The Only Way Through

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

The Only Way Through

*** This track was re-recorded for accuracy on May 2, 2020. ***

This song is an awesome, lighthearted layer song from Dianne Baker about moving through challenge. I learned this one at Village Fire festival from Barbara McAfee, and later met and re-learned it there with Dianne.

Composer & Copyright

Copyright Dianne Baker. Contact Dianne for permission to record or perform for profit.




Part 1:
The only way through is through
The only way through is through
Well you can choose when it’s time to start
But the only way through is through

Part 2:
You’re being pressed down by a heavy hand
But when you reach rock bottom there’s a place to stand

Part 3:
You take one step, you’re still full of the dark
You take two steps you might see a little spark
Three steps ahead you see the light of day
Keep on walkin’ ’cause you’re on your way

Teaching Notes

The song parts can be taught in any order. I often teach the third part first since it is longest and takes a little more time. I like to teach the whole group all of the parts on this song because they’re all so great to sing. When putting the parts together it can be a little chaotic, so I often just put two together at a time and then mix and match, with just a little time for all three parts going together.

Recording is in B. When Dianne sang it for me, she sang it higher by a couple steps.


Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)


  • Dianne Baker

    Hey thanks for posting this! Great to hear this song making its way in the world. There is now a groovy 4th part to add if you would like to learn it. Be in touch at to learn it!

    • Lisa G.

      Thanks so much Dianne!

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