Led Zeppelin:
In-Frequently Murmured Trivia List - Part 1

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                            PART ONE
     0.0 - Table Of Contents

  0   Administrivia

  0.0 Table Of Contents
  0.1 Disclaimer & Distribution Information
  0.2 Introduction
  0.3 Credits
  0.4 Dedication

  1   The Music

  1.1 Pink Carnations, Pickup Trucks And Other Lifts
  1.2 Hats Off To Strange Song Titles
  1.3 What About The Studio Chatter?  Nah, leave it, yeah.
  1.4 Will Someone Answer That Phone!
  1.5 Intuitive Interpretations
  1.6 Miscellaneous Song Trivia
  1.7 Record Store Rock
  1.8 Favourite Songs, Albums

  2   The Band

  2.1 The Golden God : Robert Plant
  2.2 The Sorceror's Apprentice : Jimmy Page
  2.3 The Omnipresent Force : John Paul Jones
  2.4 The Engine Room : John Bonham

  3    Other Trivial Pursuits

  3.01 The Trivia Remains The Same
  3.02 Electric Green Tennis Courts And Other Cover Art
  3.03 Plantations And Other Onstage Musings
  3.04 Trivia Of Illegitimate Origin
  3.05 Meet The Press
  3.06 Zeppelin Miscellania
  3.07 Shaking The Tree
  3.08 Coverdale/Plant
  3.09 Like Father Like Son
  3.10 The Led And How To Get It Out
  3.11 Jimmy And The Beast
  3.12 Zeppelin Mediawatch
  3.13 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
  3.14 Pezed Pellni Anagrams
  3.15 Nevaeh Ot yawriatS
     0.1 - Disclaimer & Distribution Information

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     0.2 - Introduction

     A few quick points to begin with:
       1) This is an obscure Led Zeppelin trivia file. :-)
       2) It is not meant to replace the FAQL, supercede, or in
          any way degrade it.  This is purely a companion document,
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      Welcome to the Led Zeppelin Infrequently Murmured Trivia List!
      This list has been compiled by Steven Wheeler, who began this
      most ardous of tasks in May 1994, before presenting the first
      version in October 1995.  The compiler spent many, many man
      hours on this, so flames are NOT appreciated, but on the other
      hand, constructive criticism, suggestions, additions,
      corrections, etc. are more than welcome.
           This document seeks to draw together all the interesting,
      amusing, perplexing, or just plain anecdotal information that
      has arisen on the topic of Led Zeppelin.  At the time that
      the compilation process began, there was no storage place for
      these often quite useful pieces of information.  So, to fill
      that need this document was created.  I hope you find something
      of interest here.
           There are a lot of people that I need to thank for their
      help in compiling this, and I have probably lost the names of
      a lot of you, so please if you see something here of yours, let
      me know so I can credit you.  The ones I have remembered are
      listed in the Credits section.
           Most of all, I view this as me putting something back
      into a Mailing List from which I have dervied a lot of fun and
      enjoyment during my involement.  Thanks y'all!

      Steven Wheeler
      Launceston, Tasmania, 30/04/95.
      Last Updated : 06/11/95.
      0.3 - Credits

      As mentioned above, there are a lot of people I have to thank
      for assisting me in putting this file together.  My primary
      source was the Digital Graffiti mailing list, so the first
      thankyou goes to everyone who been associated with that over 
      the years.
      This is a list of people who have either provided me with
      information directly, or who are authors of files at the ftp
      site I utilised, or who posted notable contributions to the
      list from which I was able to glean useful information.
           Thor Iverson, Kingston Arthur, Hugh Jones, David S.
           Koukourou, Maurice Maes, Matt Hill, Steve Portigal,
           Steve Kilpatrick, Ville Silltanen, Risto 'Rise' Pohjonen,
           J.D. Falk, Brian Sagar, Brett Noris, Chris Milazzo,
           Michael Chilton, Matt McGrath, Larry Ratner, Colin Irwin,
           Phil Humphreys, Michael Gallagher, Theresa
           Regli, Michael Ayoob, Dave Wright, Scott Miller, Bryan
           Durall, K.T. Scott, Aaron W. Proulx, Timothy Lindsey,
           J.D. Considine, Percy, Glenn M. Saunders, Stephen Minnoch,
           Mark S. Nyhus, Buster Harvey, Rich Kellerman & Cliff
           Weaver, Scott Swanson, Duncan Watson, and Bill O'Neill.
     In addition to this, my primary resource for cross-checking
     various pieces of information was Dave Lewis's excellent "Led
     Zeppelin: A Celebration".  Highly recommended for any Zeppelin
     fan, an unparallelled Zeppelin reference work.  Additionally,
     Dave Lewis's "Complete Guide To The Music Of Led Zeppelin" also
     proved rather useful, and again, highly recommended.  Many
     magazines provided sources for ideas and information as well.
     Among them: Mojo, Rolling Stone, Guitar World, Q, Vox, Guitar
     Player and Record Collector.
     A big thank you also to the proofreader of this opus, fellow
     COBOL++ enthusiast, beaver keeper and highway chile Mr. Andy
     "Speed-Racer" Wagliardo.
     0.4 - Dedication

                 "To the memory of Ayrton Senna da Silva

           To the heroes who prove, by the events of their lives
                         and sometimes their deaths,
                 that some dreams are worthy of any price
                    and bring adventure back to a world
                          without knights in armour."

       Taken From "Darklord Of Mystara" by Thorarinn Gunnarsson.
     1.1 - Pink Carnations And Pickup Trucks

     Blues tradition has never had a problem with artists borrowing 
riffs, lyrics or techniques from other artists.  Given the extensive 
grounding in the blues that Led Zeppelin had, it is unlikely they 
were acting in anything but this spirit when they entered the studio 
to add their own touches, revisions and additions to the blues legacy
of artists that preceeded them.  In some cases this got them into 
serious copyright trouble, a lot of which was to do with the lyrics.  
In an interview with _Guitar_World_ in December 1993 Jimmy Page said,

            "As far as my end of it goes, I always tried to bring 
        something fresh to anything that I used.  I always made sure 
        to come up with some variation.  In fact, I think in most 
        cases you would never know what the original source could be.  
        Maybe not in every case, but in most cases.  And Robert was 
        supposed to change the lyrics, and he didn't always do that -
        which is what brought on most of our grief.  They couldn't 
        get us on the guitar parts or the music, but they nailed us 
        on the lyrics."

 o "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" - On all the box set releases, and re-
   releases since 1990, a credit has been added for Anne Bredon, an
   obscure folk musician who wrote and recorded the original song in
   the 1950s.  Back in the 1980s her son was intrigued to hear his
   mother playing what he and the rest of the world thought was a
   Led Zeppelin song.  After asking her why she was doing this, a
   quick trip to a solicitor saw her name added and her contribution
   recognised.  Led Zeppelin's version is not that reminiscent of
   Bredon's original though, the Zeppelin version borrows from Joan
   Baez's cover of the song.  When Jimmy and Robert got together at
   Jimmy's Pangbourn home in 1968 to evaluate each other, Page told
   Plant he had an arrangement of this song in mind which had a lot
   of "light and shade".  Contrary to what Richard Cole claims, 
   Plant did not pick up a guitar and play Page the riff, because he
   didn't play guitar at the time, and both Page and Plant have both
   said it was Jimmy that played the riff for Robert, and not the
   other way around.
 o "You Shook Me" - The song is a cover of a Willie Dixon song of the
   same name.  The following extract from the song is borrowed from 
   Robert Johnson's "Stones In My Passway" : 'I have a bird that 
   whistles, and I have birds that sing, I have a bird that whistles,
   and I have birds that sing.'  Prior to Zep's cover of this
   song, the Jeff Beck group released a cover on their album "Truth"
   and Beck later claimed Page copied his arrangement.  The truth of
   the matter is, though, that it was a very popular cover in England
   at the time, and including it on their album did not amount to the
   plagiaristic claim Beck levels at Led Zeppelin.  The song was
   originally recorded by Muddy Waters.
 o "Dazed and Confused" - This began as an acoustic folk tune in 
   the sixties by New York folk singer Jake Holmes before Page re-
   arranged it for the Yardbirds as "I'm Confused."  The song first
   appeared on Holmes's 1967 album "The Above Ground Sound Of Jake
   Holmes".  For the Yardbird's version, the title and the lyrics
   were changed, completely altering the original meaning of the
   song, which in Holmes' version is about an acid trip.  For their
   cover Led Zeppelin revived the original title, but not the lyrics
   nor the original meaning.  The reason the Yardbirds changed the
   title was probably to avoid legal action, in the same way they
   changed the title of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" to "Stroll On" for 
   the "Blow Up" soundtrack.  On the Page-vetoed "Live Yardbirds 
   Featuring Jimmy Page" the song is listed as "I'm Confused".  The
   guitar solo following the bowing section was lifted intact from 
   the Yardbird's "Think About It" where it was originally composed 
   and played by Page.  The violin bow technique Page uses during
   the song is territory he had previously explored with the 
   Yardbirds on "Glimpses" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor".  John
   Paul Jones's bassline is from the Yardbirds version, where Paul 
   Samwell-Smith was the bass player.
 o "Black Mountain Side" - According to Page, "I wasn't totally 
   original on that riff.  It had been done in folk clubs a lot.  
   Annie Briggs was the first one that I heard do that riff.  I was 
   playing it as well, and then there was Bert Jansch's version."
   However, Briggs cites her source for the song as being Bert Lloyd,
   a collector of old folk songs, who according to Briggs assembled
   the song from fragments.  The riff though, again according to
   Briggs, comes from Stan Ellison, who composed the accompaninment
   on the version Briggs recorded.  Bert Jansch went and wrote a
   different guitar part for his version which appeared on his 1966
   album "Jack Orion".  Page probably learned the old Irish folk song
   from folk musician Al Stewart during a session where Page turned
   up to play on Stewart's cover of the Yardbird's song "Turn Into
   Earth", the b-side for his single "The Elf".  Stewart recalls
   that between takes he showed Page how to play the riff and that
   Page seemed really taken with it.  Stewart later realised though,
   that he showed Page the wrong tuning for what he thought was
   Jansch's version, D modal, but which wasn't.  That actual tuning,
   DADGAD is acknowledged as an invention of folk musician Davey
   Graham.  Out of this confused set of sources, Jansch apparently
   contemplated legal action but those acting on his behalf gave up.
   Viram Jasnai plays tabla drums to add a feel similar to an Indian
 o "Communication Breakdown" - Borrows from Eddie Cochran's "Nervous 
 o "I Can't Quit You Baby" - Originally by Willie Dixon, a Page
   arranged version found it's way onto the first album.  A live 
   version, not the soundcheck as claimed, appears on Coda.
 o "How Many More Times" - The song is in part inspired by Howlin' 
   Wolf's "How Many More Years."  Prior to Led Zeppelin, Plant 
   played this in the Band of Joy with John Bonham.  Page takes his 
   solo from The Yardbirds "Shape Of Things."  The imagery of "Rosie"
   and "The Hunter" is borrowed from Albert King's "The Hunter", 
   which was most likely originally by Booker T. and the MGs, some 
   of whom formed a backing band for Albert King for a while.  
   Zeppelin's version is lyrically related to a cover called "How
   Many More Times" by Gary Farr and the T-Bones (from liner notes by
   Giorgio Gomelsky, one-time producer of The Yardbirds).  At one 
   point during the instrumental section the band play an excerpt 
   from the Page composition, "Beck's Bolero."  The main riff from 
   the song is very similar to that of the song "Night Comes Down", 
   which Page played on during his session days.  A song by Howlin' 
   Wolf, who Jimmy claims is who he thought he was borrowing from,
   called "Come Back Home (Take 1)" features a very similar riff as 
   well.  This song can be found on "Howlin' Wolf: Memphis Days - The
   Definitive Edition Volume 1" on Bear Family Records.  It has been 
   remarked upon that the riff also has a vague similarity to the one
   from Pink Floyd's "Money".
 o "Whole Lotta Love" - The riff is Page's but the lyrics are taken 
   from Willie Dixon's "You Need Love."  Plant has said, 
        "Page's riff was Page's riff.  It was there before anything 
        else.  I just thought, 'well, what am I going to sing?'  That
        was it, a nick.  Now happily paid for.  At the time, there 
        was a lot of conversation about what to do.  It was decided 
        that it was so far away in time (it was in fact 7 years) and 
        influence that...well, you only get caught when you're 
        successful.  That's the game."
   The middle section which was edited for the original release as a
   single features Page and Eddie Kramer doing a lot of "random knob 
   twisting."  Apart from that, sounds of sirens, screams, demolition 
   sounds, an orgasmic wail from Plant can be heard.  Page also uses 
   backwards echo, a technique he pioneered with the Yardbirds and in 
   a Mickie Most session.  In 1985 Willie Dixon sued the band over 
   their use of his lyrics.  An out of court settlement was reached.
   A similar `sound' is achieved by the Small Faces on their 1966 
   debut album with the track "You Need Loving."
 o "The Lemon Song" - This track, cut live in the studio, is an 
   amalgam of Led Zeppelin's blues influences.  The major influence 
   for this was Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor."  With lyrics and an 
   instrumental section borrowed from it, it is not surprising the 
   band was sued for it.  The suit was settled out of court.  The 
   "squeeze my lemon" sequence comes from Robert Johnson's 
   "Travelling Riverside Blues."  It is likely that Johnson borrowed
   this himself, from a song recorded in the same year, 1937, called
   "She Squeezed My Lemon."  Albert King's "Cross Cut Saw" was also 
   an influence.  Some lyrics are also common to Lightning Slim's 
   "Hoodoo Woman", such as `You take all my money and give it to 
   another man'. "Killing Floor" has also been recorded by Jimi 
   Hendrix, notably.
 o "Moby Dick" - Originally titled "Pat's Delight" after Bonham's 
   wife Pat, the version that appears on "Led Zeppelin II" was edited
   down from a much longer version.  The riff is from the track that 
   the band recorded for the BBC on June 16th 1969, "The Girl I Love"
   that was never used.  That song was originally written by Sleepy 
   John Estes under the title "The Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly 
   Hair."  Some of the drum parts were lifted from George 
   Suranovich's drum solo from the Arthur Lee song "Doggone."  The 
   Led Zeppelin equivalent for Bonham of Cream's "Toad" for Ginger 
   Baker, some of the inspiration was probably derived from there.  
   The guitar part also draws on a song from Bobby Parker, the
   bluesman Page tried to sign to Swan Song, that song being "Watch
   Your Step."  The song can be found on Parker's album "Bent Out Of
   Shape."  But the story does not stop there.  Parker, in  the liner
   notes for "Bent Out Of Shape" recalls, `It was a takeoff on 
   "Mantecna" by Dizzy Gillespie.  I started playing the riff on 
   guitar and decided to make a blues out of it."  The Spencer Davis
   Group in the UK, with Steve Winwood on vocals, covered the tune 
   where it was a big hit.  John Lennon said the guitar for riff on
   "Day Tripper" started  out as a variation on this theme.
 o "Thank You" - Robert wrote the lyrics for this touching ballad 
   for his wife at the time, Maureen.  The guitar in this song has 
   chordal similarities to Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy."  Rumour has
   is that Page during his days as a session player was the guitarist
   on that particular song, although this is unproven.  Additionally,
   some of the lyrics are taken from an earlier song by Jimi Hendrix,
   "If 6 Was 9", from the "Axis: Bold As Love" album.
 o "Bring It On Home" - The beginning and end of this song draw 
   directly from the original verison of this song by Sonny Boy 
   Williamson, who performed it under the same name.  Zeppelin even 
   tried to recreate the peculiarities of Williamson's voice at the 
   beginning for the opening section.  To do this, Robert Plant is 
   singing through a harmonica microphone and amplifier.
 o "Since I've Been Loving You" - Features a brief lyrical nod to 
   Moby Grape's "Never."
 o "Out On The Tiles" - The lyric `see my rider right by my side' 
   bears a distinct resemblance to Robert Johnson's `Goin' to 
   Rosedale with my rider by my side' from his song "Travelling 
   Riverside Blues".
 o "Gallows Pole" - A new version of a traditional folk song which
   according to Dave Lewis can be traced back to Leadbelly, whose
   version was called "The Gallis Pole."  The version this draws more
   on was by Fred Gerlach.  The song "The Hangman's Knee" on Jeff 
   Beck's "Beck-Ola" album employs a similar lyrical theme, that of 
   the appeal to the hangman.  Leadbelly's "The Gallis Pole" actually
   has the line, `Friend, did you get me silverm friend you get me
   gold, what did you get me dear friend, keep me from the Gallis
   Pole?', and he then repeats that line substituting friend for
   father, mother and wife.
 o "Tangerine" - A Page composition left over from his days in the
   Yardbirds, written for his girlfriend at the time, Jackie
 o "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" - The introduction is lifted from 
   "The Waggoner's Tale" by Bert Jansch, a traditional song.  The
   subject matter, Plant's dog, includes a few lifts from the 
   traditional folk tune "Ole Shep" where the dog in question had 
   its existence terminated for some obscure reason.  Plant's dog is
   named "Strider" and is, according to the song, "a blue-eyed 
 o "Hats Off To (Roy) Harper" - The lyrics to this song draw heavily 
   on Bukka White's "Shake 'Em On Down."  Also covered by Joe Lee
   Williams and Blind Lemon Jefferson.
 o "Black Dog" - Page admitted recently that the vocal arrangement on
   this song was influenced by Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well."  The song 
   is built around a bass riff by John Paul Jones.
 o "Rock And Roll" - The drumbeat borrows from the drumbeat from 
   Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly/Keep A Knockin."  Page has
   said that they were trying to achieve a similar feel to those 
   songs.  Ian Stewart plays piano.
 o "Stairway To Heaven" - It has been murmured that there is a vague
   similarity between the opening notes of this song and those of a
   song by Johnny Rivers called "Summer Rain".  Another suggested
   source for the introduction chords is The Chocolate Watch Band's 
   "And She's Lonely".  The solo chords are also similar to the 
   chords of Dylan's, and Hendrix's, "All Along The Watchtower", 
   though the chord progression is hardly uncommon and any direct 
   influence is also unlikely.
 o "When The Levee Breaks" - A radically different version of an old
   blues song originally written and performed by Memphis Minnie and 
   Kansas Joe McCoy which they recorded on June 18, 1928.
 o "The Song Remains The Same" - The beginning of the song, and the
   layered chords that give the song its impetus is a very similar 
   effect to that used by Jimmy on the Yardbird's ong "Tinket Tailor 
   Soldier Sailor" from the "Little Games" album.  The resemblance 
   is quite apparent even to a casual listener, and, the song also 
   features some early experimentation from Jimmy with the violin 
   bow, which was to become his trademark in later years.  The violin
   bow also appears on another track from that album, "Glimpses".
 o "The Crunge" - A play on James Brown's "Sex Machine", complete 
   with lyrics about missing bridges.  In this song Brown frequently 
   says "Take it to the bridge, take it to the bridge" and as "The 
   Crunge" has no bridge, the search for the bridge at the end can be
   explained by this.
 o "D'Yer Mak'er" - Initially an attempt to recreate a 1950's doowop
   feel, Rosie and the Originals, although this was warped by a 
   subtle reggae influence.
 o "Custard Pie" - The lyrics to this song also draw on bluesman 
   Bukka White's "Shake 'Em On Down."  Other reference points that
   Dave Lewis cites are Sonny Boy Fuller's "Custard Pie Blues,"
   Blind Boy Fuller's "I Want Some Of Your Custard Pie," and Big
   Joe William's "Drop Down Daddy," which was the most important of
   these three.  However, the earliest source for this seems to be
   Sleepy John Estes song "Drop Down Daddy" in 1935, which preceeds
   Blind Boy Fuller by five years.  Sonny Terry covered it with the
   title "Custard Pie Blues."
 o "Trampled Underfoot" - The lyrics are thematically similar to 
   those in the song "Terraplane Blues" by Robert Johnson, and more 
   recently the Rolling Stones' "Brand New Car."
 o "In My Time Of Dying" - Page borrows a riff from Bob Dylan's 
   version on his first album.  The song was recorded by Blind Willie
   Johnson as "Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed", which has more in common
   with the Zeppelin version than Bob Dylan's.  The Animals song 
   "Bury My Body" also features some of the lyrics of this song,  
   "Leave me, Jesus  leave me.  Why don't you meet me in the middle
   of the air.  And if my wings should fail me, won't you provide me
   with another pair", albeit altered slightly.  The Animals give 
   credit to Al Kooper for their version.  Kooper jams with Hendrix 
   on "Electric Ladyland" and his most recent work is doing 
   soudntracks, such as the NBC series "Crime Story".  While he may 
   have written the music for the Animals, the lyrics are most 
   certainly derivative of "Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed".  Plant has
   cited Josh White's 1933 song "Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed" as a
   source for Zeppelin.  A similar version appears on the self-titled
   album by the Canadian band Fear Itself, whose "In My Time Of 
   Dying" is credited to Ellen McIlwaine, the band's lead singer and 
   slide guitarist.  Besides many musical and length similarities, 
   the Fear Itself version ends with the line, "My dying... cough."
 o "Kashmir" - The way the string section echoes around Page's guitar
   in this song harks back to the earliest Page and Jones 
   collaborations, such as on the Yardbird's song "Little Games" 
   where Jones's arrangement for the strings seeks to achieve a 
   similar effect.
 o "Down By The Seaside" - A guitar section in the song apparently 
   sounds reminiscent of "Signs" by the Five Man Electrical Band, 
   however, "Signs" was released in August 1971 while Zeppelin had
   been working on "Down By The Seaside" since 1970, so any
   resemblance between the songs is likely to be the other way
 o "Ten Years Gone" - Part of this song, the slow part then the 
   several chord lead into the solo, sounds like the opening bars of 
   "Band On The Run" by the Beatles or the part where the Beatles 
   lyrics go `If we ever get out of here.' 
 o "Boogie With Stu" - This track features the "sixth" member of the
   Rolling Stones, the late Ian `Stu' Stewart, and it borrows from 
   Richie Valens "Ooh My Head," which in turn was based on Little
   Richard's "Ooh My Soul."  There is a credit on the track for Mrs.
   Valens, Richie's mother, as the band heard his mother never got 
   any royalties from Richie's songs.  The result was that the band
   was sued!  A working title dreamt up by Plant was "Sloppy Drunk."
 o "Nobody's Fault But Mine" - The lyrics are borrowed from Blind 
   Willie Johnson, although the song has thematic similarities with
   Robert Johnson's "Hellhound On My Trail."  Robert Plant has the
   following to say about this song, "First of all, it's public 
   domain because he's been dead so long, and secondly it wasn't his
   song in the first place - nobody knows where it comes from."
 o "Candy Store Rock" - During the `Nanananananananah, yeah' vocal 
   section the riff being played as the same one in "Walter's Walk"
   which is being played as Plant sings `I've been walking the floor
   over you'.  One of the bass riffs resembles one from "The Wanton
 o "Hots On For Nowhere" - A riff from this song might also have been
   borrowed from "Walter's Walk".
 o "In The Evening" - James Carr has a song entitled "In The Evening,
   When The Sun Goes Down", but the two are not similar.
 o "I'm Gonna Crawl" - Dave Lewis points to the influence of people 
   such as Wilson Pickett, O.V. Wright, and Otis Redding.  Lewis 
   cites Pickett's "It's Too Late" as a reference point.
 o "Poor Tom" - Owen Hand, a little-known friend of Bert Jansch
   recorded a couple of albums during the 1960s, one of which 
   featured the song "She Likes It", shares a few licks with "Poor
 o "Darlene" - This song features a line borrowed from Don McLean's 
   "American Pie".  "With a pink carnation and a pickup truck..."
 o "We're Gonna Groove" - Originally written by Ben E. King and James
   Bethea, Led Zeppelin recorded this way back in 1969.
 o "Travelling Riverside Blues" - Like "When The Levee Breaks" this 
   is a much changed cover of an old Robert Johnson song originally
   recorded in 1937.  The song "Don't Know Where I'm Going" by Norm
   Gallagher also features the section about the `rider', although
   it is obvious that Gallagher also borrowed this section from 
   Johnson.  Moving from the lyrics to the music, there are some 
   lifts from Johnny Winter's "Leavin' Home Blues" and another Johnny
   Winters song, "I'm Yours She's Mine".  This song was performed
   rather unsteadily by the Rolling Stones at their free Hyde Park
   Concert in 1969, and although credited to Jagger and Richards, is
   usually credited to Johnny Winter.
 o "White Summer" - This Page composition draws upon Davey Graham's
   "She Moved Through The Fair", credited to a traditional 
   arrangement, but performed in a DAGDAD tuning.  Interestingly,
   when page performed the "White Summer/Black Mountain Side" medley
   live he also frequently played an excerpt of Bert Jansch's 
   "Casbah".  A 40 second excerpt was played by Page at the Anderson
   Theatre Yardbirds concert that appeared on a quickly withdrawn
   album, "Live Yardbirds With Jimmy Page".  Another Page performance
   of this medley, at a 1969 concert at Houston, Texas, includes a
   section of the Anne Briggs song "Go Your Way My Love", also
   recorded by Bert Jansch a year later than Briggs in 1967.  Page
   also tossed in bits and pieces of the never completed instrumental
   "Swan Song" to this medley when playing live in the late 1970s.
     1.2 - Hats Off To Strange Song Titles
    Even a cursory glance at the Zeppelin back catalogue would cause
most music buyers some puzzlement as they struggled to pronounce
"Bron-Y-Aur" or scratched their head in wonderment at a song title
like "The Lemon Song".  In many cases the cause of this confusion
can be cleared up quite easily with a bit of research in blues
history, or the band's history, or the most valuable account, that of
the primary songwriters for the band, Page and Plant, the latter of
whom wrote the lyrics and most likely came up with titles for a lot
 of the songs.

 o "Dazed and Confused" - The title neatly fits both the original 
   lyrics about an acid trip and Plant's diatribe on getting the
   runaround from a woman.
 o "The Lemon Song" - The title is drawn from the "squeeze my lemon" 
   lyrics in the song which are borrowed from Robert Johnson's 
   "Travelling Riverside Blues."  Elements of the song use Howlin'
   Wolf's "Killing Floor" as a source, the title of which is a
   synonym for being in serious trouble, or being mistreated.
 o "Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)" - Thought to be a
   reference to an aging and persistent groupie on early American
 o "Out On The Tiles" - The title means the same as a slang term such
   as `Out On The Town.'  Page recently said that song may have drawn
   on some drunken lyrics Bonham came up with about drinking such as
   `Now I'm feeling better because I'm out on the tiles.' 
 o "That's The Way" - Another song written during the highly
   productive  time Page and Plant spent together at the cottage,
   this was originally titled, "The Boy Next Door."  
 o "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" & "Bron-Yr-Aur" - The title, which is correctly
   spelled `Bron-Y-Aur,' and, pronounced `Bron-Yar,' is the name of a 
   derelict cottage in South Snowdonia in Wales where Page and Plant 
   retreated to write some songs and get to know each other before 
   the third album was recorded.  It has been attributed as having 
   several meanings, and Welsh is a language best left to the Welsh.
   The most common translation is "breast of gold."  Another version 
   is offered by Cameron Crowe, "...Bron-Y-Aur, so-called for the 
   stretch of sun that crossed the valley every day."  The working 
   title for "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" was "Jenning's Farm Blues."  This 
   early version was quite different from the song that finally 
   appeared on the album, particularly as it was not acoustic.
 o "Hats Off To (Roy) Harper" - Roy Harper is an eccentric folk 
   singer who was a friend of the band.  Harper is perhaps better 
   known for his involvement with Pink Floyd, and David Gilmor in 
   particular.  Harper can also be heard on the Pink Floyd song 
   "Have A Cigar," and a variety of recordings with Jimmy Page.
 o "Black Dog" - Named after a black labrador that was a frequent 
   visitor to the Headley Grange studio during recording sessions.
   According to "Unplugged" producer Alex Coletti, this dog is the
   one that can be seen during the Slate Quarry sections of the MTV
   "Unledded" special.  However, this seems exceedingly unlikely,
   and the dog in the "No Quarter" video is a black Russian
   wolfhound, which may or may not be related to the dog in Plant's
   "Little By Little" video.  Additionally, onstage, Plant used to
   introduce "Black Dog" saying how the dog was `...too old to
   boogie anymore..." and "...he'd go down the road to boogie with
   his old lady and be too tired to get back home...'
 o  "Misty Mountain Hop" - The title is drawn from "The Hobbit" by
   J.R.R. Tolkien, the Misty Mountains being a location in the book.
 o "Four Sticks" - Bonzo plays the drums with four sticks, two in
   each hand, hence the title.
 o "The Song Remains The Same" - Originally titled "The Overture" 
   when it was an instrumental before Robert added lyrics.  This
   song was also known as "The Campaign" at one point.
 o "The Rain Song" - The working title for this song was "Slush",
   a reflection on its smooth, flowing nature.
 o "The Crunge" - The title and lyrics are a parody of what Dave
   Lewis calls `...the James Brown/'take it to the bridge' school
   of funk mannerisms.'  The song is rendered undanceable however
   by Bonham's beat and the band `...named this non-dance cult 'The 
   Crunge'...'  There were plans at one stage to release this as a
   single with the cover being a picture of the band doing the dance
   steps for the song.
 o "D'Yer Mak'er" - The title to this song is pronounced in the same
   way as "Jamaica" and may have several meanings.  The song sounds 
   a bit like reggae so the title may be a reference to that.  Also 
   possible is that the title is drawn from an old music hall joke 
   along these lines,
        `Two men are sitting in a pub. One says to the other, "Me 
        and muh wife are goin' to the west indies." The other asks 
        "Jamaica?"  The first one replies, "No, she wants ta go."'
   Another school of thought has it that D'Yer Maker is a Jamaican 
   term equivalent to the phrase `Did you make her?' or `Did you 
   score?'  Plant has been attributed as saying this, although no 
   firm reference has ever surfaced.
   Yet another theory is that it is a British/American term as in the
   Beatles' "Lovely Rita": `Thinking that he has already made her...'
   In conclusion, it is probably a combination of elements of these
   theories, and when said with a Cockney accent it apparently sounds 
   very much like `Jamaica.'  Knowing Plant's lyrical style, and 
   preoccupation with the opposite sex, sexual connotations are
   highly likely.
   However, the answer to this was provided by John Paul Jones in a
   1993 radio interview, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the
   formation of Zeppelin, where he indicated that the name comes
   from the jokes about the wife going on holiday.
 o "Kashmir" - As the geographically aware would have noticed, 
   Kashmir, the place, is not in, or even anywhere near, Morocco, 
   which was the inspiration for Plant's lyrics.  The lyrics describe 
   a car trip Page and Plant took across the Moroccan desert, yet 
   Kashmir, not really a specific city, more of a region, is 
   comprised mostly of fertile farmlands.  Furthermore, it is 
   situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, the tallest mountain 
   range in the world, and has been the subject of fighting between 
   muslims for years, fighting which contines to this day.  About the 
   only thing that Kashmir might have in common with the song is it's 
   history of religious mysticism, which would attract Plant, 
   although there is no record of any band member ever having visited 
   there.  The lyrics describe sand, heat, and endless desert, so the 
   choice of song title is hard to explain.  It may be Plant trying 
   to evoke the imagery of some sort of metaphorical "paradise", in 
   the same way people talk about places like Hawaii.  However, he 
   has the terrain and geography completely wrong.  Most likely, he
   just though that the title just sounds great, which it does.  The
   song was originally titled "Driving To Kashmir".
 o "The Wanton Song" - Despite also being the name for a type of 
   Chinese appetizer similar to a spring roll, although it's spelled
   Won Ton, this title is more likely a reference to `wantonness'
   which dictionaries variously define as capricious, luxuriant,
   licentious or sportive, and generally more fun than Chinese
 o "Black Country Woman" - This song was originally know as "Black
   Country Woman (Never Ending Doubting Woman Blues)," in reference
   to a final spoken line from Plant that was left off the album
   version, `What's the matter with you mama, never-ending, nagging,
   doubting woman blues.'  The `Black Country,' the area around
   Birmingham where Plant and Bonham were from, was so known because
   it had formerly been an important iron-working and coal-mining
   district.  Whether the women in the area have assumed distinct
   characteristics as the title infers is open to debate.
o "Boogie With Stu" - The song is named for the participation of the
   Rolling Stones resident boogie-woogie pianist Ian Stewart, who was
   for a time a member of the Rolling Stones, but was deemed `too 
   normal' by then-manager Andrew Loog Oldham and subsequently became
   the band's roadie and long-term associate until his death in 1985
   while the Stones were working on the "Dirty Work" album.  The
   snippet of honky tonk piano at the end of side two of that album
   is their triubte to him.
 o "Achilles Last Stand" - The recording of "Presence" was a
   magnificent achievement considering Plant was confined to a
   wheelchair the whole time due to his car accident.  Legend has
   it that the first time this song was played back to him after he
   had done the vocals Plant fell out of his wheelchair he was so
   taken with it.  Given that he had a broken heel at the time and
   his superb vocal performance on this song the title may well be
 o "South Bound Saurez" - The title is a mispelling of "suarez", a
   Spanish word for a party, similar to the French "soiree".
 o "Carouselambra" - The name is a reference to the band thinking
   the song sounded a bit like Carousel music.
 o "All My Love" - The working title for this song was "The Hook",
   due to its commercial nature.
 o "Poor Tom" - The title refers to the main character in the song,
   the ubiquitous Tom, who was the seventh son, and thus did not
   inherit any land or property and was poor in terms of material
 o "Ozone Baby" - The title may be some sort of dated equivalent to
   bimbo, or airhead, with similar connotations.
 o "Wearing And Tearing" - A gesture from the band to the emerging 
   punk music genre, which harboured a pathological dislike of the 
   band, which never failed to mystify Page, seeing them as rock 
   `dinosaurs.'  This  may be regarded as a sort of `we're just as 
   screwed up as you are' type response to the punk movement's
   disdain for the band.  Plant has been attributed as saying it is
   partly about the lifestyle of a rock star which certainly fits in
   with this idea and the hectic feel of the song.
 o "Jennings Farm Blues" - The title of this unreleased song,
   although it is available on bootleg studio outtakes, is the name
   of the farm where Plant lived at the time of the song.
     1.3 - What about the studio chatter?  Nah, leave it, yeah.

     Across the Zeppelin catalogue, various songs incorporate some 
form of additional dialogue.  This ranges from unintelligible
background chatter to timeless lines such as "Shall we roll it 
 o "You Shook Me" - The way this song is produced there are echoes
   all over the place, and if you turn the volume right up and listen
   to it on headphones, occasionally you can hear faint sounds such
   as at 0:24 in the left speaker which sound like far off voices.
   Much more obvious is Plant's laugh at 1:45, and his "Ooh, ooh,
   ohh..." at 3:18.  Harder to pick is what sounds like Plant
   crooning something along the lines of "Doobee-doo-doo..." at 4:45,
   which you can just make out through the static in the right
   speaker if you listen very closely.  A few other miscellaneous
   moans from Plant can be heard at 3:35 and 3:56.
 o "Your Time Is Gonna Come"  - Right at the very end of the song,
   just as the first notes of "Black Mountainside" are about to be
   played, and this is first noticeable at about the 4:33 mark, Plant
   can be heard to say what sounds like 'Wait for ya, Wait for ya...'
 o "Friends" - Before the song starts and for the first few moments
   once it begins talking can be heard in the background, what is 
   being said though is impossible to make out.  However, at about 
   the 0.09 mark, just as the bass guitar starts, Jimmy can be heard
   to exclaim 'Fuck!'  About the same time someone can be heard 
   saying 'Ssh!'  Why Page says this is not clear, maybe Jones 
   started before he was ready, and possibly the other person was 
   telling the people speaking in the background to quieten down.  
   One of the voices in the right channel sounds like Peter Grant.
 o "The Lemon Song" - Plant can be faintly heard to yell something
   unintelligible at the 1:58 and 2:04 points in the song.  This can
   be heard in the left channel.
 o "Since I've Been Loving You" - Just before Page's solo starts 
   Plant shouts 'Watch out!'  This happens around 3:38 into the song.
   Also worth noting is Plant's "Oh..." at the 53 second mark as Page
   and Bonham really begin to wind up.
 o "Out On The Tiles" - Between the 10 and 11 second marks a voice 
   can be heard in the left channel to say what sounds like `Stop.'  
   Also, at the 1:23 mark Page clearly says `Stop'.  He did this to
   remind himself to get the timing straight on the riff because he 
   kept screwing it up in practice.  Or so rumour has it.  However, 
   the voice actually sounds more like Plant than Page, and the 
   rumoured explanation for that is that Page was making faces at him
   as he was trying to do the vocal track.
 o "Tangerine" - The count in which goes 'one, two' and then barely
   spoken, 'one, two, three, four, one, two,' is provided by Page.
 o "The Crunge" - at the end of the song in a continuation of the 
   final lyrics about looking for a bridge, Plant asks, 'Where's that
   confounded bridge?'  Anyone in doubt as to whether it's Plant 
   should have a close listen to the version of "Whole Lotta Love" on
   the bootleg of the 13/7/73 Detroit show.  During the theremin 
   section Plant exclaims, `Where's that confounded bridge?!' in 
   exactly the same voice as he does on the studio version of "The 
   Crunge".  Jimmy and engineer George Chkiantz can be heard talking
   before Bonzo comes in on the intro.  The conversation sounds 
   something like,
    Jimmy Page      : "One more straight away George."
    George Chkiantz : "You like it?"
    Jimmy Page      : "Right... [obscured by the start of the song]"
 o "The Ocean" - at the start of the song Bonzo says, 'We've done 
   four already, but now we're steady, and then they went, one, two, 
   three, four...'  He is referring to the number of previous takes 
   they had done on the song.  Also, at the 4:20  mark Plant very 
   clearly half sings "Oh, so good".  This song also features some 
   rather unusual, for Zep, backing vocals which start around the 
   3:40 mark in the form of 'Doo wop doo, doo wop doo...'  Also at 
   this point, buried in a background part of the mix Plant can be 
   heard to say `I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, yeah'.  He then 
   does some `woo-hoo-hoo' style harmonising before apologising 
   again.  There is some other stuff he seems to be singing but it
   is unintelligible.
 o "In My Time Of Dying" - Getting towards the end of the song, Plant 
   half sings 'Oh, feels pretty good up here... pretty good up here.'  
   Surely the understatement of the century.  At the end of the song 
   a discussion something like this takes place,
    Someone         : [loud cough]
    Plant           : [sings the last line of the song]  "Cough." 
    Bonzo           : "That's gotta be the one... hasn't it?"
    Someone         : [continued quieter coughing as Bonzo says the 
    Ron Nevison [?] : "Come and have a listen then."
    Jones [?]       : "Oh yes, thank you."
   Other discussions are taking place in the background but it is 
   not possible to make out what is being said.  Also noticeable is 
   someone coughing at the 40 second mark.
 o "Black Country Woman" - at the start of the song which was 
   recorded outdoors at Headley Grange an airplane can clearly be
   heard flying overhead and the following conversation takes place,
    Eddie Kramer : "Shall we roll it Jimmy?  We're rolling on, er..."
    [Someone]    : "One."
    Eddie Kramer : "One, oh, one again."
    [laughter]   : [Plant?]
    Eddie Kramer : "Can't keep this airplane on."
    Robert Plant : "Nah, leave it, yeah.
 o "Boogie With Stu" - After the song finishes laughter can clearly 
   be heard, the last laugh in this case certainly sounds like it is 
   most likely Plant.  The first laugh on the other hand could well
   be Page.
 o "Achilles Last Stand" - Some listmembers with amazing hearing
   claim to be able to heard a very faint "Yeah" somewhere between
   the 7:17 and 7:20 point in the song, just between the second and
   third of four note bends Jimmy is doing at the time.  The exact 
   point of the sound is around 7:18.
 o "Hot Dog" - The `One, two, three, four' count-in, where Jones can 
   be heard to noodle on the bass momentarily as `three' is said, 
   sounds like it's more likely to be Jones than Page.
     1.4 - Will someone answer that phone!

     There seems to be a wealth of unusual and interesting background
noises, and in some cases foreground noises, in Led Zeppelin songs, 
some of which are so obvious you really wonder how you missed them 
when you listened to that song the first 5,000 times.

 o "Good Times Bad Times" - A suggsted explanation for the hollow 
   sound that Bonzo makes during the opening of the song is that he 
   might have been hitting a cymbal stand.  The sound is a crisp, 
   metallic type sound, which gives the impression that a hollow 
   object of this nature is being struck.  On the other hand, this 
   could well be a cymbal.
 o "I Can't Quit You Baby" - Referring to the version on the first 
   album, the odd metallic sound heard on "Good Times Bad Times" 
   recurs through this song as well, which suggests it is probably 
   a cymbal.  It doesn't sound as hollow on this song.
 o "Whole Lotta Love" - Plant can be clearly heard to laugh just
   prior to the start of the song.  The middle section features a lot
   of randon knob twisting in the studio from Page and Eddie Kramer.
 o "The Lemon Song" - A gong can be heard right at very beginning 
   of the song.
 o "Moby Dick" - Careful listening to this song reveals a variety of
   noises which could range from Bonham moving about on the drum 
   stool to various sqeaking noises, probably drum pedals.  There is
   a particularly odd scraping noise at 1:58.
 o "Immigrant Song" - The odd buzzing sounds at the beginning of the
   song are tape noises coupled with the count in.
 o "Friends" - The fret buzz in parts of the song is due to the 
   guitar being in a different tuning where the sixth string is 
   quite loose, which combined with poor fingering at that fret 
   causes the string to buzz on the fret.  The tuning Jimmy is 
   using is a C tuning, C, G, C, G, C, E, where the low E is tuned 
   down 2 whole steps.
 o "Celebration Day" - The drone that carries over from "Friends" is
   there to compensate for the rhythm track which was accidentally 
   erased during recording.
 o "Since I've Been Loving You" - the bass drum pedal has a clearly
   audible squeak about which Page recently said, 'It sounds louder 
   every time I hear it!'  Also, as Plant is singing the first line 
   of the song, "Working from seven..." while he sings "from" a 
   strange wheezing sound can be heard in the left channel.
 o "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" - Some interesting extra instruments in this 
   song are spoons and castanets, all played by John Bonham.
 o "Black Dog" - In the early stages of the song Bonzo can be heard
   clicking his drumsticks together, keeping time for the band.
 o "Stairway To Heaven" - Not really a weird sound, but the subject
   of some occasional discussion in the wind instrument being played
   at the start of the song.  It is a recorder and it's being played
   by John Paul Jones.  This instrument was incorrectly claimed to be
   a mellotron by _Q_ magazine in 1995.
 o "Misty Mountain Hop" - There is a mistake in this song in the line
   that begins "There you sit...", but the band apparently felt the
   rest of the take was too good to warrant discarding it.
 o "Four Sticks" - There is the sound of possibly either a cough or
   someone exhaling at the five second mark of the song.  Then again 
   in the left channel at the 41 and 43 second marks, a very similar 
   sound, that sounds like an exhalation.  This occurs again at 1:51.  
   Someone, possibly Page, may have had a microphone a little too 
   close to their face.  The same sound, although fainter and closer 
   to the middle in terms of the channels, occurs at the 30 and 37 
   second mark.
 o "When The Levee Breaks" - The titanic drum sound was created 
   through experimentation by Page and Andy Johns with Page's 
   penchant for distance miking.  In perhaps the ultimate case of 
   this, they had Bonzo set up his kit, a brand new one, in the 
   stone stairwell at Headley Grange and experimented with 
   microphones in various positions before placing one a few flights 
   of stairs above him.  A similar technique was used by producer
   Don Was and the Rolling Stones on the  song "Moon Is Up", where
   drummer Charlie Watts is playing at the bottom of a stairwell.
   Right near the end of the song, where the sound is panning all
   over the place, the basic riff is also played backwards at one
   point.  The idea of reversing riffs is not all that uncommon, 
   Jimi Hendrix did it frequently.
 o "The Rain Song" - Bonham's squeaky drum pedal can be heard on this 
   song.  The string on this song are not real and are actually John 
   Paul Jones on a mellotron, an early synthesizer.
 o "Over The Hills And Far Away" - Another track where Bonham's 
   squeaky pedal can be heard, most clearly from about the three 
   minute mark onwards.
 o "The Crunge" - Again, a sequaky drum pedal can be heard, 
   especially at the start of the song where just the bass and the 
   drums are being played.  Page can be heard to depress the whammy
   bar, he used a Stratocaster on this song, at the end of each 
 o "Dancing Days" - Another track on "Houses Of The Holy" where 
   Bonham's squeaky drum pedal was somehow overlooked.
 o "No Quarter" - In a _Guitar_World_ interview Page revealed he 
   lowered the track half a tone to make "the track sound so much
   thicker and more intense."  Plant's voice is also slightly 
   flanged, while Page uses a theremin to create the moaning of
   "the dogs of doom" that Plant sings about.
 o "The Ocean" - A phone can clearly be heard ringing at about the 
   1:38 point in the song.  The sheet music that accompanies the box 
   set has the word `ring' printed twice above the percussion tab 
   of this song, so the inclusion of the phone sounds like it was 
   intentional.  As well as this, there is also the sound of the 
   squeaky bass drum pedal that is present on "Since I've Been 
   Loving" you, which is most apparent in the early parts of the 
   song.  And, yet more odd noises occur at 1:59-2:00 and 2:12-2:13 
   where it sounds like someone is making the `c' sound, as in the 
   first letter of the word `cat'.  Just as Bonham comes to "Two" in
   the introduction you can hear the first five notes far off in the 
   distance, the result of some sort of production glitch.
 o "In My Time Of Dying" - Some members of the list with very keen 
   hearing have in the past claimed to have heard the sound a 
   television makes when it's turned on, about half  way through this
   song.  The sound they are hearing  is produced by the high voltage
   power supply, or more specifically, the flyback transformer, 
   of the tv which is somewhere around 32,000 volts for color 
   televisions.  Not so much a weird noise, as an anomaly, at the 
   5:44 mark it sounds like Bonham misses a beat.  Them cymbals 
   continue as they are but at that time it sounds a bit like a 
   drumbeat is missing.
 o "Houses Of The Holy" - Recorded initially for the album of the 
   same name, the squeaky drum pedal that can be heard on a lot of 
   the tracks from that album can also be heard on this song.  At 
   the 3:41 mark a strange sound, resembling a bird call, can be 
   heard clearly.
 o "Kashmir" - The orchestra riff that is first heard at the 1:19 
   point in the song can be heard earlier, in the left channel, very
   faintly, after each line of the first verse, such as at 0:25, 
   0:34 and 0:43.  What this is, is the original track using the
   orchestra that was wiped off, but a slight "ghost" of that
   recording remains and is slightly audible.
 o "Night Flight" - A strange hissing sound can be heard for around 
   half a second in the right channel before the organ starts.
 o "Ten Years Gone" - The squeaky bass drum pedal that was noted in 
   "The Ocean" and "Since I've Been Loving You" occurs here as well, 
   although slightly quieter than on both previous occasions.  Also, 
   at the 2:59 mark, and faintly in the left channel, a strange sound 
   can be heard, which has been suggested as the sound of a guitar 
   being plugged in.  Another sound, sounding much more like a guitar 
   being plugged in occurs between 5:44 and 5:47.
 o "Sick Again" - Bonzo can be heard to cough faintly at the end of 
   the song.
 o "Achilles Last Stand" - Despite Page's assertions that there 
   weren't any keyboards on "Presence" between 6:54 and 7:00, on the 
   ascending runs with the staccato background guitar, you can hear 
   what sounds very much like a keyboard.  It could also be an 
   extremely affected guitar sound though.  Bonham is said to groan 
   at one point during the song, but the time for that is unclear.
 o "For Your Life" - Plant makes two weird noises after the lines, 
   'Wanna find myself a crystal, Payin' through the nose.'  The two 
   noises sound very much like a snort, most likely a play on the 
   line about crystals and paying through the nose, in reference to 
   cocaine.  This starts at around the 5:30 point in the song.
 o "In The Evening" - The third Zeppelin song on which Page uses the
   violin bow, the others being "How Many More Times" and "Dazed And
   Confused", the unusual noises in the guitar solo are caused by the
   springs of a fully depressed whammy bar.
 o "Fool In The Rain" - An odd noise can clearly be heard at the 1:05
   point in the song.  The sound occurs just after the line `And you 
   said that you'd always be true'.  The sound is most likely Plant, 
   and may be some sort of play on that line.  The sound itself is 
   like a sort of `ppttt' noise made with the lips.  A suggested 
   explanation for this involves the meaning of the prior line of the
   song.  When someone makes a hand shape like a gun with a clenched 
   fist, extended fore-finger and raised thumb, the sound they most 
   commonly make when they `fire' the gun is similar to this noise, 
   a sort of `ppttt' noise made with the lips.  Hence, it may be that
   Plant was firing off a shot at someone that had not been true to 
   him.  This is a rather tenuous theory however.
 o "Carouselambra" - The unusual sounds that have been described as
   `percolating' that occur in this song are most likely to be Bonham
   hitting some sort of drum as they follow a rhythmic pattern, which
   rules out other explanations such as perhaps a bong.
 o "Wearing And Tearing" - At the 0:19 mark a sound that is similar 
   to a phone ringing, one of the newer ones, not the older ones that 
   actually make a ringing noise, can be heard in the right channel.
     1.5 - Intuitive Interpretations

     Proposing what a particular song is about is usually futile,
unless  the artists has clearly spelled out what the meaning is,
and even then there is plenty of room for personal interpretation,
a largely speculative process.  One song can mean many different
things to  different people.  The aim of this section is not to
engrave in  stone what the song is supposed to mean, but to just
present some interpretations.

 o "The Lemon Song" - The frequent references to a "killing floor" in
   this song hightlight a recurrent theme in blues lyrics.  The term
   does not specifically refer to a slaughterhouse or abbatoir, but a
   situation, after you have been, for example, cheated on, dumped 
   by your woman, ignored, or hurt, or some such unfortunate 
   predicament.  The term is probably used an analogy, as a man could
   see an animal being slaughtered, and then when his wife cheats on 
   him for example, saw a similarity in terms of feeling that way.
   This is only a subset of the song's lyrical themes however.  The
   concept was popularised by Chicago bluesman Howlin' Wolf in his
   appropriately titled song, "Killing Floor", from whence the riff 
   to this song is derived.
 o "Ramble On" - The reference to `the darkest depths of Mordor' is 
   one of the several Tolkien references in Plant's lyrics.  Mordor 
   is, in _Lord_Of_The_Rings_, essentially a wasteland, obviously
   artificially so because of Sauron's, the `dark lord' in "The 
   Battle Of Evermore", poisonous sphere of influence.  Mordor is
   surrounded by a mountain range that encloses it on three sides.
   Another Tolkien reference is the line referring to Gollum.  He is
   more pitiful than evil.  He was once a Hobbit-like creature who 
   fell under the power of the ring and became a monster that he is.
   His entire essence is now controlled by the ring.  The evil one
   that is mentioned as accompanying Gollum could be one of a variety
   of characters, such as Saruman, Morgoth, a ringwriath, however,
   Morgoth was not a contemporary of Gollum's in Tolkien's world.
   Another part of the song that may be related to Tolkien is the
   section about "spreading roots", "goin' round the world", "gotta
   find my girl".  In "Lord Of The Rings", Frodo and Sam wander into
   the forest after being captured by the Orcs.  While there they 
   meet an old Ent called Treebeard who tells them the story of the
   Ents' loss and subsequent search for the Entwives.  More likely
   though, this is part of Plant's recurring lyrical theme of having
   to find his woman, a neverending search further chronicled in
   "Going To California".
 o "Immigrant Song" - The inspiration for the lyrics for this song 
   are said to have come from a trip to Iceland in June 1970, which
   goes some way to explaining the Viking overtones of the song.
 o "Since I've Been Loving You" - One of the most interesting lyrical
   moments in this song is Plant's updated blues cliche', the "new
   fangled back door man".  "Back door man" is a term used to 
   describe a woman's secret, or alternative lover, who may enter the
   house via the back door to preserve the secrey of the affair.  
   Plant's spin on this, the "new fangled" version, may imply that 
   the lover has a unique style, or is particularly up-to-date in 
   appearance or some other detail about him.  It could also be that 
   he is reflecting that times have changed since this ancient blues
   mannerism was first used.  Another song that revolves around this
   concept is the Doors' "Back Door Man".
 o "Tangerine" - Written during Page's days with the Yardbirds, he
   wrote this for his then girlfriend Jackie DeShannon.  Marianne
   Faithfull in her not-to-be-taken-too-seriously autobiography,
   _Faithfull_, recalls an instance where she was in a hotel room
   next to theirs and that Page was through his involvement with
   DeShannon making the transition to being "interesting".
 o "That's The Way" - The song centres on the dissolution of a pair
   of star crossed lovers.  This song has been interpreted as having
   pro-conservation themes, although the generally peaceful nature 
   of the song may have been in part inspired by the unrest Plant 
   witnessed first-hand during his travels across the USA in 1970.
   Plant has said that it was about the loss of a friend, with a 
   divergence into various social and environmetal issues.
 o "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" - The song is about Plant's dog Strider, which
   in Plant's words is a "blue-eyed merle".  This is likely to mean 
   the dog is a Collie, by breed, with blue-grey fur speckled or 
   streaked with black.
 o "Black Dog" - It has been suggested the lyrics are about Plant's
   feelings towards fat women.
 o "The Battle Of Evermore" - With some imagery borrowed from Tolkien
   and lyrics inspired by a book Robert was reading at the time about
   Scottish border wars, it is likely that the song is a compilation
   of elements of these two sources.  The lyrical reference to
   `ringwraiths' is an indication of the use of some middle earth
   imagery.  The actual ringwraiths reference, "The ringwraiths ride
   in black..." refers to the Nazgul in Tolkien's middle earth.  The
   Nazgul were evil servants of the Dark Lord, also referred to in 
   the song, Sauron, who roamed the earth in search of the one ring 
   to rule them all, the magic ring of invisibility found by Bilbo 
   Baggins in _The_Hobbit_.  The Nazgul were referred to as 
   "Ringwraiths" by common peoples.  Another line from the song 
   "Bring it back, bring it back..." is interpreted by some as the 
   rapidly fading links between England and the magic of the past.  
   The lines "The magic runes are writ in gold, to bring the balance
   back" are interpreted by some as meaning the band had found or 
   regained some sense of balance, although this is very probably not
   what Plant was singing about.  Additionally, the Queen of light
   referred to is Galhadriel, and a ringwraith is a human that fell
   under the power of Sauron and now lives as a "shadow" or being on
   another plane of existence.  A ringwraith is essentially one of
   Sauron's henchmen and were dedicated to finding the ring and to
   bring it back to Sauron.  They also dress in black.  Some other
   lyrical ideas are supposed to have come from "The Magic Arts In
   Celtic Britain" by Lewis Spence.
 o "Stairway To Heaven" - The meaning of this song has to be one of 
   the most enduring musical debates of all time.  Australian 
   comedian and tv personality Andrew Denton has throughout his tv
   career expressed his complete ignorance of the meaning and sought
   to enlighten himself.  He finally gained his chance to ask the
   man who wrote the words what the phrase "If there's a bustle in
   your hedgerow" actually means, and Plant related an idea, after
   checking with Jimmy to see whether he should pass on the Freudian
   meaning, and being told not to, which bears a striking resemblance
   to one aired in _Guitar_ magazine several years ago.  The winner 
   of a contest in that magazine as to what the meaning was also
   concerned himself with that particular phrase.  The theory had it
   that a hedgerow can also be defined as a "bush", which is also a
   slang term for the female genitalia.  A bustle is a disturbance or
   some similar dispruptive activity.  Supposedly this refers to a
   woman's period.  The May Queen, mentioned in the next line of the
   lyrics, symbolizes a woman's first period, and thus the two lines
   taken together relate to a woman's coming of age.  Plant's reply
   to the question on _Denton_ was, "What it is, it's the beginning 
   of Spring, it's when the birds make their nests, when hope and the
   new year begins.  And it's nothing to do with any of that weird
   stuff you read about in America!"  These two explanations at
   a stretch can be reconciled, so one part of the song is thus about
   a woman's coming of age.  Jimmy has also said that one of the
   original lyrical inspirations was a woman they both knew.  This 
   may be so, but the "lady" in the song appears to be some sort of
   reference to materialism.  The song is reportedly based on a
   number of Celtic myths and also drew on English literature such
   as "The Faerie Queene" by Edmund Spenser.
 o "Misty Mountain Hop" - Despite a title that is a location drawn 
   from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," from what Plant has said about 
   the lyrics, it sounds much more likely that the song is something
   to do with an afternoon in the park and some illegal substances.  
   A rough paraphrase of Plant's words is that it about is the
   trouble one can get into when spending an afternoon in the park
   with some `cigarette papers.'  Another source says that the song
   is written about a love-in near London that was broken up by the
 o "Going To California" - The song is, according to Plant, about the
   unrequited search for the ultimate lady.  He would often adlib, 
   "It's infinitely hard," when they played the song live.  At 
   Knebworth in 1990 Plant added, "Do you know what?  It's still 
 o "When The Levee Breaks" - The story behind this song is that, 
   after the civil war, many black freemen and former slaves settled
   on farms in an area along the Mississippi side of the Mississippi
   river.  This area, known as the Delta, is from Greenville north to
   Memphis, Tennessee.  Obviously, this is not the only delta on the
   Mississippi, and should not be confused with the one south of New
   Orleans.  The reason for settling in this area was the richness of
   the soil, primarily because of semi-annual floodings  In response 
   to this phenomenen a 45 foot tall dirt levee, a ridge of soil, was
   constructed along the side of the river for mile after mile.  
   Early in the century, a series of floods managed to penetrate the 
   levee and flood the area, devastating crops and farms.  Thousands 
   of familes moved upriver to Chicago as a result of this, and also
   due to the hope that jobs were plentiful and homes inexpensive in 
   that area.  However, levees were not just the haunts of farmers.
   Criminals such as prostitutes, bootleggers and thieves often lived
   in levee camps, as the people who ran them found it very hard to
   enforce the rules and were prepared to turn a blind eye to their
   activities.  In such an environment, early bluesmen found a place
   to play and learn their trade, people such as Robert Johnson, 
   Tommy Johnson and Son House.  The levee camps were dangerous 
   places and if a musician failed to impress the patrons there was a
   good chance he could be in serious trouble.
 o "The Song Remains The Same" - Zeppelin's tribute to world music, 
   and the varieties they experienced on their travels.
 o "Over The Hills And Far Away" - A song about the joys of the open
   road and `acapulco gold', a popular slang term for marijuana.  Roy
   Harper, a Zeppelin associate and the subject of the last song on 
   "Led Zeppelin III" actually has a song of that name.
 o "The Crunge" - In a song that is basically a James Brown parody, 
   the closing spiel from Plant, `Where's that confounded bridge?' is
   a reference to the fact that there is no key transition at that 
   point in the song.  A musical "bridge" is a segment wherein there 
   is a key change from the tonic key, so at that point in the song, 
   Plant is looking, probably in jest, for the key change, without 
   which the band is stuck in the same key forever, and the song 
   doesn't end.  The point at which the bridge is first mentioned is 
   after the band has been playing the riff in the same key several 
   times, hence Robert's search for a transition.
 o "Dancing Days" - This positive, upbeat song was inspired by music
   Robert and Jimmy heard in Bombay during their stopover there.  
   Eddie Kramer recalls the band dancing on the lawn at Stargroves 
   during the playback for this song.
 o "The Ocean" - While it is generally agreed that the "Ocean" Plant
   refers to is his view of the crowd at a concert from the stage, 
   less obvious is his reference to his three years old daughter at 
   the time, Carmen.  Carmen is now grown up, and is married to 
   Plant's bass player Charlie Jones.  The couple brought a son into
   the world in early 1995, making Robert Plant a grandfather!  In
   several live versions of "The Ocean" Plant changed the lyrics to
   "She is only four years old" to keep up with Carmen's age.  The
   line "Playin' in the moonshine, rockin' in the grain" is a clear
   reference to grain based alcohols, which were the most common ones
   during the Prohibition period in America, when the term moonshine 
   was coined to describe illegal liquor.  A term was also coined for 
   the people involved in the production and distribution of the 
   alchohol, bootleggers, a term which has also been used to describe 
   those who illegally tape concerts by artists such as Led Zeppelin.
 o "In My Time Of Dying" - This antiquated song froma round the turn 
   of the century is the cry of a man on his deathbed as he tries to 
   have his life and soul justified.  It is a cry from the edge of 
   the grave, an impassioned beg for mercy, and an attempt to ensure 
   a place in heaven for the man's soul.  Hence, the lyrics have, 
   quite literally, got to be "It's gotta be my Jesus" and "Oh my 
   Jesus" as it would make no sense, in such a moving, spiritual song
   which gradually builds up to a brilliantly executed catharsis, for
   Plant to start yelling out the name of some woman, Gina being the
   suggested name he uses.  However, when peformed live Robert did
   sometimes swap the Jesus for Georgina or Gina, depending on what
   sort of variations took his fancy on the night.  But, on the album
   version it would make no sense for it to be anything other than 
   Jesus.  This ties in with the cultural values and beliefs 
   prevalent in the culture Zeppelin came from, and from the 
   spiritual side of the blues, as the original performer of this 
   song, Blind Willie Johnson, sought to convey.
 o "Achilles Last Stand" - Given Plant's enthusiasm for mythology the
   lyrics seems thematically linked to the Trojan war during the 
   Hellenistic age.  On the other hand, the rumour persists that
   Plant, in a wheelchair with his leg in a cast due to a car 
   accident at the time of the session for "Presence", literally 
   fell out of his wheelchair when he first heard the completed
   song.  Given his leg injury, the title may indeed be a reference
   to this incident.
 o "Nobody's Fault But Mine" - Another Blind Willie Johnson song, 
   this has a similar lyrical theme to "In My Time Of Dying", a man
   on his deathbed or staring death in the face taking responsiblity
   for his sins and seeking redemption by doing so.
 o "Royal Orleans" - Rumours have persisted for years that this song 
   is about John Paul Jones and some rather decadent exploits at the 
   Royal Orleans Hotel.  The line about `kissing whiskers' infers 
   some sort of involvement with a drag queen.  In the song, Jones 
   is referred to as John Cameron, to avoid naming him directly.
 o "Hots On For Nowhere" - The reference to `Corner of Bleeker and
   nowhere' sounds like it might be a reference to Bleeker Street, in
   which case there are several he might be referring to.  There is a
   Bleeker Street in New York City, in Greenwich Village, which is 
   home to many aspiring musicians and is the location of some small 
   bars that Jimi Hendrix and others played in before they became 
   famous.  Also, this Bleeker Street is very close to the building 
   on the cover of "Physical Graffiti", and may be adjacent to, or 
   actually converge with St. Marks Place at some point.  There is 
   also a Bleeker Street in London which is famous for having lots of
   pubs on it.  New Orleans, in keeping with the delta blues style of
   the album, may also have a street named Bleeker.  Another lyrical
   reference to Bleeker Street is in the Simon and Garfunkel song 
   "Bleeker Street".  The rest of the song is something of a diatribe
   by Plant against close friends "who would give me fuck all", the
   people in question apparently being Jimmy Page and Peter Grant.
 o "Tea For One" - A melancholic reflection by Plant on the time he
   was separated from his wife after their car accident.
 o "Hot Dog" - Unsurprisingly for Plant, this is a song about women.
   There are several theories that have been postulated as to what
   it's about, the funniest being that it is about having a 17 year
   old girlfriend dump you.  It is claimed that Robert once said that
   the song is about a woman who he used to mess around with in 
   Texas, but this is not confirmed.  The song though, is filled with
   jokes about the way Americans speak, with several extremely corny
   puns such as "U-Haul" instead of "Y'all", "Set down" instead of
   "Sit down" and so on.  One particular line, "Hangin' round for 
   more, ah more" would appear to be play on the French word "amour"
   or the Spanish "amor", both meaning love.  The word "Dungarees"
   also makes its only appearance in a Zeppelin song.  The use of the
   word "U-HauL' is a reference to U-Haul moving vans, as the girl
   involved is going to Texas and needs to move her belongings also.
 o "Carouselambra" - An observation about the person who is the
   object of the song is disguised by references to the past, who,
   according to Plant, will one day realise it was written with him
   in mind and say, "My God!  Was it really like that?"
 o "Poor Tom" - Tom, according to the lyrics, is a family's seventh
   son.  Thus there is little left for him to inherit in terms of
   land or money because  the six previous brothers have taken it 
   all.  However, in occult lore, negro mysticism and other belief
   systems, a dispensation for this is the influence of seven which
   is considered a lucky number, the seventh son may have a variety
   of supernatural powers to compensate for his reduced birthright.
   This is referred to in Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man", also
   written by Wille Dixon, amongst others.  The magical powers seem 
   to relate quite often to having good luck with women.  Wille 
   Dixon also wrote a song called "Seventh Son" about the belief that
   the seventh son was lucky.  However, the poverty aspect of his 
   predicament means he has to live the blues which probably appealed 
   to blues songwriters.  Basically, as the seventh son, you may be 
   poor in material riches, but may be able to make up for this by 
   developing non-material riches.  Another group to have recorded a 
   song about this is Iron Maiden with their song, "Seventh Son Of A 
   Seventh Son".  The seventh son of a seventh son is even luckier 
   than than a seventh son, and is as legend has it, blessed with 
   incredible magic powers.
     1.6 - Miscellaneous Song Trivia

 o A suggested explanation for the intriguing question of whether the
   version of "I Can't Quit You Baby" on "Coda" comes from the
   rehearsal or the actual concert that same evening, is that if Page
   had proper audio equipment set up to record the show, then if it
   was multitracked, that would give him the opportunity to stereo
   separate it at a later date.  The recording of this show may have
   been intended for the long mooted live box set, or retrospective.
 o The issue of whether the "Coda" version of "I Can't Quit You Baby"
   is from the rehearsal or the subsequent show is further brought
   into question by the video clip purporting to be from that date
   that features an identical version.  Either, it is from the show
   that night, or a very well attended rehearsal.
 o Zeppelin were nowhere near the first people to play and popularise
   "Train Kept A-Rollin'".  The song was already a standard for the
   beat boom bands of the sixties, and Page's previous band, The
   Yardbirds, although before his time in it, did the most to
   popularise it at the time.  It was re-recorded during Page's stint
   with the band as "Stroll On" for the Antonioni film "Blow Up".
   The only change was to the lyrics, which were re-written, the
   reason being that they were unsure that they could obtain
   permission to use it from the copyright holder.  That version may
   feature Page on either bass or guitar, no-one seems to be sure.
   The song was originally written by Tiny Bradshaw, L. Mann, and H.
   Kay and recorded by Tiny Bradshaw's Big Band in 1951.  Originally
   it was a jump blues tune, but was re-recorded as a rockabilly
   song by The Johnny Burnette Trio in 1956.  The guitarist involved
   was Paul Burlison, who sometimes filled in for bluesman Howlin'
   Wolf's guitarists, Hubert Sumlin and Wille Johnson, and was a
   major influence on Jeff Beck.  The Yardbirds first recorded the
   song in 1965, and then again in 1966 for "Blow Up".  Zeppelin
   played the song at their first meeting, and then on their early
   tours.  It made a re-appearance on their last tour and was
   mentioned by Plant as being on the next album, indicating that
   they intended to cover it for the next album, which was of course
   never made.  When Page jammed with Aerosmith at Donington in 1992,
   just before his solo Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler shouted
   "Stroll on, Jimmy!"  Aerosmith are noted fans of the Yardbirds and
   their version of the song can be found on their "Gems" album, and
   a newer version on the box set "Pandora's Box".
 o The Rolling Stones' resident honky-tonk pianist Ian Stewart, who 
   was originally the sixth Rolling Stone, is the man responsible for 
   tinkling the ivories on the Zeppelin songs "Boogie With Stu" and
   "Rock And Roll".  Apart from the Stones and Zeppelin, Stewart, now
   deceased, also appears on some songs with Howlin' Wolf from the
   London Sessions for Wolf.  Stewart died before the Stones "Dirty
   Work" album came out and the snippet on honky tonk piano on the
   fadeout from the album is a tribute to him.
 o On "You Shook Me" and "Bron-Yr-Aur" Page is using backwards echo,
   a technique he pioneered during his time with the Yardbirds.  By
   playing a solo once, flipping the tape over and recording over the
   solo and some studio tricks he managed to get the echo preceeding
   the signal.  The effect is quite odd at times, for example the
   brass section on the Yardbirds song "Ten Little Indians" uses this
   technique, and it sounds like the song is going backwards.  The
   backwards echo in "You Shook Me" is right near the end of the 
 o "The Rain Song" was recorded in the key of G on "Houses Of The 
   Holy" but was performed in A in concert.  In a 1990 interview 
   in _Guitar_World_ Page said this was because the studio version
   used an odd tuning and the live version was an approximation.
 o "In My Time of Dying" is recorded in the key of A on "Physical 
   Graffiti", but was performed in G live.
 o A parody of "Stairway To Heaven" by Little Roger And The
   Goosebumps which involved combining the lyrics from the theme to
   tv show "Gilligan's Island" received little radio coverage when
   it was released thanks to Zeppelin's manager Peter Grant's use of
   some strong arm tactics to prevent it from getting any airplay.
 o The solo to "Stairway To Heaven" was done in several different
   takes by page on a Fender Telecaster.  Hence, there are several
   alternate takes that have not seen the light of day, but remain
   in the vaults on the master.  Page said one of his _Guitar_World_
   interviews that he recorded three different solos and then picked
   the best one.
 o A version of "Whole Lotta Love" was recorded as the theme song for
   BBC's "Top Of The Pops" show by a group called C.C.S., and led by
   influential English bluesman Alexis Korner.  The cover had a big
   band feel, with a flute used to emulate the vocals in the middle
   section.  A single of it was released on Mickie Most's RAK label.
   Despite the obvious watering down of the song, the "Way down 
   inside" lyrics was kept for this cover.  This rendition can be
   found on at least two compilation albums in the U.K., "The No.1
   70's Rock Album" and "The Premier Collection Of Instrumental Hits
 o "Kashmir" has been covered by The Dixie Dregs on their reunion cd,
   "Bring 'Em Back Alive".  Steve Morse emulates the vocal melodies
   on guitar, while the bass, keyboards, strings and drums replicate
   the original parts.
 o Due to the primitive analog recording equipment used by the band
   in the early days, there was frequent leakage between the tracks.
   This was certainly the case with Plant, whose voice was so strong
   it seeped across the tracks.  This is also the explanation for 
   the reason the orchestra can be faintly heard in "Kashmir" some
   time before it appears at the correct point.  This may have been
   due to a decision not to have the orchestra appear that early in
   the track, and so the tape track with the orchestra part was 
   erased.  However, because of the signal strength, it had already
   seeped onto other tracks, whichever was next to it, and thus can 
   be heard faintly.  The leakage of vocals in songs such as "You
   Shook Me" and "How Many More Times" can be explained similarly.
   With the quipment at the time it was probably not noticed, but
   with the clarity of today's stereo equipment it is possible to
   notice these things.  Alternately, when it was decided that the
   orchestra would not be used at that point the tapes were erased
   but the tape was saturated, and the oxide on the tape had been
   re-arranged with such force it was not possible to comepletely
   erase the sound.  Another theory has it that pre-groove echo may
   be to blame for these type of phenomena.  When the Mother record
   which is used to press the acetates is cut, if the signal is too 
   hot what happens in that the actual sound waves on the record 
   itself bleed over to each other.
 o A sample from "Misty Mountain Hop" has turned up in an Adidas
   Tennis Shoe commerical, broadcast in the U.S.A.  The sample is set
   to a hip hop type background beat.  This only serves to remind us
   that the band no longer has any sort of control over their music
   when artistic control is not stipulated in the sale.  All the
   rights apparently belong to Atlantic these days, with only Plant
   admitting he has sold all his rights to the music.  The sample
   again turned up in a commercial tied into the 1994 World Cup in
   the U.S.A. which began with the voice-over, "In my country,
   England, we call it football..."
 o "When The Levee Breaks" was only performed twice by Zeppelin, both
   times on the early dates of the 1975 tour, Rotterdam and Chicago.
   The presence of that and "How Many More Times" on the setlist was
   due to Page's injured finger which prevented him from playing the
   live staple "Dazed And Confused".  Unfortunately, both the live
   recordings of "When The Levee Breaks" are of a low quality.  At 
   the Chicago gig, both Page and Plant were ill at the time.  The
   song was rarely performed because it involved a lot of effort to
   set up the stage for the song, with Bonham and his drumkit in a
   specially prepared pit onstage.
 o Rumour has it that the rhythm track at the beginning of 
   "Celebration Day" that was wiped, was erased by Richard Cole.
 o The first song Led Zeppelin ever played together was the
   Yardbird's "Train Kept A Rollin'."
 o Pagey is unsure just how many overdubs he did on "Achilles Last 
   Stand."   One anecdote about this song is when Page presented the 
   song to the band, Jones did not see any scale in what Page was 
   playing.  Page had to explain what it was in detail before Jones 
   could understand.
 o On the album "Led Zeppelin," the duration of "How Many More Times"
   is listed as 3:30, not even close to the actual duration of 8:28.
   Rumour has it that this was done so that discjockeys would think
   it was within the time limit for what was considered appropriate
   for airplay and it would thus get played at least once.
 o "Walter's Walk" was among the tracks overdubbed by Jimmy at the
   Sol in 1982, and actually may also have vocals overdubbed by Plant
   at the same time.  People who heard the track at this time confirm
 o Jimmy plays a strat on "The Crunge" and depresses the whammy bar
   at the end of each phrase.
 o Jimmy lowered "No Quarter" half a tone in the studio, "...because
   it made the track sound so much thicker and more intense."
 o At one of the October 1972 shows at Budokan Hall in Japan Plant
   introduced "The Song Remains The Same" as "The Campaign" as the
   band had no title for the song at that stage.  It was also known
   as "The Overture" and "Zep" at other times before the band settled
   on a title.
 o The backing vocals for "The Battle of Evermore" are Sandy Denny of
   Fairport Convention.  Sandy Denny was also a member of the group 
   The Strawbs and another group called Fotheringay.  Her premature 
   death in 1978 was due to a brain haemmorhage caused by falling
   down a flight of stairs.  Ties between Fairport Convention and
   Zeppelin are numerous ranging from a jam between the two in 1970
   to the late inclusion of Fairport's Dave Pegg in an incarnation
   of The Band Of Joy and his appearance along with former Fairport
   members Richard Thompson, and Maartin Allcock on Plant's "Fate Of
   Nations."  The book "Rock Movers and Shakers" claims that Plant
   was part of a group with Dave Pegg called The Exception (or The
   Exceptions) that around 1967 released a single called "The Eagle
   Flies On Friday".  The book though is fairly vague about whether
   Plant was actually a member of the group or whether he sang lead
   vocals on that song.  However, in an interview in the now defunct
   _Nirvana_ fanzine, Pegg said that while he had jammed with Plant
   and Bonham he was never in a group with them.
 o The first time "Stairway to Heaven" was performed live was on
   March 5, 1971 at Belfast Ulster Hall.  This was prior to the
   release of the untitled fourth album and the performance was
   partly intended to determine if they should even place it on the
   album.  They played it perfectly and  when they were finished
   there was a deafening silence in the crowd.  Plant turned around
   to the band and said, "I guess we'll scratch that one."  When he
   turned back to the crowd Plant saw one lighter going in the far
   back of the center.  The crowd went into an incredible ovation
   for the band and they wound up repeating the song immediately
   again.  The accuracy of this story has not been established.
 o The album "Stairways To Heaven" is an album of covers of "Stairway
   To Heaven" by a very eclectic collection of artists ranging from
   Rolf Harris (largely unknown in the USA, but famous in Australia 
   and the UK for such gems as "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport" and an 
   advertisement for British Paints) to Kate Ceberano (Australian
   jazz/pop/soul singer).  The songs come from the tv series "The
   Money Or The Gun" a weekly tv show on Australia's ABC network that
   took a humourous look at various issues raning from prostitution 
   to physical disabilites.  The latter episode entitled "The Year Of
   The Patronising Bastard" won an international award.  The host of
   the show, Australian comedian and tv show host, Andrew Denton
   seemed endlessly fascinated with what "Stairway To Heaven" meant
   and he had a different artist perform the song on each episode,
   which is where the album comes from.  A compulsory interview
   question during each show was what the interviewee thought of the
   song.  The performances of all the versions are collected together
   on a video with the same title as the album.  Rolf Harris's cover,
   complete with `wobble board', was released in the UK and charted
   surprisingly well.  It also resulted in some London bikers 
   declaring a fatwah against Rolf Harris, which they have sadly not
   followed through...  The covers of "Stairway To Heaven" are by the
        Kate Ceberano and the Ministry of Fun, John Paul Young,
        Pardon me Boys, Nick Barker and the Reptiles, Rolf Harris,
        The Australian Doors Show, Sandra Hahn and Michael Turkic,
        Helen Jones, Robyne Dunn, Neil Pepper, The Rock Lobsters,
        Toys went Bersek, Jodie Gillies, The Beatrix, The Fargone
        Beauties, and others.
 o There has been some speculation over time about who it was that
   blew the whistle in "Fool In The Rain."  It turns out that a
   Chicago blues harmonica player, Norton Buffalo, was in the studio
   at the time, and there is some speculation that Page invited him 
   to perform the task.  Page plays on one of Buffalo's albums, "Draw
   Blues," so this seems a logical assumption.  Although for such a
   small part, the task may well have fallen to the group member who
   seemed to play anything, John Paul Jones.
 o Zeppelin's last concert was on July 7, 1980 in Berlin at the
   Berlin Eissporthalle.  This concert in an interesting twist of
   fate saw the band play one of the longest, if not the longest,
   version of "Stairway To Heaven" they had ever played.
 o The whereabouts of the tapes of "Baby Come On Home" were unknown
   for years until they turned up, according to rumour, in a bin
   outside a studio in London in time to be included on "Box Set 2".
   To add to the confusion, the tapes were labelled "New Yarbirds."
 o The first Zeppelin recordings enter the public domain in the year
 o On Box Set 2, the two Bonham percussion tracks, "Moby Dick" and
   "Bonzo's Montreux" are both track 13 on disc one and two
 o The similarity between a section of the solo in "Heartbreaker" and
   Edward Van Halen's solo piece "Eruption" has been noted
   frequently.  Edward admits Page is where he got the inspiration
   and in a _Guitar_World_ interview before the release of the Van
   Halen album "OU812" said,
        "As far as the hammer-on thing is concerned - I never really
        saw anybody do it okay?  I'm not saying, `Hey, I'm bitchin',
        I came up with it,' but I never really saw anybody do it.
        But I got the idea a long time ago when I saw Led Zeppelin
        back in '71 or something like that.  Page was doing his
        guitar solo before "Heartbreaker," or in the middle of it
        [hums guitar riff].  He stood there playing [hums some more],
        and I think, `Wait a minute, open string, pull off.  I can 
        do that.  Use that finger up here, and use this as the nut,
        and move it around.'  That's how I first thought of it, and
        I don't know if anybody else did it.  I just kind of took it
        and ran with it."
   "Eruption" appears on the group's debut album, "Van Halen".
 o Some "Stairway To Heaven" trivia.  "Stairway" is the biggest
   selling piece of sheet music in rock history.  It seels about
   15,000 copies every year on average these days.  In total, over
   one million copies have been sold.  It has been broadcast on
   radio over three million times.  There is a Muzak version
   available, and rightly so, in a solo harp format.  These tidbits
   come from the Columbia House monthly catalogue.
 o The outtakes that were collated on "Physical Graffiti" were
   recorded as follows.  "Houses Of The Holy" was recorded in 1972,
   obviously as the title track for that album, at Olympic Studios.
   "Black Country Woman" and "The Rover" were recorded at the same
   time as "D'Yer Mak'er".  "Bron-Y-Aur" was originally recorded for
   the third album.  The following Jimmy Page quote is taken from
   "Led Zeppelin In Their Own Words" by Paul Kendall.
        "As usual, we had more material than the required 40-odd 
        minutes for one album. We had enough material for one and a 
        half LPs, so we figured let's put out a double and use some 
        of the material we had done previously but never released.
        It seemed like a good time to do that sort of thing, release 
        tracks like Boogie With Stu, which we wouldn't normally be 
        able to do."
   Stephen Davis, a name to mention in a mumble at most, claims that
   "Down By The Seaside" was recorded along with "Bron-Y-Aur" for
   the third album as well.  Also, "Night Flight" and "Boogie With
   Stu" were from the fourth album sessions, while "Houses Of The
   Holy", "Black Country Woman" and "The Rover" were destined for
   "Houses Of The Holy".  Thus, after collating this, we are left 
   with the initial version of "Physical Graffiti" containing, on
   the first record, "Custard Pie"/"In My Time Of Dying"/"Trampled
   Underfoot"/"Kashmir", and on the second, "In The Light"/"Ten
   Years Gone"(the origins of which go back earlier too)/"The Wanton
   Song"/"Sick Again".  This would amount to in total, the album and
   a half, or so, of material Page describes.
 o In the album version of "Misty Mountain Hop", a listmember once
   claimed that after the lines "Why don't you take a good look at
   yourself and describe what you see?  And baby, baby, do you like
   it?" one of the band members loses sync and all of a sudden
   they're playing the riff a quarter note apart.  The lapse isn't
   rectified until Plant does his loud breathing, when the band gets
   back in sync.
 o It was not unusual for Zeppelin to debut a song on tour before it
   came out on an album.  Here is a brief, and by no means exhaustive
   list of examples.
   - "Led Zeppelin" : "Dazed & Confused", "I Can't Quit You Baby",
   "You Shook Me", "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You", "How Many More
   Times" - through late 1968, and very early in 1969.
   - "Led Zeppelin II" : "The Lemon Song" (as "Killing Floor" in
   early 1969), "Whole Lotta Love" - mid 1969.
   - "Led Zeppelin III" : "Since I've Been Loving You" in early 1970.
   - "(Untitled)" : "Stairway To Heaven", "Black Dog", "Rock And
   Roll" (first introduced as "It's Been A Long Time"), "Going To
   California", "Four Sticks" at least once, all in early 1971.
   - "Houses Of The Holy" : "The Song Remains The Same" (initially
   was introduced as "The Campaign" or "Zep"), "The Rain Song", "Over
   The Hills And Far Away", "Dancing Days", all in late 1972 and
   early 1973.
   - "Physical Graffiti" : "Sick Again", "In My Time Of Dying", 
   "Kashmir", "Trampled Underfoot", "The Wanton Song" at least once,
   all in early 1975.
   - "In Through The Out Door" - "In The Evening" and "Hot Dog", both
   at Knebworth, and the prior warmup dates.
   Additionally, early versions of some songs from "Led Zeppelin II"
   were played throughout 1969.  "Moby Dick" was originally titled
   "Pat's Delight" after Bonham's wife.
 o The origins of an acoustic version of "Black Dog" are somewhat
   unclear, however, it is not Zeppelin.  One theory has it that it
   is taken from a collection of Zeppelin samples called "The Slog".
   The acoustic guitar and keyboard accompaniment may have been
   performed by one of the well known Zeppelin tribute bands such as
   The White.  The sample is a looped vocal track taken from the
   album version of "Black Dog".  On the other hand, it has been
   claimed that this acoustic version is taken from rehearsals for
   the fourth album.  Thor Iverson's funk-enhanced FAQL however,
   states that the acoustic version is by a now defunct tribute band
   called No Quarter.
 o Jimmy has said that the only time Zeppelin repeated themselves was
   with "Since I've Been Loving You" and "Tea For One".  These tracks
   have quite a bit in common.  Both are minor blues, and both in the
   same key, C.  The changes aren't the same, but both have a similar
   feel, until "Since I've Been Loving You" gets louder.  The live
   versions of "Since" moved closer to "Tea For One" over the years,
   although the 1980 version was a bit of a send-up.
 o The answer to the question of who does the backing vocals on "Hey
   Hey What Can I Do" is unclear.  It sounds like it might be an
   overdubbed Plant vocal in the left channel, but it also sounds
   like it might be more than one person, in which case it might be
   either or both Page and Jones.
 o The length of some of Zeppelin's live jams is staggering.  The
   version of "Dazed And Confused" on the bootleg "From Boleskine To
   The Alamo", lasts around 30 minutes.  The version of "Dazed And
   Confused" from the 27/3/75 show at the L.A. Forum on the "Electric
   Orgasm" bootleg, is even longer clocking in at over 43 minutes.
   During the 1975 tour, when this song was performed live,
   renditions of 30 minutes and longer was not an uncommon
   occurrence.  Another famous jam of this nature was at the Dallas
   Pop Festival in 1969 where the band stretched "How Many More
   Times" to twenty minutes duration.
 o The performance of "White Summer/Black Mountainside" that appears 
   on the various boxed sets was taken from the live performance 
   taped by the BBC at the London Playhouse on 27/6/69.  The version 
   of "White Summer" at the end of the "Another White Summer" cd is 
   from the Julie Felix Show, on UK tv, taped in May 1970.
 o When Zeppelin played "Whole Lotta Love" live, Plant would often
   ad-lib a few lines from John Lee Hooker's "Let That Boy Boogie".
   At the end of one of the Knebworth '79 shows, they eventually end
   with "Whole Lotta Love", and Jimmy, exhausted after two hours of
   playing is exasperated to hear Plant sing "One night, I believe I 
   told you this before, but one night I was laying down and hear my 
   mamma and pappa talking..."  However, Page gets his revenge as
   after that Plant goes to walk off the stage and Page puts up his
   index finger, indicating one more song, then starts playing 
   "Communication Breakdown".
 o When "No Quarter" was being recorded, everything but the drums were
   recorded, then slowed down, then the drums were recorded at this
   slower playback speed.  The studio version is around the key of
   C# minor, while the live version is in D minor.
 o One of the reasons "When The Levee Breaks" has such an impact 
   is because everything apart from Plant's vocals were recorded at
   normal speed then played back slightly slower.  The song is 
   pitched between the keys of F minor and F# minor, but the effect
   of the slowed tape was to put it a little flat of true F#.
 o The strings and horns on "Kashmir" are authentic, and are not
   mellotron enhanced as "The Rain Song" is.
 o "Travelling Riverside Blues" features a very unusual guitar setup
   from Page.  It's played on a 12 string electric guitar with an
   open G tuning, possibly a Nashville tuning, which creates a rich
   ringing tone, so when you finger chords they seem very tight
   because all the notes are in and around the same octave, creating
   a lush multi-tracked type of sound, especially when played slide
 o "Bron-Yr-Aur" is another example of an interesting tuning.  It is
   not a standard open C tuning, one of the strings is higher than
   it should be, which makes all the difference by allowing a certain
   chord to be formed without fretting.  This special tuning opens up
   a lot of chords you can't reach any other way, and in this case
   serves to create the illusion of multiple guitars.  Michael Hedges
   uses tunings in much the same way in more recent times.
 o "All My Love" and "Ozone Baby" are examples of how Page chording
   or arpeggioing a fuller chord shape, and using the B string bender
   to change the chord as it's ringing.
 o The "Hot Dog" solo, an unusual one, includes a lot of double-
   string picking, where 2 notes, 1 or 2 strings apart forming chords
   whereby Page is building harmonies, as well as doing some pedal
   steel style string bending.  Another example in this vein is how
   Page played "Ten Years Gone" live.  He would pre-push the B string
   bender while holding an Asus2, which creates a A chord, and then
   let go on the bender to form the native Asus2.
 o The promotional video for "Over The Hills And Far Away" that came
   out at the time of the first boxed set features footage from the
   1979 Knebworth concert, but the sound comes from the original on
   the "Houses Of The Holy" album, not the concert.  However, not all
   the footage is from Knebworth in 1979, the parts where Robert is
   wearing a polka-dot shirt, Jimmy is in a blue silk shirt, and
   Jones is in an all-white suit, are, but the parts where Jimmy is
   in the dragon suit, and someone's kitchen, are likely to be from
   several 1977 sources, with possibly some 1975 as well.
 o Several Zeppelin songs have changing modes.  "White Summer/Black
   Mountain Side" changes its mode emphasis frequently.  "Dancing
   Days" is another example of this type of style.
 o "The Battle Of Evermore" was the first time Page had ever played a
   mandolin.  The mandolin belonged to Jones, but according to Page
   he just picked it up and moved his fingers around until the chords
   sounded right.  The same goes for "Gallows Pole", that was the
   first time Page had played banjo, and again, the instrument in
   question belonged to Jones.
 o Sandy Denny's role in "The Battle Of Evermore" was as a town 
   crier, urging the people to throw down their weapons.
 o "Gallows Pole" is Page's favourite track on "III", but it was only
   played live once, in Copenhagen in 1970, the same date "Four 
   Sticks" was given it's only public airing.  "Four Sticks" was
   later re-recorded along with "Friends" with the Bombay Symphony
 o "Kashmir" is one of the few tunes the band reportedly considered
   re-recording for various reasons, Plant for example claims he
   put in a sub-standard vocal performance on it, while the original
   score in Jones's handwriting indicates that the band were thinking
   of including a string section including cellos and violas on the
   song, either in the studio or in concert.  The handwritten score
   marked `Olympic Studios, November 10th, 1976' was recently 
   auctioned by an art house.
 o "I'm Gonna Crawl" is not really a minor blues, the chords are C
   Major, Ab, and G, which is a very unusual chord progression, but
   through the way he band plays the song it actually resembles a
   typical blues song.
 o The track times on "The Complete Studio Recordings", some of which
   were corrected version of those on the first boxed set, differ
   markedly with those on the original album sleeves.  While it is
   plausible that today's equipment and the remastering process might
   make one to five seconds difference to a track's total time, some
   of the difference are quite large.
         Song Title                 Original  Remastered  Difference
         "Your Time Gonna Come"       4:21       4:14        -0:07
         "How Many More Times"        3:30       8:28        +4:58
         "Thank You"                  3:50       4:47        +0:57
         "Ramble On"                  4:35       4:23        -0:12
         "Friends"                    3:00       3:54        +0:54
         "Gallows Pole"               4:38       4:56        +0:18
         "Tangerine"                  3:12       2:57        -0:15
         "Nobody's Fault But Mine"    6:15       6:27        +0:12
         "Custard Pie"                4:20       4:13        -0:07
         "Kashmir"                    9:42       8:31        -1:11
         "Ten Years Gone"             6:55       6:31        -0:24
         "Night Flight"               3:57       3:36        -0:21
         "Boogie With Stu"            3:45       3:51        +0:06
         "Black Country Woman"        4:24       4:35        +0:11
 o On the cd reissues, Atlantic have tried to correct various errors
   that appeared originally with regard to song timings and recording
   dates and locations.  "The Complete Studio Recordings" highlights 
   this, as two different times are listed for the recording of 
   "We're Gonna Groove" on Coda, one on the original artwork, and 
   another differing by six months in the liner notes.  The location 
   also differs, with the song originally listed as being recoreded 
   at Morgan Studios, while the updated credits list it as being 
   recorded at the Pye Mobile Truck, at the Albert Hall.  The latter 
   also lists guitar overdubs as having been added at Page's Sol 
   Studio in Cookham, Berkshire.  The much discussed question of 
   whether the version of "I Can't Quit You Baby" on "Coda" is from 
   the soundtrack or the actual show is still not answered to 
   everyone's satisfaction though.
 o There are several other mistakes with track times in "The Complete
   Studio Recordings" box set.
   1) "Darlene" : listed (4:37), actual (5:07) - The reason for this 
   timing mistake may be that originally Jimmy was planning to fade 
   the song out quickly, as around 4:37 Plant says "Go" for the last 
   time and the song does begin to fade, but it takes a further 30 
   seconds to fade out completely.
   2) "Nobody's Fault But Mine" : listed (6:27), actual (6:16) - 
   During the remastering process Jimmy cut out the first 11 seconds 
   of the original version on the original release of "Presence".  
   This section is somewhat non-essential to the song, featuring only
   a faint introduction.  Whoever did the track timings obviously 
   didn't notice this though.
   3) "Tangerine" : listed (2:57), actual (3:11) - The reason for the
   discrepancy is quite obvious after a listen to the remastered 
   version on the 4CD set.  That version does not contain the false 
   start and Jimmy's subsequent count-in.  However, that was 
   reinstated for "The Complete Studio Recordings" and again, the 
   difference went unnoticed.
   4) "Your Time Is Gonna Come" : listed (4:14), actual (4:35) - 
   Again, the difference is explained by the change from the 4CD box 
   set.  On that, Jimmy cut out the last 21 seconds, which featured 
   some repititious chords before overlapping "Black Mountainside".  
   However, on the 10CD set, the original fade into the next track is
   restored, and yet again, whoever typed out the track timings 
   didn't notice.
 o The `thick' guitar sound in "Bron-Yr-Aur" is a clever combination 
   of an open tuning and Page's backwards echo technique.
 o According to Page, the ending of "In My Time Of Dying" is a jam,
   and that the band had no idea how to finish the song.
 o The basic tracks for "Black Dog" were recorded in the downstairs
   crypt at Headley grange.
 o The unaccompanied solo in the middle of "Heartbreaker" was
   recorded seperately to the rest of the song and slotted in later.
     1.7 - Record Store Rock

     These sales figures were posted to the list in 1992 and may well
have changed since then.  In all cases the total number was derived 
by adding the sales of the various formats (CD, Records, etc.) 
together to give an overall figure.  "m" indicates a million copies 

 o Abbreviations
   - AUS = Australia    GER = West Germany
     CAN = Canada        UK = United Kingdon
     FIN = Finland      USA = United States Of America
     EUR = Europe
 o Albums
   - Led Zeppelin                     4m USA
   - Led Zeppelin II                  6m USA, 1m EUR, 0.1m CAN
   - Led Zeppelin III                 3m USA, 0.5m UK, 0.05m CAN
   - (Untitled)                      11m USA, 1m CAN
   - Houses of the Holy               6m USA, 0.25m GER
   - Physical Graffitti               4m USA, 2m outside USA
   - Presence                         2m USA, 0.1m CAN
   - The Song Remains the Same        2m USA
   - In Through the Out Door          5m USA, 1m outside USA, 0.1m UK
   - Coda                             1m USA
   - Remasters (1990 Box)           0.1m UK, 0.07m AUS, 0.01m FIN
   - Led Zeppelin (1990 Box)       1.33m USA
   - Remasters (1992 Box)           0.5m USA
 o Singles
   - Whole Lotta Love (Single)        1m USA
     1.8 - Favourite Songs, Albums

     Making observations about favourite or least favourite songs is
being purely objective and is likely to vary wildly from one person 
to another.  Rather than having another flamefest on the list about 
"Hats Off To (Roy) Harper" being better than "Kashmir" here are the 
results of a poll that was conducted by Bryan Durall that were posted
on Monday, April 5, 1993.

     A L B U M S :

     Led Zeppelin                 2  (5.5%)
     Led Zeppelin II              5  (13.8%)
     Led Zeppelin III             2  (5.5%)
     (Untitled)                   4  (11.1%)
     Houses Of The Holy           5  (13.8%)
     Physical Graffiti           17  (47.2%)
     Presence                     0
     The Song Remains The Same    0
     In Through The Out Door      1  (2.7%)
     Coda                         0

     S O N G S :

     Stairway To Heaven           4
     Achilles Last Stand          3
     In My Time Of Dying          3
     Over The Hills And Far Away  3
     When The Levee Breaks        3
     Travelling Riverside Blues   2
     The Song Remains the Same    2
     Since I've Been Loving You   2
     No Quarter                   1
     Fool In The Rain             1
     That's The Way               1
     Good Times Bad Times         1
     Heartbreaker                 1
     Ten Years Gone               1
     Bring It On Home             1
     Darlene                      1      
     Rock And Roll                1
     The Ocean                    1
     The Wanton Song              1
     Hey Hey What Can I Do        1
     Going To California          1
     Kashmir                      1
     Wearing And Tearing          1
     Dazed And Confused           1
     The Lemon Song               1


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