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Album: Led Zeppelin 4Released: 1971
This is about a "love-in" near London that was broken up by the police. Robert Plant explained: "It's about a bunch of hippies getting busted, about the problems you can come across when you have a simple walk in the park on a nice sunny afternoon. In England it's understandable, because wherever you go to enjoy yourself, 'Big Brother' is not far behind."
The Misty Mountains are in Wales. They are referred to in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Return Of The King. Plant is a big fan of Tolkien and used references to the Lord Of The Rings series from time to time.
Led Zeppelin wrote and recorded this at Headley Grange, a mansion with a recording studio in Hampshire, England, where the band sometimes lived. Jimmy Page wrote the song one night while the rest of the band was sleeping.
This begins with John Paul Jones playing electric piano.
Robert Plant found himself drawn to Wales, and eventually settled in Worcestershire, England, near the Welsh border. "I missed the misty mountains - the wet Welsh climate," he told Rolling Stone in 2017. "I like weather people run away from."
The band performed this at the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary concert in 1988 with Jason Bonham sitting in on drums for his late father. They played it again with Jason at the 21st birthday party for Robert Plant's daughter Carmen, and again in 2007 at a London benefit concert for the Ahmet Ertegun education fund.
The 4 Non Blondes recorded this for the 1995 Led Zeppelin tribute album Encomium. It was one of the last songs 4 Non Blondes recorded. They broke up while they were recording their second album.