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D'yer Maker by Led Zeppelin

Album: Houses Of The HolyReleased: 1973Charted:
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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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Comments: 90

Another thought: Was this song made with John Holt's "The Tide Is High" in mind? (Blondie has a 1980 version of "The Tide Is High".) Think about it: "The Tide Is High" was originally by the Paragons (led by John Holt), a group from JAMAICA! After saying "I'm holding on; I'm g'na be your number one!", it's expected someone would later on ask how it's coming along (which can be worded "Did u make her?", a.k.a. "D'yer Mak'er?"). According to "D'yer Mak'er", Operation The-Tide-Is-High ("g'na be your number one") completely fell thru. Mere coincidence, or actually a sequel?Drew - Birmingham, Al
I used to wonder whether this was perhaps just an earlier version of "Red Red Wine" by UB40 (because I couldn't remember the title "Red Red Wine" or any of its lyrics at the time). It's been said that "Me Love" by Sean Kingston not only rips some melody from this song, but also ripped the riff from -- yours, truly -- "Red Red Wine" as I mentioned above. It seems Sean Kingston hears one and thinks of the other just like I do... Heh, was "D'yer Mak'er" written as a prequel to "Red Red Wine" (which Neil Diamond wrote years before)?Drew - Birmingham, Al
I've heard an incredible song, which reminds me D'yer M'aker a lot, it's King Tubby's, Dub I can FeelGabriel - Curitiba, Brazil
I hope they actually know how to spell Jamaica. Although they are one of my favorite bands, they don't always write the most meaningful songs. Look at the Lemon Song. But I do love this song-and Led Zeppelin is one of my favorite bands.Nate - New York, Ny
The title is a play on Jamaica. My goodness, Robert, constantly says that those saying otherwise are fools.Tanya - La Verne, Ca
I don't know about this "Jamaica" silliness. Maybe this is just urban legend, but I'd always understood that "D'yer Maker" was English slang that evolved from "did you make her?", which, of course, means, "did you [have sex with] her?"Ken - Philadelphia, Pa
Not one of their best or one of my faves, but at the time we used to just sing along really loudly!Marlene - Montreal, Qc
ummm, "JAMAICA"? not really. I believe the English slang is "D'Ya maker" Maker meaning did you launch her(screw her).
Lou got it right.
Art - Hawaii, Hi
The song is great and artists copy music all the time. For example a lot of bands have versions of
Beatles songs. It isn't wrong as long as the original writer is ok with it. Also I'm sure the title refers to an english saying that means "did you bed her" or "did you make her". And I love the song it's easy to remember and has great drums.
Kyl - Mesa, Az
My wife to this day reminds me of women's ways. I tell her, Myself. Rod Stewart writes "I wish that I knew what I know now; when I was younger." This is well?, younger than. P My Dad took me to work with his folk. These are people who love you. Then!, look at all the slopes. Military men, and I would be, then I was blasted with some drug that put me to sleep. I looked at them with a look comparable to the look in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves where Sherif is killed by A Knife that was given to the murderer of him. Good acting by the way. That look of disbelief and dead horror is dead right on the look I gave him and his folks. Later they asked me "Who are you?", my dad. In a drug induced state. Truth serum was being used by the military at the time. It has to do with the Cubans. In the end of all this was where I screamed. You can hear it in Pink Floyds song about A teachers. And that is how the drug actually works its way through you; through your penis. But, that comes later.I used to sing to myself when I was on grounded and this is one of them from CA. It's my dad and his obsession with why he had to go through all, or my birth up till 18, and chicks being free. He was abused/ a bastard to him as I was out His Penis a bastard. Military men come home and meet girls? Sixties? Oh, bother! Oh Oh and Ah Ah is just pains from his abuse and Go is just when, or what, my wife does For Our Spoils. Yours, mine everyones. You are all my fault if needs be. Now, fire, why even. Why: I did not trust whoever it was shot me up with that dart; I did not trust my Dad; for what it was worth, God?, please?. To be in competition with My Dad was just making me think of abuse of a corpse. A lady who was never born. MISTRUST. Jimmy Buffet wrote of relationships. Jimmy, that was great! When I spoke of fire: this is where the dream? is over, and they/My Dad, shot me up with something else Who Woke Me Up, because I kept screaming, and would not stop. I heard someone shout from another room to stop it, and I was shot up~. I was given a lobotomy by my dad in TX, excuse me, before The Drug. You can have tatoos and piercings and sagging titty rings all you want; I have a lobotomy, and I remember It too. That same evening, In TX, Is Where The Scream welled up inside me re. The Drug from. I had a conjured feeling my dad was going to have sex with my girl before we could meet, In TX?/ha ha ho ho hee hee, and I could tell her what a sweet girl she is. In my high chair I screamed in TX. Not a death scream, but one for the record. A bit of nostalgia/TX Moss. If you don't understand, John Lennon tried it. Led Zepplin probably thought how cruel this was when they heard the news. But, why was all the heart of my Dad's was saying, but I was asked Who. Why for the Go, please. Fire for the seven percent solution to The Scream. To think, all people are trying to use this stuff for is to open themselves up to the world. Go, figure.


"D'yer Mak'er"

Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You don't have to go oh oh oh oh oh
You don't have to go oh oh oh oh oh
Baby please don't go.

Ay ay ay ay ay ay
All those tears I cry ay ay ay ay ay
All those tears I cry ay ay ay ay ay
Baby please don't go.

[CHORUS]

When I read the letter you wrote, it made me mad mad mad
When I read the news that it brought me, it made me sad sad sad.
But I still love you so, I can't let you go
I love you- ooh baby I love you.

Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Every breath I take oh oh oh oh oh
Every move I make oh oh oh oh oh
Baby please don't go.

Ay ay ay ay ay ay
You hurt me to my soul ay ay ay ay ay
You hurt me to my soul ay ay ay ay ay
Darling please don't go.

[CHORUS]
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You don't have to go oh oh oh oh oh
You don't have to go oh oh oh oh oh
(Baby please don't go)




[ LED ZEPPELIN LYRICS at www.AZLyrics.com
The Scrounge - San Antonio, Oh
Melanie,

I must agree with G from Potomac. Love the Zep too but their blues hommages (others call them blatant ripoffs)are clearly derivative of everyone from Willie Dixon to Muddy Waters and beyond. Hell, they even cover a few Dixon tunes.

So let's celebrate their brilliance and originality on some of their own songs without slamming others like Kingston (of whom I am NOT a fan) for doing what they clearly did themselves.
Leo - Montreal, Qc
The whispering at the end of the song..not "fire," not "fine," it's "bye." The lyrics for the entire song = begging someone not to leave, then the twist at the end: "Bye!" The lead singer/guitarist in my band was a LZ freak, and had lyrics to all of their songs.Kathleen - Fort Thomas, Ky
One of my favorite songs by Led Zeppelin. I love the guitar.Harry - South Bend, In
Gaw it seems like everytime I get on this sight there is a "hater" one of those people who just want to "hate on" everybody and everyone please just appreciate the music and remember that classic saying "If you don't have something nice to say keep your mouth shut" ....ok I tampered with that a bit!!! lolBlake - Tahlequah, Ok
I actually met Robert Plant in Nashville two years ago and had to ask him the question I had wondered on ever since the first time I heard this song. Yes, it is pronounced Jer-Maker..it IS a play on reggae music and they all had a helluva lots of fun making it. Likewise it is one of my favorite Zep songs...I Always turn up the radio and go just a wee bit over the speed limit when it comes on the radio.Thomas - Somerville, Al
May I put forth my opinion on the sampling? SEAN KINGSTON SUCKS! and every other sampling rapprs.... I'm always mad about this, I even made an "editorial" about that in a "newspaper" project in school XDAlex - Boucherville (montreal), Qc
Melanie, are you for real? Led Zeppelin has engaged in the most shameless stealing of others' music in the history of rock and roll. I love Zeppelin, but no use in denying the truth.G - Potomac, Md
This is a great song if you're in love.Joni - New York, Ny
I love this song! I started listening to LZ when i heard it. it makes me feel good whenever I hear it.Amanda - West Plains, Mo
this is my favorite Led Zeppelin song, its awesome!!Maggie - Philadelphia, Pa
For the reggae put downs: Reggae music doesn't suck. If the world was filled with just Alt/Classic Rock what a boring world this would be. Genres feed off each other. I'd probably die from the lack of groove and soul my body needs if it weren't for Reggae. This is not the best song but its the best groove. I don't want to be wowed 24/7 like "woOOOooWWw totally genious sound man"...with like the hairs on the back of my neck standing all the time. Sometimes I want to groove or chill and relax...its the simplicity of this song that's genius. Robert's vocals on D'yer Maker is dynamite too. I was pretty upset when I heard Sean Kingston sampling this in "Me Love" he already sampled heavily on "Stand By Me"...and "Me Love" doesn't just sample the music but the lyrics too its kind of wack now that song is sucky Reggae.Saane - Milpitas, Ca
Not the best song but I think its the best groove. I don't want to be wowed with the hairs on the back of my neck standing all the time. Sometimes I just need something on a 4/4 beat riddim' to get my spirits up to move, it got soul. And Robert's vocals on it is dynamite. Its fun that they did the reggae. I was pretty dissappointed when I heard Sean's "Me Love" HEAVILY sampling from D'yer Maker...I mean he already HEAVILY sampled from Ben E. King...anyways...if it be God's will I'm gon' audtion American Idol to dis song I love singing it...check ya grrrl out.Saane - Milpitas, Ca
Let's just embrace the fact that without this song there would have been no premise for "Joke About Jamaica" on the new Hold Steady album, regardless of whether we like this song or not

I do quite
James - London, --
Not only the worst song LZ ever did, but maybe the worst song ever recorded - BECAUSE LZ DID IT. It pisses me off every time it flits out of my radio.Pete - Kansas City, Ks
It's a good song... But not the best of Zepp's. I think that "Every Breath You Take" by The Police took some lines from this song:
"Oh oh oh oh oh oh, Every breath I take.
oh oh oh oh, oh every move I make".. I don't know.. I just think about it
Rodrigo - Lobería, Argentina
The title actually isn't supposed to e pronounce 'Jamaica' it supposed to sound like 'Jermaker'. Like Jamaica, but with an r.Sarah - East Stroudsburg, Pa
robert's voice sounds so sexy :)Melanie - Seattle, Wa
I only saw a few other posts about the words near the end that sound like "fire," which, from what I can tell, they are. I had an interesting experience when I was up late at night on the computer. I was listening with headphones as to not wake anyone, and I'm listening to this song (these are some nice headphones, keep in mind) and it gets to the end and... FIRE! I jumped around out of my chair completely freaking out, realizing it was the song about five seconds later. Hilarious now, horrifying at the time.Jon - West Bend, Ia
Dyer Maker = Did ya make her..or did you shag herRod - Cincinnati, Oh
I love this song, and how the title is just based off an old joke is pretty funny. I am furious that Sean Kingston decided to rip off the beginning of this, in his song "Me Love," which sounds awful. --11th Commandment: Thou shalt not rip off the mighty Zeppelin.--Melanie - Seattle, Wa
I was never a Led Zeppelin fan but when I heard this song, it totally reminded me of a break up I had with a girl who I thought was "the one". I love reggae music and I still turn this one up whenever I hear it on the radio now & again. Reading all the interesting facts posted about this song gives it more appeal...let me pull it up on the iPod now...Shannon - Norcal, Ca
Robert Plant explained on "Rockline" that D'Yer is a comjunction of Do Yer. One thing women can't stand about men, especially young men is they always blab. D'yer Maker...as in do you make her, as in have you bedded her. The Raggae feel was an experiemnt that reflected the times. The Rolling Stones were recording in Jamaica and dub raggae and Ska were starting to become popular in London. Eventually raggae would become the soundtrack for the punks....Lou - Scranton, Pa
I think that some people's comment about how poor this song is are absurd (Dirk from Nashville). As if every song that Zeppelin made had to reach some heavenly standard. Not every song has to be an "epic" Stairway to Heaven or Achilles Last Stand. Artists have emotions and moods just like anyone else, and this song has it's own feel and attitude. It is a feel good song, a happy song, an innocent song and a song that doesn't try to hide it's silliness. It smiles in the face of those who try to label every song or reach some heavy standard. It is not a technical genius, nor was it meant to be; but it is a great groove nonetheless and so is the voice and lyrics that Roberts provides. When I am in a good mood and the sun is shining, I want to hear this.

I remember listening to this song when I was in high school and dating who I believe was my first true love. I remember laughing and dancing with her while listening to this song, we didn't care how silly it may have looked to others, it didn't matter, this song has that sort of attitude. From an album that followed suit in feel (HofH). Who hasn't wrote little love letters to their girlfriends as teenagers as the lyrics suggest? It is a song about fun, love and happy times. If you want something serious and epic, go download some Beethoven or something, just leave my Zeppelin alone, and let others do the dancing.
Johnnyfry - Toronto, Canada
For my part I love the vocals. Since this was a Plant inspired song I think he carries it well: "I love you, ooh BabY I love you" I love the way he sounds banging out that verse.Mark - Worcester, Mi
Page thought D'yer Maker was "just a giggle." From Jone Paul Jones "Bonzo hated it and so did I." Got those quotes from the new page book by Case (sp?). Some decent song facts in the book.Mark - Worcester, Mi
God i hate this song... cant stand itFederico - San Juan, Ri
Before I read about the meaning, i always thought it was short for Deny Yer Maker, seeing as in the bible jesus blows up at paul when he suggests he doesn't have to be crucified. The lyrics "You don't have to go" made me think that. Great song, no matter what it is.Mike - Bloomington, Il
I am not a huge Zepplin fan, so I cant believe that no one has said this yet. Plant was in Jamaica and a friend was talking about a girl he had in his room. He and Paige at the same time said Ya make her? ( I guess British for did ya get busy?) They thought it was funny and quickly put together a song. This was the story as told by Plant on some dumb show.Kevin - Charlotte, Nc
how the hell is this song pronounced? Dier Maker? Dear Maker? Dyer Makr?Joe - Bellingham, Wa
Led Zeppelin is the greatest band that ever lived. I see people typing how great they played, or how great they sound alone. It's not how one of them sound, it's how all of them sound together as a group, and therefore, this is the best Led Zeppelin song. Great beat and vocals, I also like Going To California, that's a pretty good song. Anywho, Led Zeppelin is the Greatest band of all time. Long Live Zeppelin!Kelly Doherty - Cincinnati, Oh
Is there a BAD Led Zeppelin song? NO, NO and a resounding NO!Elyssa - Ny, Ny
My friend loves this song partially because she pronounces it phonetically, Dyer Maker, because her last name is Dyer -- and partially because it's a killer Zep song. I haven't the heart to tell her it's pronounced like Jamaica.Marissa - Is This Optional?, Oh
i used to make fun of this song when i first heard it but it totally grew on me and i love it!Juanita - Miami, Fl
An interesting song, does anyone know what that word is at the end? Is is fine or fire? Not my favorite Zep song, but definitely a cool one.Tatiana - Aiken, Sc
*** It's simply amazing song...besteva of mi lyfe***Prabin - Macclesfield, England
WOW! I can't believe it is pronounced "Jamaica". I am like the biggest Led Zeppelin fan I know...asside from my cousin, but still.Thomas - Staten Island, Ny
re: dyer maker this is how i understand it---compare it to the english version of u.s. version of henny youngman's "take my wife,please!!" english version "my wife went on holiday, did she go of her own accord, or d'ja mak' er?" thxTamala - White Lake, Mi
When I first got into Led Zeppelin, this was the first song by them that I played all the time. I love this song and it will always be a favorite of mine, but it's hard to pick just one.Jonathon - Clermont, Fl
Shun't've, s'matta, squeet, jeet jet*. Americans are masters of sluring words and not annunciating. My British dad knew what the title of this song meant. I found it hillarious that Canadians don't know how to pronounce it either.

(*Should not have, what's the matter, let's go eat, did you eat yet, did you make her)
Lalah - Wasilla, Ak
but not as bad as the song remains the same.

I'm sorry, you're entitled to your opinion, christopher, but I ask you to listen to the song remains the same again, it is a great song, as is this one.

Oh and also Its not D'yer Maker its D'yer Mak'er, notice the extra appostrophe between the K and the E, thank you old chaps!
Alan - London, England
I completely agree Jim, OH! In fact I did that last week when the weather was nice =)Amy - Dallas, Tx
This song is simply fantastic. Its got such a groovy sound, and it just make you feel loose and happy all over. Well, at least for me. I think this is a VERY good Zeppelin song, despite what other people have been saying. Not the best, but definitly a GREAT song. Love it to pieces. Love Zeppelin to pieces. Oh, and by the way- I always pronounced it "Jer Maker" xDMandy - Calgary, Canada
I doubt it. They're probably dazed and confused.Dirk - Nashville, Tn
I just think that the song is great. It's got a kinda "funky" sound, for their time. It sounds like the kind of song that would be played today on new music stations. I show it to alot of my friends who dont like classic rock, but most of them like this song.Mike - Saint John
Chris, Dave and MIke.....my buddy Mark is the biggest Zep fan.....he tips the scales at about 150kgsRob - Vancouver, Canada
No really--think about it. Name a worse Zepplin recording. (studio, I mean. The live stuff doesn't count.)Dirk - Nashville, Tn
This is hands down the worst song Led Zeppelin ever recorded. It's arguably one of the worst songs ever recorded by any band anywhere. It is an example of what happens to a lot of great bands. They book a studio for a block of time and assume they can come up with material while they're all standing around with their instruments plugged in and the amp lights on. This one is embarrassing drivel. It's also an example of what happens to fantastic bands who tour relentlessly. They just run out of time to develop new material for the album, and so they get in a rush and sign off on anything that will help fill up the album. Pick any great band in that situation and listen to their second or third album, when their tour schedule has gone insane, and you'll see what I mean. Even the Beatles. The stuff on Beatles For Sale is some of their weakest stuff because they didn't have time to breathe.Dirk - Nashville, Tn
Has anyone ever heard the live version of Communication Breakdown from 1975 at Earl's Court where Robert drops in some lines from Dy'er Mak'er into the song. It cracks me up everytime I hear it.Chris - Whitesboro, Ny
very cool drum beatNoah - Sherborn, Ma
I didn't realize this until recently,& I've been listening to this song for about 25 years - "Jamaica" never occurred to me until I had an English bird who put Rs on the end of a lotta words ending in a vowel - like bananar, but I did always think of it as reggae, zeppelin stylieJeff - Haleiwa, Hi
Is that JPJ saying 'fire' towards the end? I'm pretty sure that it's not Bonham.David - Orlando, Fl
Brian, it is just you. listen to All of My Love again.

p.s. I'm glad i know the play of words now. great song anywho. and i knew i was dead on about the whole 50's throwback kinda style (as well as the apparent Reggae)
Ryan - Havasu, Az
Good song but definately the welcome mat for the ultimate No Quarter!!Jeremy - Warren , Ri
I proudly pronounce this song incorrectly.Kika - Nyc, Ny
is it just me or does this song sound similar to "All my love"?Brian - Corpus Christi, Tx
I really like this song. I like the vocals in it especially. Plant's voice sounded really good. I never knew how to pronounce it... I ended up just called it that D Maker song.Jeanette - Irvine, Ca
This song actually was played live during a Whole Lotta Love medley on March 21, 1973 in Hamburg, GermanyChad - Reading, Pa
best song to drive to with the windows down in the summer.Jim - Toledo, Oh
a small town band in indiana is being sued for not getting zeppelin's permission to play "D'yer Maker" in this bar...not a fine but being sued. this just goes to show how much they respect their songs.Mallory - Sarasota, Fl
im a huge zep fan and i knew this song but didnt know the title...thats stupid of me. but anyway when i heard this song on the radio it hit me. very good vocals i really like the beat. i also luv the begining with the "oh,oh,oh...u dont have to go" its weird its not said as Die-her-maker but pretty use of play on words. oh, yea to me every song i heard by zep is my fav. dont tell ppl what song u have to chose it doesnt make any sense. may led zep live in our hearts 4-ever!!!Mallory - Sarasota, Fl
This song is really good, its not the best no, but I really don't think u can pick a best zeppelin song, I've given up. By the way dave from canada, you dont make all the decisions.people can decide for themselves which zeppelin song they like the best. It really iritates me that you call yourself a led zeppelin fan and then go and tell other people that their favorite zeppelin song isnt good enough. I don't think anyone in Robert Plant, Jimi Page, John Bonham or John Paul Jones would like u anyway... avril mightGeorge - No. Hampton, Nh
amazing song, but still not my favorite of zeppelin'sAnastasia - Shasta Lake, Ca
311 covered D'yer Maker(very well) at the 3/11 day concert on 3/11/04. There is a DVD of the 5 hour long concert which includes the song. Great Song.Armand - Baton Rouge, La
This is one of my favorite Zeppelins, Dave from canada, and Im certain that I am a bigger Zeppelin fan than you. How's that. Anyways this song has some good loud vocal parts especially right before the guitar.Michael - Atlanta, Ga
Watch VH1's Behind the Music about Led Zeppelin. Robert plant comments on the song Jamaica. He says it is pronounced, "Jamaica," which is the slang pronunciation of, "ja make haa?" or "Did you make her?" He said he also gets a kick out of Americans pronouncing it, "Dyer Maker."Drake - Kathmandu, United States
Im a true zeppelin fan, Heard kashmir a few years ago and been getting more and more hooked on their songs, so when i first heard "D'yer Maker" i liked it, it's melodic and good spirited i guess you could say. still no stairway to heaven but not as bad as the song remains the same.Christopher - Columbia, Sd
this song is wicked, had no clue they did it,Shana - Pembroke,ontario, Canada
I love this Song So much Led Zeppelin Will never dieJohnnie - New Zealand, New Zealand
This is one of the best Zep riffs behind "Black Dog" and was the first Zep song that I learned on guitar.Chris - Whitesboro, Ny
"dyer maker" is actually a version of a cockney english saying--that guys would jokingly ask a guy ---after a night out with a girl----did ya make her?''d'ya make her ?" ( in other words--did you get laid ? )
Sherry Nashville, TN
Sherry - Nashville, Tn
Jimmy Page's single best guitar performance? Quite possibly.Ben - New York, Ny
Actually, the joke should go "She went to the Caribbean." "Jamaica?" "No, she didn't have to go." It makes sense with the song that way. Of course, the sexual reference is simply "Did you make her?" "No, she went on her own."Marvin - East Brady, Pa
This song is cool. Ha, I always thought it was pronounced "Die-err maker"Will - Portland, Or
At first i didn't like the song, but once you put it in full blast, it's an excellent song!Janelle - New York City, Ny
i just love how every genre of music led sampled turned to gold.
i love "you hurt me to my soul"...it makes up for the cliches in the rest of the lyrics.
so effective...sad and happy like so many led songs.
What is the whispering at the end?
Amanda Craigie - Winnipeg, Canada
Heard this song at a fashion show and it was the first time I ever heard Zeppelin. It reeled me in and I now have their box set, which doesn't have a bad track in the bunch. It's infectiously catchy and impossible to get out of your head (which is a good thing!)Ty - Niagara Falls, Canada
Aha... always wondered how to say that. "D'yer" can easily be said as "Jer" and theres a certain american trend to convert the -er at the end of most words to an -a anyways...Dennis - Toledo, Oh
the best Zeppelin song, hands downVictor - Vienna, Va
The band loved to make fun of the way "the Americans" pronounced the title of this song.Adrian - Wilmington, De
Actually people believe the title is (phonetically) "Dyer Maker". Robert Plant stated, either way you pronounce it, it's one of Led Zep's most recognized "Grooves".John - Greeneville, Tn