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The Way
Fastball Lyrics


They made up their minds and they started packing
They left before the sun came up that day
An exit to eternal summer slacking
But where were they going without ever knowing the way?
They drank up the wine and they got to talking
They now had more important things to say
And when the car broke down they started walking
Where were they going without ever knowing the way?
Anyone can see the road that they walk on is paved with gold
It's always summer they'll never get cold
They'll never get hungry, they'll never get old and gray
You can see their shadows wandering off somewhere
They won't make it home but they really don't care
They wanted the highway, they're happier there today, today
The children woke up and they couldn't find 'em
They left before the sun came up that day
They just drove off and left it all behind 'em
Where were they going without ever knowing the way?
Anyone can see the road that they walk on is paved with gold
It's always summer they'll never get cold
They'll never get hungry, they'll never get old and gray
You can see their shadows wandering off somewhere
They won't make it home but they really don't care
They wanted the highway, they're happier there today, today
Anyone can see the road that they walk on is paved with gold
It's always summer they'll never get cold
They'll never get hungry, they'll never get old and gray
You can see their shadows wandering off somewhere
They won't make it home but they really don't care
They wanted the highway, they're happier there today, today

Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Anthony M. Scalzo

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vazmo14850

In 1998, when Fastball released their smash hit song "The Way", most people heard the romantic tale of eternal youth and an endless road trip, but listen to the story behind the song… and I promise, you'll never hear it the same way again.

We begin in 1986. Salado, Texas. Lela and Raymond are strangers. They're both grandparents, both in their 70s. Both of them lose their spouses. And they each resign to spending their golden years alone. That is — until they meet each other.

Lela and Raymond fall madly in love and get married. They share everything. Their last name, their families, their love of music.

Every summer, Lela and Raymond pack up the Oldsmobile and drive 15 miles from Salado to Temple, Texas, for their favourite fiddling festival.

And in June of 1997, that's exactly what they set out to do. It's tradition. Even though Raymond was 88 and recently had a stroke, and Lela is 83 and starting to show signs of dementia, that day they hit the road to the festival like a couple of crazy teenage lovebirds.

Days later, in another part of Texas, Tony Scalzo — the bass player for the band Fastball — sits down at the breakfast table with a cup of coffee and a newspaper and reads the headline: "Elderly Salado couple missing on a trip to nowhere." Lela and Raymond Howard set out for a fiddling festival, and didn't come back. Their kids are worried. The search parties are out.

A few days later, Tony reads another headline: "Family still mystified by disappearance."

Tony becomes obsessed with the story. Who were these people? And where were they going without ever knowing the way?

Tony writes a song about Lela and Raymond. And it isn't until after Tony plays that song for his band Fastball and they decide to record it, that he reads the final newspaper headline: "Elderly couple found dead in car two weeks after trip to festival."

Lela and Raymond Howard's bodies were discovered in that Oldsmobile, at the bottom of a canyon, hundreds of miles away from where they meant to go.

And the next year, 1998, when their children and their grandchildren got in the car, flicked on the radio, you can only imagine how they felt to hear their family story immortalized, romanticized in this song by Fastball: "The Way".



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Mara

I grew up in an abusive household. Both of my parents were severely abusive, violent, and cold in their ways.

They used to listen to this song quite a bit when it came out. I remember them playing it loud on their stereo.

Sometimes this song pops back into my head again.

I thought about this song as an adult, and realized the reason my parents loved it much, is because of the idea of it: leaving everything behind and forgetting about it.

There's even a line in this song about "The children woke up, and they couldn't find them".

I remember my father, just before I left home for good saying out loud to himself: "I wish we never had kids".

Well, they got their wish.

After my brother and I told authorities about the abuse, my father went to jail for a year and a half, and my mother was left to manage the expenses and house alone. She sided with our father and stood behind him, never protecting or caring about her kids- except to be mad that they stood up to the abuses, including her own abuses.

She told the rest of the family we lied, and the rest of the family disowned us too.

Our parents disowned us and have never looked back since. It's been 18 years with no contact or care from their side with any of their kids.

Funny how a song can mean so much.



Interstellar Lapis & the CCCP

This song almost perfectly fits the case of the two Dutch girls that went missing in Panama, with a few changes to the lyrics.

They made up their minds, and they started packing
they left before the sun went down that day
an ending to eternal summer slacking
but where were they going without ever knowing the way?

they drank a few drinks, and they called a taxi
that took them up the mountain trail halfway
and when they passed the lodge, that was the last anyone ever saw them
where were they going without ever knowing the way?

Anyone can see the road that they walk on is paved in gold
it's always summer, they'll never get cold
they'll never get hungry, they'll never get old and gray

you can see their shadows wandering off somewhere...
they won't make it home but they really don't care
they wanted the high way, they're happier there
today... today!

The village woke up, and they couldn't find them
they checked the rooms where they were meant to stay
they tried searching for a signal but they found none
where were they going without ever knowing the way?



All comments from YouTube:

John L

I can't believe it, this is the song I've been trying to find since I was 10 years old. There was this one summer in the 90's they played it on the radio a couple times and I loved it, but the DJ never said the name, and then they never played it again. I remember going to the music shop and flipping through as many CDs as I could trying to see if any of the titles sounded remotely familiar. And back then you could scan the bar codes on the CDs and play previews of the songs on headphones in the shop, and I'd do that over and over. I never found it. By the time the internet became searchable enough that I could probably find it, I couldn't remember enough of it to properly search it. Somebody mentioned it by title just now and I thought, "Wait is, that...?" and looked it up immediately. I'm just really excited right now, this is such a strange feeling.

Rainbow Raccoon

Brother Tom?

J Doe

Congrats btw!☺️

J Doe

Now what?

Sandra Milena Suárez

@AdamIzwadi Take a bow - Madonna

Mohammad Hasif

same, just found this song.. 😅

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Ivan Diaz

Probably one of the most underrated songs in my opinion.

1dashcamboatsandcars

@Randy Little Indeed, but its really only known to the people who heard it when it was big, I was at a small random concert once, and I was the only one there who knew the song when the band asked. Its a big song... but never played anymore.

Darin Campbell

I totally agree with you! I love this song. One of my all time favs. So underrated. It’s catchy with a killer beat. Peace.

bobshenix

@abby bilyeu Def not a one-hit wonder... Fastball still touring aside, they did have modest success and even had another big hit in "Out of my Head" that either made it to #1 or had to be close because it was on the radio at least as much as this song.

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