The Rain Song (7:38)

Cover of Houses of the Holy

From Houses of the Holy and 123 other releases

“The Rain Song” is a love ballad of over 7 minutes in length. Guitarist Jimmy Page originally constructed the melody of this song at his home in Plumpton, England, where he had recently installed a studio console. A new Vista model, it was partly made up from the Pye Mobile Studio which had been used to record the group’s 1970 Royal Albert Hall performance and The Who’s Live at Leeds album.

Page was able to bring in a completed arrangement of the melody, for which singer Robert Plant composed some lyrics. These lyrics are considered by Plant himself to be his best overall vocal performance. The song also features a mellotron played by John Paul Jones to add to the orchestral effect, while Page plays a Danelectro guitar.

George Harrison was reportedly the inspiration for “The Rain Song” when he made a comment to Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, about the fact that the group never wrote any ballads. In tribute to Harrison, the opening two chords are recognizably borrowed from the melody of the first line of his ballad “Something” with The Beatles.

The working title for this track was “Slush,” a reference to its easy listening mock orchestral arrangement.

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  • Franco02130

    I love this mood I'm in... such a great song everytime..Memories you know?

    18 Oct 9:10pm Reply
  • okcesar

    Qué maravilla de cuerdas. Absolutamente emocional.

    30 Sep 1:03am Reply
  • shikhergupta

    i wonder if justin beiber would even be able to figure out the chords for this song

    25 Sep 11:10pm Reply
  • VenusTheMermaid

    This song has been in my head for days...It remains the same...My favorite Zep song...

    6 Sep 1:58pm Reply
  • redgo

    any newer cover versions anyone?

    20 Aug 12:02pm Reply
  • TaijinKyofusho

    No horrors in the world surpass the cruel coldness of a glacial sun on a vast night which is old like chaos... frigid sun your ray melt now .. to the tune of this song <3

    12 Aug 5:03am Reply
  • thebroadcast

    Sunny days for Robert now.

    12 Aug 4:18am Reply
  • laurariboli

    fantastic

    2 May 11:56pm Reply
  • white_lemur

    One of Led Zeppelin's strongest moments.[3] My favourite song of Houses of the Holy.

    24 Apr 3:35pm Reply
  • b52ohlol

    this song DOES have a habit of playing at all the right moments. or is it that once this song is playing the moment is elevated?

    20 Apr 10:31am Reply
  • gombost

    Jimmy and especially Bonzo are amazing in the Song Remains the Same version.

    9 Apr 10:04am Reply
  • rew850

    One of Led Zeppelin's strongest moments. [2]

    4 Apr 12:14am Reply
  • thaiswestin

    Page/Plant <3

    30 Mar 4:17am Reply
  • Adriana_dil

    Talk Talk Talk! (Owww That breathing is sooo beautiful!)

    25 Feb 12:09am Reply
  • frearson10

    Makes you like the rain, doesn't it?

    21 Feb 1:01am Reply
  • captainyodel

    this song started playing after i walked from campus to my car in the rain and i cried a little because it was so damn beautiful. zeppelin 5ever <3

    19 Feb 11:17pm Reply
  • bossmark1

    Groovy

    19 Feb 5:33pm Reply
  • rockandrolljoe

    It's just a little rain.

    30 Jan 11:40pm Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    Beautiful song. It almost sounds as though John Paul Jones is using a fretless electric bass on this track. It sounds very cool and Jaco Pastorius-like in any case.

    12 Jan 8:36pm Reply
  • stark6282

    My life song.

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
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