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Big Log by Robert Plant

Album: The Principle Of MomentsReleased: 1983Charted:
  • Plant's lyrics were often influenced by the books of J.R.R. Tolkien. Big Log is a mythical, extended metaphor for a lost love: "My love is in league with the freeway... My love is the miles and the waiting." A Big Log is common lingo of tractor trailer drivers. It is the book in which their road hours are logged, therefore the connection between the road and love and the countless hours we all log on both. >>
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    Stuart - Salem, MA
  • In the video, Plant's classic car overheats at a desolate desert gas station, which causes him to muse upon lost love. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    ErickOverveen - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • This was Robert Plant's first hit as a solo artist after the break up of Led Zeppelin.
  • Some people know this song as "My Love Is In League With The Freeway." The phrase "Big Log" does not appear in the lyrics.
  • The name "Big Log" is likely meaningless. Plant's solo work (up until Now And Zen) and work with Led Zeppelin often featured songs with titles that had little or nothing to do with the lyrics. Also from The Principle Of Moments are the tracks "Messin' With A Mekon," "Horizontal Departure" and "Stranger Here... Than Over There." >>
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    Jodeo - Plymouth, MI
  • Phil Collins played drums on this and 5 other tracks on the album. He also played drums on Plant's previous album Pictures At Eleven. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 3
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Comments: 9

I thought Big Log was a rather large fecal creation?Marin - Alla Verga, Az
This song is about how ones inhibitions are steadily eroded by the miles as one takes liberties and experiences the "free way", experieences that occur more frequently. The life that a waif trucker or biker might lead. The "tail-lights dissolve" is analogous to taking out the stops, or inhibitions. There's a big sordid trucker's service industry out there!Matt - Spokane, Washington, Usa
I just love the instrumentation, the guitar work of this song. Beautiful!Gary - Clementon, Nj
When I listen to this song, it reminds me of long haul trucking aka interstate truckers. If you've never known a long haul truck driver,or been a part of that life, I suppose you wouldn't get it.

This song speaks a truckers heart at it's rawest. They have to keep a log book. Most keep two ;)
Lea - Portland, Or
It was my understanding during an interview Plant said this song was about his insatiable sexual desireDonna - St. John's, Nl
Truckers use the slang term "Big Log" when describing a long stretch of highway. You can catch references in the lyrics. "The passion will ride as the cities fly by" and "Red eyed and fevered with the hum of the miles"Chris - Indianapolis, In
I did not care for the song, but I always liked the video. The video soooo unforgettable!Eugene - Minneapolis, Mn
The song is better remembered for its video than its lyrics. Many of the videos to Plant's songs take place in desert settings.Mike - Santa Barbara, Ca
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