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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. (thanks, 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. (thanks, 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." (thanks, 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. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 3)
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