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Album: Led Zeppelin 4Released: 1971
This was inspired by Joni Mitchell's "California
." Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were huge fans of hers. When performed live, after the lines "To find the queen without a king they say she plays guitar and cries and sings," Plant would often say the name "Joni."
The original title was "Guide To California."
This started as a song about earthquakes, but developed into a song about the search for a woman.
When Page, along with Led Zeppelin's manager and an engineer flew to Los Angeles to mix the track, there was an earthquake near San Diego.
Zeppelin performed this during their acoustic sets.
This was part of Led Zeppelin's fourth album, which was untitled. The album was often called "ZoSo," which was Jimmy Page's sign, or "Led Zeppelin 4." The symbols were put in due to the lack of a title for the album.
This came from a poem Jimmy Page wrote on a notebook. He found it awhile later and branched off from there.
John Paul Jones played mandolin on this track and Page played acoustic guitar.