Over the Hills and Far Away (4:49)

Cover of Houses of the Holy

From Houses of the Holy and 121 other releases

“Over the Hills and Far Away” is the third track from Led Zeppelin’s 1973 album Houses of the Holy.

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant originally constructed the song in 1970 at Bron-Yr-Aur, a small cottage in Wales where they stayed after completing a gruelling North American concert tour.

Page plays a six-string acoustic guitar introduction with a melody reminiscent of “White Summer”. Page repeats the theme with 12-string acoustic guitar in unison.

Plant’s vocals enter on the next repetition. He tenderly offers himself to the “lady” who’s “got the love need(s).” The acoustic guitars build in a crescendo toward the abrupt infusion of Page’s electric guitars along with drummer John Bonham’s and bass guitarist John Paul Jones’ rhythm accompaniment.

Through the pre-verse interludes and instrumental bridge, “Over the Hills and Far Away” stands out as an example of Jones and Bonham’s tight interplay. Following the final verse, the rhythm section fades out, gradually replaced by the echo returns from Page’s electric guitar and a few chords played by Jones on harpsichord. In the final 8 bars, Page executes a linearly descending/ascending sequence and then concludes with the idiomatic V-I tag on pedal steel guitar.

The song was released as Houses of the Holy’s first US single, reaching #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, later becoming a staple of the Classic rock radio format.


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  • atearmstoholdya

    On the fade out I love the either harpsichord or the guitar, whichever it is. It reminds me of my grandfather's Grandfather Clock's chimes. My grandfather died about a month after "Houses of the Holy" was released. Every time I hear this song I think of my grandfather.

    17 Apr 2:54am Reply
  • jimbo_francis

    Love the "How the West was Won" version of this even more!

    15 Apr 10:40pm Reply
  • theironictea


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  • MieCiaN

    I live for my dream and a pocketful of gold!

    1 Mar 12:17am Reply
  • Krystalicznaa

    I'm in love with this song. Really I listen to this the whole day... and I can't stop!

    20 Feb 10:59pm Reply
  • southmaui

    one of my favs from Zep

    29 Jan 5:05am Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    One of their best songs!

    14 Jan 10:33pm Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Listening to the 5th album "Houses Of The Holy" released on March 28, 1973. Was to be released in early January but controversy over the album cover delayed release. Gavin Edwards of Rolling Stone Magazine said at the time: "The epic scale suited Zeppelin: They had the largest crowds, the loudest rock songs, the most groupies, the fullest manes of hair. Eventually excess would turn into bombast, but on Houses, it still provided inspiration." Song written by Page, Plant.

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • magicmn

    Magical, best summer music:)

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    One of their best!

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    just amazing

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    Mixing folk rock and hard rock, this track from Houses of the Holy had Page playing acoustic and electric guitar alongside Robert Plant’s characteristic vocals. But what really makes “Over the Hills and Far Away” stand out is how well John Bonham’s drums and John Paul Jones’ bass work together. Though it only charted within the Billboard Hot 100’s top sixty, the single allowed the members to play with its lyrics and musical parts during live performances. -- watchmojo

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • hanstone

    Acapulco Gold...

    14 Jun 2014 Reply
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  • Carpe4Diem

    Лучшая на альбоме

    21 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Stefan8290

    "Hey lady, you got the love I need" yeah maybe some day...

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Panecea

    Zepp -- Hammer of the Gods

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    The almighty Page.

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
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