Nobody's Fault But Mine

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  • This was inspired by American Blues singer Blind Willie Johnson, who played in the 1920s. In searching for a deeper meaning to the song, fans came up with a few ideas. Some thought it was about Jimmy Page's blossoming heroin addiction. Others thought it was comparable to Robert Johnson's "Hellhound On My Trail," in that it was Plant lamenting Zeppelin's supposed deal with the devil. A third theory is that Plant was apologizing for the song "In My Time Of Dying," which after his car crash he said he would never sing again. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    steven - chesapeake, VA and John - Boca Raton, FL
  • Jimmy Page overdubbed his guitar intro 3 times. He played one guitar an octave higher than the others.
  • Robert Plant was recovering from a car accident and had to record his tracks from a wheelchair.
  • During the live version of this at Knebworth, Plant repeatedly screamed, "Oh Jimmy!" right before Page went into his solo. This was something Plant commonly did at live shows. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Adrian - Wilmington, DE
  • Page and Plant played an acoustic version on their 1995 No Quarter tour, sometimes swapping it with "When The Levee Breaks." >>
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    Chris - Whitesboro, NY
  • The Christian group The 77s recorded this for their 1994 album Drowning with Land in Sight. >>
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    Thomas - Marion, IN

Comments: 46

  • Dangerkitty from SocalTo those complaining about Led Zeppelin ripping off the artists they did-well, to be honest, you are comparing apples to nuclear bombs. If Blind Willie could have heard this song, his head would have exploded. Same goes for the Beatles, the Stones, and many other blues artists of the times-they hated what they heard in England so they took what they could from the African American music scene. And I will be forever grateful that they did. Music today sucks.
  • Patrick Aloysius from Hell,caHow can they credit this as Page/plant? The song is like 100 years old, released by half a dozen major bands 30 years before Zep's version.
    Plant mumbles about 20 words for the entire song but I can tell you 10 are the same as the version that's been out for 100 years!
    The slowed down bluesy Page/Plant version sounds exactly like artists that covered it back in the 60s folk festivals!
    Again another song that falls into unknown author category but Zep staked the claimed on it.
    Bands that covered the song in the 50s must have chuckled when Zep took writing credits for this Traditional song, a song that's been released many times on major labels when Zep was in diapers! Maybe some Crowley time travel witchcraft was involved !? Look at the Stones they always got the copyright credits right, they did tons of obscure blues covers.
    Another thing how could Ahmet Ertegun, as head of Atlantic Records(the most respected and biggest blues label in the world) sign off on all the ZEP LPs and never ask them, "Hey Percy did you guys write all these blues covers that have been around since I was in diapers?"
    Any blues fan from the 40s/50s/60s would know "Whole Lotta Love (you need love)," "Nobodys Fault," "In My Time," "Gallows Pole"(plus other songs) were blues songs from the 20s, not Zep originals! Either Ahmet was retarded or played dumb on purpose to avoid paying royalties!
    Most of the artists who own the songs died penniless in a rest, home while Zep earned millions in their career.
    The box set from 90s still didnt correct all "mistakes" but they got nailed on a few!
  • Anthony from Westbury, NyAt the 2007 02 Arena Concert in tribute to Ahmet Ertegün (Celebration Day), the song is played a whole step down.
  • Tanya from La Verne, CaI love Robert's singing along with the guitar!!! It's sexy as hell.
  • Michelle from Mcdonough, Ganice use of stuttering by plant, fun to try to impersonate
  • David from Los Angeles , Cayou guys should see in Knebworth '79,. and thats some amazing harmonica playing we get from robert
  • Nick from Seattle, Albaniaim not much a fan of the lyrics, i just like how he sings em! so much energy
  • Lisa from Blountville , TnA old Blind Willie Johnson song.Pageys' intro is great.The song itself is a little eerie,Plant saying nobodys fault but mine.Roberts harmonica playing on this one is top notch.Gives me chills.
  • Paul from London, -Plant said tht this song was about his addiction to the medication he took after he broke his foot in a car accident. He relied on the meds, and said it was his own fault. Hence the song.
  • Adrian from Gettysburg, PaUhh...singing from a wheelchair is just singing sitting down. I'm sure people do that all the time without any problem. In fact, I bet singing from a wheelchair made Robert Plant cheer up and temporarily forget about the fact that he was stuck in a wheelchair.
  • Schweet from Cincinnati, OhHarmonica solo + Guitar Solo = Genius
  • Shirese from Chicago, IlThis song is absolutely amazing.
  • Eric from Lake Orion, Mito that mary person, this song is not on the houses of the holy album. i have it on the led zeppelin box set. my proof is i have the house of the holy album its not on there
  • Scott from Plano, TxMy favorite part of the song is when John Bonham and John Paul Jones do these short bursts at around 2:25.
  • Jambi from T-town, MiJimmys opening is such a unique sound, i have yet to simulate it
  • Aaron from Philadelphia, PaThis song is about addiction, not limited to only drugs. the lyrics "Gotta monkey on my back," refer to this. In England "monkey" is slang for addiction. They're English, so this song is about taking responsibility. What a kick arse song! "I'm gonna kick that log toniiiiiight"!!!
  • Aaron from Philadelphia, PaWow! I agree with you taylor, on "plants little touchdown dance thing at the end of this at knebworth." And with you "Robert follows along with the guitar. The beginning is classic." That's true talent. He's an incredible vocalist. "Achilles Last Stand" is another example out of many, where he climbs notes. Led Zepplin is magical!

  • Heather from Los Angeles, CaI wish my father could say this for the things he's done.
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiPlant is one tough man to have been able to sing from a wheelchair.
  • Bill from Topeka, Ksgood tune but bonham gets to heavy with the cymbals sometimes
  • Scott from Oxford, NcThe thing I like is that their timing in this song is perfect. The hit it perfect everytime in the Knebworth version.
  • Ed from York, PaThis one has to be my favorite Zeppelin song
  • Jeff from Detroit, MiThe version of this from Los Angeles 6/23/1977 is AMAZING!! Kebworth bow before it.
  • Angelo from Las Vegas, NvGREAT song!!!
    one of my faveorite riffs to play to
  • Grayson from Cleveland, Ohdefinately one of their best.
  • Annabelle from Chicago, IlI think that this song is about drug addiction.Great song.
  • Trisha from Okc, Okpossibly my favorite (even tho they are ALL amazing) you can't not rock out to this!
  • Mary from Nitro, WvDefinitely their best, in my opinion. I woke up to it on my clock/radio this morning and there was no better way to start a day off than hearin' it. Houses Of The Holy is my all time favorite collection of their tunes. Led band in history.
  • Crystal from Elizabeth, NjI'm not real crazy about this song, but I'd like to say one thing about it. It was a relief to hear Robert's voice on this song for some odd reason.
  • Spence from Smithfield, VaI love the harmonica and the guitar solos, Zeppelin jamming at there very rocking best!!
  • Taylor from Redondo, Cai like plants little touchdown dance thing at the end of this at knebworth.
  • John from Monvtille, NjI love when Robert follows along with the guitar. The beginning is classic.
  • Jaydm from Brisbane, Australiajimmy page guitar solo after plants harmonica is the greatest solo in the history of music as well as stairway. kewbworth 1979 best
  • Alex from Lagrange, GaDoes anyone know what kind of harmonica and what octive it is that Plant uses in this and Bring It On Home?
  • David from Ottawa, Canadathe version of unledded is pretty good
  • Nick from Baton Rouge, Lathe intro is a little to much for me... but as far as its rush.... my god! this is their hardest rock... in a studio recording... next time you street race somebody, play this... its kickass
  • Carter from Smithfield, NcRocks as hard as anything they ever did. Give it a solid 10.
  • Josh from Las Vegas, Nvamen to that
  • Frankie from St. Louis, Moit doesnt matter what plant is saying because hes plant and he kicks ass
  • Mike from Santa Cruz, CaIt sounds like Robert doing a tarzan impression.
    Whenever I hear this song I feel like Im running through a meth-lab...
  • Greg from Hicksville, VtPlant's whining is more than a little annoying, but his harmonica saves the song. The live version from Knebworth blows the studio version away.
  • Will from Portland, Orgreat intro!
  • Sam from Nanaimo, CanadaOne of my top three Zeppelin solos easily. Not very hard, in fact I can even play it pretty good, but still I love it. Really none of Jimmy's studio solos were that complicated but all of them sound perfect and live he would play them way differently and more complicated. This song takes you back to the early days of Zeppelin.
  • Adrian from Wilmington, DeWhenever I get this song in my head, it won't leave for hours! Truly a Zeppelin classic.
  • Daniel from Sissonville, Wvi really think that this is the best song Led Zeppelin ever made..yes, even better than Stairway
  • Tom from Trowbridge, EnglandI just love the intro on this song!
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