The Way (Fastball song)

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"The Way"
The Way (song).jpg
Single by Fastball
from the album All the Pain Money Can Buy
Released February 24, 1998
Format CD single, cassette single
Genre Alternative rock, power pop
Length 4:17 (Album Version)
4:08 (Radio Edit)
Label Hollywood
Songwriter(s) Tony Scalzo
Producer(s) Julian Raymond and Fastball
Fastball singles chronology
"Are You Ready for the Fallout?"
"The Way"
"Fire Escape"

"Are You Ready for the Fallout?"
"The Way"
"Fire Escape"

"The Way" is a song by the American alternative rock band Fastball. It was released in February 1998 as the lead single from their second studio album, All the Pain Money Can Buy.

It peaked at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in April and remained there for seven weeks. The song also reached number 1 on Canada's Singles Chart.[1] It peaked at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart, having had a fair amount of airplay from independent radio stations such as Forth One.

The song was voted by VH1 as one of the 100 Greatest Songs of the 1990s, ranking number 94.[2] It was remixed about a year after its original release by Italian DJ Gigi D'Agostino, in his album L'Amour Toujours. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 2007 video game Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Background and writing[edit]

Fastball front man Tony Scalzo came up with the idea for the song after reading articles which described the disappearance of an elderly married couple, Lela and Raymond Howard from Salado, Texas, who left home in June 1997 to attend the Pioneer Day festival at nearby Temple, Texas, despite Lela's Alzheimers and Raymond recently recovering from brain surgery. They were discovered two weeks later, dead, at the bottom of a ravine near Hot Springs, Arkansas, hundreds of miles off their intended route.[3][4]

About the song, Scalzo said that "It's a romanticized take on what happened" - he "pictured them taking off to have fun, like they did when they first met."


The song's lyrics revolve around an older married couple who decide to leave their life behind by packing their things and going driving, without telling their children about their plans. Their car breaks down during the trip, forcing them to continue on foot. The chorus expresses the idea that the couple are achieving happiness by losing touch with the world, even though they may never see their home again.[5]

The beginning of the song features a radio scanning through FM stations; among the songs played are Jewel's "Foolish Games", Roy Orbison's "You Got It", and Madonna's "Vogue."

Track listing[edit]

  • US CD Single:
  1. "The Way"
  2. "Are You Ready for the Fallout?"
  3. "Freeloader Freddy"
  • US Promo CD:
  1. "The Way (Radio Edit)"
  2. "The Way (Album Version)"


Chart (1998) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 14
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM) 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 66
Italy (FIMI)[8] 28
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 90
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 15
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 36
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 21
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[13] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 25
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 4
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks 31


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