St. Tristan's Sword

Album: Coda (Deluxe Edition) (2015)
  • songfacts ®
  • Artistfacts ®
  • This rock instrumental was recorded during sessions for Led Zeppelin III but remained unreleased until 2015, when it was included on the deluxe reissued version of Coda. Jimmy Page told Mojo: "'St. Tristan's Sword' is the sort of thing that we'd do when we were playing live, not that that track came out from a live thing. But we'd be doing stuff like that, veering off into something and then come back (into the main part of the song). I'd had the riff and the changes to that and I thought, 'Let's just try it.' There are two takes of it and that's it, then we moved on to something else. But it's got a little charm of its own. On this version of Coda, it works. It might not have ever come out otherwise."
  • The song was recorded in the same session as "Gallows Pole," and features a similar sounding drum tone.
  • There is no actual Saint Tristan. However the tragic story of the Arthurian knight Tristan's adulterous love for the Irish princess Iseult, predates and most likely influenced the famous romantic tale of Lancelot and Guinevere.
Please sign in or register to post comments.


Be the first to comment...

The 10 Bands Most Like Spinal TapSong Writing

Based on criteria like girlfriend tension, stage mishaps and drummer turnover, these are the 10 bands most like Spinal Tap.

16 Songs With a HeartbeatSong Writing

We've heard of artists putting their hearts into their music, but some take it literally.

Martyn Ware of Heaven 17Songwriter Interviews

Martyn talks about producing Tina Turner, some Heaven 17 hits, and his work with the British Electric Foundation.

Mike Love of The Beach BoysSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.

Songs About MoviesSong Writing

Iron Maiden, Adele, Toto, Eminem and Earth, Wind & Fire are just some of the artists with songs directly inspired by movies - and not always good ones.

Soul Train Stories with Stephen McMillianSong Writing

A Soul Train dancer takes us through a day on the show, and explains what you had to do to get camera time.