No Quarter

Album: Houses Of The Holy (1973)
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  • Close the door, put out the light
    No, they won't be home tonight
    The snow falls hard and don't you know?
    The winds of Thor are blowing cold

    They're wearing steel that's bright and true
    They carry news that must get through, oh
    They choose the path where no-one goes
    They hold no quarter
    They hold no quarter, oh

    Walking side-by-side with death
    The devil mocks their every step, ooh
    The snow drives back the foot that's slow
    The dogs of doom are howling more

    They carry news that must get through
    To build a dream for me and you, oh, oh, oh
    They choose the path where no one goes
    They hold no quarter
    They ask no quarter

    They hold no quarter
    They ask no quarter
    Without quarter, quarter, yeah (without quarter)
    Without quarter, quarter, quarter
    Taking no quarter
    Oh, oh, oh (hear the dogs of doom) (no, never quarter)
    I hear the dogs of doom are howling more Writer/s: Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 120

  • Tim The Enchanter from MdThe Paths of the Dead / Tolkien / Lord of the Rings could be proven before a criminal court jury. "They carry the message that must get through". I am NOT a Tolkien-Head, but the reference is crystal clear. Unless Plant or Page THEMSELVES give a clear explanation . . . and not an "according to so-and-so"
  • Cd from Norcal63rdm97: That's a nice double reference. To me it definitely alludes to war and a time very long ago, but the imagery also could apply to modern situations and the sometimes severely harsh trials of life in general.
  • 63rdm97 from Texas If you listen to the lyrics it is about getting through a snowstorm. The deepest lyric I have ever heard is "the snow drives back the foot that's slow." Thus No Quarter is given by the elements. It is a lesson to never give up and if you slow, the snowstorm of life will overtake you.
  • Rob from TorontoMy question, that i`ve never seen answered anywhere, is: who played the acoustic piano solo in the middle section of the song? i'm not 100% certain, but as a keyboard player, i'm pretty sure the piano solo is considerably beyond JPJ's capability -- at the time or now. it's also in a style he never exhibited anywhere -- especially during his solos on the various live versions. you'll notice that he never even tries to duplicate that part live.
    any takers?
  • Landin from Nashville I personally think it’s a story of dead soldiers that didn’t die in battle but of disease, starvation etc and they don’t want any quarter (pitty) to be sent to Valhalla(Robert talks of The winds of Thor blowing cold) because they didn’t get the honor of dying mid battle, so they just wander aimlessly wishing they would they would have been struck down by their enemies on the battlefield.(“close the door put out the light, you know they won’t be home tonight”)
  • Poncho from UsaFor me, its about taking no prisoners and killing them all, in a military sense of the word.
  • Bryan from MichiganWith regards to the line "They choose the path where no-one goes" I have always thought this referred to the Lord of the Rings when Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli take the paths of the dead.
  • Barry from Gagetown NbI never thought I would ever hear a better live version than TSRTS soundtrack ... Until the Fantastic Celebration Day concert version ... A masterpiece !! (And more amazing in HiRes FLAC !)
  • Bob from PaAnybody ever notice jpj playing baseline with left foot on all live songs when he is on keyboards? Wow
  • Bob from PaAgree with a comment way below. Think it's about medieval times. Soldiers going off to battle knowing there will be no mercy and probably die. Wearing there armour and doing their job! Save land or die. Unbelievable solo by jpj and jimmy on song remains the same. Favorite of all time. Bob
  • Patricus Rexus from NoybWow. Thought I was a fan. Some really cool perspectives. Wonder what they thought when playing back ?
  • Mark from Talty TexasThe song is about the German and Russian battle of Stalingrad.
  • Bertrand from Paris, FranceIn order to create this distinctive guitar sound, Jimmy Page played without any amp, directly from the console.

    In live performances on stage, "No Quarter" was the opportunity for Jonesy to show off his skills as a keyboard player, as he played extended solos on the piano (those performed during the 1975 tour sounded like classical music, and could sometime last for more than 15 minutes...). In concert, Jimmy Page used his Theramin in order to simulate howling dogs - "the dogs of doom are howling more"
  • Randall from ChinaFor all those saying that this is Zep's most psychedelic song, have a listen to Dazed and Confused. Or maybe it was the mushrooms when I was right up to the stage about 6 feet away from Page.
  • Zeppy from Sandwich, MaThe country is Wales, [not whales] it was not recorded in a giant sea mammal, and it's Bron-Yr Aur (Pronounced Bron Rawr).
    And the Tool cover is a trainwreck (with some decent guitar work, but it's still not good)
  • Anthony from Westbury, NyAt the 2007 02 Arena Concert in tribute to Ahmet Ertegün (Celebration Day), the song is played a half step down.
  • Bobby from Shoreham, NyI have heared a thought that this song is about the iditarod race in Alaska. Like when it talks about the snow and the dogs howling.
  • Von from La, CaYou're all wrong.
    They hold no quarter means they have no rest.
    "the pain without quarter", the pain without rest!
    "they ask no quarter", they ask for no rest!
    The song is a story. Enjoy it!
  • Joie from Strafford, VtI think the boys accomplished exactly what they set out to do...start a conversation about what the song means to each of us...which is something different. Here we are 38 years later having this discussion! That's magic!
  • Eric from Phoenix, AzI think that this is one of the best songs that could ever come into existence, and the same can be said for Led Zeppelin in general. But I do have to say that the meaning or perspective that I got from this song, is maybe that they are really referring to the fact that in life, it's true that you get No Quarter. Even if your cause is good, but then again, dealing with perspective, you may be looked upon with hate for the virtues you hold true. Such as a British Soldier currently stationed in early america. The mission of the Red coats and their law of No Quarter, was to help reclaim what they thought was their rightful land. From Britian's side, they were completely in their own right, trying to accomplish their mission. But to americans, they were being invaded. Anyways, through this rambling I hoped to get to the point of that even though you may try as hard as you can for something that you whole heartedly believe, life gives nothing but No Quarter, and you have to accept that. Just as the british soldier in the song does, as he searches for warmth in the winter cold.
  • Ouisie from Chicago, IlAs a Christian and rock and roll musician myself (keyboards) I consider "No Quarter" to be quite probably my very favorite Led Zeppelin song. The music and lyrics are awesomely powerful, conveying an eerie, almost scary somberness, hopefulness, and a sense of totally indestructible resolve all at once.

    Although various fantasy accounts have been mentioned as being related to by this song, I much prefer to regard it in more realistic although no less idealistic terms.

    It most aptly applies to the situation of missionaries in a godless, pagan world (winds of Thor) who carry news, the Good News of the Gospels, the Word of God, which must nonetheless, no matter what, get through (to build a dream for me and you)-Salvation. Their resolve to accomplish this mission is so great, that it drives them against seemingly impossible odds to "take the path where no one goes", regardless of the dangers ahead, such as not being fast enough (the snow drives back the foot that's slow), of taking such enormous risks as to be "walking side by side with death", and even though, because they are serving God, "the devil mocks their every step", their unwavering resolve and raw courage is still not in the least dissuaded even as "the dogs of doom are howling more", and because they know the profound importance of the stakes as does their enemy, they pursue their mission to the death, neither holding nor asking quarter in their noble struggle.

    A totally awesome song with a totally awesome message!
  • Jesse from Nashvile, TnI think all the suggestions to what this song means are possible, But I believe it is talking about the The River Styx. "Walking side by side with death" They have no quarter to pay the boat man Charon.(In ancient times it was believed that sticking a golden coin in the mouth of the recently deseased would help them pay the toll for the ferry arcross the river) "The dogs of doom are howling more" is reffering to Cerberus, Hades three headed hound which gaurds the gates at the River Styx to prevent anyone from ever escapeing... I'm not going to ramble, but if you look at the lyrics with that in mind you can see it matches up perfectly... All in all a timeless song, deep lyrics, and killer riffs.
  • Helen from Dunfermline, United KingdomThe phrase "No Quarter" did not originate with the American wars.It predates that time by about
    300 years when Military Forts & encampments were laid out in 4 quarters each one having a specific
    purpose.The use of the phrase Military Quarters
    as accomodation for troops also comes from this
    particular period.No Quarter at that time literaly meant that there was no room to contain enemy prisoners so none were to be taken,that did not mean a general slaughter ensued,sometimes in medieval battles the losing side was allowed to flee the field of battle and return home.Later on
    the phrase did become common parlance for no mercy and also for Quarter to be refused when offered to a combatant who preferred death to imprisonment therefore "No Quarter Asked and No Quarter Given".
  • Chris from Mchenry, IlOh to see this live back in the day.
  • Mitch from Charlotte, NcMy last post notwithstanding, I think that of all the suggested meanings behind "No Quarter" in this post, the idea that fits best would be a Mideval or Dark Ages theme, perhaps a reference to the Vikings or to Anglo Saxon wars, as has been elsewhere suggested.
  • Mitch from Charlotte, NcLed Zeppelin, Cream, Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, the Beatles, among others "defined" Psychedelic music. True, this one is powerful, but I don't think it's necessarily their "one and only" psychedelic piece as is suggested above. "Levee," now there's psychedelia at it's finest. Having grown up in the era, I count myself blessed! The Crem de La Crem for me was a couple of years ago when my then 21 year old son and 24 year old daughter said to me, "Dad, we hate to admit it, but your generation had the best music!" Zeppelin is their favorite band of that era. I have a difficult time picking out a favorite Zep song, easier to cite the one and only song I don't like, "All of My Love."

    As to the meaning of these lyrics, I tend to agree with the person who said that any meaning behind most lyrics is not really the point. The point is, does the song move you? If it does, you have discovered your own meaning behind the song. As a songwriter myself, I must admit, that often lyrics are more about emotion than making an actual point.
  • Johnny G. from Flames Of Albion, United KingdomLove the TSRTS version - one of Page's many finest hours, but if anyone out there has the Mobile, AL 5/13/73 show, check that version out. It's not the longest version or anything, but there's some drumming in it from Bonzo unlike any version before or after, and a great little jazzy interlude during the jam between Jones, Page, and Bonham that is -again- like no other version. Check it out!
  • Daz from N Richland Hills, Txit's thor. like in Norse Mythology.(the gods that the vikings believed in)
  • Peter from Laredo, Txbullcrap this song is about the book "the hobbit" by tolkien it mentions names of the dwarves in the song like thror
  • Jimmy from Winnipeg, Mband another thing with that lord of the rings therory, when there on the mountin and then Frodo makes the decision to go through the mines because saromon(spelling?) is casting spells to take them down, think of the line

    ''The winds of Thor are blowing cold
    They're wearing steel that's bright and true''

    ''The snow drives back the foot that's slow
    The dogs of doom are howling more''

    ''They choose the path that no one goes''

    It does work out pretty well
  • Jimmy from Winnipeg, Mb, MbI really like this song . Especially how it's very universal, in which i mean it can have different meanings and refrences to different people . I always thought of it about a mercerfulless war with needless killing . I especially likethe line ''walking side by side with death, the devil mocks them every step''.
    I know alot of zeppelin, I've actually taken many hours to study them, have a fair collection of books and such, been into them since i was four and i actually never thought of that lord of the rings therory . Not with this song atleast, but i like it . I'm also a huge huge huge lord of the rings fan, this does remind me of it . But it's hard to say what its 1 true meaning is, which i find with alot of zeppelin songs . Everyone has there own opinions and ideas with this song . Truely a masterpeice.
  • Antoin from Dublin, IrelandZeppelin members, esp Page were subveresively espousing the ideals of the Thelemites of occultist Aliester Crowley in much of their post 75 work, this is one such song
  • Michael from San Antonio, TxJohn Paul Jones gives a haunting performance on piano on this song, best seen on the movie "The song remains the same". One of Led Zeppelin's best live songs ever.
  • Tracy from Tulsa, OkThis is a bad ass song...on HOTH (No Star Wars ref intended!) it is masterful...especially after you've listened to The Crunge. It's almost like The Crunge was one of the first ( offense) songs they made, then this professional, evolved song pops up. The break with mellowphone and guitar and piano could not be more provoking. Beautiful.
  • Chris from Ontario, Canadaits cool that led zeppelin covered this tool song!
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InThe one truly psychedelic song by Zep.
    And what a song it is, too!
    Absolutely devastating lyrics, appropriately chilling atmosphere courtesy of JPJ, and Jimmie in the background with his menacing guitar.
    I am unsure if this is Tolkien referenced, but it would make sense as a way of discussing either the journey through the Mines of Moria or (better) the Paths of the Dead.
    I also thought of it as a group of rescuers attempting to save some people stranded in a snowstorm at an isolated location.
    With so many great songs from Zep, it is tough to decide which is my favorite, but I could easily say this falls into my top three, with "Ten Years Gone" and "Going to California" being the other two.
  • Glenn from Pittsburgh, PaHey gang, there isn't always a hidden meaning in every songs lyrics. Many artists just write about what they are thinking about at the time. Few focus on a topic and compose the lyrics around it. Take music for what it is, an art form. It is the artists desire to move your emotions in a direction, or make you think about something besides what you are doing at the time. A good example is the lyrics "the snow drives back the foot that's slow". It paints a picture in your mind about someone walking in the snow that's tired. The music is a great accompaniment to the lyrics, and visa versa. That is the makings of a great song. What the lyrics are about isn't important. What's important is that the artist moved you. That's what any art form done well will accomplish. Take in the whole thing at once and digest it in your mind. Looking so hard for hidden meanings is....well, meaningless and has nothing to do with the music.
  • Bmn from Hisuan, ArgentinaI have a version that clocks 21:26 and I would like where is it from?
    the version is great, but the sound quality of the recording is poor (strong wow and flutter when you listen the piano)
    maybe someone can help.
    david, il
  • Derek from Sacramento, CaLed Zeppelin at their psychidelic best. John Pauls work is really sweet and is the cornerstone of the song. Of course, everyone else rounded it out with their expertise. Every member of this band was so insanely good at what they were doing. I think John Paul doesn't get as much credit as he should.
  • Luke Taylor from Manchester, United KingdomIsnt' it weird how on TSRTS version Plant struggles with the high note in the melody but after, when he sings AAAHHHAAAAAAAHHAAAAHH! He hits the sweetest high note in rock history! What a voice.
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiI think this song replaced "Thank You" in Zeppelin's live sets. Once they introduced "No Quarter", "Thank You" became rarely played and then was dropped shortly afterward.
  • Mark from Worcester, MiPhil in Brooklyn NY LOL...I don't think I can make it, so tell him I said Hi if you see him again!
  • Phil from Brooklyn, NyIf you do the right species of psilocybin mushroom (baeocystis) and listen to Jimmy's live solo on TSRTS at a beach party in front of a huge log fire - you will see a Balrog - I know I did
  • Jesse from East Setauket, Ny, NyI think this song and "Friends" are two of the weirdest sounding Led Zeppelin songs.
  • Matt from Ohio, OhUh i know this is off subject but i had to correct a few proples comments. George and Michael, actually Jimmy Page didnt write the song at all. It was Robert Plant that wrote it, and after this Jimmy let Robert write many of the songs on his own beacuse he was so impressed with Roberts lyrics.
  • Allie from A Little Ol' Town In, MiThis song reminds me of a ship floating cuz of the flowing synth. The fuzzy guitar is the best. the wailing at the end is very eerie and it gives me chills. Listen to the lyrics; quite depressing. *The grand piano part is played by Jones.*
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiHow come nobody else has noticed the musical similarity to...aliens?
  • Alina from Karlstad, Swedenlove everything bout this song, the intro, the drums, the vocals, everything! as been stated previously, it should be listened to in the dark...
  • Shane from Sydney, AustraliaThe best live lead break ever
  • Ellen from Mount Vernon, WaRegarding "No Quarter". I heard years back that Page had a house in Wales. He became interested in the history of the Anglo-Saxon wars, which took place from about 400 - 878 A.D., partly in Wales. Apparently, he went outside one early, cold morning and looked out onto dense fog. He thought about what the wars must have been like since most of the attacks were staged in the early morning ("No, they won't be home tonight" since they would leave at night to attack early morning, I suppose). Anyway, that was apparently his inspiration.

    Here are some pictures of the armour and some history. I'm sure there are better sources of history out there but I just picked a couple in a hurry. I think Page's reference to steel or metal doesn't matter. Wealthier people had steel for sword edges but the helmets were metal.
  • Phil from Fakeville, CanadaThe Song Remains The Same has the best verson of this song. Love it.
  • Luke from Ord, IlIve researched this subject, this song clearly indicates by its lyrics that its about the 'No Quarter' concept of the Vikings as siad earlier. When they wrote this song, zeppelin took influence from the viking landings on east coast Britain...
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiWhy does this song remind me of aliens and UFOs?
  • Jitte from Veldhoven, NetherlandsI'm so sick of everyone saying that songs or just... anything with a Norse feeling to it, has to be influenced by LOTR or Tolkien. LOTR was heavily influenced by Nordic myths and sages. Just because this is a sad song and Thor is named in the song, doesn't mean that it has any connection with Tolkien , other than that it has the same influence.
  • Kingsley from Black Country, EnglandThe idea of this song being a reference to the "no quarter" policy of the American Revolution is clear nonsense. Steel was last worn as armour during the Civil War over one hundred years earlier.
    The reference to Thor suggests a Dark Age setting to be most likely; possibly the period between the 8th and 12th Centuries when Christianity was being spread by the sword across Northern and Western Europe with any followers of "The Old Gods" who refused to convert being murdered.
  • Ed from York, Pathis song is depressing, but good. i like how the guitar sounds all fuzzy
  • Mark from Worcester, MiAnyone have any idea how Page gets that growling rumble out of his guitar on this song? What a great contrast to the synth. Just brilliant.
  • Jason from Florence, KyI think this song is not only influenced by LOTR in the storyline, but also in the lyrical style. If you've ever read the Lord of the Rings books, you may remember that the Hobbits often sing dark songs with a very similar style.

    For example:

    Upon the hearth the fire is red,
    Beneath the roof there is a bed;
    But not yet weary are our feet,
    Still around the corner we may meet
    A sudden standing stone
    That none have seen but we alone.
    Tree and flower and leaf and grass,
    Let them pass! Let them pass!
    Hill and water under sky,
    Pass them by! Pass them by!
  • Lisa from Washington, DcI think the discussion of the meaning of this song is very interesting. Perhaps if you're familiar with mythology you'll remember many times people traveled to the underworld to get information from the dead or give messages. To get there, you have to cross the river Styx and have a token to get across and if you don't have the token, you're sol. You might also remember the two-headed dog, chimmaron, the dog of hell which guarded the doors of Hades.

    Since the song refers to Thor, I don't know the Nordic names in the myths but they might be referring to the same story.
  • Michael from Los Angeles, CaOr was that Stairway?
  • Michael from Los Angeles, CaGeorge I think Jimmy Page wrote it on an airplane napkin actually.
  • Jeff from Detroit, MiMy favorite version of this song comes from The Los Angeles Forum on June 23, 1977. The whole thing is just incredible. It clocks in at 31:42. Look for it on the For Badgeholders Only bootleg.
  • George from Bryson, Ncwhoever said that led zeppelin wrote stairway to heaven at Headley Grange you are wrong! if you are going to type something at least know what you are talking about. they wrote it at a cabin without any electricity for a more mellow sound. the cabin is in whales and the name of the cabin is bron yr. (like the song)
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaThat's weird. This song is so different from "Smoke Two Joints"
  • Mark from Ann Arbor, Mstrips the hell outta me
  • Khnum from Abra, TxIf you want to understand WHY this is the GREATEST live Zep number, put aside your copy of TSRTS and go get any one of the many high quality boots and hear WHAT live zep is really about -
    Seattle 77 is one of my fav versions, among the many wonderful live versions !
  • Andrew from Moscow, EuropeThis is my favorite Led Zeppelin song too, specially it's version on "The Song Remains The Same".
  • Abi from Toronto, Canadasongs can have multiple meanings. it can be about the no quartering act and zeppelin just portrayed it by throwing in the LOTR storyline
  • Max from Brockton, MaA lot of you people always try to make evrey Zeppelin song about something really deep, when a lot of their more folk song stuff isn't. This song really is probably just about the quartering act."their wearing steel" could refer to their swords "you know they won't be coming home tonight" is that their not getting home so they need to use someone else house for the night. Overall, the group of soldiers probably took the wrong route to get back, are lost in the snow, and don't have "quarters" to stay for the night
  • Wayne from Spokane, WaFools, the song is about not having a quarter! For the pop machine! haha. I'm right, you're wrong, prouse, shoot, swing. Allrighty Then.
  • Michael from West Sacramento, CaOn Pelvis' comment - You are close. My guess (coupled with KASHMIR) is about the process which occurs when someone who, for whatever reason, chooses a path of suffering. There is no aide for those on these paths, most commit suicide without the will to press on in the face of a mocking Devil. Pick a prophet - they went through this, in some form or another, to realize what they later taught. Are they waiting for the next one? Yallah, Ying-Yang, Balance - think about it.
  • Jeanette from Irvine, Calook thats just because you saw the quartering act and also that guy's name was john paul jones in the american revolution. when i read that chapter i always got this song stuck in my head.
  • D from Lake Forest, IlWhenever I listen to this song, I think of the part from LotR when the group is walking up the mountain to the Mines of Moria. In these lines "The snow falls hard and don't you know?
    The winds of Thor are blowing cold.
    They're wearing steel that's bright and true
    They carry news that must get through." The people wearing steel bright and true is Frodo and crew, and the news that must get through is the ring. "They choose the path where no-one goes," This line, IMO, is saying they decide to go through Moria, which no one goes to.
  • Dustin from My Home, Inok so today i was sitting in my socal studies class and i had the song no quarter stuck in my head and we were discussing all of the things leading up to the american revolution and i think that this is abotu the no quatering act which is explained in detail in the first songfact. then i started to lok at the facts like in the song remains the same movie when this played the movie is showing scenes of an either early american or British town which looks like pre-revolutarny war type place so its either about that or the lord of the rings 3rd book
  • Sindre from MosjÃ?en, NorwayActually "Dazed and Confused" lasts for 26 minutes and 55 seconds on "the Song Remains the Same." So, there! :D
  • Geoff from Hanover, Canadahey Evan, Porter, IN, check your facts. The lyrics you mention are from Ramble On (second album. Get it right. Anyways, amazing song, supremely mellow and excellent showcase of the skill of the band.
    Geoff -Canada
  • Evan from Porter, InYeah, great song, beautiful enginuity. and whoever brought up the point of Lord of the rings, it makes sense, because in MIsty Mountain Hop, a lyric says "Gollum and the Evil one carried her away", which clearly talks about lord of the rings.dunno what else to say but led zeppelin rocks! I mean, it really says something if me, a 14 year old boy in 2005, is still listening to them, who date 30-35 years back.
  • Ryan from Havasu, AzP.S. This song refers to Viking's and their No Quarter policy. If you check out the led zeppelin myspace group, and mention it, plenty of people will agree on that.
  • Ryan from Havasu, Azthe live version is on The Song Remains the Same. Pick it up, it's worth it. Also a 26 or so minute version of Dazed and Confused on it.

    I love this song. I would say "my favorite" but then i'd sound like a mainstream zeppelin fan, cause every true fan knows you can't have a favorite (i.e. Stairwaiy, Kashmire, The Rain Song, No Quarter, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Ramble On, etc.!) You can't pick a fav. Anyway, this song is awesome to listen to when you're sad.
  • Danielle from Swanton, OhDidn't like this song at first because im a bit of an idiot, and once i finally listened to it all the way through i absolutely fell in love with it, and it was one of my favorite zep songs. its very unde , as is JPJ, which is a shame! and what cd is the live version on? i have how the west was won, and its obviously not on there. so what cd am i missing?
  • Jeanette from Irvine, Cai got onto this song when the first quivery creepy notes sounded. that part was awesome. then i started to love this song.
  • Jeremy from Warren , RiRobert Plant definatley didn't walk through the Halls of medicine before doin this one, a lil nasally on the lyrics but definatley one of Zeppelins all time greats. Awesome composure, with guitars that just rip through you like a chainsaw, to the bubbly sounds of jonesy on the keys, and the hammering drum beats of bonzo. True classic all the way to the very end when he says "I hear the dogs of doom are howling more" gives me goose bumps that to me is the best part of that song.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScThe piano playing is amazing. Now I get why people love this song. It wasn't a favorite of mine at first.
  • Jeanette from Irvine, Cathis song is about lord of the rings. it must be. its about them going through the dead person halls or whatever. thats why its so eerie. i mean why else would they say "to carry news that must get through?" that is from lord of the rings. and this is proof that JPJ doesn't get as much credit as he should.
  • Scott from Charlotte, NcThe guitar solo on the live version on the soundtrack (not the movie version) for TSRTS has got to be the BEST guitar solo EVER!!!
  • Jeanette from Irvine, Cathis sounds kind of weird but i like this song as much as stairway!
  • Jeanette from Irvine, CaThat song is so eerie, I agree it is best heard in the dark. I love thinking about it from a Lord of the Rings point of view, thanks Steve for bringing that up. One of the best Zep songs!
  • Dale from Northamptonshire, EnglandGreat song - shows how underrated JPJ really is, shame that.

    And The DVD which was just a page and plant reunion, has the title of JPJ showcase song - No Quarter - JPJ wasnt even asked.
  • Ashley from Moncton, CanadaThis song is juat a really, really good song, and is my favourite Led Zeppelin song, after 10 Years Gone. Achilles Last Stand is my third favourite. and then ther's Kashmir, Over the Hills And Far Away,and of course Stairway to Heaven, Houses of The Holy, and very many more.
  • Paige from Jb, Arthe live version of this song on the song remains the same soundtrack is hauntingly beautiful. the guitar/drum duet is pure magic.
  • Nick from Baton Rouge, Laand watch his facial expressions.. and his eyes.. hes really looking for something out there..
  • Nick from Baton Rouge, Lathe live version... on "the song remains the same" was better, Plant didnt wail in the lyrics 'they choose the path were no one goes', and it makes it sound so eerie.. its great...
  • J.t. from Los Angeles, Cathe eerie sound i was created by using a leslie speaker. the speaker rotated inside of itself which creates the sound. used commonly with B3 hammond organs. i myself have one.
  • Ben from Ridgecrest, Cathe singing in this song sounds alot like " In The Light"
  • Gerald from Olathe, KsThis is one of the few songs that does bring me to tears on occasion, especially when i'm really down. The music itself is very emotional and beautifully crafted. Then again, it's probably just the drugs... (please, don't hold that against me. Spare your remarks for someone else)
  • Yvette from Hamtramck, MiThe band Maktub has done a wonderful remake of No Quarter.
    Yvette, Hamtramck, MI
  • Brian from Corpus Christi, TxIf you listen closely at the beginning you can hear fans cheering in the background
  • Ian from New York, NyThis, kashmir, and Achilles Last Stand are my favorite led zep songs. Tool covering this is really fitting since this song has a more prog feel to it. I recomend Tool to any one who likes LZ's more complex stuff.
  • Aubrey from Raleigh, Ncin reference to the earlier comment about studio covers, do u realize led zepplin did the same thing? when the levee breaks was originally done by Memphis Minnie. So dont go hating on Tool because they want to pay tribute to led zepplin by remaking one of their songs. As for puff daddy..... well i couldnt defend him with a straight face :)
  • William from Evington, VaThe best version of this is from the Earls Court concerts 1975, Jonesy had played this beautifully. This one should have be included on the DVD set released a few years back. It shops how much Zeppelin had griown to that point. This is even better than the one on either The Song Remains the Same soundtrack or unledded.
  • Cory from Hammond, LaThere is definately a tribute band playing in Baton Rouge and the Gulf coast called "ZOSO". They are very good. The guys even look like Zep.
  • Liam from Campbell River, CanadaMy favourite song by my favourite band
  • Dave from Winnipeg, Canadayep.. this song rocks. Studio is awesome but check the live version its like 10x better.
  • Tom from Garstang, EnglandThis song Amazing, What more can I say.
  • Bruno from Lima, Perui composed a 20 minute version of this song by adding live performances by zep in seattle 77 and knebworth 79, and the solo from TSRTS, i have it in mp3, if any of you like this song enough email me at and i'll send it to you... to me this song is about warfare... i made a video with pretty gruesome stuff and this song in the background, this is one of my 3 all time fav. songs with dazed and confused and achilles last stand... who else is as innovative as led zep? :D best band ever, for sure
  • Ben from Adelaide, Australiai like the version off of the "unledded" dvd. it's an acoustic one with jimmy playing a twelve string and robert singing. they're sitting by a river or something. it's really awesome....
  • Spencer from South Kingstown, Risteve, that is exactly what i thought when i first saw the lyrics. great song, a little eerie, but that just adds to it.
  • Travis J. Basso from Hillsdale, NjAll i have to say is if anybody can get a copy of
    "Legend of Eight Samurai" and you play it with led Zeppelin houses of the holy until the album stops the two actualy match up pretty much. and the scene that comes on right as No Quarter comes on matched up perfectly, a little too perfectly, but if anone can get it, its an old kung fu movie, than do it. Peace
  • Ivan from Vancouver, CanadaI agree with what you say Steve... Robert play was very influenced by the lord of the rings. this is also shown in other songs including stairway to heaven, battle of evermore, etc
  • Don from Philadelphia, PaGreat song! I absoultly love it!
  • Steve from Wallingford, PaI know this is probably wrong, but it seems this song is about Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimili going through the path of the dead. If you look at it like that, it makes sence. "This is the path were no one goes" - no one goes down that path, because they will be killed. "They show No Quarter" - the undead don't show any mercy to those who are not the heir of the king of Gondor. Just my thoughts
  • Sam from Nanaimo, CanadaBeautiful. And although when I was younger I liked Tool a bit I still will not support studio covers of such classics as it is too easy to butcher. Organ is the biggest part of this song and I know Tool doesn't have an organ player. I have no problem with bands covering Zeppelin in their concerts as long as they pay tribute and play it well, but studio is different.
  • Andrew from Springfield, MoThey say "We will show you no quarter" in the movie The Last Samurai

    Of course that movie is not quite near the level of Zeppelin lol
  • Andrew from Brisbane, AustraliaYeah for sure - its a great song. For anyone who's interested, its got more of those references to norse (viking) mythology which Plant was really into. "the wind of thor blowing cold" is an example of it, but they do it a lot more in the Immigrant Song with lyrics like "Valhalla I am coming" and "we come from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow" And YES! i agree with everyone who reckons the tool version was great!
  • Ben from Boston, Madavid, i tried the haunted cavern thing on my computer with my logitech 5.1s and soundblaster audegy 2, and it was sick. I had never used the EAX before becuase I thought it was crap. and yes, no quarter is the only song that sounds good with it.
  • David from Greensboro, NcI feel so honored: I have the klipsch ProMedia 5.1 seires speakers ( and the Soundblaster Audigy Platinum soundcard. Cranking No Quarter under the "Haunted Cavern" environmental setting really makes what you find creepy into scary-as-all-hell. None of the other 1370 songs in my playlist can achieve this. If you have the means, I highly suggest trying this.
  • Jens from LinkÅ¡ping, SwedenThis is another one of my Zep favourites. Just like you guys say it have this haunting and mysterious sound which i LOVE! This song and its sound do in someway remind me of Kashmir, it's probably because of it's mysterious sound.
  • Julian from Philadelphia, PaAlong the same lines as The Immigrant Song, but nice and mellow with awesome keyboards by Jones.
  • Brian from Paoli, InA beautiful song, such haunting music and lyrics. Gives you an eerie feeling especially when you listen to it in the dark.

    And you are right Patrick, Tool did a very good job covering this song.
  • Patrick from Durham, NcProbably the most underated Led Zeppelin song. Covered by Tool recently(Check this version out...It is hot! ; ) )
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