The Way Knows the Way

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

The Way Knows the Way

If I was stranded on a desert island with one mantra, this song would be it. This gem of music medicine landed in the voice of my dear friend and singing sister Lyndsey Scott, as she biked around the midwest. It’s been changing lives and hearts ever since.

Composer & Copyright

Original song by Lyndsey Scott, recorded here by Lyndsey Scott and Lisa G. Littlebird. Lisa added the two higher harmony lines with Lyndsey’s support and the arrangement is shared here with her blessing. Melody and 1 and 2 are identical except for a little echo at the end of the song.


Recorded by Lyndsey Scott and Lisa G. Littlebird.


You don’t have to know the way
the way knows the way
You don’t have to plan the way
Trust the way, feel your way
The way knows
The way knows
The way knows the way

Teaching Notes

The melody of this song is all that’s required and it’s a 2-minute teach. Adding the two higher harmonies and little echo at the end is honey in the tea and takes a bit longer. It’s great with just the 2nd soprano harmony. Drums can add some juice. Enjoy this gem.


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

  • Thanks so much Lisa – I will do!

    Kind regards


  • Dear The Bird Sings,

    I am producing a short film with a group of Dancers who are struggling with Parkinsons Disease. They find dance and singing to be wonderfully therapeutic. They have fallen in love with ‘The Way Knows the Way’ and have learnt it to dance to. Could they sing / chant it on the film? The film is non-commercial and is being produced for the charity ‘Live Well and Dance with Parkinsons’ to encourage others to take up dancing. We will not be using any recorded music so the permission I am seeking is whether you would be happy for them to sing The Way Knows The Way? We would, of course, credit Lyndsey Scott as the songwriter in the film’s credits and include any copyright notice you would like added to.

    Kind regards

    Kevin Redpath
    Somerset Film

  • With permission, I’d love to share this song in a spiritual community where we bring and bear our open, sometimes wounded, hearts. I imagine us singing your song together, with permission.

    • Lisa G.

      All songs in this library are for sharing without permission required Sierra. Please do! If you record or perform the songs for profit please reach directly to the song writer for permission.

  • Doris Mogen

    I’d like to acquire the sheet music for this song. Is that possible?

    • Jen Kazen

      Hello Doris, sheet music is not available through The Bird Sings. Thank you.

  • Thank you so much for this heart-opening song that I will bring to the next circle of people gathering for extra life-nectar richness. Much love and support! xo

  • Maronda Rice

    Thank you for composing such a beautiful, comforting and inspiring piece of music. I intend, with your permission, to bring it to my Women’s Empowerment Choir ~ Voice Weavers.

    • Jen Kazen

      Yes, please share with your group. So much love and thank you.

  • Patty

    beautiful! Does anyone know the guitar chords that go with this song?

  • alison m

    love this one so so so much. thank you Lyndsey. thank you Lisa.

  • Catherine Brockbank

    Sublime. Thank you!

  • patricia marshall

    I was sublimely uplifted from a year of intense heartache by this glorious portent to the future. You are true bodhissatvas! Blessings

  • Bayla Greenspoon

    Stunning! Thank you for this gift.

  • ahhhhhhhh !!! that is pure beauty !! maggie

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