Over the Hills and Far Away (4:49)

Cover of Houses of the Holy

From Houses of the Holy and 119 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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  • 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 1:29pm Reply
  • magicmn

    Magical, best summer music:)

    28 Jul 12:10pm Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    One of their best!

    22 Jul 9:37pm Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    just amazing

    13 Jul 3:39am 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 2:59am Reply
  • hanstone

    Acapulco Gold...

    14 Jun 3:01pm Reply
  • danteruivo666

    MOMENTOS...

    3 Jun 2:18pm Reply
  • TIGERSNAKEMAN

    memories

    27 May 8:54pm Reply
  • beatles_1940

    great

    13 May 11:52am Reply
  • Carpe4Diem

    Лучшая на альбоме

    21 Apr 6:55am Reply
  • Stefan8290

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

    10 Apr 3:21pm Reply
  • Kotova_Siya

    I want to breathe the morning air and touch the blue sky when I listen this splendid song...

    14 Mar 5:16pm Reply
  • Panecea

    Zepp -- Hammer of the Gods

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    The almighty Page.

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • frearson10

    Damn diverse group! More polished year after year.....and they never sold out to mainstream from their style!!!!!!!!!!!!

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ZosoGravity

    How The West Was Won!

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Liloucat

    good :)))))

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • wb7777

    Beavis and Butthead brought me here.

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • Speedmetal80s

    I love this song

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • Ezekiel22

    Love.

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
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