What does That's the Way mean?

Search Login

Led Zeppelin: That's the Way Meaning


No tags, suggest one.

Get "That's the Way" on MP3:

Get MP3 from Amazon
Get MP3 from iTunes

That's the Way Lyrics

That's the way Lyrics
Artist(Band):Led Zeppelin
Review The Song (0)
Print the Lyrics

That's the way Lyrics

MP3 Downloads

Send Led Zeppelin polyphonic ringtone to your cell phone

I don't know how I'm gonna tell you, I can't...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
    click a star to vote
    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.

  2. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    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.

  3. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jan 26th 2015 report

    character Smeagle/Gollum, who killed his brother on his birthday when they discovered the ring of power.

    The lyrics "all the fish that lay in dirty water dying ...have they got you hypnotized?"
    This the dead give away. Gollum is living near a stagnant underground lake beneath the Misty Mountains, in The Hobbit, and he is obsessed with eating the sickly cavefish who live in it.

    There is a play on words at work here.
    "My friend, the boy next door."
    Smeagle was a Hobbit form the Storr family.
    When Plant sings "...next door" it sounds like next storr..this is kind of weak but listen and you see what I mean.

    These lyrics
    "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."

    Lamenting the life that once was ,Smeagle the former self has long been in the "darker side of town" a metaphor for what the ring has done to him.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  4. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    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.

  5. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    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

  6. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jul 21st 2012 report

    hmm, well I always thought it was about hippies...

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  7. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    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.

  8. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    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.

  9. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    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.

  10. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    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.

  11. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    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.

More Led Zeppelin song meanings »


Latest Articles


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]

Just Posted

Strawberry Wine anonymous
The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) anonymous
Where It's At anonymous
I Cry anonymous
A Salty Dog anonymous
Girl On Fire anonymous
Hero of the Day anonymous
Funeral For A Friend anonymous
Broken Arrow anonymous
You'll Understand When You're Older anonymous
Michelle anonymous
Boot Scootin' Boogie anonymous
Undertow anonymous
Liquid Smooth anonymous
I Won't Give Up anonymous

Get a weekly email update

(We won't give out your email)

Latest Releases