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"No quarter" is a pirate phrase meaning "no mercy." It could also refer to the US Revolutionary War when Great Britain enforced a policy requiring colonial Americans to house British soldiers and offer them food and a bed during the cold of winter. If this policy was refused to a British soldier, this "No Quarter" policy allowed the British soldier to invoke severe punishment (death, sometimes) on the American who refused him. This was only one of the many ways in which Britain attempted to legitimize their treatment of Americans in their effort to interrupt their recapture of the colonies. (thanks, Andy - Lubbock, TX)
The title was used as the name of the Page and Plant reunion album in 1995.
Written by bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant, the song showcases Jones's skills as a pianist.
The version that made it to the album evolved out of a faster version they recorded earlier at Headley Grange, an old mansion in a remote part of England where they wrote and recorded many of their songs, including "Stairway To Heaven
Tool covered this on their 2000 album Salival.
There is at least one Led Zeppelin tribute band called "No Quarter." (thanks, John - San Antonio, TX)
Sublime borrowed a riff from this in their song "Smoke Two Joints." The short-lasting similarities can be heard at 1:07 in "No Quarter" and at 1:09 in "Smoke Two Joints." (thanks, Matt - San Antonio, TX)
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