The Way Life's Meant to Be

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"The Way Life's Meant to Be"
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Time
B-side "Wishing"
Released March 1982 (UK)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1981, Polar Studios, Stockholm
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:38
Label Jet
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Rain Is Falling"
(1982)
"The Way Life's Meant to Be"
(1982)
"Rock 'n' Roll Is King"
(1983)
Time track listing

"The Way Life's Meant to Be" is a song written by Jeff Lynne and performed by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). The single peaked at number 30 on the German Media Control Singles Chart.[1]

The song is track five on the 1981 album Time and was the last track to be released as a single from the album in the UK. It starts with gentle violins, and continues with flamenco-like guitar playing, and castanets. The south Mediterranean sound continues throughout the vocal and choiring on the refrain.

It was the first single since "Nightrider" in 1976 that failed to chart in the UK. The B-side was "Wishing" taken from the Discovery album. The song was recorded at the Polar Studios in Stockholm, unlike the majority of the songs of the album that were recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich.

It seemed to be [a pessimistic view] on that song. Yeah, well, and absolute that song... He's walking down the same street that it was before, like say a hundred years before. But uh, even though he's on the same bit of ground, everything that he knew is, like, buried under this new shit, y'know, that's growing up... on top of it, all these plastic towers and stuff. Ah, the castanets. It was a bit Russian but we put castanets on it and it became Spanish.

— Jeff Lynne (1981 - Interview with Jim Ladd)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "charts.de - Electric Light Orchestra". charts.de. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 

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