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John M

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    Favorite Lyrics?

    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, oh. 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
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    My favorite picture is still the one of Robert and the audience in Iceland. What are some pictures that really struck others?
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    What Are You Listening To At This Moment?

    Quite a debut album this band had, and a great opener for it. I thought it was pretty cool to have their first track on their first album titled "Untitled". So many great tracks on this one.
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    Best Line In Rock & Roll

    I wait here in this holePlaying poker with my soulI hold the rifle close to meIt lights the way to keep me freeIf I die in a combat zoneBox me up and ship me homeIf I die and still come homeLay me where the rose is sown
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    What Are You Listening To At This Moment?

    Hard to believe it has been over 21 years . . . When I first heard this album I tried to understand it by saying it was like the late Beatles filtered through Pink Floyd. My friends said don't try to categorize it, just listen to it. Amazing record.
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    Newly found roll of Zeppelin photos - 06-10-77

    fantastic ! Thank you for sharing.
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    What Made You Happy today?

    20 people showed up at our weekly bluegrass/old time jam session this week. A great mix of regulars and new folks. People are introducing more and more new tunes. We had kind of a train wreck on one I introduced but we are getting there on that one. It is always a good time. The group has been jamming every week for 15 years and I have been going for 11 years. Here is the tune I introduced recently, done by the incomparable Byron Berline and Dan Crary. I play a simplified version of what Crary is playing here on guitar. He is so amazing.
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    Best Line In Rock & Roll

    Some folks are born made to wave the flag Ooh, they're red, white and blue And when the band plays "Hail to the chief" Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no senator's son, son It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, no Some folks are born silver spoon in hand Lord, don't they help themselves, oh But when the taxman comes to the door Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no millionaire's son, no It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, no Some folks inherit star spangled eyes Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord And when you ask them, "How much should we give?" Ooh, they only answer "More! More! More!" yoh It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no military son, son It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, one
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    Best Line In Rock & Roll

    Another tribe, another brother Torn between his lover and the gun Another god, another mother Weeps to justify the damage done I wonder through the lies and dirt I wonder, will the meek inherit all the earth? As truth collides with propaganda Just another victim on the run The world outside, all fluff and candor Seeks to justify the damage done No wonder, so much pain and hurt I wonder, will the meek inherit all the earth? I think there may be, a war in heaven Paradise beneath the smoking gun As every saint and small town savior Race to justify their chosen one I wonder, as our world collides I want to reach out there Across the great divide
  10. Over a year later I am still liking the CD and my favorite track is still Bones of Saints. New World is great, as are Carry Fire and May Queen.
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    The Rest in Peace Thread

    R.I.P. Pete Shelley, extraordinary songwriter and singer for the Buzzcocks. So many great songs.
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    Robert Plant Song of the Day

    My favorite Robert Plant song, lyrically and musically.
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    Christmas Songs

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    What Made You Happy today?

    How the East Was Won
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    What Made You Happy today?

    Learning new songs on the guitar. I finally got Panhandle Rag and Bluegrass Stomp up to speed recently. Next up are Cross the Big Sandy and Forked Deer. I also dusted off some tunes I used to play years ago like Weave and Way, and Alabama Jubilee.
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    What’s the greatest lyrical line in music?

    There is another thread on this. I posted a number of replies in that thread. There are so many great lines. At this point I would have to say my favorite lyrics are Celebration Day. It starts out so strong and just keeps going. Her face is cracked from smiling All the fears that she's been hiding And it seems that pretty soon, everybody's gonna know And her voice is sore from shouting Cheering winners who are losing And she wonders if their days are few and soon they'll have to go She hears them talk of new ways To protect the home she lives in Then she wonders what it's all about when they break down the door. Her name is brown or white or black You know her very well, You hear her cries of mercy as the winners toll the bell. Oh, there is a train that leaves the station Heading for your destination But the price you pay to nowhere has increased a dollar more Yes, it has! And if you walk you're gonna get there although it takes a little longer And when you see it in the distance you will wring your hands and moan Hots on for Nowhere is also outstanding. That is another song where the critics panned the chorus (as with Celebration Day) without bothering to consider the verses.
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    Still the greatest rock band!

    The online poll that is at the beginning of this thread points out that it is by generation, with Zeppelin being the overall winner across all those generations polled. One entry that really suprises me is Thin Lizzy. In my experience in the US in the 70s most people only really knew the one big hit single Boys are Back in Town. I didn't know anyone who listened to them alot, and I think Boys are Back was the only song I heard on the radio. I guess they were much more popular in the UK, which makes sense. One hard rock band I think deserves mention in any list like this is Aerosmith. I would put their first 4 albums up against any rock band except Zeppelin.
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    How did you get into Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin II, early Sept 1971, I was in the 7th grade. A new friend's older brother had it - that is how I first heard it. Up to then I was listening to my older brother's albums - the Beatles, the Stones, Hendrix, Cream, Creedence, CSNY Four Way Street, and the radio. I must have heard WLL on the radio before, but I will never forget the day I listened to the entire second album. It sounded like nothing else I had ever heard. Little did I know at the time they had already released III and were about to release IV. Before that school year was over I had all 4 albums. That means Houses was the first Zep album I got as soon as it came out.