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Posted: 8/31/2005 9:42:10 PM EDT
LED ZEPPELIN LYRICS

"When The Levee Breaks"

If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break, [X2]
When The Levee Breaks I'll have no place to stay.

Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan, [X2]
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home,
Oh, well, oh, well, oh, well.

Don't it make you feel bad
When you're tryin' to find your way home,
You don't know which way to go?
If you're goin' down South
They go no work to do,
If you don't know about Chicago.

Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good,
Now, cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good,
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move.

All last night sat on the levee and moaned, [X2]
Thinkin' about me baby and my happy home.
Going, going to Chicago... Going to Chicago... Sorry but I can't take you...
Going down... going down now... going down....

Link Posted: 8/31/2005 9:44:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 10:19:51 PM EDT


You too, huh?...

Thought of that song off-n-on all day.

Particularly since my Mother-, Father-, Sister- in-Law, plus a few more of the clan, may be living with us.

Soon.



Link Posted: 8/31/2005 11:35:15 PM EDT
Yep, I never really understood what it was about until a few days ago. I always thought it was a metaphor, and I suppose it might be, but it is also quite literal:

"...When the levee breaks I'll have no place to stay."
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 11:38:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/31/2005 11:39:14 PM EDT by ARDunstan]
That song is more than 70 years old.
She wrote it.

Memphis Minnie

Memphis Minnie



Born June 3, 1897, in Algiers, Louisiana, Lizzie Douglas was raised on a farm before moving in 1904 to Walls in northern Mississippi. The following year Douglas was given a guitar for her birthday and quickly learned to play. A child prodigy, she began playing local parties as "Kid" Douglas before running away from home to play for tips at Church's Park ( the current W.C. Handy Park) on Beale Street in Memphis. During the 1910s and early 1920s, Douglas adopted the handle of Memphis Minnie and toured the South, playing tent shows with the Ringling Brothers Circus.

During the late 1920s Minnie began playing guitar with a variety of ad hoc jug bands during Memphis's jug band craze. Minnie also began a common law marriage with Kansas Joe McCoy, a musician with whom she had begun playing and would soon record. Their very first session yielded the hit song "Bumble Bee" (later recorded by Muddy Waters as "Honey Bee"), and McCoy would be her musical partner for the next six years. Within a year of her first recording date, Minnie had logged a half-dozen more sessions, including a reprise of "Bumble Bee" with the Memphis Jug Band. Bukka White claimed that Minnie sang backup on his 1930 gospel recordings. By the time the effects of the Great Depression had shackled the recording industry, Minnie had recorded fifty sides that showcased her powerful voice and energetic guitar picking. She affected wealth as her idol Ma Rainey had done, traveling to shows in luxury cars and wearing bracelets made of silver dollars on her wrists.

During the 1930s, Minnie moved to Chicago where she set the musical style by taking up bass and drum accompaniment, anticipating the sound of the 1950s Chicago blues. After her breakup with Kansas Joe, Minnie married Ernest Lawlars, known as "Little Son Joe," and continued to record into the early 1950s. Poor health prompted her to return to Memphis and forsake the musician's life in 1958. Memphis Minnie was the greatest female country blues singer, and the popularity of her songs made her one of the blues most influential artists.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:01:19 AM EDT
You don't think you're the first person this week to post those lyrics, do you?
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:11:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/1/2005 12:18:02 AM EDT by 4xys2xxs]
This is one of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs...

And now, thanks to you, its stuck in my head

eta:

Trivia: Which album was this on?

edited again...82'nd you have to know this



Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:16:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/1/2005 12:16:34 AM EDT by mattja]
It's hard to believe Led Zeppelin recorded it 34 years ago.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:17:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 4xys2xxs:
Trivia: Which album was this on?



The album known as Led Zeppelin IV (1971).
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:18:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mattja:

Originally Posted By 4xys2xxs:
Trivia: Which album was this on?



The album known as Led Zeppelin IV (1971).





That was fast!
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:19:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 4xys2xxs:

Originally Posted By mattja:

Originally Posted By 4xys2xxs:
Trivia: Which album was this on?



The album known as Led Zeppelin IV (1971).





That was fast!



I learned to play guitar listening to Led Zeppelin.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:26:27 AM EDT
Turn on your speakers and click here:

Click
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:27:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 9245:
Turn on your speakers and click here:

Click



You ROCK!
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 9:59:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/1/2005 10:01:13 AM EDT by Mike_Mills]

Originally Posted By 9245:
Turn on your speakers and click here:

Click



Very cool, thanks. I have it at home. Now I have it at work, too.
Led Zeppelin IV was 34 years ago (1971), eh? When did their first come out? Damn, the time flies.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:01:26 AM EDT
Somewhat related...or not.
Fats Domino
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:18:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CajunMojo:
You don't think you're the first person this week to post those lyrics, do you?



I think I was first. www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=383953
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:21:48 AM EDT
One of my favorite songs by the Mighty Led Zepplin!!!!!!!
Probably the tightest band ever.....
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:23:18 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Nefarius:
Somewhat related...or not.
Fats Domino



Dear God..... I hope Fat's alive and was able to get his family out...... He is a living legend of the Music world....
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:25:13 AM EDT
APC did a cover song of that.. I believe.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:29:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mattja:

Originally Posted By 4xys2xxs:
Trivia: Which album was this on?



The album known as Led Zeppelin IV (1971).



Their best album followed closely by Zep II.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:40:06 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/1/2005 10:41:09 AM EDT by Ramjet]
Originally Posted By ARDunstan:
That song is more than 70 years old.
She wrote it.

Memphis Minnie

Dang, I learn something new everyday on ARFCOM. Thanks, I didn't know that.

My Led Zeppelin album was cut in 71? Gee, I purchased it new. I still have it, but no turntable anymore.

Gads....34 years! Break out the wheel chairs boys!
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 11:26:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Q3131A:

Originally Posted By mattja:

Originally Posted By 4xys2xxs:
Trivia: Which album was this on?



The album known as Led Zeppelin IV (1971).



Their best album followed closely by Zep II.



Agreed. With Physical Graffitti right behind that.
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 11:59:38 PM EDT
I'm bumping this because this song is STUCK in my head...

How can I save it in my computer songs? (i-tunes)

Link Posted: 9/9/2005 12:17:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mattja:

Originally Posted By 4xys2xxs:
Trivia: Which album was this on?



The album known as Led Zeppelin IV (1971).




It has no name. Called 4 because the first 3 were 1-3.
Link Posted: 9/9/2005 12:20:12 AM EDT
Damn the Torpedos.

Refugee!
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