The Song Remains the Same (5:30)

Cover of Houses of the Holy

From Houses of the Holy and 152 other releases

“The Song Remains the Same” is the opening track from Led Zeppelin’s 1973 album Houses of the Holy.

The song features furious multi-tracked guitar from Jimmy Page, played on a Gibson EDS-1275 double neck 12-string during live shows and vocals from lead singer Robert Plant. This was Plant’s tribute to world music, reflecting his belief that music is universal.

The song was originally an instrumental which was given the working title “The Overture”, before Plant added lyrics to it, after which it temporarily came to be known as “The Campaign” before the band settled on the title “The Song Remains the Same”. In an interview he gave to Guitar World magazine in 1993, Page discussed the song’s construction:

“It was originally going to be an instrumental — an overture that led into “The Rain Song”. But I guess Robert had different ideas. You know, “This is pretty good, Better get some lyrics—quick!” … I had all the beginning material together, and Robert suggested that we break down into half-time in the middle. After we figured out that we were going to break it down, the song came together in a day… I always had a cassette recorder around. That’s how both “The Song Remains The Same” and “Stairway” came together — from bits of taped ideas.”

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  • samiskywalker

    Absolutely awesome <3

    24 Feb 3:14am Reply
  • southmaui

    bass line, guitar riff, and honolulu star bright. oops forgot about the drums, nuff said........ fabulous

    10 Feb 5:30am 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
  • Pepexepex

    I think during the high notes Robert Plant must have inhaled some helium. lol

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • lzcool

    Eterno.

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • nickperrone

    ]:-}

    4 Nov 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    I want 1 to hear it in full

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • RAY7654321

    I agree hollyheer absolute perfection.

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • hollyheer

    Perfection.

    1 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Oppressotron

    Without a doubt, one of my favorite all time songs to be played while on a road trip in summer... Yes, I'm that specific because right now on any road trip its Achilles Last Stand. check the time stamp for the Zeppelin fans.

    7 Apr 2014 Reply
  • SilverM925

    Led Zeppelin! I liked it when they play this song in the famous, song remains the same concert movie, they show robert plant coming from a boat to get a sword in the medieval fantasy sequence!

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
  • BMWPRETTY

    Ratt! Spank! Take me back! :-)

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • d5anchez

    Th8is reminds me of one of my good friends who passed away this year. R.I.P. Taxi Ted da whole hood misses u.

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • baby_seagulls

    I saw Led Zeppelin in 1973 at The Forum in Los Angeles. Awesome!

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • c16r52s

    Terrific

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • vinman07

    I was lucky to have seen them in 75&77, Jimmy is a guitar master!!!This band brings it all ROCK,BLUES ,LOVE BALLADS ....VERY STRONG RIFFS!!!!

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • halopumpkinking

    !!! yes it does !!!

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • amber922

    Dad would have been really proud of Jason's drumming on Celebration Day vesrion [2] oh yeah :)

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ThePowerStation

    Nice!

    20 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DaveBaldwin

    Thank God my office building plays old classic rock and roll as it's musak...nothing spells SUCCESS like hearing Led Zeppelin while sitting on the hopper and grinding one out!

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
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