BlogMay 22, 2004 1:35 PM ET

the worst lyricist ever?

Hey I like Led Zeppelin as much as the next guy. In fact, I love Led Zeppelin (especially the Physical Graffiti album). However, Robert Plant writes some of the most inane shit known to man. I once got into a heated argument at a bar with someone who claimed that lyrics are just as important as music, in the context of rock. As you may have guessed, I feel that music is much more important, which includes the singing, just not the words themselves. Led Zeppelin is a tangible example of my theory. Just look at these lyrics from The Crunge (from Houses Of The Holy):

I ain't gonna tell you nothing I ain't gonna no more, no!
She's my baby let me tell you that I love her so and
And! She's the woman I really wanna love
And let me tell you more, oooh!
She's my baby she lives next door
She's the one a woman the one a woman that I know.
I ain't gonna... tell you one thing that you really ought to know ooh!
She's my lover baby and I love her so and
She's the one that really makes me whirl and twirl!
And she's the kind of lover that makes me me fill the whole world and
She's the one who really makes me jump and shout, ooh!
She's the kind of girl--I know what it's all about!

What? And there are at least fifty other Zeppelin songs that say the same thing. This stuff works for some groups, but not others obviously. Could you imagine Pink Floyd with lyrics like these? That wouldn't go over too well. Roger Waters writes amazing stuff. Even Mick Jagger writes some interesting material. Robert Plant makes noises and throws the word "baby" in every ten seconds. I'll continue to enjoy my Led Zeppelin albums, I just had to get that off my chest.


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bernie_ 5/22/2004 10:48:13 AM

led zeppelin rocks. end of blog

the_pope_ 5/22/2004 10:49:11 AM

pink floyd > led zeppelin, for the exact reasons listed in the blog.

Big E_ 5/22/2004 11:57:44 AM

agreed. with the exception of loving zeppelin. they are boring.

anonymous 5/22/2004 12:17:09 PM

led zepplin is a horrible band the music and lyrics both blow and i cant see how anyone can listen to it

right_ 5/22/2004 1:19:12 PM

that is wrong on so many levels, jerk

izold_ 5/22/2004 1:58:20 PM


rocknrollmonster_ 5/22/2004 3:34:13 PM

i see what your saying, but remeber the crunge is almost a mock funk tune.... but i agree plant is fckin english fairy weirdo

little mac_ 5/22/2004 4:45:13 PM

thank god for this post, except for it's too nice. led zeppelin is the most overrated rock band of all time. they are extremely talented but their music is fcking annoying; robert plant sucks in both writing and delivering his vocals. he sounds like a dying bird. led zeppelin sucks. don't let a bunch of whiny pussies tell you otherwise. fck that band and fck giving them all this respect. they were ok, and are amazing musicians. beyond that, they don't deserve all the fcking credi

society_ 5/22/2004 6:26:39 PM

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nyhc25_ 5/23/2004 12:45:28 PM

i agree with the lyric comment, but they are a great band... LET ME POST ON THE BOARD!

Fraulein_ 5/24/2004 5:32:02 PM

I do agree that Plant's vocals tend to be a little...well, stupid. But, that has very little to do with Zeppelin's sound as a whole. I think Plant's vocals are incredible. I mean for christ's sake, Zeppelin is what got most of us kids into metal in the first place.

xfathersgunx_ 5/25/2004 2:06:11 PM

4 muh frenz, 4 muh family, 4 muhself something something something 4EVA!!!

twodegreesbelow_ 5/29/2004 7:00:40 PM

yea d00d!!! lEd zEppe1in bl0wz!!! listeN to #12!!!