The Only Led Zeppelin Songs That Features Dirty Lyrics
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Led Zeppelin, known for their powerful music, often prioritized the instrumental aspects over the lyrics. However, it’s undeniable that Robert Plant’s vocals were essential in bringing their songs to life. While Led Zeppelin albums rarely included lyric sheets, there are a few tracks that stand out for their risqué and explicit content. Here are five Led Zeppelin songs with dirty lyrics.
“Whole Lotta Love”:
“Way, way down inside / I’m gonna give you my love / I’m gonna give you every inch of my love.”
On “Whole Lotta Love,” Plant borrowed lyrics from bluesman Willie Dixon and added his own explicit twist. The graphic imagery combined with orgasmic howls pushed the boundaries of acceptability even in the late 1960s. Yet, the song’s importance lay not just in its lyrics but also in Jimmy Page’s forceful riff and the experimental psychedelic elements.
“The Lemon Song”:
“Do squeeze, squeeze me, baby, until the juice runs down my leg / The way you squeeze my lemon / I’m gonna fall right outta bed, bed, yeah.”
Plant continued to push the limits with his lyrics. In “The Lemon Song,” he directly lifted the phrase “squeeze my lemon / until the juice runs down my leg” from Robert Johnson’s “Travelling Riverside Blues.” Although the vivid imagery might have been more shocking in the 1960s, it still maintains its ability to evoke discomfort.
“Trampled Under Foot”:
“Gun down on my gasoline / Believe I’m gonna crack a head.”
The double album Physical Graffiti allowed Plant to fully explore sexual euphemisms, with tracks like “Custard Pie” and “The Wanton Song.” However, “Trampled Under Foot” stands out for its dirty lyrics. Plant’s words, including the line “Gun down on my gasoline / Believe I’m gonna crack a head,” leave little room for interpretation, displaying his ability to cleverly weave car-related innuendos into the song.
“Candy Store Rock”:
“Oh baby, baby, I like your honey and it sure likes me / Oh baby, baby, I got my spoon inside your jar.”
On the 1976 album Presence, known for its heavy sound, Plant diverged from heavy themes on tracks like “Candy Store Rock.” The song’s lyrics deviate from their innocent connotations, as Plant repeatedly sings “Oh baby, baby” and indulges in explicit phrases like “I like your honey and it sure likes me” and “I got my spoon inside your jar.” The lascivious tone contrasts with the album’s overall intensity.
“I took her love at seventeen / A little late these days it seems / But they said heaven is well worth waiting for.”
While Plant had previously sung about teenage love on “Sick Again,” he sang about a more controversial topic on “Hot Dog” from the 1979 album In Through the Out Door. Despite having a young daughter at home, Plant sang about taking the love of a seventeen-year-old, raising questions about the appropriateness of such lyrics.