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Led Zeppelin — Ramble On
Album: Led Zeppelin II
Avg rating:
8.7

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Total ratings: 1788









Released: 1969
Length: 4:16
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Leaves are falling all around
It's time I was on my way
Thanks to you I'm much obliged
For such a pleasant stay
But now it's time for me to go
The autumn moon lights my way
For now I smell the rain
And with it pain
And it's headed my way
Ah sometimes I grow so tired
But I know I've got one thing I got to do

Ramble on
And now's the time the time is now
To sing my song
I'm goin' 'round the world
I got to find my girl, on my way
I've been this way ten years to the day, Ramble on
Gotta find the queen of all my dreams

Got no time to for spreadin' roots
The time has come to be gone
And tho' our health we drank a thousand times
It's time to Ramble on

Ramble on
And now's the time the time is now
To sing my song
I'm going 'round the world
I got to find my girl, on my way
I've been this way ten years to the day, Ramble on
Gotta find the queen of all my dreams

I ain't tellin' no lie
Mine's a tale that can't be told
My freedom I hold dear
How years ago in days of old
When magic filled the air
'Twas in the darkest depths of Mordor
I met a girl so fair
But Gollum, the evil one, crept up
And slipped away with her
Her, her, yeah
Ain't nothing I can do, no

Ramble on
And now's the time the time is now
To sing my song
I'm going 'round the world
I got to find my girl, on my way
I've been this way ten years to the day, Ramble on
Gotta find the queen of all my dreams

Gonna ramble on, sing my song
Gotta keep-a-searchin' for my baby
Gonna work my way, round the world
I can't stop this feelin' in my heart
Gotta keep searchin' for my baby
I can't find my bluebird!
I'd listen to my bluebird sing but I can't find my blue bird
A-keep-a ramblin' baby
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 poetdancer wrote:
This song is 50 years old... and it's still amazing. 
 

Damn, making me feel old...
 h8rhater wrote:

21 out of 1445 (a staggering 1.4%) rated it a 1.  I wish I had the arrogance to think that 98.6% of the listeners here are wrong, while I am somehow a quality arbiter of good taste.  They must be hipper than the hipsters.
 
I don't think it has anything to do with arrogance or thinking other people are "wrong"; I think some people just don't care for Led Zeppelin's music for whatever reasons.  There is no quantifiable "wrong or right" when it comes to musical tastes.  
This song is 50 years old... and it's still amazing. 
 h8rhater wrote:

21 out of 1445 (a staggering 1.4%) rated it a 1.  I wish I had the arrogance to think that 98.6% of the listeners here are wrong, while I am somehow a quality arbiter of good taste.  They must be hipper than the hipsters.
 
That's not entirely fair.  Not everyone thinks their rating should be embraced by all others (though reading comments show that there are clearly folks who do think that).  A rating can simply be a personal opinion and nothing more.
 lizardking wrote:

This is a SOLID 10....with some personal history too....Long Live RP!!
 
Listened to this song during oblivion with Tom cruise
 Tomasni wrote:
Long Live    Radio Paradise
To me this a SOLID 8 - Most Excellent   almost 9
 
This is a SOLID 10....with some personal history too....Long Live RP!!
Long Live                                                                                 Radio Paradise
To me this a SOLID                                 8 - Most Excellent   almost 9
Fuck the system make it happen
 below72 wrote:
Top 5 rock/blues bass lines of all time. John Paul Jones most under-rated and under appreciated bassist in the 60's 70's
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On YouTube there is the isolated bass track by JPJ. It really shows that he is a bass professional with studio experience under his belt. The verse lines have a very Stax or Motown feel. 
 joelbb wrote:
How does anyone have the unmitigated hubris to rate this cut less than "Godlike".  Bow down, ye Mortals, and wail that you are not worthy.

 
21 out of 1445 (a staggering 1.4%) rated it a 1.  I wish I had the arrogance to think that 98.6% of the listeners here are wrong, while I am somehow a quality arbiter of good taste.  They must be hipper than the hipsters.
Everyone has a favorite Zeppelin song. This is mine. Love every layer of it. One of the Top Ten Songs Ever Recorded, IMO.
How does anyone have the unmitigated hubris to rate this cut less than "Godlike".  Bow down, ye Mortals, and wail that you are not worthy.
 Skydog wrote:
here is a bit of the recent Forbes interview of Butch Trucks by Jim Clash
.

JC: You spoke earlier about Led Zeppelin and John Bonham. Ever see that group live?

BT: Duane’s gods had been The Yardbirds. After they disbanded, Clapton and Cream had done what they’d done, Beck had made some great records and we heard that Jimmy Page was coming with his new band. We happened to be in Boston playing at The Boston Tea Party with a week off, living in some one-room tenement with no electricity because we couldn’t afford hotel rooms or to go back to Macon. When we went to see Zeppelin on our off weekend, Duane was all excited. Out comes Page, and they start playing their stuff. But when Page pulled out that damn fiddle-bow and started beating on his guitar, Duane lost it. He just lost it. He said, “Either I’m going to leave, or go up there and kick the sh*t out of him.” So we all left .

 

 
 
Sounds like Duane had to get the hell over it. BTW, the best thing ABB ever did was get Dickie's ass outta there and picked up Warren, Derek, and Oteil.
here is a bit of the recent Forbes interview of Butch Trucks by Jim Clash
.

JC: You spoke earlier about Led Zeppelin and John Bonham. Ever see that group live?

BT: Duane’s gods had been The Yardbirds. After they disbanded, Clapton and Cream had done what they’d done, Beck had made some great records and we heard that Jimmy Page was coming with his new band. We happened to be in Boston playing at The Boston Tea Party with a week off, living in some one-room tenement with no electricity because we couldn’t afford hotel rooms or to go back to Macon. When we went to see Zeppelin on our off weekend, Duane was all excited. Out comes Page, and they start playing their stuff. But when Page pulled out that damn fiddle-bow and started beating on his guitar, Duane lost it. He just lost it. He said, “Either I’m going to leave, or go up there and kick the sh*t out of him.” So we all left .

 
The best Zep album for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Not a bad cut on this one! {#Hearteyes}
and the What is and What Will Never Be bass line - makes into the top 4!
 
Top 5 rock/blues bass lines of all time. John Paul Jones most under-rated and under appreciated bassist in the 60's 70's
g
 
All Zeppelin songs are perfect....How would you improve them? 

 Exactly....
 
 Lazarus wrote:

That makes perfect sense...  well said, treatment_bound...
 
Laz, here's another "tone-deaf peasant" google image which really doesn't need a caption!


 scrubbrush wrote:
I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time in early highschool, during a heavily-into-Led Zeppelin phase. I read it, in part, beacuse of the lyrics to this song and The Battle of Evermore (which references "Ringwraiths").

When I fnished the book(s) I was a little disappointed that Gollum, the evil one, never crept up and slipped away with anyones girlfriend.

 
He took Robert's girl, silly goose, not someone's in the book.

Always thought Plant should've kicked Gollum's skinny ass for that.  {#War}{#Mrgreen}
 scrubbrush wrote:
I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time in early highschool, during a heavily-into-Led Zeppelin phase. I read it, in part, because of the lyrics to this song and The Battle of Evermore (which references "Ringwraiths").

When I finished the book(s) I was a little disappointed that Gollum, the evil one, never crept up and slipped away with anyones girlfriend.
 
Hollywood's still churning out movies. It's bound to happen in one of the endless sequels!  ; )
 treatment_bound wrote:

If you google "tone-deaf peasant" and request images, here's just one of many entertaining photos which pop up:
 
That makes perfect sense...  well said, treatment_bound...

everybody in my alien space craft loves this song... 
I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time in early highschool, during a heavily-into-Led Zeppelin phase. I read it, in part, beacuse of the lyrics to this song and The Battle of Evermore (which references "Ringwraiths").

When I fnished the book(s) I was a little disappointed that Gollum, the evil one, never crept up and slipped away with anyones girlfriend.
 akdavey wrote:
Hey they stole this riff from me in '69!

 
Get in line, buddy.
Many, many songs from this era have gotten old. For my ear everything LZ did still sounds fresh. Rock on!
Just kind of burned out on this one.  Still love Lemon Song, though.
 Lazarus wrote:

...  I got burned at the stake here in paradise by an angry mob of unsophisticated tone-deaf peasants.
 
If you google "tone-deaf peasant" and request images, here's just one of many entertaining photos which pop up:



Hey they stole this riff from me in '69!
 Stingray wrote:

ROMEO, OUR GIGOLO - IS HE OK....?

 
Yes indeed, hotnut...  I be the holy ghost of big stud Romeo Tuma...  I got burned at the stake here in paradise by an angry mob of unsophisticated tone-deaf peasants, but I was saved because of my love for sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll...

hope you be having a marvelous time right this minute...  love this marvelous song...

One of Page's really great solos.
 owchita wrote:
Courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramble_On:-

There has been much doubt around Bonham's percussions in the background throughout the song, having regard to the particular resonance that it captures. There are no versions consistent in this respect: often mistaken for bongos, some said of a small plastic bin for waste played with the hands from the side of the bottom, others about the sticks on his drum kit vinyl seat pad, or even the soles of the shoes he wore during the recording session and so rhythmically beaten with his drum sticks; the book John Bonham: A Thunder of Drums reports instead of a hard case for guitar on which Bonham improvised percussion background with bare hands 

 
Any good percussionist can create, well, percussion from almost anything. I once saw a Spike Jones documentary in which Jones, a drummer by trade, rapped out an amazing percussive solo with kitchen knives (the old blunt butter type) on countertops, cabinets, assorted pots and pans, and other kitchen ephemera. Made me a believer.
Here's the reissue info., to be released 6/2/14-


Led Zeppelin II
1. “Whole Lotta Love”
2. “What Is And What Should Never Be”
3. “The Lemon Song”
4. “Thank You”
5. “Heartbreaker”
6. “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)”
7. “Ramble On”
8. “Moby Dick”

Companion Audio Disc
1. “Whole Lotta Love”
2. “What Is And What Should Never Be”
3. “Thank You”
4. “Heartbreaker”
5. “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)”
6. “Ramble On”
7. “Moby Dick”
8. “La La”
9. “Bring It On Home”


 musikluvr wrote:
{#Dancingbanana_2} What else can I say? 

 
{#Dancingbanana_2}    {#Dancingbanana_2}     {#Dancingbanana_2}
 
{#Dancingbanana_2} What else can I say? 
Can help but feel that if Gollum is able to steal your girl away you probably need to brush up on your social skills and/or personal hygiene!
 oldfart48 wrote:


off yersef

 
But it is OK to call for the death of our congress like you did?
 EarthMama wrote:
Listen to that bass....you go, Jonesy!!!! ( One of the most underappreciated musicians I can think of.)

 
Agreed. That bass makes this song.
Listen to that bass....you go, Jonesy!!!! ( One of the most underappreciated musicians I can think of.)
Everybody knows I love James Patrick Page. {#Hearteyes}
Really nice segue!!!  
 ashmj000 wrote:
I've always wondered where the album cover came from. Could it really be Manfred von Richthfren's "Flying Circus"? (or just another sick internet hoax)   

 
The photo is a fairly well-known and documented photo of Von Richthofen's Jasta 17, the Flying Circus. That's his Albatros D.III they're posed in front of with the Red Baron hisself in the cockpit. Reputedly the photo dates from April 1917.
For 44 years this track has sent shivers up my spine. 

One of my Desert Island Disks. Sublime.
 nightdrive wrote:
Crap song. Wishing (censored) to remaining alive LZ members.

 
Not good behaviour.  It's only music.
Led Zeppelin II Red Barron Manfred von Richthofen ALbum Cover

I've always wondered where the album cover came from. Could it really be Manfred von Richthfren's "Flying Circus"? (or just another sick internet hoax)   

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the holy moly world like B.F. Skinner...  we love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
 Lazarus wrote:

We be dancing like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love this song...
 

 

If you Google "bowlegged gypsy muleskinners", the first three pages that come up are all selected Lazarus comments on this site. 

Are you attempting to trademark that "occupation", or something?
brings back great memories of placing my face to the big speaker in the middle of my Mom's HiFI and REALLY getting into the music..
GENIUS

Just a phenomenal song.
One of my first albums. I could have done worse.
This is such a great autumn song.  
 
 nightdrive wrote:
Crap song. Wishing (censored) to remaining alive LZ members.

 

off yersef
 nightdrive wrote:
Crap song. Wishing (censored) to remaining alive LZ members.

  
We don't want crap comments like that here on RP. Go somewhere else! 
11
 nightdrive wrote:
Crap song. Wishing death to remaining alive LZ members.
 
Wow!  Really?  Tell us how you really feel there, pal.  
Crap song. Wishing (censored) to remaining alive LZ members.
 Zeito wrote:

Page and Plant were Tolkien fans. "Ramble On", "The Battle of Evermore", "Over the Hills and Far Away", and "Misty Mountain Hop" all have references to the Lord of the Rings.

 

I was going to ask, did Robert just sing, "In the darkest days of Mordor..."? WHOA......mind blown.....I think that's the first time in all the years I've heard this song that that line made sense. Guess I'll pull the Tolkien out....got some summer reading to do!

We be dancing like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love this song...
 
 jmpnbob wrote:
eh, garbage...ran for mute.

 
Huh?  Why do even listen to RP?
Guitar jam ain't too bad either!!   >10 for the whole album.
Agree with those who point out the bass.  JPJ just shreds through this one!  {#Clap}
Courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramble_On:-

There has been much doubt around Bonham's percussions in the background throughout the song, having regard to the particular resonance that it captures. There are no versions consistent in this respect: often mistaken for bongos, some said of a small plastic bin for waste played with the hands from the side of the bottom, others about the sticks on his drum kit vinyl seat pad, or even the soles of the shoes he wore during the recording session and so rhythmically beaten with his drum sticks; the book John Bonham: A Thunder of Drums reports instead of a hard case for guitar on which Bonham improvised percussion background with bare hands 
Will always love this song...and the production is masterful.
...and just what IS that tapping sound throughout? Perfect!
Lazarus... would that be the Electric Church?
the ratings say it all...

Everybody in my church loves this song...


Ah this one hits home.  I first heard this in the middle of a year long hitch hiking jaunt across the 'ol U.S. of A.   A young long hair with hardly a care just passing thru most of the communities I visited.  I was a former military brat a'travelin' and seein' don't'cha know?  And to paraphrase Kurt Vonnegut...so it went.  Time passed.  Ah..such nostalgia this song brings to me.  So it goes.

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 joelbb wrote:
Is there another cut w/ more "Godlike" ratings than this one?
 



IS there another song more godlike? If there is one, I haven't heard it.
 CamLwalk wrote:
Did he just say Gollum stole his girl?
 

Indeed he did:
.
Mine's a tale that can't be told,
my freedom I hold dear.
How years ago in days of old, when magic filled the air.
T'was in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair.
But Gollum, and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her, her, her....yeah.
.
 CamLwalk wrote:
Did he just say Gollum stole his girl?
 
Page and Plant were Tolkien fans. "Ramble On", "The Battle of Evermore", "Over the Hills and Far Away", and "Misty Mountain Hop" all have references to the Lord of the Rings.
 Pedro1874 wrote:
After being blown away by the first album I can remember waiting with anticipation for this second to be released and hoping they would blow our minds again - they certainly did!  I still have the first 5 albums in mint condition and they sound so much better on vinyl.  {#Bananajam}Great 3 part documentary series on BBC4 in the UK at the moment "How the Brits rocked America"  Last night it was the turn of the late sixties/early seventies bands (the best era of music for me) when the tours just got bigger and bigger.  Good to see Jimmy Page (interviewed recently)  looking so good.  Some amazing concert and home made cine footage.
 
"the turn of the late sixties/early seventies bands (the best era of music for me)":  No shite, Pedro.  There were GIANTS in those days!  My daughters even think of it as Rock's Golden Age.  I guess the music was to compensate for just about everything else being so crappy.  Strange Days had found us.  P.s., my vinyls are definitely NOT in mint condition:  we played the grooves off the first 3 Zep albumds.
Is there another cut w/ more "Godlike" ratings than this one?
Seminal stuff. The memories.......!
eh, garbage...ran for mute.
Did he just say Gollum stole his girl?

MISS ROMEO, OUR GIGOLO - IS HE OK....?


Yes ramble on hurricane or tropical storm Isaac - just don't break down the levies!!!
After being blown away by the first album I can remember waiting with anticipation for this second to be released and hoping they would blow our minds again - they certainly did!  I still have the first 5 albums in mint condition and they sound so much better on vinyl.  {#Bananajam}Great 3 part documentary series on BBC4 in the UK at the moment "How the Brits rocked America"  Last night it was the turn of the late sixties/early seventies bands (the best era of music for me) when the tours just got bigger and bigger.  Good to see Jimmy Page (interviewed recently)  looking so good.  Some amazing concert and home made cine footage.
 arserocket wrote:

I've got to see this room! I think collectively, the RP forum should visit en mass ( with Romeotuma's permission of course!) and join the party - hats off to the most postive poster out there. My nipples are standing proudly to attention for you!!
 

Everyone in the next room seems to like this song!
 Imkirok wrote:

Is there ever anyone in your hotel room that doesn't like any of the songs played on RP?
 
Yes...  but everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 Imkirok wrote:

Is there ever anyone in your hotel room that doesn't like any of the songs played on RP?
 
I've got to see this room! I think collectively, the RP forum should visit en mass ( with Romeotuma's permission of course!) and join the party - hats off to the most postive poster out there. My nipples are standing proudly to attention for you!!
rulebritannia wrote:
I know there's a better song.....somewhere......
 
Yes, I am sure there is.
One of my faves.  My 12yo loves this too.  He loves that Plant was such a Toklien freak, which got him more interested in Zeppelin.
 romeotuma wrote:


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 
Is there ever anyone in your hotel room that doesn't like any of the songs played on RP?
What a fab tune!


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
Once the were super groups. Are there any now?
I love this song!!!!
 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

After seeing the Who live a few times, I became a huge Entwistle fan. Probably the most "fluid" rock bassist I could think of. He did a solo on the Quadrophenia tour that was mind-blowing. May he rest in peace.
 
Agreed, just listen to the bass on The Real Me from Quadrophenia, it's just sick !
An awesome thing! 
 
Not better music to accompany adolescence.....and what comes after.
How bout some yardbirds.
I know there's a better song.....somewhere......
All of Zeppelin songs are great! Just one of my faves.
 Stingray wrote:

Prefer Plant over Zep!


 

Huh? - Like preferring Ringo over Beatles...
All the people in my hotel room love this song!
 peter_james_bond wrote:

Thanks for your post, the bass players often get overlooked in rock bands. Jones is a terrific bass player. "Many notable rock bassists have been influenced by John Paul Jones, including John Deacon, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, Flea, Gene Simmons, and Krist Novoselic.(Wikipedia) Jones also plays many other instruments and is an arranger, composer and record producer. 
 
"Do not take lightly or underestimate that bit of musicianship simply called 'bass'." - Lowell George, on Kenny Gradney (who certainly was a huge part of the Little Feat sound) but I'm sure he meant it for all bass players.

 
This song will be played at my funeral!
 unclehud wrote:
John Paul Jones:  perhaps the best rock bassist ever.  He played melodies, for heaven's sake.
 
After seeing the Who live a few times, I became a huge Entwistle fan. Probably the most "fluid" rock bassist I could think of. He did a solo on the Quadrophenia tour that was mind-blowing. May he rest in peace.

 michaelgmitchell wrote:
Clllllllllllassic.
 

lol.....u beat me to the word, When I hear songs like this I know that my life has been an embarassment of riches.
Clllllllllllassic.
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Somewhere Page had said that there were 6 "Rings-Themed" Zeppelin tunes. Can anyone name them all?
 
No. Death would come instantly. 

"Misty Mountain Hop" is one..."Battle of Evermore"...

"Over the Hills and Far Away"? Does Stairway to Heaven have a throwaway LOTR reference? 

Pretty sure "The Immigrant Song" isn't one, but the premise and lyrics of the song make me laugh out loud—too silly. The YouTube video with the cats in Viking outfits and IS playing in the background is very funny. 
{#Guitarist}{#Music}
 Stingray wrote:

Prefer Plant over Zep!


 

Uggh.  Not me.  I can hardly stand him outside of a Led Zeppelin context.
 unclehud wrote:
John Paul Jones:  perhaps the best rock bassist ever.  He played melodies, for heaven's sake.
 
You are certainly kidding!!!!

Prefer Plant over Zep!


I love this song!  Always have, always will.  I too grew up with this and I too feel that this music was the top the game at the time.  Melodic, forceful, and at times has a restrained intensity that keeps you hanging.  A perfect balance to keep it always current.


This is why I listen to Radio Paradise!  {#Music}
 unclehud wrote:
He played melodies, for heaven's sake.
 
Still does.

 unclehud wrote:
John Paul Jones:  perhaps the best rock bassist ever.  He played melodies, for heaven's sake.
 
Thanks for your post, the bass players often get overlooked in rock bands. Jones is a terrific bass player. "Many notable rock bassists have been influenced by John Paul Jones, including John Deacon, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, Flea, Gene Simmons, and Krist Novoselic.(Wikipedia) Jones also plays many other instruments and is an arranger, composer and record producer. 

 Sasha2001 wrote:
Love how the base-line travels from one side of the stereo to the other.
 
I love playing with the balance control and picking out the various guitar parts too.

{#Music}  Joy to my ears...

 unclehud wrote:
John Paul Jones:  perhaps the best rock bassist ever.  He played melodies, for heaven's sake.
 
What he said. I'm not sure about the "best ever," but he's way up there. This one's a masterpiece of timing and taste. Never upstages either Page or Plant (death sentence there, right?), and plays a perfect foil to Bonham, himself a model of restraint. Awesome song.


I am so glad I grew up in this era. Now my kids play the same era on rockband. This is my Sinatra of my parents age





love it...

 
Ten through and through




Such a great song, inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings... love it...



Love how the base-line travels from one side of the stereo to the other.