When Carlos Santana and record label legend Clive Davis were planning the sessions for Supernatural, they must have had, as one of their goals, to work with as broad a variety of artists as possible. Thus you have “Smooth” featuring Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas, and “The Calling” with British guitar legend Eric Clapton. Latin pop stars Mana weigh in with “Corazon Espinado,” while songwriter/rapper Everlast contributes “Put Your Lights On.”

Two songs that share common musical DNA are “Maria Maria,” featuring Wyclef Jean and Jerry Duplessis, and “Do You Like the Way,” with their ex-Fugees bandmate Lauryn Hill. While both include rapping and melodic vocal lines, Do You Like the Way is far less pop-oriented than Maria Maria, and contains a funkier, street vibe — with some nods to ’60s R&B music.

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Comprised of just one 2-chord progression (Em – F#m), Do You Like the Way, written and produced by Hill, starts with horn pads. They are soon joined by a very stylized wah-wah guitar rhythm, straight out of a ’60s TV show theme song.

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Lauryn Hill’s rap is underlaid by a combination of vocal melodies and harmonies, both of which float underneath the rap with almost random timing. Santana eventually steps in with some crunchy riffs on his Paul Reed Smith guitar. Later, Hill is joined by rapper/singer Cee-Lo on the chorus.

On it’s own, Do You Like the Way certainly stands as an interesting example of the current culture. The lyrics are well-crafted and timely, both the rapping and singing are well done, and the rhythm section (complete with six horns) sets a compelling groove. However, as a Santana song, it’s a bit of a misfit.

As usual, Santana’s playing style fits comfortably into the track, though it doesn’t seem to add much. And with the unchanging, awkward two-chord progression (minor chords, a whole step apart), the harmony becomes monotonous, which doesn’t leave Carlos much room for melodic expression.

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So while it’s admirable that Santana was trying to embrace all different musical cultures on Supernatural, Do You Like the Way seems to be one of the less compelling of the songs on that groundbreaking album.

Do You Like the Way Lyrics

Watch the master plan, the pastures span
Through the streets, move the sheep
Flipped the beat, like the shepherd
It’s a new day, my crew stay forever striving
Give thanks cause we alive, and been through the gutter

Now we see the horizon
It’s clear to me now
Used to be confused, took a lot of years to see how
Now, we moving planets
Take the average mind and expand it
You take for granted like we’re always gonna be disadvantaged
But soon come, it soon come, ya soon done
Ya start run, you stumble, we catch one
In the rhythm, Santana lick the guits with precision
Not accidental, intentional conscious decision
To Zion, we’re marching through with African Mayans
Conquering Babylon with the heart of a lion
And the walls of Jericho come a-tumbling down

Tell me, how long has it been
Is everything, everything alright my friend

You see, time is passing, people asking how come none of this ain’t lasting
Money will make people deal like they don’t even have to feel
But no, it ain’t real, it ain’t real

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Oh, do you like the way that it’s going down
Do you like the way that it’s going down
Ooh, do you like the way

How long, how long will we wait, to sit down and communicate
See, everything is relative, if you want to get then give
Can’t we all just build and live, can’t we, can’t we?

Do you like the way that it’s going down

Do You Like the Way Chords

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Em – F#m

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