Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (6:41)

Cover of Led Zeppelin

From Led Zeppelin and 49 other releases

“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” is a traditional folk song written by Anne Bredon in the late 1950s. It was recorded by Joan Baez and released on her 1963 album Joan Baez in Concert, Part 1, and also by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, being included on their 1969 debut album Led Zeppelin.

The band was inspired to cover the song after hearing Baez’s version. Both guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant were big fans of Baez. Baez’s original album had indicated that the song was a traditional number, and Led Zeppelin followed suit by crediting the song as “Trad. , arr. Page”. In the 1980s, Bredon was made aware of Led Zeppelin’s version of the song. Since 1990 the Led Zeppelin version has been credited to Anne Bredon/Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, and Bredon received a substantial back-payment in royalties.

This was the number Page played to Plant at their first meeting together, which took place at Page’s riverside home at Pangbourne in late July 1968. It is often stated that the song evolved when Plant played to Page the guitar arrangement which eventually found its way onto the album. In an interview he gave with Guitar World magazine in 1998, Page refuted this story, noting that he had worked out the arrangement long before he met Plant, told him he would like it on the album, and that Plant at that time did not even play the guitar.

It is rumoured that Page recorded another version of the song, with Steve Winwood, in 1968, which was never released.

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  • Nikilish

    Ohhh.....soooooo......gooooooood :o)

    3 Jan 2:28am Reply
  • djsweetlips1971

    Amazing vocals and dynamics right here. Easily one of the greatest bands.

    1 Jan 12:29am Reply
  • cistude70

    whaou! Que dire? Ce morceau est terrible,beau ,intemporel,il n'a pas pris une ride

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Listening to the debut album "Led Zeppelin" released January 12 1969 with the sound that brought stereo to commercial radio.

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ROSSANO1972

    Babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, baby......

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Eviebb13

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    He never did leave his kid

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Assedor

    This is, without a doubt, a cult band will delight more than one generation.

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • CaptainCrime

    This is the song that got me into LZ...Awesome song...It builds up and builds up and then explodes ...

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • putzharold

    levo cada susto com os gritos do plant

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • apouroiselle

    my soul is addicted to it. an absolutely masterpiece...

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Trendkillar

    Mammamia.

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • VenusTheMermaid

    Great song!

    29 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Geralt9999

    Their best.

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Leinad-95

    Baaaby! What a rocking song on the subject of love

    25 Aug 2014 Reply
  • MariianaAlvez

    Tem uma certa mágica nessa música, impossível de se descrever...uma estranha sensação de um ser oculto nas entrelinhas musicais; é como se Plant gritasse antigas palavras de inimaginável poder. [2] MY FAV EVER.

    5 Aug 2014 Reply
  • spiderferi

    babe i'm gonna kill you

    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • LuizFellype

    Tem uma certa mágica nessa música, impossível de se descrever...uma estranha sensação de um ser oculto nas entrelinhas musicais; é como se Plant gritasse antigas palavras de inimaginável poder.

    7 Jul 2014 Reply
  • fanvonoldies

    absoluter Klasse Song Led Zeppelin eine der besten Bands aller Zeiten

    6 Jul 2014 Reply
  • ledzeppelinu2

    top song from led zep.

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
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