Album: That's The Way Of The World (1975)
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  • That's The Way Of The World was originally part of a movie of the same name - a low-budget flick about the corruption of the record business starring a young Harvey Keitel. Although the movie flopped, the soundtrack effectively launched the commercial success of Earth, Wind & Fire. A live (and more popular) version of this song is on the Gratitude album. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Daina - Medina, NY
  • Featuring the falsetto vocals of Earth, Wind & Fire singer Philip Bailey, this popular wedding R&B ballad is actually about a one-night stand: "I'm longing to love you just for a night." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    John - Nashville, TN
  • Maurice and Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire wrote this song with Charles Stepney, who was an arranger/piano player at Chess Records when Maurice worked there as a staff drummer in the '60s. Stepney did a lot of work with Earth, Wind & Fire when the band was starting out, and he did a lot of the writing and production on the That's The Way Of The World project. Stepney had a lot of experience in a studio and helped the young group create a very refined sound. He died of a sudden heart attack in 1976.
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Comments: 6

  • Sandy from Enterprise, FlHi Tom: the night we met in 1986, we danced to this song. This song says it all. I hope somewhere you remember.
  • Mark from Los Angeles, CaAwesome song, but funny that so many people use it as their wedding song when it's clearly about a man who lusts after a women and after the one-night stand is questioning why he did it. He even says: "Can't find the reasons why I love you."
  • Yes from San Diego, Casome hardcore lust going on in this song
  • Joycemorrison from Phi LUV this! such a classic. simply put: it moves my spirit in a very _alive_ way. my top fave EWF song... which i could listen on repeat.
  • James from Dayton, OhDid I not mention that many people equate Reasons as among the most romantic song, ever. However, this song is about the vagaries of living a lie.
    Earth, Wind & Fire (Philip Bailey) sings of lust not love.
  • James from Dayton, OhReasons is an interesting song in that it wasnt even a single release, yet it garnered massive airplay on both r&b and pop stations not only in 1975 when it was released, but throughout the decades since. Reasons has been on EW&F's repertoire in every EW&F tour. Needless to say, it is among the groups best ballads ever. If not for Shining Star and Thats the Way of the World being released as singles as well as Columbia Records wanting to rush release a new album ASAP, Reasons would have at least been a top 10 single on numerous charts. (Thanks, James, Dayton, Ohio)
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