That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be
|"That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be"|
|Single by Carly Simon|
|from the album Carly Simon|
|Format||Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM|
"That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" is a 1971 single written by Carly Simon and Jacob Brackman and performed by Simon, released from her self-titled debut album. It reached number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number six on the Easy Listening chart 
An art song with a semiclassical melody in the style of Gabriel Fauré, 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."
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