This song is not a love song in the traditional sense, rather a tribute to Robert Plant's son Karac, who died of a stomach virus in 1977 when he was five years old - Led Zeppelin was on tour in America when it happened. "It was paying tribute to the joy that he gave us as a family," plant said.
Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and bass player John Paul Jones wrote this. The band had drifted apart, with guitarist Jimmy Page and drummer John Bonham hanging out together and rarely showing up on time for recording sessions. As a result, many of the songs on In Through The Out Door were put together by Plant and Jones, with Page and Bonham adding their parts late at night.
This changes key on the last chorus.
You don't hear much synthesizer in Led Zeppelin's canon, but "All My Love" contains a synth solo played by John Paul Jones. In Through The Out Door was recorded at Polar Studios in Stockholm, which was owned by Abba. Benny Andersson of Abba had a Yamaha GX-1 synth in the studio that Jones used on the track.
This was only played live during Led Zeppelin's 1980 tour of Germany.
Chris - Whitesboro, NY
Robert Plant had another son, Logan, in 1979 before In Through The Out Door was released. He has talked about how his images of Logan and Karac sometimes blur together, with his joy for Logan's life tempered by the pain of Karac's death. Plant's 1993 solo track "I Believe" is also about Karac.
Along with "South Bound Saurez
," this is one of just two Led Zeppelin songs without a writing credit for Jimmy Page.