Ramble On (4:23)

Cover of Led Zeppelin II

From Led Zeppelin II and 22 other releases

Some of Robert Plant’s lyrics in this song were inspired by the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of The Rings. The references are to the adventures of the Hobbit, Frodo Baggins, as he goes to “the darkest depths of Mordor” and encounters “Gollum and the evil one.” Plant later admitted in an audio documentary that he was embarrassed by the Tolkien references, as they don’t make all that much sense - a fair maiden wouldn’t be found in Mordor, and Gollum would want nothing to do with her anyway, since his only concern is the precious ring.

This is one of Led Zeppelin’s most enduring songs, but they never performed it live from start to finish while the band was active. It was in their set when Zeppelin reunited for a one-off concert at the O2 Arena in London on December 10, 2007. John Bonham’s son Jason filled in on drums at that show.

What John Bonham played as percussion to supplement his drums on this song is not clear. It sounds like bongos, but has been reported to be a plastic garbage pail or a guitar case.

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  • ctucker0065

    Yeah! I dig it baby!

    7 Dec 6:23pm Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Listening to the 2nd studio album "Led Zeppelin II" released in October 1969 and produce by Jimmy Page. First album with the incredible skills of sound engineer Eddie Kramer. 12 X Platinum. Considered one of the most influential Rock albums of the 60's-70's era. Good speakers or headphones, some good drugs, some good friends, some good wine, and this album took you anywhere you wanted to go.

    16 Nov 10:50am Reply
  • Pyramid_Stomp

    Soothing as all hell - LOVE this gem !

    15 Aug 3:31pm Reply
  • BIGALKE

    Holy shit what a song. Still wows me after hearing it for the one thousandth time.

    13 Aug 2:35am Reply
  • SunwaptaSam

    My favourite Zeppelin song, offers so much lyrically and musically. ROCK ON !

    13 Jul 1:08am Reply
  • theironictea

    Amazing song.

    9 Jul 2:12pm Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    It may have been co-written by Page and Plant, but “Ramble On” is also a fine example of Jones and Bonham’s musical chemistry. With lyrics inspired by “The Lord of the Rings,” “Ramble On” is a four-and-a-half minute number that fittingly mixes folk rock with hard rock. But it also proves that Page wasn’t only a talented guitarist but a talented producer as well. -- watchmojo

    21 Jun 3:12am Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    ramblers badge

    15 Jun 2:29pm Reply
  • WelshPinky

    Brings back great memories of a misspent youth :)

    3 Jun 10:53am Reply
  • pitrafilla

    LED... FOREVER...

    27 May 6:24pm Reply
  • Malkamillian

    There's a video on YouTube of just Bonham's drum track for this. It's kind of special.

    15 May 2:23pm Reply
  • neodude991

    That motherfucking bass!

    14 May 3:14am Reply
  • Musik-Heart

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    27 Apr 2:14pm Reply
  • joshsaussey

    Such a great track. So much groove and melody.

    27 Apr 3:00am Reply
  • websrfr

    Oppressotron, the "girl" in the song is the One ring. Zepplin has 3 songs based off the works of Tolkien. The other 2 are Battle of Evermore and Misty Mountain Hop.

    23 Apr 11:53pm Reply
  • Oppressotron

    I dunno what kind of girl a) hangs around Mordor and b) blows off Robert Plant for Gollum. "He is the rockses but you are precioussssss?" [2] AGREED!

    28 Mar 3:06pm Reply
  • pharmman52

    awesome

    21 Mar 11:30pm Reply
  • xhopeboone

    I can ramble this song all day all day long [2]

    22 Feb 2:14am Reply
  • Harboni

    great song !

    17 Feb 7:51pm Reply
  • freekykoolcat

    God what a great song! Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones are geniuses!

    8 Feb 9:42pm Reply
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