Jeff Lybarger's Song OF The Day

Subj: Song of the day XVII
Date: 96-12-17 07:02:34 EST
From: OUTRIDERJL@AOL.COM (Jeff Lybarger)

Well, here I am after a restfull night of sleep. And how are you all doing today? Hope this finds you well. This morning we will take a look back at the very first album, Led Zeppelin. A classic debut, stunning performance and awesome songs. Just a hint at what was to come. Choice of the day is track 5, clocking in at 4:41, "Your Time Is Gonna Come".

Well, it's just about time we feature a song that spotlights John Paul. The intro of this song is worth the price of admission in itself. God, to have some of the studio outtakes of this. Jonsey embellishing some very beautiful "church-type" organ. This man was/is so talented, one can only imagine what he would add to Page/Plant.

Remember the first time you heard this track? This came out of nowhere. Following "Dazed...", it was completely unexpected. As John Paul works his magic Bonham kicks in and reminds us, yes, this is a rock band. Jimmy plays acoustic and adds a nice pedal steel guitar to accent and compliment the overall feel.

And then there's Robert. 20 years old and he could sing like THAT? Mercy. Those lyrics are so heartfelt. Something Robert doesn't get enough credit for, his emotionalism in his voice.

       "Lyin', cheatin', hurtin'
        that's all you seem to do
        messin' around with every guy in town
        puttin' me down for thinking of someone new

        Always the same, playin' your game
        drive me insane...
        trouble's gonna come to you

        One of these days and it won't be long
        you'll look for me but baby, I'll be gone

        This is all I gotta say to ya woman..."

Does it actually get any better than this? The very young Plant expressing his emotions for all to see, and that voice, so clear, so bluesy, so Robert! Led Zeppelin were all about taking chances, and if you think about it this was the first time they did that. This doesn't rock out like "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You", the chorus picks up and Bonham plays some amazing fills, but they basically keep it mellow through out.

It's wierd, but as long as I've loved Zeppelin and have known these songs, when I write this little column I find myself really appreciating the music so much more. Hope it's the same for you the reader.

The lads only played this track live on the first tour. Showed up in a "Whole Lotta Love" medley in Tokyo in 1971. Would be a great addition to future Page/Plant tours... but only if John Paul Jones was there to participate. Listen to this song if you get the chance, a really special offering from the platter. Till tomorrow...

Rock on,


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