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

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"That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be"
Single by Carly Simon
from the album Carly Simon
Released 1971
Format Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:15
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Carly Simon
Producer(s) Eddie Kramer

"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 [1]

An art song with a semiclassical melody in the style of Gabriel Fauré,[2] 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."[3]

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."[4]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 221. 
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (2008-05-13). "Trailblazers, but Selling a Romantic Kind of Love". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  3. ^ Weller, Sheila (2009). Girls Like Us. p. 344. 
  4. ^ Walsh, Ben (2010-03-11). "Vanity case: Will Carly Simon reveal the identity of the mystery man in her Seventies hit You're So Vain?". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2010-06-08. 

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