That's the Way Love Goes (Merle Haggard album)

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That's the Way Love Goes
Studio album by Merle Haggard
Released August 1983
Recorded May 1983 at Woodland Sound Studio and Eleven Sound Studio, Nashville, TN
Genre Country
Length 32:00
Label Epic
Producer Merle Haggard, Ray Baker
Merle Haggard chronology
Pancho & Lefty
(1983)
That's the Way Love Goes
(1983)
It's All in the Game
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

That's the Way Love Goes is the 38th studio album by American country singer Merle Haggard, released in 1983. It reached Number 8 on the Billboard Country album chart. Three singles were released with both "That's the Way Love Goes" and "Someday When Things are Good" reaching number one and "What Am I Gonna Do (With the Rest of My Life)" peaked at number 55.[2]

At the Grammy Awards of 1985, That's the Way Love Goes won the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

Reissues[edit]

  • That's the Way Love Goes was reissued on CD by DCC Compact Classics in 2000.
  • That's the Way Love Goes was reissued along with Going Where the Lonely Go on CD by S & P Records in 2005.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "What Am I Gonna Do (With the Rest of My Life)" (Merle Haggard) – 3:35
  2. "(I'm Gonna Paint Me) A Bed of Roses" (Haggard, Bobby Whitson) – 2:11
  3. "Someday When Things Are Good" (Haggard, Leona Williams) – 3:38
  4. "That's the Way Love Goes" (Lefty Frizzell, Sanger D. Shafer) – 3:04
  5. "Carryin' Fire" (Red Lane) – 2:55
  6. "Don't Seem Like We've Been Together All Our Lives" (Haggard) – 2:56
  7. "If You Hated Me" (Haggard, Lane, Dean Holloway) – 2:42
  8. "Love Will Find You" (Haggard) – 2:36
  9. "The Last Boat of the Day" (Hank Cochran, Lane) – 3:40
  10. "I Think I'll Stay" (Haggard) – 4:43

Personnel[edit]

  • Merle Haggard – vocals, guitar
  • Roy Nichols – guitar
  • Reggie Young – guitar
  • Greg Galbraith – guitar
  • Dave Kirby – guitar
  • Glenn Martin – guitar
  • Red Lane – guitar
  • Norm Hamlet – steel guitar
  • Dennis Hromek – bass
  • Mike Leach – bass
  • Gene Chrisman – drums
  • Kenny Malone – drums
  • Biff Adams – drums
  • Tiny Moore – fiddle, mandolin
  • Jimmy Balken – fiddle
  • Bobby Wood – keyboards
  • Mark Yeary – keyboards
  • Terry McMillan – harmonica
  • Don Markham – horns

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 8

References[edit]