The Wanton Song

Album: Physical Graffiti (1975)
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  • Silent woman in the night, you came
    Took my seed from my shaking frame
    Same old fire, another flame
    And the wheel rolls on

    Silent woman through the flames, you come
    From the deep behind the sun
    Seems my nightmares, my loving gun
    Left me barely holding on, oh

    With blazing eyes you see my trembling hand
    When we know the time has come
    Lose my senses, lose command
    Feel your healing rivers run

    Is it every time I fall
    That I think this is the one?
    Ooh, in the darkness can you hear me call?
    Another day has just begun
    Another day, yeah

    Ooh

    Silent woman, my face is changed
    Some know in ways to come
    Feel my fire needs a brand new flame
    And the wheel rolls on, rolls on
    Rolls on, rolls on, ooh Writer/s: JIMMY PAGE, ROBERT PLANT
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 33

  • John from CaliforniaTyler from Goffstown - I guess the print on all the albums released around the world , and the remasters and newer remasters with bonus tracks are all wrong . Thank God for you being there to corrects everyone's mistake .
  • John from CaliforniaJared from Sunshine Coast- you clearly don't play guitar . The " Horn thing " is just a volume swell ( no effects required ) and there is such a thing as a backward echo effect ( he's using a leslie ), I know for a fact because I own one .
  • Cw from Platteville, WiIf you would listen to "Take Me Home", if anybody has "rare" Physical Graffiti LP like I do, or you can type it on here or go to grooveshark or youtube and type it in and listen to it, you can hear at LEAST up to FIVE Led Zeppelin songs in that song. There could be one or two more in there. No wonder why its not on the original "Physical Graffiti" set. They modified it and it later became "The Wanton Song". I know which of the FIVE songs that sound like that are in that song. You just have to listen for yourselves.
  • Thomas from Roswell, NmOne of the heaviest riffs that exists and another great riff from Page.
  • Scott from Charlotte, NcUm, Jimmy Page didn't use backwards echo on THIS song. But for those of you mocking the notion that he ever used backwards echo, pull up a chair boys and girls, class is now in session: http://www.led-zeppelin.org/joomla/assorted-info/69

    Google it, and learn, kiddies!
  • Steve from Hockessin, DeThere is no backwards echo on this song, nor is that a tremlo effect as well. That swirling sound you're hearing in the solos is produced by using a Leslie speaker. What that is, is a speaker inside the cabinet that actually rotates around giving it an organ sound. The Leslie speaker was/is used by organ players to get that sound. Jimmy used it on Down By The Seaside as well.
  • Laurent from Manama, BahrainDrummer Frankie Banali has a solo album out that only contains Led Zeppelin songs. It is a tribute to Bonham. There is an absolutely amazing version of "The Wanton Song" sung by the great Alex Ligertwood (Santana, Brian Auger, AWB, David Garfield). This song only is worth buying the album. Check www.frankiebanali.com
  • David from Los Angeles , CaThis amazing JPJ onthat organ(or whatever it is)sounds freaking cool
  • Tara from Petoskey, MiAlso, am I the only one who think that the intro just slightly reminds them of "Dancing Days"??
  • Tara from Petoskey, MiI think that almost all of Led Zeppelin songs are sexual in a way. Not necessarly with the lyrics but, as a muscian, playing and listening to music can be a sexual and sensual experience. Hopefully, I'm not the only one out there who believes this! :-)
  • Jared from Sunshine Coast,Just to say this is one of the best led zep songs ever, also the horn thin is just a sudden increase in volume used on the guitar (by the way I don't even think it sounds like a horn) and another thing this backwards guitar thing is crap, its a few over dubbed guitar that could have a number of effect on them, probably a chours, phaser delay or a tremolo im not sure with are. And the backwards echo who ever described it as the echo is heard before the note is an idiot cause lodgicly the echo is a repeat of the note lets think about that
  • Reed from New Ulm, MnReilly of Rosa----haven't heard the voices yet..i'll have to take a closer listen.
    On a different note-----i defy anyone to name a bad Led Zeppelin song!....i really don't think it can be done.
    and yes, God rest your soul, John Bonham.
  • Reilly from Rosa , CaThis song is sooo hard to replicate on the drums. I think there are very slight ghost notes on the snare. Of course the kick pattern is near impossible to decifer by ear as well. Does anyone else notice voices in the backround of this song, say at like 3:14- 3:20?
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiAwesome hard rocker. But this song and Trampled Underfoot are incredibly similar (both are about the same thing, both are loaded with sexual metaphors, both feature organs, both are hard rock songs, etc.)
  • Justin from Georgetown, Ini love playing this for someone new to zeppelin. it blows their mind
  • Bill from Topeka, Ksvery underated it is a strong song
  • Jt from Tullahoma, TnThis was the one song that made me wanna go buy this album. I'm proud to say this and Led Zeppelin are my favorite albums by the band.
  • Zach from Seattle, WaThe bridge part of this song where Page plays all those weird double-tracked chords is awesome.
  • Tyler from Goffstown, NhOn "How the West Was Won" Plant pronounces it "The want on song" as in 2 seperate words.
  • Sean from Exeter, NhThe song is about a succubus (sp?), a female demon who takes a man's "seed" through sexual intercourse.
    Direct opposite of the incubus, who is a male demon up to the same nasty deed.

  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI meant not identical or anything. But the songs sound similar, and they're about the same thing pretty much. I think it's just a coincidence.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI don't know if anyone agrees with me on this, but I always thought that this song and "Trampled Underfoot" sounded very similar. Not alike but similar.
  • Cal from Windsor, VaAccually its not backwards guitar its a little effect on an amp called "Chorus"
  • Swansong200 from Calhoun, GaI'm 95% for sure on this, the real second line to this song reads "Took the seed from my shakin' frame."-makes more sense considering this song's sexual content-one of my favs from my favorite album.
  • Sam from Boise, IdThe effect that Page uses is NOT backwards guitar or slow attack. It is tremolo--either on his amp (doubtfully, since he used Marshall's not Fenders) or in a pedal. He also might be using a phaser set to really fast cycles.
  • Michael Picard from Lapwai, IdThis song is pretty massive and this echo ee thing is cool
  • Colin K from Sndy Creek, Ohthe "horn" sound or back echo can simply be produced by increasing the pickup volume from 0 to 10 while holding the b flat chord of course having the les paul helps
  • Riley from Lynn, MaThis song is very good and Page & Plant usually played it during their 95 Tour. That version is cool because it starts off as the Immigrant Song then Page goes into The Wanton Song
  • Brandon from Victoria, CanadaDeffinately underrated
  • Ryan from Mesa, AzIt's not a "backwards echo" or a "backwards guitar". It is an electric effect called slow attack. I've never even heard of anything called backwards guitar. But most definately this is one of the best songs Zeppelin has recorded.
  • Pants from Calgary, Canada"Jimmy Page used his "backward echo" on the guitar solo, where the echo is heard before the note." There is no backwards echo on the guitar solo. The horn-like guitar sound just before Plant starts singing the 2nd and 3rd verses, however, is actually backwards guitar.
  • Mark from Chicago, United StatesI totally agree, I love this song. It's one of my favorite songs, totally underrated man. People, listen to this track man!

    I've actually heard this on the radio a couple of times, BTW.
  • Adrian from Wilmington, DeThis song is horribly underrated. It totally rocks on, especially at the end when Jimmy's pounding riff is double-tracked in both speakers and Bonzo goes crazy on the symbals. No surprise this song is about sex, it's an orgasmic experience!
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