Led Zeppelin – “The Ocean” Live
Singing In The Sunshine!
“The Ocean” was written by John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. It appeared on the band’s fifth studio album “Houses of the Holy” and was released on March 28, 1973. It refers to the “sea of fans” as seen from the stage during their concerts to whom this is dedicated.
The voice on the intro is drummer John Bonham. When he says, “We’ve done four already, but now we’re steady and then they went, 1… 2… 3… 4…,” he is referring to the takes. They had tried to record it 4 times prior but couldn’t get it right, so as a pep talk he said his famous line.
“Girl who won my heart” refers to three-year-old Carmen, Robert Plant’s daughter. They first performed this live during their US Concert Tour in 1972 and became a staple in their repertoire until 1973. Some parts of this song has also been used by Plant in his solo track “Tall Cool One.”
The song unwinds to a coda consisting of a guitar solo and a doo-wop homage featuring backing vocals from John Paul Jones and John Bonham. During the last minute or so of the song, Plant can softly be heard singing something along the lines of “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, yeah!” (Or “I’m so, I’m so, I’m so glad!”)
Their studio version is great but this live one is off-the-charts!