Led Zeppelin-Going to California Live
Joni Mitchell inspires one of Zeppelins biggest hits?
“Going to California” has to be one of Led Zeppelin’s greatest songs. The simplicity of the guitar and Plants voice is beyond captivating. The song was released on the band’s fourth album in 1971.
Reportedly inspired by Joni Mitchell’s “California“, Plant would often say the name “Joni” after this stanza: (which is thought to have referenced Mitchell’s 1967 song, “I Had a King“): “To find a queen without a king, they say she plays guitar and cries and sings“.
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were huge fans of hers.
In an interview 2002, Plant stated that the song “might be a bit embarrassing at times lyrically, but it did sum up a period of my life when I was 22. Plant stated that the song was about “reflecting on the first years of the group, and was struggling to find myself in the midst of all the craziness of California and the band and the groupies…”
+Going to California lyrics below+
Spent my days with a woman unkind, Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine.
Made up my mind to make a new start, Going To California with an aching in my heart.
Someone told me there’s a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.
Took my chances on a big jet plane, never let them tell you that they’re all the same.
The sea was red and the sky was grey, wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today.
The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake
as the children of the sun began to awake.
Seems that the wrath of the Gods
Got a punch on the nose and it started to flow;
I think I might be sinking.
Throw me a line if I reach it in time
I’ll meet you up there where the path
Runs straight and high.
To find a queen without a king,
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings… la la la
Ride a white mare in the footsteps of dawn
Tryin’ to find a woman who’s never, never, never been born.
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams,
Telling myself it’s not as hard, hard, hard as it seems.