dpat Posted November 5, 2010 Share Posted November 5, 2010 (edited) Robertt Plant around 1975 has said this song was about a rememberance of a woman whom he ended a relationship with (in 1964 or '65 as a sixteen-year-old making it 10 years?) who made him choose between her or his music, wondering if they could relate to each other anymore, and that she would probably be more concerned with her washing machine, and he, his latest sports car (or something like that) ... I'm gonna try to decipher his (many times) obtuse lyrics: Then, as it was, then again it will be and though the course may change sometimes rivers always reach the sea What will be, will be ... que sera, sera? Blind skies of fortune, each have separate ways He had to take the chance for fame & fortune; she took the safe/comfortable way out. On the wings of maybe, downing birds of prey Taking chances, but are 'birds' --English for 'chicks' slang for women-- of prey those who want to shoot him down? Kinda makes me feel sometimes, didn't have to go but as the eagle leaves the nest, he's got so far to go Wishes he didn't have to leave her, but he had to take his chance at the life of a singer. Changes fill my time Baby, that's alright with me In the midst, I think of you and how it used to be Pretty straight-forward here; he found his fame & fortune, and is currently reminiscing about her. Did you ever really need somebody and really need 'em bad Did you ever really want somebody, the best love you ever had "First loves" can be pretty intense; is Plant saying she was the woman he loved most?? Or are these just some lyrics he had laying around in his notebook that he thought would fit in nice with the musical bridge? I really dont' know...(sorry, but the pun is totally unintended). Do you ever remember me, baby, did it feel so good 'cause it was just the first time, and you knew you would First love for the both of them? ... and is the 'you knew you would' part about (a) she would have to dump him eventually, or (b ) she knew she would fall in love? and/or have sex? I'm at a loss here ... Do the eyes not sparkle, senses growing keen Questioning if her life is utterly boring now. Taste the love along the way, see your feathers preen Whole lotta chicks for Percy, fixing up his looks before the concerts, or to 'pick up chicks.' Kinda makes me feel sometimes, didn't have to go We are eagles of one lair, the nest is in our soul Lair is a resting place for an animal; we all want the same things? A happy home? This seems a contradiction to what Percy's been saying in most of the song. Is he having second thoughts? Vixen in my dreams, with great surprise to me Never thought I'd see your face the way it used to be Hey, hey mama, said the way you move...; pretty straight-forward here. Oh, darlin', oh, darlin', oh, oh darlin', hey-yeah, oh darlin' I'm never gonna leave ya Wh-wh-what??? In fact, he DID leave her! Or is he trying to justify things in his mind that he has indeed found his resting place with his wife at the time? Ten years gone, holdin' on, ten years gone Holding on to what? I know 'to hold on' means the same as 'to hang in there' against the odds, but is he pining for his first love, too? Seems to be. I'm never gonna leave ya Ten years gone, holdin' on, ten years gone Ten years gone, holdin' on, ten years gone Ten years gone, holdin' on, yeah, yeah I said Ten years gone, holdin' on, ten years gone I said, I'm never, I'm never, I'm never, oh, woo, yeah, yeah Edited November 5, 2010 by dpat Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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