Led Zeppelin’s ’73 “Misty Mountain Hop” Will Remind You How Good They Were
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Playing Madison Square Garden by 1973 is a young, fresh Led Zeppelin hungry for rock, passion and sex as their worldwide fame multiplies with Plant’s heart stopping vocals, JPG’s electric piano playing, Bonzo’s epic drumming and Page’s legendary solos. From their untitled fourth album, “Misty Mountain Hop,” was recorded at Headley Grange where the title was heavily inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
“If you go down in the streets today, baby, you better, you better open your eyes. Folk down there really don’t care, really don’t care, don’t care, really don’t, which, which way the pressure lies…”
The lyrics tell a story of what was considered a “love-in,” a term used often for peace protesting broken up by the London police. If ever there was a rock ballad written about the simple things in life and how they still had consequences at that particular time, “Misty Mountain Hop” was that song.
Interesting Quote: “It’s about a bunch of hippies getting busted, about the problems you can come across when you have a simple walk in the park on a nice sunny afternoon. In England it’s understandable, because wherever you go to enjoy yourself, ‘Big Brother’ is not far behind.” – Robert Plant
From the Led Zeppelin film The Song Remains The Same, the footage of the band in their prime will really take you back to Plant’s untampered voice and what he could really do with it. Sit back and enjoy one of the most famous and amazing Led Zeppelin live performances that we are lucky to even have footage of!
+ Misty Mountain Hop Lyrics +
What do you, what do you think I saw?
Crowds of people sittin’ on the grass with flowers in their hair said,
“Hey, Boy, do you wanna score?”
And you know how it is;
I really don’t know what time it was, woh, oh,
So I asked them if I could stay awhile.I didn’t notice but it had got very dark and I was really,
Really out of my mind.
Just then a policeman stepped up to me and asked us said,
“Please, hey, would we care to all get in line,
Get in line.”
Well you know, They asked us to stay for tea and have some fun,
Oh, oh, he said that his friends would all drop by, ooh.Why don’t you take a good look at yourself and describe what you see,
And Baby, Baby, Baby, do you like it?
There you sit, sitting spare like a book on a shelf rustin’
Ah, not trying to fight it.
You really don’t care if they’re coming, oh, oh,
I know that it’s all a state of mind, ooh.
If you go down in the streets today, Baby, you better,
You better open your eyes.
Folk down there really don’t care, really don’t care, don’t care, really don’t
Which, which way the pressure lies,
So I’ve decided what I’m gonna do now.
So I’m packing my bags for the Misty Mountains
Where the spirits go now,
Over the hills where the spirits fly, ooh.
I really don’t know.