What Is and What Should Never Be (4:44)

Cover of Led Zeppelin II

From Led Zeppelin II and 101 other releases

This was one of Plant’s first songs recorded by the band, and also marks the first appearance of drummer John Bonham’s Chinese gong, which he set up as part of his drum kit in concerts. The gong appears in the middle part among Jimmy Page’s guitar riffs.

According to the book Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga, Plant wrote this song reflecting on his affair with his wife’s younger sister.

In Billy Joel’s 1997 appearance in VH1’s Storytellers, Joel plunks this out as part of his medley-intro to “We Didn’t Start The Fire.”

Source: Song Facts


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  • nelsonha

    Perfect rock.

    6 Apr 3:22am Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    this is as good as music ever got :)

    23 Feb 4:16pm Reply
  • Malkamillian

    Damn, this song gets funky as hell towards the end. I'd love to hear them just jamming that ending for another half hour.

    19 Feb 11:37am Reply
  • scty2hoti

    now I love the song even more brilliant

    20 Jan 2:12am Reply
  • scty2hoti

    I love this song led zep kick ass

    10 Jan 11:59am 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 2014 Reply
  • speedking1956

    Was hat diese Aufnahme mit Pink Floyd zu tun?

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • indiaquick

    best album ever made maybe, you can never replace that certain persona

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, The Doors, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones I was so lucky, except for my stint in Vietnam, to be around at this incredible time.

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Assedor

    This is, without any doubt, a cult band!!! They will delight more than one generation.

    9 Oct 2014 Reply
  • wolvesdan

    Perfectly fit on "Silver Linings Playbook" [6]

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • md1163

    great bluesy rocker

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
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    7 Apr 2014 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    Beautiful ✶*❤ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✿¸¸.•*¨*•♫ღ✿ღ ♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ღ✿ღ¸¸♫•*¨*•¸❤`✶* `✶*❤ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✿¸¸.•*¨*•♫ღ✿ღ ♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ღ✿ღ¸¸♫•*¨*•¸❤`✶* `✶*❤ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✿¸¸.•*¨*•♫ღ✿ღ

    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Assedor

    Plant is a soulful and energetic performer who brings the best of what people love about music together in one total package: great stage presence and quality sound.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • stairway2dalvee

    Perfectly fit on "Silver Linings Playbook" [5]

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Niccness

    w led zeppelin

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • gonetobeach

    It ain't from III.

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ButchGantenbein

    Led Zepplin II

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Morganspider1

    This version isn't from Zep 3

    31 May 2013 Reply
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