Thanks to Jim Adams, for hosting Song Lyric Sunday. No Casa Cuckoo stuff this time. There’s way too much and also it’s kinda SSDD. Let’s just enjoy some good music!
The prompt words this week – Army, Soldier, War
There were a lot of songs I could’ve used for this prompt, but I decided it was time for my all time favorite band, Led Zeppelin. The song is The Battle Of Evermore from their fourth album Led Zeppelin IV released in 1971. This album has also been called the “Zoso Album” since that’s the only word (?) on the cover, the rest is the symbols that the guys came up with for themselves.
According to Songfacts, this is the only song Zeppelin ever recorded with a guest vocalist. Robert Plant felt he needed another voice to tell the story that plays out in the song, so Sandy Denny from Fairport Convention was brought in. Her vocals represent the people as the town crier, while Plant’s voice is the narrator. Fairport Convention was a British folk group Zeppelin shared a bill with in 1970.
This collaboration with Sandy Denny marked the first time Robert Plant did a duet with a woman. In later years, he had tremendous success singing with Alison Krauss; their 2007 album Raising Sand won a Grammy award for Album of the Year.
Writing credits go to Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Page said he saw a mandolin lying around and picked it up, started messing around on it and the music just came to him. It was lucky that John Paul Jones left his mandolin where Page could find it, right?
The lyrics are obviously influenced by Plant’s love of Tolkien’s LOTR and also his love of King Arthur and other tales of knights and all that.
This song was rarely performed live, but when they did, John Paul Jones sang the other part. I’ve heard other female singers do this song with Plant, but none of them have been as good as Sandy Denny. I can’t even imagine JPJ doing it.
Are you a Zeppelin fan? What song would you choose for these prompt words? Let me know in comments. I’m still lurking and occasionally commenting… still hoping to find some kind of time management groove. Thanks for stopping by!