Jeff Lybarger's Song OF The Day

Subj: Song of the day XVI
Date: 96-12-16 07:11:38 EST
From: OUTRIDERJL@AOL.COM (Jeff Lybarger)

O.K., things are getting just a bit out of hand here. I am now having dreams about DG, and specifically people on DG, and more specifically, people whom I've never even met. Evening last I had a dream that a close friend was telling me what song to do for SOTD, and who to dedicate this song to. ( Dedicate? Requests?) The thing is, I couldn't tell who this friend was, just that it was someone I trust. I could sense their warmth, if you will. I have always been intrigued by dreams and their meanings, so I usually try to pay attention to those that really stand out. Hoping I don't offend anyone here, but I thought I would do as instructed. Maybe a "far greater force at work", and I'm just the tool!??! So today we go back to the fifth album, "Houses Of The Holy", track 6, clocking in at 4:19, "D'Yer Mak'er". Oh, and by the way, Theolyn, this for you...

John Henry Bonham starts this little gem out, with one of the most recognizable drum only intros to a song ever. And only fitting, as he basically came up with the structure to this song by himself. What started life as a send up of Ben E King's "Poor Little Fool" took a sharp turn and ended up having a reggae feel to it. Of course the critics loved to hate this one, but bollocks them anyway.

Jimmy plays some very "slinky" lines here, really sparse, and yet showing, once again, another side to his genius. The solo he plays is so cool. He never quite plays what one might expect. He excels at playing with and against the beat, leaving me wanting more.

Robert sings silly lyrics, "Oh, oh oh oh oh oh, you don't have to go". Sounds like some early ' 50's band, and that's just the point. Somehow though, he pulls it off. He sings with enough emotion that we are caught up in these simple words, and quickly we find ourselves singing along. The first time he says, "I love you", it just drips with feeling.

John Paul has been very vocal in his dislike for this song. Saying it wasn't "thought out enough". He slammed it more when the box set came out, saying he didn't think it should be on there amongst all the other great songs. But, the fans seem to like it, I know I do, and Robert really thought highly of it, wanting this to be the single in the UK. (The band vetoed him on that one).

All in all it's a cool side to Zep, showcasing Bonham, and again showing something totally unexpected. Zeppelin were great at doing that, and songs like this are one more reason they are still on the radio all these years later.

Though never performed live, in Dave Lewis' "Tight But Loose" issue, the sequel to "A Celebration" he notes that Robert threw in some lines in the "Whole Lotta Love" medley circa ' 73/' 75, notably on March 21, 1973, in Hamberg.

So, no more dreams ok? This could get spooky. Till tomorrow...

Rock on...
and sleep well


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