Led Zeppelin Delivers Legendary Performance Of “Kashmir” Live!

Led Zeppelin Delivers Legendary Performance Of “Kashmir” Live! | Society Of Rock Videos

A Concert Staple For Over 40 Years

Led Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’ was a labor of love that took 3 years to write – and boy, was it worth it! It runs at 8:28, making for an incredible live performance that showcases Led Zeppelin at their best; Robert Plant pushing his vocals to the limit while Jimmy Page grinds out the song’s signature Middle Eastern melody, flanked by John Paul Jones and John Bonham keeping time in the most devastating way possible.

The Long Road To Kashmir

Vocally, Robert Plant had a hard time with ‘Kashmir’.  “It was quite a task, ’cause I couldn’t sing it. It was like the song was bigger than me. It’s true: I was petrified, it’s true. It was painful; I was virtually in tears.”

This performance of ‘Kashmir’ is definitely one for the record books – if you didn’t know what all the fuss was about, you will now!

Watching this exclusive live footage, it’s easy to see what Robert meant – you can clearly see that the band is putting their 100% into it, and Plant himself is struggling at times to pace himself so as not to burn himself out before the song finishes! Regardless of the struggle that went into it, we’re definitely grateful that Led Zeppelin sacrificed so much of themselves for what is clearly a work of art!

+ Kashmir lyrics +

Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed

Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear
But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear
Oh, oh.

Oh, I been flying… mama, there ain’t no denyin’
I’ve been flying, ain’t no denyin’, no denyin’

All I see turns to brown, as the sun burns the ground
And my eyes fill with sand, as I scan this wasted land
Trying to find, trying to find where I’ve been.

Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dream
Heed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream
My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again
Sure as the dust that floats high in June, when movin’ through Kashmir.

Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years
With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fear

When I’m on, when I’m on my way, yeah
When I see, when I see the way, you stay-yeah

Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, when I’m down…
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, well I’m down, so down
Ooh, my baby, oooh, my baby, let me take you there

Let me take you there. Let me take you there

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