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29 Palms

by

Robert Plant



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29 Palms is a city in the California desert. In this song, the singer is fixated on a seductive woman who lives there. Could this woman be the Canadian singer Alannah Myles, famous for the song Black Velvet? In a 1993 interview with Network magazine, Plant gave a non-denial denial, saying: "We did tour together. We're good friends. I think the world of her. She's a great, powerful lady. She has one of the finest voices of the idiom. She was always very kind to me, very warm-hearted. But the road is the road. Forget about all the rumours, everything is true and untrue. 29 Palms' was written on tour, the last time we were in California."

Considering the lyrics, "It comes kinda hard when I hear your voice on the radio/ Taking me back down the road that leads back to you," Myles must be considered the prime suspect.
Many of the videos for Robert Plant's songs take place in the southwest. This one was shot in San Bernardino County, California. (thanks, Mike - Santa Barbara, CA, for above 2)
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Comments (4):

According to Alannah Myles Facebook page: "Alannah & Robert became an item after her meteoric rise to fame. Torn between her hard won success and loving his philandering heart, she chose music and has never looked back. During their recording separation she wrote an orchestrated ballad 'Song Instead Of A Kiss' revealing lost love, he wrote an ode to her favourite place in the California dessert, '29 Palms'. "
- BigShadowDog, Alexandria, VA
I love this song. When it came out I had recently begun a job as a delivery driver. I was also just starting to recover from a major loss, so for me that line "leading me down the road that leads back to you" meant I was getting back to being my normal happy self.
- Paul, Marysville, WA
I was stationed in 29 Palms for many years, met the love of my life there. Most people think of 29 Palms as a desert waste land, but it is one of this country's hidden treasures. I often hear "her voice" on the radio, music was such a big influence on both of us, there were several songs that had special meaning for both of us. I remember the evening that we both first heard this song, at a bar called The Virginian, in 29 Palms.
- Will, Memphis, TN
OK, this may be completely coincidence, but VH1 aired a show called "Bands Reunited" featuring a punk band from the 80s named Romeo Void. The singer opened her door and exclaimed, "What's VH1 doing here in 29 Palms....
- Jimbo, Sequim, WA
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