resistance and ultimate capitulation.’ Simon was quoted as saying, ‘When I first wrote it I thought it was an unusual thing for people to break up, and now all my friends are divorced.’" This is my favorite song of hers. The song reached #10 on the Hot 100, #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #15 in Canada.

23 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Carly Simon, “That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”

  1. I remember this song…I always liked her voice. She also for some reason always reminded me of a female Mick Jagger but with much better legs!


  2. Hi John – she’s an amazing voice with stimulating lyrics – one gets to think rather a lot. This is a great song thanks for reminding us – cheers Hilary


  3. Such a great song!! I have not heard this in years and am so glad to hear it now. She really knows how tocapture love and it’s sadness/ending just in the way she sings.


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