Big Log

Album: The Principle Of Moments (1983)
Charted: 11 20
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  • My love is in league with the freeway
    It's passion will rise as the cities fly by
    And the tail lights dissolve in the coming of night
    And the questions and thousands take flight

    My love is miles in awaiting
    The eyes that just stare and the glance at the clock
    In the secret that burns and the pain that won't stop
    And it's fueled with the years

    Leading me on (leading me on)
    Leading me down the road
    Driving me on (driving me on)
    Driving me down the road

    My love is exceeding the limit
    Red eyed and fevered with the hum of the miles
    Distance and longing and my thoughts do collide
    Should I rest for a while and decide

    Your love is cradled in knowing
    Eyes in the mirror still expecting their prey
    Sensing too well when the journey is done
    There is no turning back
    No
    There is no turning back

    On the run

    My love is in league
    With the freeway
    Oh with the freeway
    And the coming of the night time
    My love
    My love
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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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