Not to be confused with his hit "Big Log
," "Big Love" harks back to a proud tradition of shameless, barely discreet sexual innuendo that once filled Led Zeppelin songs such as "Whole Lotta Love." In a way, in fact, the song is a thematic companion to "Whole Lotta Love
," in that both use "love" and a size descriptor to suggest the considerable endowment of Robert Plant. Few would say "Big Love" is the better of the two musical celebrations of Plant's phallus, but it is the funnier one.
The whole song is an excuse to find funny ways to elliptically discuss Plant's "big love." It leaves one wondering if there are so many words in the song because the writers (it was written by Plant, Phil Johnstone, and Chris Blackwell) were having such fun coming up with all these little jokes. There is an underlying narrative to the song, however.