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

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"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
Recorded 1969
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:15
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Carly Simon Jacob Brackman
Producer(s) Eddie Kramer
Carly Simon singles chronology
"That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be"

"That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" is a 1971 song performed by Carly Simon. Her friend and frequent collaborator Jacob Brackman wrote the lyrics and Simon wrote the music. The song was released as the lead single from her self-titled debut album, Carly Simon, and it reached peak positions of #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #6 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary 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]


The success of the song prompted Simon into the limelight. Apart from being a Top 10 hit, Simon also received her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She also was nominated for and won Best New Artist.

That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be has been included on several compilations of Simon's work, including The Best of Carly Simon (1975), Clouds in My Coffee (1995), The Very Best of Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better (1999), Anthology (2002), and Reflections: Carly Simon's Greatest Hits (2004).[5]


Chart (1975) Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts) 62
Canada (RPM Charts) 15
US Billboard Pop Singles 10
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 06


  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. 
  5. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be lyrics". Retrieved 2015-02-07. 

External links[edit]