This was influenced by a song of the same name recorded by blues great Sonny Boy Williamson and written by Willie Dixon. The Dixon composition was so similar that Led Zeppelin reached a settlement with Dixon over the royalties for the song, and credited Dixon as the writer when this appeared on Led Zeppelin's How The West Was Won live DVD.
Led Zeppelin frequently performed this live, with interplay between Jimmy Page's guitar, John Bonham's drums and John Paul Jones' bass. This can be heard on CD 3 of How The West Was Won.
Suggestion credit: Adrian - Wilmington, DE
The battle between Bonham and Page was referred to as a completely separate song entitled "Bring It On Back" when done live.
Suggestion credit: Chris - Whitesboro, NY
The harmonica part was recorded in Vancouver. The band went on tour with the master tapes from Led Zeppelin II and now and then stopped into a studio to record parts.
Suggestion credit: Dean - Vancouver, Canada
On Led Zeppelin's 1973 US tour, they played part of this as an intro to "Black Dog."
Louis from Drexel Hill, PaIn concert, this song featured each performer for solos against Page's guitar. That was a signature of their concerts, there were several songs that featured each player individually within the structure of the song: "How Many More Times", for example, or "Rock &Roll". Once you heard them live, you realized that the album cuts were just sketches for these large colorful canvasses.
John Bindon from Lockport, NyYes, that is really Robert's voice singing in the exact cadence, timing and old blues voice of Sonny Boy Williamson - the intro and the outro were clearly from Sonny Boy's song, but as later explained by Jimmy and Robert - it was a tribute to Sonny - not an intentional "rip-off." Once that old blues part ends - the material between the intro and outro is purely Zeppelin written ! I have to address the silly person above - who states - Zeppelin ripped everything off - they clearly didn't !
Brad K from Huntley, IlNot Dixon, actually. I think I was talking about Sonny Boy Williamson.
Brad K from Huntley, IlThey didn't steal it, it was a tribute. Plant dramatically alters his voice and accent to sound like Willie Dixon. Page alters his guitar tone to sound more bassy (Willie Dixon was a bassist). Then it transitions to real Zeppelin where they're playing their own orginal material.
Thomas from Roswell, NmAnother riff by Page that kicks ass. My favorite track from Led Zeppelin II.
Nathan from Boca Raton, FlSo... I've spent the past couple years gathering as much of Zeppelin's roots as I could. I created something called "The Complete Roots of Led Zeppelin" about two years ago. That was for the studio music. Now I'm working in the live one.
In doing so, I discovered this song called "Let's Get Together" by the blues artist Jimmy Reed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra62rhS2--I
Here's the lyrics: ------------------------------------------------------ Well I went out way down town Messed and got back late Found a note there waitin' It said "daddy I just can't wait"
Well let's get together See what we can do I ain't worried 'bout nobody Only worried about you
Well now I know what my baby told me She said "better listen" You better come on home to me baby You don't know what you're missin'
Let's get together baby See what we can do I ain't worried 'bout nobody Only worried about you
Well I call my baby Call her up on the phone Told her not to worry Daddy's comin' home
And we can get together baby See what we can do Well I ain't worried 'bout nobody Only worried 'bout you
See the 1st verse. Almost exactly the first verse of the heavy section of Bring it on Home. Makes me wonder... is Bring it on Home, like Custard Pie, a lyrical weave of various old Blues standards, and, if so, what other songs are used?
Daz from N Richland Hills, TxE-High Five sheeberson from Wrightsville Beach, NC. :D
Gary from Salisbury, United KingdomAnyone noticed that Plant's harmonica is so similar to Louisiana Red's Alabama Train from about 2 minutes into that song? Brilliant tracks both of them
Jean from Paris, FranceThe most overated band in history. They stole everything they made. They are a shame
Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiPlayed live from 1970-1972.
Sheeberson from Wrightsville Beach, Ncprobably the best zeppelin riff
Jesse from East Setauket, NyIn the movie Mullholland Drive the orginal version is played in the scene when the heavy set guy is looking for the director (within the movie), instead he gets the director's girlfriend jumping on him who he gives a knock out punch to.
Federico from San Juan, RiOne of my favorite songs. To bad it doesnt get as much respect as the other songs
Tim Boyd from Sydney, AustraliaGreat blues/rock song. How the west was won brings it to life so much better. So great.
Steve from Saanichton, CanadaDon't know What kind of harp Plant uses but I get great results from "Hohner, Pro Harp"s and "Hohner, Special 20"s
Steve from Saanichton, CanadaDon't Know if this question has already been answered but the harp is in the key of A. Now , can some one tell me, what key is the harp in Black Country Woman?
Len from San Diegp, Cathe whole song is technically Blues, or Blues-rock. it has to do with the time signature, or something. any way its the same as the intro only harder and faster. Lot of Zep's songs are blues or blues based.
Ryan from Cincinnati, Ohuh, great song...guitar work rocks..does anyone know where a tab for the "How the west was Won" version is?? if you do, put the link up it would be appreciated!!!!!!!! page kicks butt
Cw from Vancouver, CanadaThere are a lot of great Zeppelin songs, but this is easily my favorite. It's all subjective, of course, but I love the way the song transitions from their roots in blues to hard rock. The guitar riff is absolutely amazing and I personally consider it to be one of the best riffs of all time and Page was the master. Then there's Bonham on drums. Amazing energy and power. Put the headphones on and crank it up.
Alex from Adelaide, AustraliaYeah it wasn't really JPJ's role to get involved much that was for Jimmy and Robert he and Bonzo were the rythm section! He also did get a bit involved on songs like No Quarter
David from Swansea, IlThis is one of the few songs that John Paul doesn't look bored playing. In most of their songs (especially the later years) he sort of just stands behind Jimmy and Robert and plays his part while looking like he's about to fall asleep. I wish he got into the fun onstage with the other guys.
Ryan from Canton, MiI love the way this song takes off after the intro and bonhams drumming is amazing
Jonathan from TorontoI think this song is ment to be played as the last song. It is the last song on Led Zeppelin II, and on the DVD (I don't know if it is on the song remains the same but it is on the other DVD).
Dev01d from Wollongong, AustraliaThe 'How The West Was Won' version is just amazing. Even if they were sloppy when playing live the awesome improvisations and solos make up for all that. Wish I could have been at a Zeppelin concert.
Jo-c from Lima, PeruOn the The Song Remains The Same DVD, Page plays this riff just before starting with Black Dog. Sounds pretty strange, one second you have the riff, then vocals, then something completely different. Hmmm...
Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScYeah: His voice is pretty cool in the beginning.
Olivia from Perth, AustraliaI love Roberts voice in the beginning! can't really tell what hes saying though- 'watch' out or something? sounds cool and muffled.
Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScGuitar riff is awesome! Jimmy Page does awesome guitar riffs anyway though.
Phil from LondonThis song is so amazing. Bonzo's snare lead-in is so sweet. And I love how it goes from a blues riff to almost complete silence to an AMAZING rock riff that just blows you away. The chorus/verse guitar parts are awesome, too. But what is that clicking-type sound on guitar? I try to simulate it, but I can't seem to understand what it is. Is it just a type of strumming?
Phil from LondonBy the way, Alex, it's A harp. Nobody's Fault But Mine is the same (A).
Kenneth from DaeguI hate the fact that this song is so underrated. It's one of Zeppelin's best.
Dan from Billings, MtI believe the reason that Plant's voice sounds different is because he is singing with his hands cupped around the microphone and harmonica at the same time
Jeanette from Irvine, Cai'm listening to this song now. its great like all zep songs! and plants voice in the beginning is awesome! doesn't really sound like him though.
Alex from Lagrange, GaDoes anyone know what kind of harmonica and what octive it is that Plant uses in this song and Nobody's Fault But Mine?
Danny from Vancouver, United Statesyeah this has the best guitar riff to sing (if "don-a-don-a-dawe---dawe-da-da-dawe-da-dawe" is considered singing)to, i constantly find myself walking through walmart air guitaring to this song. its just sooo cool.
Niall from Dublin, Irelandjpjs bass is animal on this
Danielle from Swanton, OhIs the How the West Was Won DVD the one with the desert scene on the front and that big mesa thing? Just curious.. I dont have it yet.
Zach from East Haddam, CtI just love when the drums kick in in the heavy part in the middle song, its so ROCKIN! awesome...
Rob from Santa Monica, CaDefinitely one of Jimmy Page's best guitar riffs. Living Colour's 'Cult of Personality' is reminiscent of this song -- especially the moment when the heavy guitar first comes in.
Brian Nash from Biddeford , Meit was one of the first songs I learned on Guitar and have fallen in love with Led Zeppelin and now know almost everything about them
Michael from Atlanta, GaZeppelins best fast song, in my opinion.
Frankie from St. Louis, Mothis song is great because its all bluesy at the beginning and then pages blaring riff comes out of nowhere, i jam to this song with my band for the longest time
Kaylin from St.thomas, CanadaAwesome song, but if you like it you should hear Sonny Boy Williamson's version. The harmonica is 10x better, if possible, and I know yall love Led Zeppelin but they definatley covered it for a reson:)
Vana from Vbay, United StatesI must say i love the interplay between jimmy and bonzo. SO AWESOME! especially on htwww!
Ryan from Mesa, AzYeah, if you categorized led zeppelin's music I'd probably rate this song #1 for blues. It really highlighted the blues influence towards the band. Amen.
Greg from Hicksville, VtCloses the 1/9/70 Royal Albert Hall show.
Pants from Calgary, CanadaYes, that's Plant. Here's a clip of Sonny Boy Williamsons original: http://music.walmart.com/m/000/76/73/29/27/22/0007673292722.01.01.007.mp3
Ac from Winnipeg, CanadaCan anyone tell me if that is Plant's voice at the beginning or is it maybe the original song? Ya...i need to get that dvd. Zep forever!
John from West Covina, CaI love the guitar solo!!!
Brendan from Colts Neck, NjWow Plant's harmonica is sick
Adrian from Wilmington, DeThe versions on "How the West Was Won" (both the cd and DVD) are absolutely AWESOME! Zeppelin at their absolute best!
Mason from San Antonio, Txa fello SA zeppie! alright!
Cody from San Antonio, Txman this song rocks! ive got this live version thats 9:29. yeah im listening to it now