The Rain Song (7:38)

Cover of Houses of the Holy

From Houses of the Holy and 128 other releases

“The Rain Song” is a love ballad of over 7 minutes in length. Guitarist Jimmy Page originally constructed the melody of this song at his home in Plumpton, England, where he had recently installed a studio console. A new Vista model, it was partly made up from the Pye Mobile Studio which had been used to record the group’s 1970 Royal Albert Hall performance and The Who’s Live at Leeds album.

Page was able to bring in a completed arrangement of the melody, for which singer Robert Plant composed some lyrics. These lyrics are considered by Plant himself to be his best overall vocal performance. The song also features a mellotron played by John Paul Jones to add to the orchestral effect, while Page plays a Danelectro guitar.

George Harrison was reportedly the inspiration for “The Rain Song” when he made a comment to Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, about the fact that the group never wrote any ballads. In tribute to Harrison, the opening two chords are recognizably borrowed from the melody of the first line of his ballad “Something” with The Beatles.

The working title for this track was “Slush,” a reference to its easy listening mock orchestral arrangement.


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  • southmaui

    So so peaceful,but at the same time so so powerful ZEP

    7 Apr 10:38pm Reply
  • southmaui

    so so peaceful and also so so powerful ZEP

    7 Apr 10:34pm Reply
  • samiskywalker

    In my top ten of all songs. :) [2]

    2 Apr 5:03am Reply
  • Liloucat

    Great classic <3 :)

    18 Mar 9:11pm Reply
  • brianwolfe_3579

    In my top ten of all songs. :)

    6 Mar 11:51am Reply
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  • atearmstoholdya

    One of my favorite Zep songs. I think that "The Rain Song" is the best song on "The Song Remains the Same." John Paul Jones on the Mellotron, Page's guitar, and the exp;osion on drums that was Bonham...but very gentle most of the time. Of course, Plant's vocals were the icing on the cake...esp on the "live" version.

    6 Feb 5:00am Reply
  • venicechance

    Wonderful track, the guitar parts and mellotron blending beautifully.

    14 Jan 12:47pm Reply
  • FernandoVGP

    Fantástica <3 <3 <3

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • djsweetlips1971

    INCREDIBLE IN EVERY WAY. Makes me feel alive.

    27 Dec 2014 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
  • icetea26

    One of the best from THE BEST!

    27 Nov 2014 Reply

    Maybe my favorite Led Zep song?

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • vinman76

    Simply beautiful!

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Franco02130

    I love this mood I'm in... such a great song everytime..Memories you know?

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • okcesar

    Qué maravilla de cuerdas. Absolutamente emocional.

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • shikhergupta

    i wonder if justin beiber would even be able to figure out the chords for this song

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • VenusTheMermaid

    This song has been in my head for days...It remains the same...My favorite Zep song...

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • redgo

    any newer cover versions anyone?

    20 Aug 2014 Reply
  • TaijinKyofusho

    No horrors in the world surpass the cruel coldness of a glacial sun on a vast night which is old like chaos... frigid sun your ray melt now .. to the tune of this song <3

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
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