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Immigrant Song

by

Led Zeppelin



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The "Land of ice and snow" is Iceland, where the band played in June, 1970. Robert Plant explained: "We weren't being pompous. We did come from the land of the ice and snow. We were guests of the Icelandic Government on a cultural mission. We were invited to play a concert in Reykjavik and the day before we arrived all the civil servants went on strike and the gig was going to be canceled. The university prepared a concert hall for us and it was phenomenal. The response from the kids was remarkable and we had a great time. 'Immigrant Song' was about that trip and it was the opening track on the album that was intended to be incredibly different."
One of the lyrics became part of Led Zeppelin lore. The line, "The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands" got many of their fans referring to Zeppelin's sound as the "Hammer of the gods." The phrase was used by author Stephen Davis as the title of a book about the band.
Led Zeppelin meant for this song to be somewhat humorous. They weren't known as a funny band, so a lot of their fans took it quite seriously.
The hiss at the beginning is feedback from an echo unit. It was intentional.
Until the Zeppelin boxed set was released, "Hey, Hey What Can I Do" could be found only on the flip side of this single.
The single was mistakenly released in Japan with "Out On The Tiles" as the B-side rather than "Hey, Hey What Can I Do." That single is now a rare collectible.
One of the lyrics is "Valhalla I am coming." It refers to Norse Mythology. Valhalla is a hall in Asgard where the souls of fallen warriors are taken by the "Valkyries," which are spirits of war who carry up heroes who have been slain. Only heroes are taken to Valhalla, where they will wait for their certain doom. (thanks, Mike - Chicago, IL)
To get permission to use this song in the movie School Of Rock, the star of the movie, Jack Black, videotaped himself singing in front of a huge crowd of people, begging for Led Zeppelin to let them use the song in the movie. They succeeded. (thanks, Gina - Reston, VA)
Led Zeppelin opened their live shows with this song from 1970-1972. (thanks, Adrian - Wilmington, DE)
This plays over the credits of the French TV show 50 Minutes Inside. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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Comments (121):

This song sounds like the Norman invasion of Anglo-Saxon England when the Plantagenets married into the Edward house of Wessex right after the battle of Hastings at Hadrian's Wall!
- MICHAEL, SAN DIEGO, CA
I have a doubt about Immigrant song, in many transcriptions of the lyrics I found "for peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing" but it doesn't make much sense grammatically, is "your losing" or "you're losing" ? I want to get a tattoo with that phrase, which is the right one?
- a, buenos aires, Argentina
To Hannah from Norway: Maybe where you're from isn't the destination, but rather the origin. (My family is from just south of Trondheim) The Vikings who invaded England, Ireland & settled Iceland, Normandy, etc...were from Western Norway & Denmark, while the Swedish and Eastern Norwegian Vikings went a-viking thru Russia & the Ukraine to trade w/the middle East, I believe.
What confuses me about the Viking theory is mentioning the "Western Shore". And having it out w/the natives. Both only fit England. All the other locales have eastern shores facing Norway plus Iceland did not present the Norsemen w/a population resisting them settling there. Personally I don't beieve all the Zep songs are about the LOTR (I could be very wrong tho) but these are issue w/the Viking theory.

But I do see Viking references in many of their songs. Could their Iclandic trip have inspired them to write about the Viking attacks in Western Britain? Reportedly Page lived in a cottage for a while that sat on the scene of past Viking raid & he liked to get up in the early morning & imagine that happening.
- anna, seattle, WA
Here is video of this song, its fan made and its from Zeppelins movie "The Song Remains The Same"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbuKwHW7bpo&list=HL1342631471&feature=mh_lolz
- Dude, London, United Kingdom
Nirvana often covered "immigrant song" during their early days of touring during the late 80's. There is video footage of Nirvana playing a crude cover in Krist Novoselic's living room on the With the lights out box set.
- Nick, Ft.Lewis, WA
I regret being born after they performed in Iceland. Phenomenal song.
- Ivar, Reykjavik, Iceland
back in the late 60's and early 70's, our local radio station.....AM....used to have an all request show 6:30-9:00 pm each night. The 45's they played back then were "delightful" to listen to....and The Immigrant song was played almost every nite
- Rick, Belfast, ME
Awsome song love the guitar riff !!!!!!!!! Its about viking because come on only the norse have valhalla
- patrick, Perth, Australia
i dont like the studio version that much, its all about the "how the west was won" version. its so much stronger with that epic solo!!!
- Nick, Seattle, Albania
All I know is that when Immigrant Song plays, I am filled with energy. I can feel the intense anticipation of war the Vikings must have felt. The wild ocean and freezing cold. I just love the bass guitar. I just love it. The repeating rhythm. It's hypnotic.
- Martha, Long Beach, CA
Ragnar, so you're spot on with the translation and off with the mythology. You need to reread both the Eddas.
- D, Chicago, IL
Yep, it rocks, alright, and it was cool that Jack Black went to such effort to convince Zeppelin to allow them to use it in "School of Rock."
I really don't much mind when classic rock is used in movies, commercials, and (yes) Guitar Hero/Rockband, since that introduces the younger generation to REAL music.
In fact, I can largely credit Guitar Hero for my daughter's current interest in classic rock.
- oldpink, New Castle, IN
I always thought this sounded like the theme from "Get Smart."
- N.I., Baltimore, MD
I agree with Agusta from Iceland and a couple other people on this little comment page. This nonsense about the Mongol horde is exactly that. This song is about Viking Expansion from the perspective of a Norseman. And someone said something about Valhalla being a hall where "no human soul ever strolled"? That is mindlessness. Valhalla literally translates as "Hall of the Fallen" or ("Hall of the Chosen Battle Slain"), and is exactly where the chosen battle slain went to feast at night after they waged war together all day every day (dying and being "reborn" perpetually). And yes, "Immigrant Song" is a great song.
- ragnar, Dubuque, IA
I saw them do this live Aug. 1970 Boston Garden before it was even released.They did a version of Whole lotta Love that night I swear was 25 minutes long.Best live band I ever saw/heard!!!
- dan, merrimack, NH
I agree with Mr. Jack Black.
RRRRRRAGOONG GA GA GIGOO RRRRRRAGOONG GA GA GIGOO
aaaAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAA AAA!!!
- Jason, Denver, CO
This is the shortest Led Zeppelin song THAT HAS LYRICS. But it isn't the shortest.
- Peter Griffin, Quahog, RI
Mike from Chicago, somebody messed up. In Norse mythology it wasn't "heroes" who transcended earth for Asgard, it was all men and women who died in battle. The norse put a lot of weight in valor and honor and the most honorable death imaginable for them was one in battle. And no one, ever, went to Valhalla, that was the god's feasting hall where no human soul ever strolled. The human souls would be take to the fields of Asgard where they would fight all day long, never getting hungry or thirsty and when they were slain they would awake the next morning at dawn fully rested and nourished and begin again.

On a different note, this song is great, and isn't the shortest Zep tune, Bron's 2:06 and Black Mountain Side is 2:05.

Also, let's look quickly at the debate between the Mongols and the Vikings. The song was written in Iceland, by the in-direct descendants of Vikings, about the Golden Horde? NO! If you're so deprived of deductive reasoning, look at the words "On we sweep with threshing oar,
Our only goal will be the western shore." Two clues right there, the Mongols had no navy at all, not even a little one, and travelled by horse back over land, not over any sea anywhere. The next dead give away is "Shore" a shore is of definition, the beginning of land seen from sea. A coast on the other hand is the end of land seen from the land. Had it been from the perspective oh Mr. Khan or one of his crew, they'd would have been looking for the western coast, and on horseback.

People bother me, except Mike, and some other people.
- D, Chicago, IL
How is this the most mellow song by Zeppelin? How? Also, this was played live from 1970-1973.
- Peter Griffin, Quahog, RI
i fell in love with this song thirty-eight years later it was released! but tis a classic. my trivia contribution: this is played once in a while at Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Conan would always say that (the house band) would "bring the Led out!". he particularly used this as background music when he did his zipline stunts in the show.
- joycemorrison, PH, -
This song has nothing to do with Mongol army reaching eastern Europe and Scandinavia. "We come from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow" - that refers to Iceland and the Viking colonies there. It's about Viking warriors sailing to "western shore" (discovering America before Columbus) and fighting against Native Americans.
- Tomislav, Zagreb, Croatia
This song appears, in a slightly changed version due to licensing reasons, in Shrek the Third, when Snow White attacks the city gates, guarded by Huorns. She cries the characteristic war cry of Robert Plant, backed by the riff, as in the beginning of the original song.
- Thang, Led Zep, Viet Nam
"Immigrant Song" maybe the first POWER METAL song
- Thang, Led Zep, Viet Nam
I love this song, I really don't care if it has any bad meanings =D
- Carlota, Ankara, Turkey
LED ZEPPELIN is the best rock band ever, no contest!! The Immigrant song is one of their best songs.
- Randell, Sydney, Australia
I don't get you people marvelling at that scream, it's not difficult to do at all. Well, not for me anyway. AND I have a very deep voice.
- Michael, Oxford
Good Song! That scream in the begining is epic.
- Bill, Topeka, KS
Melissa and Wilson are both wrong- Bron-Yr-Aur was their shortest song.
- Peter Griffin, Quahog, RI
sky thats stupid and heres why when led zeppelin wants to throw in a sex reference they dont hide it too well ex squeeze my lemon til the juice runs down my leg also this isnt a blues song the riff is pounding not bluesy
- Jimmy, somewhere, VA
ok i think this song is clearly a history based song the line fight the horde is a clear give away the golden horde was the mongol army that took over parts of russia and scandonavia. Scandonavia is where viking origionated "drive our ships to new lands." "Our only goal will be the western shore" is a reference to mongols expansionist ways trying to reach the western shore of europe and having conquered all of eurasia thats my take on it atleast
- Jimmy, somewhere, VA
leigh form Shreivport- NO, not at all, no one has a voice as unique as plant's and please dont kid yourself into thinking so
- Seamus, cloumbia, CT
Actually Iceland and Norway are both called the lands of the midnight sun....but we have the larget glacier in Europe so we are definitely a land of ice and snow. And also, we have hot springs......

This song was written in Iceland(1970), face it, even Plant himself says it...

And why would the song be about the Lord of the Rings...??
- Ágústa, Reykjavík, Iceland
Ann Wilson's cover is really cool. She is the ONLY person who ever does justice to Plant.
- Leigh, Shreveport, LA
plants yell is awsome too bad he cant sing for jellybeans anymore
- Bill, Topeka, KS
Sky, Yorba Linda...no...I'm sorry, just no...that's stupid.
- Kevin, Albany, OR
Just listened to Ann Wislon's cover....what a butcher job. Its almost as bad as A Perfect Circle's cover of When The Levee Breaks (and I am a fan of APC and Led Zeppelin). There should be a rule about cover songs: A LITTLE artistic freedom can be used, but you DON'T slow down a cover and you DON'T make it so unrecognizable that the lyrics are the only thing that is origional.
- Brian, Goffstown, NH
Ann Wilson's first solo release will be out in Septemebr '07. She covers Immigrant Song with a really fresh take. You can hear it now on http://www.myspace.com/officialannwilson
- Brian, Seattle, WA
I love the way the bass is produced in this song. It sounds like the sound was recorded from two different speakers; one small one that you can hear the snap of John's fingers on the strings, and one big one that you hear just a deep bass. Really cool layering; bass guitar should be produced like that more often.
- Jim, Indio, CA
This is one of the First big heavy metal hits aside from Iron Man.
- William, Westwood, MA
Fabulous song.......Zeppelin certainly keeps people guessin' about their lyrics even in 2007. That's what legendary greatness is all about. No one can compare to Robert Plant's vocals. When I hear Aerosmith Steve Tyler or Axel Rose from Guns n Roses....I shake my head......they certainly TRY to wail like Plant..but no one compares to him.....he truly was a Golden god in his day!
- Elyssa, NY, NY
(meant to write "Like to think it's about NORWAY, where I'm from"...)
- Hanna, Trondheim, Norway
First ever Led Zep song i heard, I think.
And one of the coolest!
Like to think it's about, where I'm from. But naaah, guess it's Iceland they're singin about, because there are no hot springs blowing here, and it's logically because they played there in 1970 and all..
Erica: why should it be about lord of the rings? are there vikings & viking gods in lotr?
- Hanna, Trondheim, Norway
Umm Melissa you are wrong!!! Black Mountainside is the shortest Zep at two minutes and six seconds.
- Wilson, Atlanta, GA
This is the shortest Led Zeppelin song and it runs only two minutes and 25 seconds.
- Melissa, Fairborn, OH
Good Song. But I think its about Lord of the Rings. Or maybe were not supposed to get it.
- Erica, G-town, KY
You are all wrong about the meaning of this song. It's about Lord of the Rings...
- JOHN, New dehli, India
Thornley does an amazing cover of this song at their live shows!
- Lindsay, Owen Sound, Canada
This one time I played this, and this girl I know was like, "What the hell is that?!" when Plant did those weird yells. I love this song.
- Jonathon, Clermont, FL
i wonder if any other singer in the world can pull of that yell.
- Mark, Ann Arbor, MI
Actually, Valhalla isn't just a hall for judgement, it's the Viking equivilent of the Christian Heaven. Only warriors who dies with a sword in their hands are allowed in there and they sit drinking and eating with all their fallen comrades... Learn your mythology.
- Luke, Manchester, England
I recently wrote a paper on led zeppelin for my History 202 class (U.S. history from 1877- present).
When analyzing the immigrant song this is what I came up with.
The blues based influence comes forward in many other hits by the band including some of their most famous songs like, Since I Been Loving You, The ocean, Rock and Roll, and even the Immigrant Song. The lyrics of the Immigrant Song do speak of Vikings traversing foreign shores but the guitar is totally blues to the core. The solo follows the patterns of the blues scale, and in extended versions of the song, like that found on the BBC Sessions, the solo is much larger and further accentuates its bluesy qualitites. The lyrics themselves are also a metaphor and do not directly refer to the Vikings themselves. Some interpret this song as a metaphor Zeppelin wrote about having to leave England and go touring in the States. But if you look closely this song breaks down into a metaphor for sex. The lyrics state, "We come from the lands of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow." On one hand it says that they are form the icy north, and the midnight sun could refer to the fact that the north has twenty four hours of sun in the summer. This is the outward meaning that most people see in the song. But you could also interpret the midnight sun to refer to nightlife and the hot springs blowing to refer to the mans ejaculation. The land of the ice and snow could show men to be polar opposites from the women which are later described as fields of green. Plant goes on to sing "The hammer of the gods. We'll drive our ships to new lands. Fight the horde, sing and cry. Valhalla I am coming." The Hammer of the gods and the word, "ships," refers to male genitalia and, "new lands" refers to women. "Fight the horde, sing and cry, Valhalla I am coming," is about the specific act of sex and is rather self explanatory. "On we sweep, with threshing oar. Our only goal will be the western shore." After the act of sex the men move on, their only goal another "shore", or woman. He repeats the opening line and then goes on to say, "how soft your fields so green, can whisper tales of Gore." This refers to the female genitalia calling it a soft appealing field of green. "Can whisper tales of gore" refers to a woman's menstruation. The lines, "Of how we calmed the tides of war," refers to the mans ability to end menstruation through fertilization and, "We are your overlords" speaks of a mans mastery of a women and her womb by becoming a father. With this most can see how intellectual Led Zeppelin was, with metaphoric lyrics that take rock and roll to another level.
- sky, Yorba Linda, CA
My friend said something interesting about this song today: it should be Canada's national anthem
- Jesse, Toronto, Canada
Many times the Max Weinberg seven on Late Night with Conan O'brien will play this song along with Kashmir.
- Devon, Westerville, OH
i can see the humor, i mean c'mon, it's different from any other zep song and plus it is about vikings. Vikings are just funny people, they dress weird and kill people... cant you just see the humor in that? teehee
- Trisha, OKC, OK
This song is awesome. On of my favorites from Zep along with Stairway and Whole lotta love. In the Black Label Society song stillborn there is some influence from this song in the main riff of Stillborn.
- Devon, Westerville, OH
I didn;'t like this song until my friend started dinging it all the time. I went home and listened to it and loved it!
- Peter, Tacoma, WA
I was watching one of the making of features on "School of Rock" and I noticed something kind of funny. There is a part where the script appears. It shows the part of the movie were Jack Black asks the kids about Led Zeppelin. On the line that says "...you know, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page..." Jimmy is spelled incorrectly. It is spelled "Jimmie". I do not know why, but that is kind of funny to me. Also in the credits they credit him with his full name, James Patrick Page.
- Collin, Midland, TX
Yeah I love this song too
I mean how does four men make a song such as this
Led Zeppelin is the greatest rock band in world
"and she's buying a Stairway To Heaven"
- Mark, Manila, Other
Yeah. Spencer I think that makes more sense too.
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
I think the first fact it incorrect. Why would "the land of ice and snow" refer to Iceland, which is fertile and verdant? It sounds more like it would refer to Greenland, or even Norway (where the vikings are from).
- Spencer, Los Angeles, CA
I have a Japan 45 import (circa 1978) that contains a liner sheet (english and Japanese) that states one verse as " I wanna go where there's a REST AND SHOW" (Our only goal will be the western shore). Some of the other printed lyrics are different as well. Pretty Funny!!

Immigrant Song - side 1 / Hey, Hey, What Can I Do - Side 2 (Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer Corp. Toyko, Japan - P-115A/P-1007A2).
- Brad, V.B., VA
If you think the original version is awesome, you need to hear it live (get the Led Zeppelin DVD). It is amazing. All hail Led!
- Mitchell, Redding, CA
Popular in karoake bars, this song has provided countless hours of residual entertainment. And not in a good way.
- rob, vancouver, Canada
Kelly Clarkson probably shouldn't sing this one, but at least she is a good singer unlike some of her other contemporaries. I think it's strange she did this one, but whatever.
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
i agree Jeanette, Irvine, C. there should be no remaking led zepelin tunes its rong and against my religion long live toast!!!!!!!ha
- zach, west liberty, KY
people who get their careers on reality tv shows should be prohibited from touching led zeppelin. (e.g. KELLY FREAKING CLARKSON)
- Jeanette, Irvine, CA
this song is an anti war song. plant portrays the theme with the vikings and how they were all about war and gore. Then the vikings changed. "how sift your fields so green can whisper tales of gore" means how can such beatiful fields have the stories of blood and war in them. then plant lays down his theme in the final line saying "now you'd better stop and rebuild all your ruins, for peace and trust can win the day despite all your losing" meaning "stop all this war b/c peace is a win for everyone even though you may not be the owner of the world."
- abi, toronto, Canada
Check out the bassline to this song, John Carpenter based his soundtrack to 'Assault On Precinct 13' on it.
- Chris, Lowestoft, England
Páll from Iceland, you might want to be careful when you write "Canada or other American places". If you are saying that Canada is an American place, some of us might be a wee bit offended.You might want to watch your wording.
- Kayla, London
I was at a bar recently when I heard the beginning of this song come on, I was extremely excited because they don't usually play zeppelin or anything as awesome at this bar, but then all of a sudden, it stopped being the incredible song we all love. This song was...dare I say it...remixed. Yes remixed...and guess by who?!?! KELLY CLARKSON! I wish I could say I was kidding or joking, but I'm not. I went up to the Dj and told him to turn it off for it was absolutely disgusting, unforuntaly he couldn't because someone requested it. I've tried to see if I could download it but I can't find it anywhere, which is a good thing I guess, that way, no one else has to listen to the shameful remix. Kelly Clarkson..You should be ashamed!
- Kayla, London
This is probably the first Led Zeppelin song i've heard, and i have to say i was dumbstruck when i heard it. Of course that was years ago. One of the best Led zeppelin songs, if not lyrically. Hats off to you Page!!
- vivek, bangalore, India
The lyrics to this song are clever. It's much better live, because it has a solo!
If you listen to it loud you can hear what I think is John Bonham saying, "One, two, three, four," before the guitar riff starts.
- John, Kalgoorlie, Australia
Led Zeppelin weren't a funny band, it's true. But they were very into double-meanings, and being intentionally vague in their lyrics and artwork (take the cover of Zeppelin IV - the meaning of that is still unclear. I believe what Zeppelin roadie Billy Orth wrote in his book about the "Land OF Ice And Snow" being Canada. I believe that Robert Plant was being something of a wiseguy when he wrote this song about a simple barfight that he and John Bonham got into in a Canadian bar, and he tried to make it sound like something more mystical. I think he's probably still laughing about it.
- Mickey, Langley, VA
Hey, you from Iceland who said the members are sexy- I couldn't agree more! Ahhh.....Robert in those skin tight jeans.....Oh, and I love Led Zeppelin and the song too.
- olivia, Perth, Australia
The live version rocks! I have it on dvd!
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
I believe that "the hammer of the gods" is referring to the Norse thunder God Thor's hammer, since other parts of the song have to do with Norse mythology.
- Alex, Philadelphia, PA
Again, according to Orth's book, you can't forget that "Hammer Of The Gods" is also a term that refers to nuclear power. If that's what was was driving the ships, then Plant can't be refering to Vikings. He must be refering to nuclear powered warships or submarines.
I still think it's interesting that Orth points out that 'Midnight Sun' and 'Hot Springs' were two Ontario bars where John Bonham and Robert Plant liked to get drunk.
I know people like to read a lot into it, but this song could be nothing more than a comment on the threat of nuclear war, as seen through the eyes of a drunken English musician siting in a Canadian bar.
- Mickey, Langley, VA
K this entire song is obviously about Vikings and Norse people. "Midnight sun" is because the sun shines very late and very early for parts of the year, and for the other part it can be dark for 24 hours straight with no sunrise.
The hammer of the gods is a viking amulet- Thor?s hammer, driving their ships to new lands as vikings explored all over the northern hemisphere of the world.
As everyone knows, Valhalla is one of three heavens, it is in Odin(the cheif of the gods)'s hall and all warriors who died in battle were sent there.
Drakkars, viking war boats, were up to 100 feet long and with only sails, they could travel only downwind. Viking explorers had to use oars to travel the ocean if the wind did not suit them, and the Western Shore is referring either to Greenland (from Iceland or Norway) or to New Foundland and Labrador, Canada, where traces of vikings are found.
"Feilds of green" refers to "Vinland", a land near labrador, probably on the coast of New Foundland, where there was grass for grazing and sandy beaches. There might have been a battle there.
It goes on, and you get the point.
- Portia, Saskatoon
This song is about Iceland, earlier this year when Robert Plant came to Iceland on a tour he was asked in a interview on a TV station if this song wasn't surely about Iceland, and he said it was.

"We come from the land of the ice and snow,
From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow."
This is obviously referring to Iceland. In the summer the sun is up 24/7, there are hot springs blowing all around and it's icey and snowy.

Plus, since when were Canada or other American places known for being Vikings? This song is obsiously about Vikings and Norse Mythology.

Also, this song was written right after they played in Iceland
- Páll, Reykjavik, Iceland
Has anyone read the recent boigraphy of Billy Orth, a long-time Zeppelin roadie? He claims that this song is actually about Canada. He says that 'Midnight Sun' and 'Hot Springs' were two rowdy bars in Ontario (also a land of ice and snow) that John Bonham and Robert Plant were very fond of visiting. He also says the line, 'fight the hordes, sing and cry' refers to a fight John Bonham had with a bunch of Canadian Mounties, after which he and Robert Plant got up and did a bit of karaoke. I wonder if there's any truth to that, or the rumour that Jimmy Page didn't play guitar on the song. According to Orth, Page was too hung over to play properly, so a local kid known only as Johnny O. was brought to play the rythm part, and that's why there's no lead guitar of any kind on the song. Interesting, huh?
- Mickey, Langley, VA
Whoo!! Rock on Icelanders!!! I loved this song from the moment I heard it, and it didn´t ruin the mood when my dear papa told me it was about my country!!!! I was soooo happy cuz this song rocks HARD, especially the beginning. Iceland is a beautiful country and you IDIOTS OUT THERE! who think we live in igloos and go skiing every day, you´re soooo wrong. It isn´t that cold in Iceland and sometimes it doesn´t snow all year. Anyway the Led Zeppelin music is sexy and brilliant, Robert is sexy, Jimmy is sexy, John B. is sexy and so is John P.J Rock on my fellow rockers!!!!
- AuðurV., Reykjavik, Iceland
this song is like no other song I have ever heard, the wail is so awesome. I love this song
- Danny, Sydney, Australia
That song was totally made by the wail in the beginning! Coolest wail EVER!
- Jeanette, Irvine, CA
I agree, the How The West Was Won version packs such a punch... the studio version is great, but blasting the live version through my speakers is way more satisfying
- e, vancouver, Canada
I have to agree with Nick from Baton Rouge. I initially had this song on Led Zeppelin III and wasn't satisfied. One day i was looking up Zeppelin discography on the internet and the live verseion was playing in the background of one of the Zeppelin fan sites. This song kicks so much ass i tripped out, it was great.
- Patrick, Charlotte, NC
"I'm the world's biggest Led Zeppelin fan. The music, the way they conducted themselves, their whole management structure - they were the blueprint. Queen always used to play The Immigrant Song in soundchecks just for the glory of the sound."--Brian May
- Kenny, Tuscaloosa, AL
Cool riff, very clever lyrics. Zeppelin is untouchable.
- Matt, Millbrae, CA
on Led Zepplin III, the immigrant song isnt really that satisfying... i grew up listening to that version, and never really thought it had "it", but i bought "how the west was won", and that is a POWERHOUSE!i blasted it as i watched 4 minutes of the hindenburg exploding on some old movie... i was about to trip, and i wasnt even stoned yet!
- nick, baton rouge, LA
I feel exactly what you're saying here Brynj�lfur, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland. I'm also gonna go see the concert, hope I see you there man! And you're right also in that damn! All zeppelin fans feel that way about being born 30 years earlier.
- Nick, Richmond Hill, Canada
If you guys have four people in your band(like Zeppelin) you could be Four Sticks.
- Izzy, Vernon Hills, IL
this doesnt have anything to do with the song but whats a good name for a led zeppelin cover band?
- alec, salisbury, MD
Hey! You know what? Alaska is ALSO the land of the midnight sun!
- Allen, Bethel, AK
The song was covered by Infectious Grooves!
- Michi, Hamburg, Germany
This song (and pretty much every other song written, composed, and performed by Led Zeppelin) makes me wish I was born 30 years earlier. I'd have given my left arm in order to be able to attend their concert here in ReykjavÃ?k back in 1970. Thankfully, I have the option of attending Plant's concert this coming April.... and even though it's not Led Zeppelin, it's as close as I'll ever come to attending a Zeppelin concert, and I'm not going to let that opportunity slip by. :D
- Brynj�lfur, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
you haven't heard this song until you've heard the version on how the west was won. go to www.ledzep.com and it'll play when you reach the website. if you click on audio, you can also listen to black dog, heartbreaker, the ocean, and over the hills and far away.
- ryan, los angeles, CA
Could the song possibly be about invading of countries. Litereally that is what it sounds like. That makes sense abour Zep comparing themsleves to norsemen. But it was written in the hayday of Nam. I know they arent well known for political statements, but it kind of suggests it. I dont know when the song was written, but I read that in 1968 The U.S. began peace talks with Vietnamese officials. The end of the song definitly implies someone being conquered and a final peace. To this date when the song was released their seemed to be a slight advantage to the VC. When he speaks about "So now you'd better stop and rebuild all your ruins" Plant could be reffering to the U.S. government rebuiding their reputation to the people of the country. I might be way off because I am only 16 and have not learned nearly enough about Led zeppelin's philosphies to lecutre on them. Does anyone know of any good biographies about the band?
- louis, san diego, CA
I think that this song is incredible. I think that this song is about the Vikings on there voyages (Valhalla is a hall in Asgard where the souls of fallen warriors are taken by the "Valkyries". Only the heroes are taken to Valhalla, where they will wait for their certain doom. Kind of like a death waiting room.)
- Paul, Cumberland, RI
immigrant song is a classic zep song
- josh, perth, Australia
This song has my vote as the BEST heavy metal song of all time. This piece of sonic virtuosity just blows me away- and I have listened to this song since the early seventies. I still remember the EXACT time and place when I heard it first. To all rappers & hip-hoppers- please do not use this sacred metal song in your music. Leave it alone. Do not desecrate this piece of music. You don't touch"Immigant Song", we no touch "Country Grammar".
- Big Mike, Merrillville, IN
My personal favorite!!!! The song just pumps you up as if you were going to war.The only bad thing is that it is pretty short.
- matias, sharyland, TX
damn school of rock, why couldnt they play it in its entirety! thankfully the movie has some '60 les pauls and jack black is a cool rocker
- Sam, Sydney, Australia
I saw that tape of Jack Black begging the band to let them use their song, I thought it was hilarious! School of rock is one of my favorite movies, and I love this song, but I don't understand why they couldn't use the whole song in that movie.
- Ferris, Ohio, OH
The land of the midnight sun is Iceland they wrote the song about Iceland after their visit to Iceland. My parent came to that concert And say that it was great!!!!
- Anna, ReykjavÃ?k, Iceland
krie its by joel veitch www.rathergood.com
go there



....its really not that funny but hey see what you think of it
- Ben, Aguadilla, United States
The fact that the god's and men knew that they are all facing certain doom and continue to fight truely does make them hereos; They Valkryies should of carryied up the souls of all the men who died in battle cause' they were all heros I think.
- Mike, Chicago, IL
Buy "How the west was won" this song is so much better live. I never used to like this song until I heard it live.
- Don, Philadelphia, PA
Sorry John, I still don't get it.

This song sounds better live.
- Will, Portland, OR
immigrant song is very funny, them poor christians had a very hard time dealing with the viking heathens how can you not find it funny? LOL
- John, rochester, MN
Best Led Zeppelin SOng! Makes you wish it would never end! IT's too short!
- janelle, new york city, NY
ya..i dont really see how it was meant to be funny either....but i guess if you are as stoned as they usually were maybe it would be.
another crazy zep rock song...i love how they write about cool stuff from the past and not the same old same old
- Amanda Craigie, winnipeg, Canada
The "awesome wail" at the beginning was "borrowed" from "Bali Hai", a number from Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "South Pacific".
- Pants, Calgary, Canada
A great song,but I can't see how they meant for it to be funny.
- Bob, Mt. Laurel, NJ
That wail at the beginning is so awesome.

AaaaaaAaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaAH!
- Will, Portland, OR
hey tom they are actually driving home from the auditions for the battle of the bands
- Donal, dungannon, Ireland
i just wished they could have played the whole song in 'school of rock.' this song rocks
- kelly, los angeles, CA
Recently used in the Jack Black film School of Rock in a scene where they are driving to the battle of the bands. Black sings along quite demonically!
- Tom, Trowbridge, England
Hey tom the midnight sun is not only seen in norway. It's seen all over the arctic
- david, Chatham, Canada
This song was used in a hilarious flash animation called "Viking Kittens!" Now, if I could remember where I saw that...
- Krie, Ft. Drum, NY
Land of the midnight sun is Norway.
- Tom, Trowbridge, England
The song is about Led Zeppelin's travels and tours, comparing them to Viking warriors conquering new lands. The Viking imagery is probably because while Vikings started in Scandinavia and invaded Europe (and a couple of them went to America before Columbus did) Zep's first tour was in Scandinavia and they caught on in America before they did in Europe. Interestingly, to me the last line almost seems like they're announcing the group's breakup. Fortunately it wasn't that way!
- Julian, Philadelphia, PA
Immigrant Song was used in a recent documentary called "One Day in September" which was about the Israeli Olympic Team massacre at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.
- anoir, becharre, Other
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