The Song Remains the Same (5:30)

Cover of Houses of the Holy

From Houses of the Holy and 148 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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  • nickperrone


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  • HayleighRayment

    I want 1 to hear it in full

    30 Oct 9:53pm Reply
  • RAY7654321

    I agree hollyheer absolute perfection.

    12 Oct 3:01pm Reply
  • hollyheer


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  • 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 7:56pm 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 3:19am Reply

    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


    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


    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
  • nicorebel

    love led zep

    14 Mar 2013 Reply
  • hungry_mouth

    dat bass

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MikesDmusic

    The music of my youth - still sounds good!

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • luciferdemonio

    i have no idea why i wanted to put bazinga into this comment but meh awesome song

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • AvianCrowd0

    Thanks.....It's been awhile..

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
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