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Ramble On (1969) - Led Zeppelin: All about the song

"Ramble On" reflects the creative search of Led Zeppelin, as well as their rich touring life... We invite you to remember the history of this composition!

"Ramble On" (Led Zeppelin): A song inspired by the Lord of the Rings epic

The ancestor of "high fantasy" - the writer John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, or rather his work, has repeatedly served as a source of inspiration for Led Zeppelin. The most striking examples of this are "Misty Mountain Hop", "The Battle of Evermore" and "Ramble On". Today we will talk about the history of the creation of the latter!

Early Led Zeppelin
Early Led Zeppelin

Song history

The songwriters are Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. As for the meaning, it was based on the characters, as well as numerous references to the Lord of the Rings. True - it is worth noting that not only the cult epic inspired the rockers to create one of their most popular tracks. According to critics, "Ramble On" reflects the creative pursuits of Led Zeppelin, as well as their busy touring life ...

Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin

Recording

After being recorded during the second North American tour (1969), "Ramble On" was included on the release of Led Zeppelin II.

It is curious that the group refused to perform their "fantastic" creation live for a long time ... It happened only in 2007, during a concert at London's O2 Arena.

Later, "Ramble On" added itself to Rolling Stone magazine's legendary list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

Music video

The video for "Ramble On" was not filmed. The video is a fascinating slideshow of photos taken in different years of Led Zeppelin's activity.

Covers by other artists...

One of the most successful covers of "Ramble On" is the version by the American rock band Train:

Fun fact: As you may have noticed, there is a mysterious instrument in the song... Some people think that John Bonham just played the bongo. However, others are convinced that this is not a bongo at all, but a guitar case or even a trash can!

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