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Album: Houses Of The HolyReleased: 1973
"The Ocean" is fans as seen from the stage. It was always dedicated to the audience at concerts.
The voice on the intro is drummer John Bonham. When he says, "We've done four already, but now we're steady and then they went, 1... 2... 3... 4...," he is referring to the takes. They had tried to record it 4 times prior but couldn't get it right, so as a pep talk he said his famous line.
In the last line, the "Girl who won my heart" is Robert Plant's daughter Carmen, who was 3 years old at the time.
This is one of the few Zeppelin songs where all four members shared the writing credit.
Robert Plant used parts of this for his solo song "Tall Cool One
The Beastie Boys sampled this on "She's Crafty." It wasn't their first use of Zeppelin - they took some of Bonham's drums from "When The Levee Breaks" for "Rhymin' And Stealin'."
It can barely be heard due to all the guitar overdubs, but during the last minute or so, John Paul Jones and John Bonham sing for one of the only times on a Zeppelin album. They are harmonizing the phrase "Doo wop."
If you listen carefully, you can hear a phone ringing in the studio at 1:37-1:38 and again (second ring) around 1:41.
The lyrics about "The Hellhound" refer to Blues musician Robert Johnson, who according to legend, sold his soul to the devil. On the lyrics sheet that came with the album, the word "hellhound" was replaced with "high hopes hailla."