Nature's Way

Album: Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (1970)
Charted: 111
  • It's nature's way of telling you something's wrong
    It's nature's way of telling you in a song

    It's nature's way of receiving you
    It's nature's way of retrieving you
    It's nature's way of telling you
    Something's wrong

    It's nature's way of telling you, soon we'll freeze
    It's nature's way of telling you, dying trees

    It's nature's way of receiving you
    It's nature's way of retrieving you
    It's nature's way of telling you
    Something's wrong
    It's nature's way, it's nature's way
    It's nature's way, it's nature's way

    It's nature's way of telling you
    It's nature's way of telling you
    Something's wrong
    It's nature's way of telling you
    It's nature's way of telling you
    In a song, oh-h

    It's nature's way of receiving you
    It's nature's way
    It's nature's way of retrieving you
    It's nature's way
    It's nature's way of telling you
    Something's wrong, something's wrong, something's wrong Writer/s: RANDY CALIFORNIA
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 6

  • Ricky Singer from Long BeachLove this whole Album since the day it came out. Still in my top 10
  • Michael C from New Mexico Tr4head from Wnc: Beefy Boy from Memphis is right. In the early 1960s we were taught about the effects of the human production of carbon dioxide and the “greenhouse effect” as it was referred to then. Often when a system is disturbed, increased variability (including uncharacteristic cold periods) is evidenced even before the eventual trend (warning, as we now know) can be determined. That said, the song speaks clearly and prophetically of earth being out of balance.
  • Rex from FloridaSaw Spirit open up for Cream in Anaheim, California and was blown away....became an instant fan. Use to go see them when they played at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, California. Years later while living in Orlando, Spirit put on a free outdoor concert (Randy California and Ed Cassidy were the only original members). After they finished I had had a chance to talk to Randy and talk about the early shows that I had seen them. A few months later I learned about his drowning. He wrote and played some great tunes. Still a Spirit fan today.
  • Beefy Boy from Memphis Tr4head, climate change is the result of warming, but the effect on earth is sometimes, depending on time and place, cooling. Climate is a science, and we non-climatologists depend on experts in the field to tell us their findings, just as we depend on a doctor’s opinion about a body ailment. Scientists in the field say, overwhelmingly and unequivocally, that man-made climate change is a fact. Some scientists did believe the earth was cooling decades ago, but the models were incomplete. Some, though, thought the earth was warming, and this was and is correct. Randy C. was taking a stab at it with his pretty song, and he might well have used the word “freeze” because it rhymes with rhymes with “trees.” Were he here today, I’m pretty sure he’d not be a warming denier (I.e., Fox News idiot).
  • Tr4head from WncGood take, but I would correct on the "climate" issue. Back then we were concerned about COOLING, not WARMING, as the lyrics clearly show. So, this should tell all of us that mans views on climate has always been suspect and not incontrovertable facts.
  • Denise from SantafeDecades later this song still resonates on so many levels. It’s almost a blessing that the writer isn’t here to see what a mess this planet is. Nature’s Way illustrates the best of Spirit in this song about facing mortality and the dangers of man to the environment.
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