Big Log

Album: The Principle Of Moments (1983)
Charted: 11 20
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  • Plant's lyrics were often influenced by the books of J.R.R. Tolkien. Big Log is a mythical, extended metaphor for a lost love: "My love is in league with the freeway... My love is the miles and the waiting." A Big Log is common lingo of tractor trailer drivers. It is the book in which their road hours are logged, therefore the connection between the road and love and the countless hours we all log on both. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Stuart - Salem, MA
  • In the video, Plant's classic car overheats at a desolate desert gas station, which causes him to muse upon lost love. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    ErickOverveen - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • This was Robert Plant's first hit as a solo artist after the break up of Led Zeppelin.
  • Some people know this song as "My Love Is In League With The Freeway." The phrase "Big Log" does not appear in the lyrics.
  • The name "Big Log" is likely meaningless. Plant's solo work (up until Now And Zen) and work with Led Zeppelin often featured songs with titles that had little or nothing to do with the lyrics. Also from The Principle Of Moments are the tracks "Messin' With A Mekon," "Horizontal Departure" and "Stranger Here... Than Over There." >>
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    Jodeo - Plymouth, MI
  • Phil Collins played drums on this and 5 other tracks on the album. He also played drums on Plant's previous album Pictures At Eleven. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 3
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Comments: 14

  • Richie from Ottawa, OnI cannot say the song is more memorable for it's video or it's setting (and I could never actually make out the lyrics by listening to it), as I had never seen the video until today. For me, it is most memorable for the guitar part - which I have liked since first hearing it. However, as a long time fan of ZZ TOP, I have found myself re-playing, in my mind, "Asleep in the Desert" which then, mentally, becomes a "mashup" with Plant's "Big Log". I did not even know the name of this song, until I looked it up today, but certain segments of the guitar parts in these songs seem quite similar. It made me wonder if Robert's guitar player may have taken some inspiration from Billy Gibbons' song. Not the intro (nor outro) but the part of Asleep (the last track of "Tejas") about twenty seconds after the beginning. I had been searching the internet for any reference of the like but have found none. It could be just me but I was wondering if anyone else noticed more similarities than the geographical reference. It's not that I would say Robert would ever take something from someone else's songs . . . For all I know, that laid back desert theme has deeper roots than Billy F. Gibbons wanted to mention (but he never lifted a riff from other players, I'm sure).
  • Jim from UsaI see this as a straightforward road metaphor about someone always searching and never quite finding something (it needn't be a woman). I had a hunch that Big Log meant a log book, but Plant or Page was quoted somewhere as saying (paraphrased) "I don't know, my bass player wrote it." It's indeed a bass-driven track and the tune is what makes it great.
  • Kylie from Melbourne, AustraliaDoes anyone know the movie that this song appears in? I'm sure I watched a movie when I was young and this song was in it. It's been driving me nuts for ages. It's a fabulous also.
  • Helena from United KingdomI adore this! It's such a spiritual and mysterious song to me. I dream of traveling down Route 66 while listening to this, just being wild and free, with the wind in my hair and the desert air all around me. I don't think of sex at all when hearing this, it's more spiritual than physical.
  • Bob from North CarolinaI heard that Les Paul came up with his version of the electric guitar called the log some maybe big log who knows.
  • Marin from Alla Verga, AzI thought Big Log was a rather large fecal creation?
  • Matt from Spokane, Washington, UsaThis song is about how ones inhibitions are steadily eroded by the miles as one takes liberties and experiences the "free way", experieences that occur more frequently. The life that a waif trucker or biker might lead. The "tail-lights dissolve" is analogous to taking out the stops, or inhibitions. There's a big sordid trucker's service industry out there!
  • Gary from Clementon, NjI just love the instrumentation, the guitar work of this song. Beautiful!
  • Lea from Portland, OrWhen I listen to this song, it reminds me of long haul trucking aka interstate truckers. If you've never known a long haul truck driver,or been a part of that life, I suppose you wouldn't get it.

    This song speaks a truckers heart at it's rawest. They have to keep a log book. Most keep two ;)
  • Donna from St. John's, NlIt was my understanding during an interview Plant said this song was about his insatiable sexual desire
  • Chris from Indianapolis, InTruckers use the slang term "Big Log" when describing a long stretch of highway. You can catch references in the lyrics. "The passion will ride as the cities fly by" and "Red eyed and fevered with the hum of the miles"
  • Billy from Piggott, Ar, ArTHIS SONG IS THE FIRST THING I HEAR IN MY INNER EAR WHEN I GET THE URGE TO HIT THE ROAD
  • Eugene from Minneapolis, MnI did not care for the song, but I always liked the video. The video soooo unforgettable!
  • Mike from Santa Barbara, CaThe song is better remembered for its video than its lyrics. Many of the videos to Plant's songs take place in desert settings.
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