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The title is pronounced "Jamaica," and is a play on the word: "She went to the Caribbean." "Jamaica?" "No, she went on her own." It could also be a sexual reference.
Many people thought the title was pronounced "Dear Maker" and read too much into it. Jimmy Page had an interest in the occult and Robert Plant wrote some very spiritual lyrics, which led to deeper meanings in many of their songs, but not this one.
This song was meant to imitate Reggae and its "dub" derivative emerging from Jamaica in the early '70s. Bonham's inability to replicate a Reggae beat on his drums, however, turned the song into an odd melange of what sounded like '50s doo-wop and reggae. This song and "The Crunge" are considered the two "joke" songs on the album. (thanks, John - Boca Raton, FL)
The distinctive drum sound was created by placing 3 microphones a good distance away from John Bonham's drums.
Led Zeppelin never performed this live. It would have been difficult to recreate the Reggae band.
This is one of the few Zeppelin songs where all four members share the composer credit.
Sheryl Crow sang this on Encomium, the 1995 Led Zeppelin tribute album.
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