As a child, I found Led Zeppelin confusing

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  1. Digital Larry

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    Several of LZ's songs talk about how the protagonist's girlfriend rejected his advances after he worked hard all day so she could buy things. I was about 10 at the time so of course I figured this was the way things worked.

    But let me get this straight.

    a) You are Robert Plant, the singer in Led Zeppelin, and you still work some 9-5 job?
    b) Perhaps things would go better if you took a shower first.
    c) You are Robert Plant, the singer in Led Zeppelin, and still your girlfriend rejects you? Damn.
    d) Maybe tone down the frilly shirts and the mannerisms, maybe your GF is jealous that you are prettier than she is.
     
  2. esseff

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    I sometimes wonder if LZs lyrics were constructed from school lunch alphabet soup left-overs...

    'I told your mamma I'd get you home but I didn't tell her I had no car,'
    'I saw a lion, he was standing alone with a tadpole in a jar.'
     
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    'Twas in the darkest depths of Mordor
    I met a girl so fair
    But Gollum, and the evil one
    Crept up and slipped away with her
    Her, her, yeah"

    Had to read a 1,000 page book to figure out that it was PLANT who was confused. :cool:
     
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    Ugh? What's this all about?

    The U.K. back then was hardly Silicon Valley. Many of us were lucky to get into a tin bath once per week.

    How do you know all this stuff? .... Obviously you were rejected by your girlfriend when you were ten years old, and you think it may be because you were much prettier than she was ...... But it seems you also smelled somewhat.

    Get over it! It probably happened to many of us, apart from the 'pretty' bit.

    As it was in my recollection, unlike California it also rained in the U.K. just about every day. No worries about showering for us ten year olds in old blighty who might have worried about ring around the collar on the odd occasion, nature took good care of it.

    My life probably changed once I started to use a comb and some soap on occasion....... Oh, and I cleaned my teeth now and again.

    Still can't sing worth a sh*t, and I'm no Jimmy Page either, but Led Zep are still one of the very best ever IMO and there still ain't no confusion on that score and that's over half a century later.
     
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    Many will disagree but I lost interest in Zeppelin after about the third album. I kept buying the records but nothing that came later made me as happy. And, yeah, some of the lyrics were too far out even on the early albums. The Hobbit references seem to be written by someone who never read the books and thought they knew the stories.
     
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    When I was 10 actual meaning of lyrics meant nothing to me. It was all part of the aural experience. Plant could have been singing about freeze drying and archiving his poo by color and density, and I would have just went on being rocked away to bliss.
     
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    I was the youngest of 3 boys. As young teens we all brought different music into the house and adopted some of each other's faves.

    My oldest brother was big into Zeppelin.

    The other two of us just scratched our heads.

    Still scratching, and it ain't nits.
     
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    I think you people were just at the wrong age to relate. It had everything to do with the era and the age of the songwriting. Yup, dazed and confused.
     
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    I remember hearing Led Zeppelin for the first time when I was 11 years old. I ran out and bought Led Zeppelin II and it blew my mind. It felt kinda dirty, like I knew I was too young to be listening to it. Sort of like discovering dirty magazines. Good stuff.

    Oh, and rock music is full of stupid lyrics for the most part. I didn’t care then and I don’t care now.
     
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  10. Digital Larry

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    One of my favorite blues lyric lines comes from David Bromberg... I think it's "Bullfrog Blues". Something like:

    You know it's tough when you're with your woman
    And she's saying (passionately) "Oh Johnny! Oh Johnny! Oh Johnny!"
    ....
    When she KNOWS your name is David.
     
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    You mean there were actual words in all that high-pitched caterwauling???? :D
     
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    LZ is meant for kids, with all those Tolkien references.
    I mean, have you revisited that stuff lately?
    You're only 14 once
     
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    I was in college during the Led Zep era. I found quantum mechanics a lot more confusing.
     
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    For me it was the scene in the video of The Song Remains the Same when Plant is in a sword fight....with nobody in particular o_O
     
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    Led Zeppelin was what the bad kids in the back of the schoolbus listened to. Like @D_Malone said, it sounded dirty, like sex, and kind of scary. So naturally I ended up loving them. But if I never hear Ramble On again in my lifetime it'll be too soon.
     
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    Oooh dont know that archiving song, is that 'In My Time Of Drying'?'
     
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    "Like a mule, I learned my lessons slow" Rory Gallagher.
     
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    Zeppelin made complete sense to me when I was a kid. Even the lyrics I had to guess and make up all made sense. I revisit Zeppelin often but do need breaks form it form time to time.

     
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    Led Zep lyrics may have the greatest disparity between sounding cool on record, and reading as super goofy and kind of dumb on the page. But with very few exceptions, lyrics aren't poetry and shouldn't be read as such. The Zep lyrics I would hear in my head as a kid were for sure way weirder than what Plant was actually singing about half the time.
     
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    I like alittle zeppelin in pretty small doses , I get tired of the Plant moaning sessions pretty quick though.

    The song writing kind of lacks any real depth but I guess it doesn’t really have to have any to start with sound good.

    I like no quarter the best
     
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