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Bron-y-aur Stomp by Led Zeppelin

Album: Led Zeppelin IIIReleased: 1970
  • Bron-yr-Aur is the cottage in Wales where Jimmy Page and Robert Plant wrote much of Led Zeppelin III in 1970 after a grueling US tour. The cottage had no electricity or running water, but the change of scenery provided inspiration for many songs on the album.
  • The title is spelled differently from "Bron-yr-Aur," a 2-minute instrumental on Physical Graffiti.
  • Robert Plant wrote this for his dog, Strider. He took the pooch with him to Bron-yr-Aur.
  • Plant named his dog Strider (the inspiration for this song) after Aragorn from Lord Of The Rings since one of his aliases is Strider. Lord Of The Rings references exist throughout many Led Zeppelin songs. (thanks, meredith - waterloo, Canada)
  • Bron-Yr-Aur means "golden breast" or "breast of gold" in Welsh. It means "breast" as in hillside of gold. It's pronounced "Bron-rar." (thanks, Al - Los Angeles, CA)
  • Drummer John Bonham played spoons and castanets. John Paul Jones played an acoustic 5-string fretless bass.
  • An unreleased version was known as "Jennings Farm Blues."
  • John Bonham occasionally sang with Robert Plant on this song live. This can be seen in the Earl's Court footage on the How the West Was Won DVD. (thanks, Adrian - Wilmington, DE)
  • The band Blue Merle got their name from lyrics in this song: "There ain't no companion like a blue-eyed merle" (thanks, Bartholemew - Cork, Ireland)
  • In December 2007 a vicar, the Reverend John Dale, who has owned the Bron-yr-Aur cottage since 1972 told the BBC news that he'd asked Led Zeppelin fans to stop visiting his property. He explained: "It is a beautiful place, but people must remember that it is a private house surrounded by private farmland, although there is a footpath at the top of the field behind the house." Fans from all over the world, including Japan, China and the United States, have been trekking up the hill in Gwynedd's Dyfi Valley to see the property. He said: "On the whole people are fine: they walk up and take a photo and go, but I don't want hundreds coming up here." He added that however, "We've had more than one break-in and once a photograph was taken near the fireplace and posted on the web. There have been other incidents too, with one quite amusing one where someone removed a piece of cement stuff from the house but later posted it back to us. We've resorted to painting the house name on a ruddy great boulder which I've concreted into the ground." Three house name signs have also gone missing. The Reverend was not aware of the connection with Led Zeppelin when he first bought the cottage. He was later told "some pop musicians" had stayed there. According to the vicar there is also a misconception about the links between the house and band. Despite stories to the contrary, Robert Plant never owned the cottage, although he does have a property elsewhere in mid Wales, and the band only visited it once.
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Comments: 61

Oh, soory Glen from Bristol. You were the first.
BUT: In 'Babe' actually Border Collies herded them shep... ;)
Manuel - Karlsruhe, Germany
Hi. An 'Old Shep' might be an aged Australian Shepherd, or some other Sheepdog.
There are often blue eyed ones and there are also colours of the fur that are called 'Blue Merle' or 'Red Merle'...
I guess this helps
By the Way: Please don't get yourselves an Aussie for the fan-thing!
Greetings Manu.
Manuel - Karlsruhe, Germany
I have this fantastic live version, and at the end Plant yells "STRIDER!" and I never knew what he was saying until now....ahahaha that's fantastic, that he wrote it for his dog.Chloe - St. Louis, Mo
There ain't nothin better than a good dog. Takin a walk with your dog out in the country down and old trail, My good dog was a rotwieler. He loved the woods the beach and ridin in the truck.Bobby - Grand Rapids, Mi
Eddie and Steven, if this is your favorite song, I suggest you listen to Jennings Farm Blues by Led Zeppelin (if you haven't heard it). It's pretty much a heavier version of Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp. I suggest any Led Zeppelin who really likes this song should listen to Jennings Farm Blues (if you haven't heard it already).David - Los Angeles , Ca
Someone mentioned Bert Jansch was the original writer of the song. Not entirely true in my opinion. I believe it is actually an old traditional tune, so Bert Jansch did not "come up" with the tune and riff, although I'm sure he along with Zeppelin modified it to their liking.Zane - Indianapolis, In
This song's title was mistakenly misspelt by the creators of the album cover. It was supposed to be spelt Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp but the 'r' was left out. The band decided to leave it how it was. It is spelt correctly on the Led Zeppelin DVD's back cover.Scott - Perth, Australia
i really feel i should have been born in the 30's or 40's so that i could witness all the gr8 music,the gr8 football of that time i really wish i was born earlier
@tadi u just said it best buddy
Zubin - Mumbai, India
FINALLY,, FANS OF THIS SONG !!...THIS IS ONE OF MY CLASSIC FAVORITES FROM ZEPPELIN.......LOVE THE WORDS AND THE GROOVE.... SUCH A FUN SONG...ESPECIALLY THAT "STOMP" FROM BONZO...MAN HE COULD BEAT ON THAT DRUM...Eddie - West Chester, Pa
why i wasn't born in the middle of 20th century???? i hate the fact that i live in 21th century. i love led zeppelin acoustic songs. i love jimmy's acoustic guitar. led zeppelin is the best. definitly they are the best.Tadi - Mitrovica, Al
Bron-y-aur-stomp, great song...have been singing it for years. The whole III album never got the attention and airtime it deserved, highly underrated. I am glad I found this site because I never understood what a blue-eyed merle was or what Plante was referring to. What love and loyalty to write a song about the affection he felt for his dog. So I had to research the reference and I found that a blue-eyed merle does in fact refer to an Aussie Shepard (an actual sheep herder, a very smart breed) many of which have either multi-colored beautiful eyes, or vivid blue eyes like Huskies, which is one of the things they are well-known for (and probably the dog that Plante had). There are many different types of Aussie merles, with their distinguishing coat colors and eye variations making them a stand-out breed. An Aussie Shep looks nothing like a German Shep (remember the movie "Babe" where the pig herded sheep...the dogs in that movie were Aussie Sheps). This all makes sense now after 30 damn years of wondering why he had the word "Shep" in the song! Anyway...my second favorite song on III is "Friends" very haunting, deep, and instrumental...the string section combined with the synth makes it sound both eerie and psychodelic at the same time. The mix of acoustic and electrics was genius...to this day, Page still ranks in my book as the best in a very small group of irreplacable guitarists.Glen - Bristol, Ri
one of my favorite songs by the greatest band in the world in my opinion long live their musicSteven - Chesapeake, Va
My friend and guitarist for my band can play this perfectly. I've managed to learn a simplified version because I love it so much. Its very catchy and also amazing because, nowadays, a metal band or even a rock band would laugh at the music that is bluegrass.Brian - Brantford, Canada
My favorite acoustic led zeppelin. It is so catchy.Tim Boyd - Sydney, Australia
this song is actually a tribute to robert plants favorite dog "strider"
if u dont belive me look in the book "Hammer of the Gods"
thats where i got it
Brandon - Renton, Wa
Dont this song just makes you want to groove!Stan - Hop Bottom , Pa
HELLO FELLOW SHIPMATES. WOULD YOU KNOW MY NAME, IF I SAW YOU WITH BEVIN!!!!! WOULD YOU PLAY MY GAME IF I SAW YOU IN HEAVEN WITH BEVIN???!?!?!?1Bevin - Clackaclacka, Australia
If you want to get peolple moving, this is the song. Who else has such diverse songs and didn't need a "Greatest Hits" album. This is still the best band in the world.Rob - Saint John Nb, Canada
this song is so awesome! whenever i listen to it it makes me so happy and i smile and dance! along with most other led zeppelin songs.. lmao!! mia/shannon/ if youre reading this,, HI!! MIA HOOK UP WITH LARE-BEAR! lmfaoCarolyn - Kanata, Canada
Man this is one of my favourite Led Zeppelin songs but I can't tell any one because I don't know how to pronounce it. xD

Oh well, I'll learn eventually.

Great song.
Mandy - Calgary
This song is actually better in the live version, off "How the West Was Won." I love this song, since it's about a dog. And I love dogs. I also love Led Zeppelin. :)John - Monvtille, Nj
Good tune to drink to.Elliott - Manchester, England
I think that live performances placed this song after songs like Going to California and Thats The Way in order to draw the fans back into the rock and roll feel after the acoustic session.Ed - Ottawa, Canada
Yet again this is a song that was not entirely original and once again it was originally by Bert Jansch called "the Wagonners Lad". The other song Jimmy took from him is Black water side which turned into black mountain side.Tin Ear - Fullerton, Ca
It's not pronounced "Bron-rar" - Bron err ire would be closerMark - Abergavenny, Wales
hi, the dog might even be shown on the DVD "the song remains the same" in the family sceene at the creek, I supposeChia - -, Germany
'Strider' is such a wonderful name for a dog!! So fascinating!! I'm currently reading a lot of Tolkien, so i'm in that mood right now... Take a bit of Tolkien, and mix it with a bit of Led Zeppelin, and u get a perfect mix of Magic and Music!! Wow! I dont need heaven, if i have these two things....Xavier - Pune, India
A blue merle dog is mostly bluish grey with black spots and often has blue eyes. I think one won Crufts this year [2006].
Rock n'Roll!
Gloria - Thames Ditton, United States
Good song, even better on "HTWWW", where Jones' bass is really thumping.David - Orlando, Fl
All of you, ALL OF YOU! download the unreleased version "Jennings Farm Blues" from somewhere. Its great :)Chris - Hampshire, England
Oh, that's why Robert Plant sings, "We'll still go walking down Country Lane...," it's about a dog. Ruff, ruff.John - Kalgoorlie, Australia
oh the self titled one! thats the one i'm getting for christmas! so that means its like how the west was one? YES!Jeanette - Irvine, Ca
this song has a nice beat to it, and i like it when Robert Plant yells "STRIDER!" in the live versions. Plant is here making reference to his dog, Strider.Matt - Miltown, Wi
In fact i hate to correct the facts but they don't have a DVD called How the West Was Won. It is in fact which many of you know a live 3 CD version of them. The two dvd's they have are TSRTS and the self titled one. (Just a side note i always have wished they had recorded how the west was won live as video) oh well its still awesome.
great song as well
Geoff - Calgary, Canada
yeah i really like the live version of this songPete - Oak Park, Il
Kyle - in the studio JPJ plays mandolin on one track and then the bass on a second track. I have seen live sets where JPJ plays the mandolin and the bass lines on an organ foot pedal. Yeah, it is damn cool!Theseus - Seattle, Wa
If jpj played the mandolin, then who played the bass?Kyle - Naperville, Il
The beat is pretty awesome, isn't it?Stefanie Magura - Rock Hill, Sc
okay the live version on "how the west was won" has got an AWESOME beat! even better than the studio recording which was good too! so if you haven't heard it on how the west was won you haven't heard it yet!Jeanette - Irvine, Ca
The original title of the song was "Bron-yr-aur-stomp" but when released on Atlantic Records a typo had occured and had already went into print, therefore staying as "Bron-y-aur stomp". The song was infact named after Bron-yr-aur where they had stayed to record Led Zeppelin III.Justin - Long Island, Ny
I liked this song but I like it even more now that I know it's about Plant's dog... that's so cute. Wish I knew how to write an awesome song for my dog.Jeanette - Irvine, Ca
He might have been inspired by his dog, and the overall meaning of the song might be about the friendship between you and your pet. But that doesn't mean every line has to relate to his dog, rarely are Led Zeppelin songs about a single object or idea.Shannon - Hillibilly, Canada
Every time i hear this song I wanna dance. I think Plant was inspired to name his dog Strider because he like Lord of the Rings.I didn't know there was a How the West Was Won DVD.I always wished there was because its unbelievable.I'll have to find.Mike - Alpharetta, Ga
This is a good song to dance around a campfire to while roasting marshmallows. You know you at least have to tap your foot.Priscilla - Lonelytown, Tn
This is a great song. Its definitely underrated, like most of the third album, but I love it!Danielle - Swanton, Oh
"Bron YR Aur" is grammatically correct; in Welsh, "yr" is used before (most) vowels and "y" is used before (most) consonants.R - Kc, Mo
Paulo, although merle is a blackbird i believe in this song it refers to dogs as merle is a coat coulour in dogs - the kind of blueish sheen you get with some dogs. hence "ain't no companion like a blue-eyed merle"Morgan - Newcastle, England
"Old Shep" also refers to a song that Elvis Presley recorded in the fifties. Led Zeppelin were avid Elvis fans. Lisening to that song will help you understand (Kinda like "Ole Yeller")Chris - Kalamazoo, Mi
Hello, just reading here, everyone seems to not understand the "Ol' Shep" reference. My mother tells me of an old famous song called Ol' Shep which is about the same as Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. It's about the companionship between a man and his dog. Plant is saying that when Stryder is old he won't turn his back on him for a new song with a new dog.William - Balaklava, Europe
Is there a reason that the title of this song is spelled differently than Bron-Yr-Aur? Or is it just a typo like South Bound Saurez?Cody - San Antonio, Tx
pretty cool picking, page pretty much blows me away...George - No. Hampton, Nh
"Old Shep" was the name of a dog ran over by a train in 1942 in Montana, they put up a statue commemerating his loyalty.Matt - Trenton, Canada
i like this song better live. it just kinda has a different sound to it.Austin - Charlotte, Nc
this sng rocks. it my fave.

i thought jonesy played cello....???
Vana - Vbay, United States
cool that robert wrote the song after his dogJanelle - New York City, Ny
Amazing song...one of my favorites...makes me so happy, but as with many Zep songs a little sad too. Ya, I didnt know it was about a dog either, I thought at first it was a love song and then I thought it was about friends. It is kinda weird that he would write "can your love be so strong when so many loves go wrong" about his dog..like when does love between a dog and owner go wrong? And what does that old shep line refer to...I have been wondering that as well, Paulo. His dog was a german shepard or something and he is saying he wont replace him with another. Actually I understand that love line now...he is saying so many loves go wrong but perhaps the love we feel for our pets and the love they feel for us.
Awwwww...I love Plant.
Amanda Craigie - Winnipeg, Canada
Excellent song. Never knew this was about a dog or that a "merle" is a blackbird. Makes me like the song even more.

Anyway, re: the lyric "When you're old and your eyes are dim, there ain't no old Shep gonna happen again." I always thought that was "ain't no old s--t gonna happen again." What does "Old Shep" refer to anyway?
Paulo - New York, Ny
Bonzo harmonizes to this pretty well on the "How the West Was Won" DVDAdrian - Wilmington, De
Like Trampled Underfoot, this is a song that you can shake your booty to.Tom - Trowbridge, England
This is a pretty cool song, has a nice beat to it.Brian - Paoli, In
Hi. Phonetically the title sounds (obviously not talking about the word "Stomp") it sounds like "bronariar".Daniel - Kenner, La