Babe I'm Gonna Leave You

Album: Led Zeppelin (1969)
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  • This popular folk song is about a guy who is letting his lady know that he's about to "Ramble On" and leave her.

    The song was written by an American singer named Anne Bredon around 1959 and recorded by Joan Baez, who released it on her 1962 live album In Concert. Baez came across the song when she played a show at Oberlin College and a student named Janet Smith played it for her. Smith heard the song from Bredon when they were both attending University of California, Berkeley.

    When Baez' album was issued, "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" was listed as "traditional," as she didn't know who wrote it. This was corrected in later pressings, but Jimmy Page had a copy without the credit, so he assumed it was a traditional song and it was credited on the album as "Traditional, arranged by Jimmy Page."

    Remarkably, about two decades went by before the credit was corrected. Bredon and Smith didn't listen to Led Zeppelin, so it wasn't until Smith heard her son listening to the song that she noticed it and contacted Bredon. An arrangement was worked out to compensate Bredon, and the song credits were changed to list Page, Robert Plant and Bredon as composers.
  • Jimmy Page explained how he adapted the song for Led Zeppelin in Daniel Rachel's The Art of Noise: Conversations with Great Songwriters: "I worked out this arrangement using a more finger-style method and then having a flamenco burst in it. Again, it's light and shade and this drama of accents; using the intensity of what would be a louder section for effect."
  • There is a Led Zeppelin drinking game where you have to take a swig every time Robert Plant sings "baby." This song leads to inebriation in that one, since he repeats "babe" or "baby" 31 times.
  • In his 2012 Rolling Stone interview, Jimmy Page cited this song as one that showed the empathy he and Robert Plant had when working together. "I knew exactly how that was going to shape up," he said. "I set the mood with the acoustic guitar and that flamenco-like section. But Robert embraced it. He came up with an incredible, plaintive vocal."
  • A group called the Plebs released a version of this song in 1964, and the following year, The Association covered it. The Plebs listed it as a traditional song, but The Association credited Bredon as the songwriter.
  • At the 1:43 mark, you can hear a recording of Plant saying, "I can hear it calling me" just before he sings the line - as if he "hears it calling him." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Andrew - Brisbane, Australia
  • Led Zeppelin only played this live on their 1969 tour, but Jimmy Page and Robert Plant brought it back for their 1998 tour in a 9-minute version. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Chris - Whitesboro, NY
  • Asked what kind of acoustic guitar he used on this song, Jimmy Page explained to Guitar Player magazine in 1977: "That was a Gibson J-200, which wasn't mine; I borrowed it. It was a beautiful guitar, really great. I've never found a guitar of that quality anywhere since. I could play so easily on it, get a really thick sound; it had heavy-gauge strings on it, but it just didn't seem to feel like it."
  • Page recorded a version with Steve Winwood in 1968 that was never released.
  • The album cover features a historical picture of a fiery zeppelin about to crash. The Hindenburg, the Germans' top-of-the-line dirigible airship, crashed in the US (New Jersey) upon its arrival from its first transatlantic trip in 1937. The dirigible airship was made by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, explaining the name of the band.
  • This is from the early days of Led Zeppelin, before Jimmy Page expanded his meager guitar collection after a bit of inspiration from Eric Clapton. Page explained: "In the beginning of Zeppelin, I had this very small guitar arsenal: a Harmony acoustic, a Telecaster. Then, one day, I went to Eric Clapton's house, and every room had all these guitars in them. His whole house was like a guitar shrine. I was like 'Crikey!' Eric explained to me: 'They are all tax deductible!' So that's when I started buying more guitars." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2

Comments: 92

  • Paul Chi Town from FlaThis album Led Zeppelin One might be the best the band ever recorded. They took rock music to a completely new place. I know exactly where I was when I listened to it the first time. I bought a copy the next day. This was the best thing about 1969.
  • Mo from Mesa ArizonaWhere ever the initial song came from, Led Zeppelin reinvented it and made it something new and great. Whether its from an early bluesman or modern day influence, their music belongs to the Zeppelin. They should however, be glad that John Paul Jones was in the group. He was the cornerstone. IMO.
  • Mike from U.s.a.@Christian - Berlin, Germany, yes I realized that too. just shows that great artists borrow from other artists.
  • Mike from U.s.a.@Phil - Montreal, Qc, "As good as this song might sound to your ears, always keep in mind that they stole the idea from someone else." So Joan Baez, the Plebs & all the other groups that recorded it & listed it as traditional r all thieves too? The author of this article clearly explains what happened & that it was not purposely plagiarized & I'm talking about this particular song. Yes, zeppelin plagiarized quite a few songs, but the vast majority of their music is original.
  • Lynnie from UsDude you don't know what you're talking about,the song Taurus is not a piece of crap! Yes you did disrespect Randy California, do you NOT know that Randy was just 16 yrs old when he wrote and recorded the song on the first Spirit album in 1967. Page became a huge fan of the 17 yr old Randy California after seeing his performance for the first time. Page was 28 or 29 yrs old at the time, imagine that!!! Zeppelin and other popular bands were heavily influenced by Spirit and Randy California. After all, the 15 yr old Randy played along side Jimi Hendrix in a band called Jimmy James and the Blue Flames in 1966.
  • Pjyenn from Indonesia, IndonesiaI love this song, especially the hard rock guitar part (I don't know the terms sorry). Keep repeating this song for hours!
  • Christian from Berlin, Germany"Suite Madame Blue" (1975) by Styx also has the identical chord progression, bit no credit to either Led Zeppelin or Anne Bredon.
  • Phil from Montreal, QcBeing fiftysomething, I can remember well the time when Led Zeppelin were considered THE greatest band in rock music. But today, after hearing about the numerous impostures they have recorded, such as the one above, I can only label them as the finest rip off artists that ever existed. Contrary to popular belief, not «everyone was doing it back then»! Bands like Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull or The Who (just to name a few) all wrote original material and remain, to this day, unchallenged as to their songwriting credits. The real culprit here is Jimmy Page. Unquestionnably the guy is a great guitarist but, as far as honesty and artistic integrity go, he's a complete failure! As good as this song might sound to your ears, always keep in mind that they stole the idea from someone else. Someone who actually never enjoyed half the recognition
    that Led Zeppelin usurped.
  • Christian from Berlin, GermanyOne year after the album ''Led Zeppelin'' was released in 1969, Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4" came out as a single, and sounds identical to the progression used in the Led Zeppelin version.
  • Robert from Webster, NyAn interesting factoid at the time Babe I'm Gonna Leave You was released Quicksilver Messenger Service had a song by the same title so when requesting the song the jock at WBCN would always inquire of me Zeppelin or Quicksilver I loved both of them and I would reply either or how about both!
  • Andries from Amsterdam, NetherlandsIts a really intense song, even sounds a bit haunted/tense as one listens to the main riff
  • Sara from Kenosha, United Kingdomthis is the very first song ive ever herd from led zeppelin, and i thought it was amaxing, and then i started listening to all there songs, and they were great. and all bands do covers, and all that matters is if its good, and it was. sooooo for real dude shut up with the critism and appeciate the greatness of the work, by then covering the song is a complement, by saying they like her work and want to make it there own. i think it great.
  • Ben Kalman from Montreal, CanadaAnne Briggs,as is mentioned below, wrote "Black Water Side", which became "Black Mountain Side" (it was actually based on the version by Briggs' lover, Bert Jansch). She also recorded "She Moved Thro' The Fair', which was covered by Davy Graham, which eventually became White Summer.

    It was Anne BREDON who wrote "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You", which was covered by Joan Baez, whose version Page heard. And yes, she discovered the version in the 80s, and as of 1990 has been officially credited by Zeppelin as the author and has been paid retroactive royalties for it.
  • Billy from Nederland , TxPage's guitar is awe-inspiring. I think he swithed from an acoustic to an electric for the last part. He good at it. He swithed guitars 4 times on Stairway to Heaven. Acoustic-12-string-Electric-12-string.He didn't own the doubleneck yet.
  • Bob from Southfield, MiPsycheldelic Sixties Icon Band "The Vanilla Fudge" recently released an album of Led Zepplin covers that includes this song. You can hear samples of the cuts on I-Tunes.
  • Heather from Los Angeles, CaWell Jo way down there, from "Lard" California I guess more than one person is an "idiot" in your eyes. The song is so long, and so pissy and so moany, that any girl in her right mind listening to him would've left him herself, halfway through it.
  • Greg from London, United KingdomPeople who say Stairway to Heaven is Led Zeppelin's best song have clearly never listened to this.
  • Jace from Whitehall, PaThis is my absolute favorite Zeppelin track. It's haunting... and yet kicks so much more ass than many modern soft rock songs.
  • Blair from Nowhere, NhPicking a fave from Zepp is quite nearly impossible, yet if i HAD to choose just one...this tune would probably be it!
  • Reed from New Ulm, MnDidn't they put this first album together in [something like] 2 weeks? Truly amazing!
  • Katrina from Milwaukee, Wi25 or 6 to 4 by chicago wasnt even recorded until after this one and also has the same chord progression. so i guess they copied styx too.
  • Daevid from Glendale, CaLarry from PA----please don't disgrace Zepp by comparing even their chord progression on this to something that Styx did.
    it figures they'd rip it off anyway.sticks suck.
  • Ralph from Houston, TxFootnote to my earlier post. This song was actually listed as a traditional song on the Beaz recording so Page and Co., legitimately thought that it was in the public domain.
  • Seth from Freehold,The ancient greeks believed ideas come from the ether and performers merely interpret eternal ideas. It is a silly argument to say one steals from another.

    By the way, one is entranced by the music and stupified by Plant's use of the word baby and babe. Babe I'm Leaving is both genius and vacuous. How many songs possess that laurel?
  • Olivier from Alma, QcOne of the best part of all LZ stuff : at 1:12 Plant sounds so awesome!
  • Ralph from Houston, TxRon,

    It is very shallow of you to say that Zeppelin are thieves because they borrowed elements for their own works. Many of the most memorable riffs in music were added to recordings by studio musicians who were only paid on a for-hire basis and received no song-writing credit. Almost every hip hop song ever recorded (an exaggeration) 'samples' from recorded material, many times without giving credits. Millions of songs use IDENTICAL chord progressions. have you ever listened to blues songs? Every song writer has influences that have a direct impact on their work; it is not uncommon for writers to 'borrow', consciously or unconsciously, from the works of others. Randy California never felt like Jimmy Page stole his riff from 'Taurus'. Tom Petty doesn't think that the Red Hot Chili Peppers stole the melody from his song 'Mary Jane's Last Dance' for their song 'Dani, California', in spite of the fact that it is almost note for note identical. He is on record saying that this kind of thing goes on all the time and no one can own a melody line or chord progression totally. To think any less of a composer for borrowing on the work of others and 'improving it' makes them any less creative and shows that you don't have a clue. No disrespect to Randy California, but Taurus is a piece of crap. Stairway to heaven is a masterpiece, arguably the best rock song ever written. In the music industry, writersw STEAL from other writersw all the time in order to get on the charts. They do this because that is what the industry WANTS. They don't care about originality and creativity and artistry. they want last weeks number one hit in the Billboard Hot 100 re-written with a few changed words and notes and re-recorded as next week's number one hit. And they don't care if they have to give song-writing credits either. Ever wonder why most modern songs have 10 writers in the credits? The last eight writers credited are the writers who wrote the original song(s) the first two stole them from.
  • Larry from Wayne, Pa"Suite Madame Blue" by Styx also has the same chord progression.
  • Susan from Westchestertonfieldville, Vatry sex with this song...its like peas and carrots babe
  • Allison from Oslo, --I love this song to death!!!! It's a beautiful song and verrryyyyy well written. Its so good and that song reminds me why today's music is horrible... because no one has enough passion like that to write music that good anymore. It's become quite rare
  • John from Los Angeles, CaThis is a great song to jam to if you play acoustic guitar and are bored silly with the standard strummers or dummy versions of your favorite songs. I learned to play it within my first year of playing guitar. What kind of acoustic guitar did Page play on this?
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiLast time they played was (I think) at their last tour in 1969.
  • Terry from Balboa, PanamaFolks, I've been a musician since 1965. Musicians have always "re-done" versions of other people's songs. Not everyone, but MANY. And NO-where was it done more often than with folk and blues. In the 50s and 60s, the "british invasion" bands LOVED american rythmn and blues. The stones did versions, the beatles did chuck berry and little richard, the animals did it, elvis did it, some songs have more than a dozen different versions, such as "mustang sally". there's nothing wrong with that. I always like to see the original composer get credit whenever possible. And as far as the similarities in chord progressions mentioned in these posts, well that is just a natural result of music in general. In country, in rock, in blues, in classical, there are tons of tunes that have similar structure. Zeppelin was incredible. So were the Beatles, Stones, Bach, Pink Floyd, John Coltrane, Frank Zappa, James Brown, Hendrix, Nirvana, Tull, Yes, Clapton, Doors...just try to find the good in all music. It isn't ALL great, but there will always be greatness.
    Terry,Replublic of Panama, Los Angeles, California
  • Leah from South Boston, VaThis song is probably one of the best songs Zeppelin has ever done. It has wonderful lyrics, and when you put Robert Plants beautiful voice, Jimmy Page's great guitar skills, Bonham's great drumming, and John Paul Jones bass, you know you have a hit. :)
  • Dave from Ocala, FlChicago didn't steal the riff form this song. Robert Lamm wrote "25 or 6 to 4" in 1968.

    That said, both are great songs, and although Zep got the song from Joan Baez (Plant's a HUGE fan of hers), they truly made it their own.
  • Mark from Austin, TxI've been a Zep fan for a long time, but I just heard about the whole "Stairway" thing and how they apparently copied half of their songs from other people.
    Ok. So Zeppelin were the Tarantinos of rock music. Does that make them any less of an amazing band? No. Not really. If you can listen to "Stairway" or "Whole Lotta Love" or "Babe" without being moved to sing along or play air guitar/drums or just feel the music, then you're not a fan. Live with it.
    If, however, you can realize that these songs, while having elements of old blues/folk standards that have been stolen/borrowed from the original artists so much that no one truly knows who those original artists are anymore, are truly original arrangements and amazing songs in their own right, then you ARE a fan. And you get it. And you can live your life knowing that Page and Plant did their best to do right by the original artists when they found out that there WERE original artists out there.
    By the way, do these same critics hate George Harrison for "My Sweet Lord"? Or ZZ Top for "LaGrange"? Or The Animals for "House Of The Rising Sun"? (Was that one properly credited? I'm actually asking. I don't know.) Or Rod Stewart for "Man Of Constant Sorrow"?
  • Bill from Topeka, Ksone part is stolen from a Chicago song but it is muchmore hard core
  • Ozzy from Fresno, Cao and tango right now my fav bands are the beatles and led zeppelin, so if you dont like those 2, what bands do u consider dont steal? the folk and blues concept is wat makes zeppelin amazing. if u dont like them thats your prob and we r all with u helping u realize wat music IS good
  • Ozzy from Fresno, Cathis is the first led zeppelin song i ever heard...i mean stairway to heaven is a song that has always kind of been in your soul and then theres stuff like immigrant song and black dog...
    i didnt n it was led zeppelin either but i loved it so much. very underrated.
  • Mark from Worcester, MiI think it matters in a financial sense since composer credits equal money. Still Ron, this argument really cheats the band of what they added to music with their end product. Critics of Zep are dismissive of the talent and work that went into making these songs the treasures they are today. The band settled quickly when confronted, so in the end who was cheated? Like Robert Plant said: "you only get caught if it works." Under that scenario who loses?
  • Guy from Wellington, New ZealandYeah, I wonder too where Ron gets off. Who really cares if Led Zeppelin copied all their songs? When you can do versions like theirs to Hell with the originals. What about Hendrix's 'All Along the Watchtower' -- a complete and utter transformation of someone else's song. 'Babe' has always been one of my favourite Led Zep songs -- incredibly sad and poignant but still utterly engrossing. Interesting that some posters have been talking about the orgasmic thing -- with something like that you always wonder if it's just you! 'Whole Lotta Love' is another obvious one. One of my other faves is 'Battle of Evermore' -- Plant's homage to Tolkien.
  • Tom from Calgary, CanadaHey folks, just an little update on this song Both Blackwaterside and Babe(I'm Gonna Leave You) have been around a lot longer than Anne Briggs. Anne is a great singer and interpeter of mostly English Traditional music. Blackwaterside was first orginally recorded by Bert Jansch and althought there are a number of variations it is a tradtional melody. The very same for Babe ... I have a 1962 version by Eric Bibb ... and would suggest that this pre dates Anne's writing. The song (melody)would be English Trad in origin but brought over to North American and then developed into a blues or semi-spititual. As for Zeppelin ... as a fan I support their music but should point out that their varriations of blues and traditional English songs that copyrighted under their own names. I would suggest that while they borrowed heavily they did add a lot to the sound. It was Willie Dixon that first took them to task and won the rightful claim to some of their early works for his Blues Trust. Please note that this was a very common practise to 'borrow' lines or melodies from traditional or unclaimed sources. Jimmy Page has stated in interviews that he was a big Davy Graham fan, and in turn it was Davy's DADGAD tuning that many 'rock n' blues' artist used to create different sounds. Graham influences Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Martin Carty, Martin Simpson and a host of other including Kieth Richards. Graham was originally a brit blues guy who started in busking in 1955 on the streets of London with Long John Baldy. Graham did many open tuning version of both English Trad and American Blues...this is part of how this became notices by the Brit scene. So there are several grey areas that due to copyrite and time have become blurred. Do remember that much or Dylan's early ... and some would say current repetoire has borrowed heavily from his time in Britian. This is the folk legacy of generally all music.
  • Dylan from Olmsted Falls, United StatesHey Ron, you must have NO concept of music if you don't appriciate Led Zeppelin's music. I know they have copied a couple of songs, but haven't a lot of bands? Led Zeppelin's covers just happen to be soooooo amazing, everyboby loves them, and they just don't care who the original band was, cuz Zeppelin did it so well. So (deleted) OFF Ron!! You should probably go and listen to some true Rock-N-Roll, such as Zeppelin, and learn that they are the gods, even if they cover some songs. Thanks for reading this, it just pisses me off when people talk about bands they wish they were.
  • Donald from Kyle, Tx Ron, you truly believe that Led Zeppelin, a band who has written an insane number of hits, copied each and every one of them? You're not a very logical human being are you?
  • Nate from New York, NyHey Jake Burke, You say the guess who stole whole lotta love? In actuality Zeppelin stole whole lotta love from the small faces song "You need loving" which was originally recorded by Muddy Waters. Led zeppelin also copied stairway to heaven from Spirit a band they used to open for in the 60's, just listen to Spirits "Taurus" once, it sounds eerily similar to Stairway.
  • Ron from MaLed Zeppelin are the biggest thieves and frauds ever. Anne Briggs has always been known to have done this song. Zeppelin was FORCED to give her credit( as well as scores of black artists)back in the 80's due to a lawsuit that was settled out of court. Get your facts straight MORON! This band is a sham and should be chased out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Another idiot posted he wonders who else has stolen from Zeppelin. HAHAHAHA.Get your facts straight and do a little research you imbecile!!!It has always been known in smaller circles and is finally becoming common knowledge what complete phonies and rip off artists Page and Plant were.
  • Ryan from Maspeth, NyChicage has got to be kidding....... The riff is identical to babe im gonna leave you
  • Shane from Perth, Wai wonder what this song is about
    does it have any relation to any of the band members lifes
    im thinkin maybe raboert plants breakup when hes grilfriend said either stop playin with led zep or ill leave ya
    thats how "ten years gone" gone was created
    it was ten years since he left her and the song reflects on the ten years gone

    i wonder if "babe im gonna leave you" was about hes decision to leave her and play with led zeppelin
  • Ajay from Boston, Mathis song is so beautiful its unreal...its the first song i ever learned on guitar and i still play it a lot just because it the songs so wonderful...its unfortunate this wasn't played much live...only the earliest Zeppelin concerts had it...but, for those interested Page and Plant have done a couple really nice versions where Page adds a really melancholy bluesy and usually awesome guitar solo...
  • Patrick from Londonderry, Nhok #1 This is not a rip of Led Zeppelin. They released their song in 1969. Although 25 or 6 to 4 was released in 1970, it was created 3 years prior, when the abdnw as not reffered to as Chicago, or CTA. But their ORRIGINAL name. THE BIG THING....

    Yeah, then they went to CTA in 67, then just Chicago in 69. If you bought the box set or watched any BTM you'd know this.
  • Jesse from Where Winter Never Ends, NhTango: I do have to say, that you have said one of the most absurd things I've ever read in my life. Led Zeppelin is in my opinion, the second greatest band of all time.
  • Elliott from ManchesterRobert Plant is an awesome singer.
  • Elliott from Manchester, LaThis song is bloody awesome.
  • Josh from Evansville, InAmazing song. Wow, I read where a couple of comments where it said this was easy to play on guitar. Some friends say it was easy too. I can't get play it in time. It's hard for me for some reason, i just can't get it down.
  • Jt from Tullahoma, TnLed Zeppelin helped me! I love it! To Joseph from California, like, Led Zeppelin's songs are musical orgasms. Well, at least their long one are. lol. No innuendo intended. But it's true. Look at In the Light. That one was building up to the end. So was Stairway to Heaven. The Ocean was one, I liked the harmonizing at the end. It's all good. I love ZEP! ZEP RULES!!! Beatles are good too, but they don't get the musical orgasm thing much.
  • Dhani from Casselberry, FlFor some reason when plant sings "But I got to go away from this place", I think his voice sounds amazing...
  • Dan from Chillicothe, OhI meant similar as in the chord progression, not as in the song in general.
  • Christina from Roseville, Canone of those are similar! regardless this is one song that makes it really hard for me to decide of they are better than pink floyd or not
  • Dan from Chillicothe, OhSongs that are similar:

    While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles
    Brain Stew - Green Day
    Last Resort - Papa Roach
    25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago
    Killing Yourself To Live - Black Sabbath

    these are just the ones that I can remember off the top of my head
  • Sam from Shanghai, ChinaDoes anyone know if Page plays fingerstlye or uses a pick for the arpeggios? It sounds kinda 'sharp' to me, so I'm guessing pick, but if anyone knows better...?
  • Ashley from Moncton, CanadaThis may have been the very first Led Zeppelin song I've ever heard. Not positive, but I think. One of the awesomest songs ever. I say that about every Zeppelin song, but it's true.
  • Kelly from Burbank, CaTango-- what bands do YOU like? My first example here, to defend Led Zeppelin, would be The Beatles. They didn't steal songs; they remade them, and not just remade them, but gave them a new popular rise that could never have been acheived by those old blues and folk artists. These bands recognized they had something they could work with here, and totally changed what the original work sounded like. Also, Led Zeppelin wrote plenty of their own songs, along with covers. T
  • David from Orlando, FlMy favorite song from the first album. That echo at the 1:43 mark sounded really funny the first time I heard it.
  • Nikki from Shasta, CaThis song always makes me feel like a teenager again. I love it, and can never get enough of it. Nikki, Shasta, CA
  • Fremont from Concord, NhIs it just me or does the bass line in this song sound almost identical to Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4"?
    I think Chicago stole it from this song...
  • Scott from Canton, OhLed Zeppelin is possibly the greatest rock band to grace the stage with their presence. Those who do not recognize the pure raw skill, talent, and emotion poured into each song, is naive to the intracacies that Zeppelin incorporated into every tune. I suggest checking out Zeppelin's DVD how the West was Won. There is an incredible version of this song on there. Enjoy Zeppelin junkies.
  • Emily from Winnipeg, United StatesPinky Love: Led Zeppelin may or may not have stolen songs, but they had the pure talent to make it their own, tango honey.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScTango: When Led Zeppelin did other people's songs they for the most part only used the words, not the melodies. Yes they did probably steal some of those songs, but there were other artists that were given songwriting credits. Go to the "When The Levy Breaks" song page to know what I'm talking about.
  • Jeanette from Irvine, Cahey tango what's YOUR favorite band? i guarantee you i can find something they stole too.
  • Tango Fistula from Gila Bend, Azled zeppelin is the worst band of all time. period. do you know how many blues and folk artists they STOLE songs from outright? horrid. and they spawned one million imitators...which...beleive it or not...sound worse then led zep. they are a cancer on the airwaves.
  • Jeanette from Irvine, Cathanks so much jeremy from seattle! i have been wondering whether i'm the only person who recognizes the similarity to 25 or 6 to 4! it does sound just like it, listen to it people!
  • Kevin from Carteret, NjI remember watching a VH1 "100 greatest artists of hard rock" list once (where Zep was #1) and Ritchie Blackmore was saying about them that it wasn't until their first album hit that he realized 'heavy' isn't loudness or speed but yet attitude. This song is the idealization of that statement. When the first chorus hits, that is heavier than anything that Slipknot or any other modern "metal" band could ever fathom.
  • Katina from Brisbane, Australiai love this song. ive listened to it all my life and it never amazes me how magical it is
  • Pooter from Sumner, Wathis is an awesome song
  • Nessie from Sapporo, JapanThis is one of the saddest recorded songs I know.
  • Peter from Sydney, AustraliaAnnie Breedon was the name of the folkie. The 25 or 6 to 4 similarity is pretty remote - for a real rip off, listen to "He's So Fine"/"My Sweet Lord"!
  • Mike from Ontario, CanadaPants - You're thinking of "Blackwater side" and that wasn't a piece written by Briggs, it was a rendition of someone elses work. I'm not sure who wrote the original arrangements, but thats the problem with some folk classics, they're such campfire passed pieces that no one really knows where they actually originated. "Babe..." was Briggs tune, Page admited this and that recognition wasn't given until later because they never actually knew where the piece came from. The problem is people read half a sentence on websites and assume musicians stole music songs. The only real way is to go find these orignal versions of songs and listen to them, then you will realise that most of the time the songs are more influential rather then stolen.

    Ali - "While my guitar..." and "Babe..." may have similar arrangements but it hardly means its the same. I don't know if this is what you were trying to imply, probably not. "All Along the Watchtower" and "Stairway..." have similar chord progressions as well. Many claim Page stole the progression, but true musicians will tell you that it's a common progression.

    Chicago may have stolen the heavy riff in this song, but ALL bands are products of their influences.
  • Dave from Winnipeg, CanadaI'm pretty sure the Anne Briggs thing is this song. Black mountainside is an acoustic solo and I'm pretty sure page came up with the arrangment himself.
  • Jeremy from Seattle, WiHoly crap, ok dose anyone else hear that the middle 8th is the same at chicgo's 25 to 6 or 2 by the way 25 or 6 to 4 came out one year after this song
  • Michael from Melbourne, Australiaexcellent fast paced folk that shows Zep could make folk music really good
  • Vana from Vbay, United Statesah, yes... the echo technique. there's a lot of that in many of their songs. great story of how jimmy came up w/ it in a magazine i have. at home. wont go get it now.

    but, yes, the echo is him.

    "musical orgasms?" i'll stick w/ musical geniouses
  • Ali from East Lansing, MiI play guitar, and I've been playing this song for a couple years now... I recently learned While My Guitar Gently Weeps (I'm a bigger Zepp fan than Beatles) and I noticed that the chord progression is quite similar...
  • Jake from Burke, Vait doesn't matter if anyone else agrees with this or not, but i do think that the group chicago copied the music from this led zeppelin song when they did their song "25 or 6 to 4." i wonder how many other artists have probably copied music from led zeppelin songs. wait a minute. i think the guess probably copied the music from "whole lotta love" when they did their song "american woman." billy squier might have copied music from the led zeppelin songs "dancing days" and "nobody's fault but mine" when he did his songs "in the dark" and "lonely is the night." i still think those songs that billy squier are good along with the above mentioned songs that led zeppelin did.
  • Ben from Adelaide, AustraliaIn response to Amanda Craigie's post my favouite blues artists are Buddy Guy and BB King. And this has to be one of Zep's greatest hits
  • Ben from Beaverton, OrGreat song, easy to play on guitar, but it looks good. the homo's from the band chicago ripped the heavy part in their song (i think its) 24 or 6 to 4. hardly has lyrics, but still is mindblowing.
  • Ac from Winnipeg, Canadaya..led zeppelin is musical silly of me to think i was perhaps the only one who had thought that...
    i love their folk songs too...and their blues songs...can y'all tell me who your favorite folk and blues artists are as i would like to look into it
  • Pants from Calgary, CanadaThe Anne Briggs/traditional thing referred to above is "Black Mountain Side" not "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You".
  • Will from Portland, OrI really like Zeps folk songs
  • Andrew from Brisbane, AustraliaThis song is fantastic - they performed it for 'Dansk Radio' and the version they play there is way different but even better - its softer in some parts and there are different lyrics in parts - easily one of zeppelins best. Great to listen to especially after a break up hahaha...
  • Jes from Canal Fulton, OhAt The 1min 43sec part of the song lead singer Robert Plant says "I Can Hear It Calling Me" this same before effect was also used in the song Whole Lotta Love
  • Alex from Newcaslte, AustraliaAnyone know what a band memeber says 1 min 43 sec into the song in the background? Im almost positive its Robert.
  • Will from Mcallen , Txthis song IS orgasmic. just listening to the first 2 mins of this artistic masterpiece gives you the feeling that you have found something pure in this god forsaken world and that good things will come.
  • Joseph from Manteca, CaBut wait friends...please dont get me wrong, anyone who fails to recognize Led Zeppelin songs as musical orgasms is an idiot in my eyes...
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