Led Zeppelin: That's the Way Meaning
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I don't know how I'm gonna tell you, I can't...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Nov 17th 2008 report
I think the friend is either...
A) Black (the darker side of town)
B) Gay (I can’t believe what people saying, You’re gonna let your hair hang down / And yesterday I saw you kissing tiny flowers)
C) A Hippie (You’re gonna let your hair hang down / And yesterday I saw you kissing tiny flowers)
D) All of the above
E) Just plain socially unacceptable.
anonymous Jan 24th 2019 report
The song is about 2 boys who used to play together. One whom has a judgmental mother. She is judgmental towards a different boy. Longer hair. Darker side of town.
The singer has to end his relationship because of his mother. To me, the boy next door, is soft, longer hair ,kisses flowers,tears in his eyes. There may be a physical attraction with the boy from the singer and his mother can tell because "that's the way it's supposed to be, may speak out to the times the song was written. His mother may feel her son having homosexual tendencies and in her eyes, it was not supposed to be.
anonymous Jan 25th 2013 report
I believe this song is about the dichotomy between reality and idealistic fantasy. As young people without experience we often see the world through rose tinted glasses and can be deeply affected and guided by those feelings in a most often irrational way. Sometimes the differences between people are so great that the gulf between them is irreconcilable.
anonymous Jan 22nd 2013 report
the song is about a friend/boy or girl who starts shooting up listen to it i cant play with you no more all that lives is born to die WAKE UP PEOPLE
anonymous May 9th 2012 report
It's a song written by a man (Plant) who'd grown up in a multicultural city (Birmingham) and simply couldn't believe what he saw when he witnessed the effects of segregation in the American south. There's a real innocence about the words which conveys the sheer astonishment: "I don't know what to say about it".
This is one of the most moving songs I know.
anonymous Apr 18th 2012 report
The song is about how Zep was treated in the States and things they saw. What's so amazing is the song construction. Ppl call it mellow and relaxing. That's the brilliance of it. The acoustic and mandolin are comforting and pleasant. What I love is the slide guitar as the voice of 'the other boy'. This song is so inherently contradictory. Listen to the words and hear the music and notice how they work against each other. I had heard this song many times, but the first time I really listened to it, I was floored. The lyrics are vivid, but it's the contradiction with the feel of the guitars and the voice of the slide guitar that makes this song amazing...this is also why it pisses me off that they don't use the slide in How the West Was Won. On the DVD, it's just too awesome to not love.
anonymous Apr 17th 2011 report
A song about how Americans treated the band and would threaten them, even pull guns on them, spit at them. Plant was making a social comentary about how being different made people dislike you and have false perceptions about you.
anonymous Oct 24th 2006 report
I agree, but I don't think it's unnecessarily a black person, just a person who isn't considered socially acceptable.
anonymous Mar 14th 2006 report
It's about a little boy who has a black friend but his mom won't let him talk to or hang out with him.
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