ON THE JUKEBOX | LED ZEPPELIN | RAMBLE ON
Posted on March 31, 2015 by Trace
— t u e s d a y t u n e s —
R A M B L E O N
a song by English rock band
L E D Z E P P E L I N
from their 1969 album Led Zeppelin II.
Co-written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
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The concept of the troubadour “rambling on” — going from place to place and constantly moving forward — is something that Robert Plant embraced. In his post-Zeppelin career, he went from one project to the next, refusing to fall back on nostalgia.
The song’s lyrics were heavily influenced by The Lord of the Rings novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien. Written in stages between 1937 and 1949, much of it during World War II. It is one of the best-selling novels ever written.
The opening line to the song “Leaves are falling all around” is apparently a paraphrase of the opening line of Tolkien’s poem ‘Namárië’. The poem may also be the inspiration for the entire first verse.
The Tolkien references’ later in the song refer to abstract themes — Mordor, ‘girl so fair’, the ring — without invoking any of Tolkien’s stories in detail:
Mine’s a tale that can’t be told,
My freedom I hold dear;
How years ago in days of old
When magic filled the air,
‘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.
References to Tolkien’s work also exist in other Led Zeppelin songs, such as “Misty Mountain Hop” and “The Battle of Evermore”.
Until 2007 “Ramble On” was never performed live in its entirety at Led Zeppelin concerts. However part of the song was performed by the band in the middle of “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” at a concert at Toronto in 1969 as can be heard on the Led Zeppelin bootleg ‘Listen to my Bluebird’.
In June 2008 Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones joined the Foo Fighters on stage at Wembley Stadium and performed “Ramble On” with vocals performed by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins on drums.
Thanks to you, I’m much obliged for such a pleasant stay.
But now it’s time for me to go. The autumn moon lights my way.
For now I smell the rain, and with it pain, and it’s headed my way.
Sometimes I grow so tired, but I know I’ve got one thing I got to do… [Chorus]
Ramble On, And now’s the time, the time is now, to sing my song.
I’m goin’ ’round the world, I got to find my girl, on my way.
I’ve been this way ten years to the day, Ramble On,
Gotta find the queen of all my dreams. Got no time to for spreadin’ roots, The time has come to be gone.
And to’ our health we drank a thousand times, it’s time to Ramble On. [Chorus]Mine’s a tale that can’t be told, my freedom I hold dear.
How years ago in days of old, when magic filled the air.
T’was 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. [Chorus]Gonna ramble on, sing my song. Gotta keep-a-searchin’ for my baby…
Gonna work my way, round the world. I can’t stop this feelin’ in my heart
Gotta keep searchin’ for my baby. I can’t find my bluebird!
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