Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman) (2:39)

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“Livin’ Lovin’ Maid (She’s Just A Woman)” is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin from their album Led Zeppelin II, released in 1969. It was also released as the b-side of the single “Whole Lotta Love”. The song is about a groupie who annoyed the band early in their career.

It is often noted that this is guitarist Jimmy Page’s least favorite Led Zeppelin song, and was thus never performed in concert, because Jimmy Page’s then-girlfriend Charlotte Martin was offended by it and hence Page disliked playing it. Even though the song was never performed, there was a single show in Düsseldorf during which a short segment of the song was played right after the band’s song “Heartbreaker” on March 12, 1970, as bootlegs from that date show attest. It was also one of the few Led Zeppelin songs on which Page sang backing vocals. Conversely, singer Robert Plant took a liking to the song, and played it on his 1990 solo tour.

For the recording of this track, Page played on a Vox 12-string guitar.

When heard on the radio it was typically played immediately after their song “Heartbreaker”, as it flows seamlessly from the abrupt ending of that song on the original album. Yet the band never played these songs together on stage at Led Zeppelin concerts (something they consistently did, for example from late 1972 to 1975 with “The Song Remains the Same” and “The Rain Song” — the first two tracks from their 1973 album Houses of the Holy).

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