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Album: In Through The Out DoorReleased: 1979Charted:
This song is about a guy who is supposed to meet a woman on a certain corner. When the woman doesn't show up, he thinks he's been stood up. It turns out he was just standing on the WRONG corner, and is now a "fool in the rain."
Jimmy Page got the idea for the Samba beat from watching the World Cup soccer tournament in 1978. Argentina was the host country, and he heard a lot of Samba rhythms while watching.
This was the last Led Zeppelin song to chart in the US. The group didn't release many singles, but they pegged this one for popular appeal. Zeppelin retired with six Top 40 hits in America.
This song was never performed live because the group didn't think the sound came off well. The piano was quite necessary in the song, but with John Paul Jones on piano there could be no bass, and the bass is very important in this one. There is also a twelve-string line at one point in the song and the guitar solo that has to be pulled off. The middle section was another issue.
Jimmy Page used regular distortion on this song, as well as an obscure effect called a called a blue box, which is a fuzz/octave pedal. This fuzzes (or distorts) the guitar, then drops it down two whole octaves. James Taylor's bassist has used this effect.
Mexican rockers Mana recorded this for the Spanish language market edition of the Tribute album Encomium
. It's the only officially-released Led Zeppelin cover song in Spanish .