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Led Zeppelin — Rock And Roll
Album: Led Zeppelin IV
Avg rating:
8.3

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1740









Released: 1971
Length: 3:39
Plays (last 30 days): 0
It's been a long time since I rock-and-rolled
It's been a long time since I did 'The Stroll'
Ooh, let me get back, let me get back, let me get back
Mm-baby, where I come from
It's been a long time, been a long time
Been a long, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time
Yes, it has

It's been a long time since 'The Book of Love'
I can't count the tears of a life with no love
A-carry me back, carry me back, carry me back
Mm-baby, where I come from, whoa-whoa, whoa-oh-oh-hoh
It's been a long time, been a long time
Been a long, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time
Ah, ah-ah, ah-ah

Hoh, it seems so long since we 'walked in the moonlight'
Makin' vows that just couldn't work right
Haw-haw, yeah, open your arms, open your arms, open your arms
Baby, let my love come running in, a-yeah
It's been a long time, been a long time
Been a long, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time

Yeah, hey, yeah, hey, yeah, hey, yeah, hey
Ooh, yeah, ooh-ooh, yeah, ooh-ooh, yeah, ooh-ooh, yeah
It's been a long time, been a long time
Been a long, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time
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7 only because heard so many times its torture treatment now
This is how you play some class,Rock n roll👌
just the drum solo at the end!!!!
 MonkeyH3ad wrote:
I saw it posted in a YouTube comment, but at this moment couldn't be more accurate-- when I listen to Led Zepplin, so do my neighbors.
 

ROCK AND ROLL!!!!!
I saw it posted in a YouTube comment, but at this moment couldn't be more accurate-- when I listen to Led Zepplin, so do my neighbors.
 garyalex wrote:

No, we're in trouble if comments like yours are truly representative.  This song is a rock and roll locomotive.  Either appreciate it for the wonder it is or get out of the way.
 

Comments like this are indeed representative of a minority of h8 posters on this board.   But fear not, there are many great music lovers to be found here.  
FREIGHT TRAIN.  

garyalex wrote:

No, we're in trouble if comments like yours are truly representative.  This song is a rock and roll locomotive.  Either appreciate it for the wonder it is or get out of the way.
 

 Topazthecat wrote:
. . . he sounds like a retarded monkey on drugs!
 
Don't be so hard on yourself.
 Topazthecat wrote:
So horrid sounding like most of all Led Zeppelin's ''music'',horrible bashing around noise with no beautiful melodies and harmonies to save itself,and typical Robert Plant screaming and screeching,and here he sounds like a retarded monkey on drugs! {#Stop}{#Frustrated} Where is the vomit emoticon when you really need one? If this is rock n roll we really are in big trouble!

 
No, we're in trouble if comments like yours are truly representative.  This song is a rock and roll locomotive.  Either appreciate it for the wonder it is or get out of the way.
So horrid sounding like most of all Led Zeppelin's ''music'',horrible bashing around noise with no beautiful melodies and harmonies to save itself,and typical Robert Plant screaming and screeching,and here he sounds like a retarded monkey on drugs! {#Stop}{#Frustrated} Where is the vomit emoticon when you really need one? If this is rock n roll we really are in big trouble!
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}
 jmsmy wrote:
the piano end the end is great
 
Ian Stewart, iirc.
As commercial as that album is/was, it's their best one.

IMNSHO, of course. {#Good-vibes}
 semolinapilchard wrote:
Rock and Roll! {#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}{#Guitarist}{#Dancingbanana}

 
..Climbing up the Eiffel Tower...
Yup, this Zep tune is rock-n-roll. 
Rock and Roll! {#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}{#Guitarist}{#Dancingbanana}
Cadillac kind of ruined this one for me. Although it wasn't one of my favorite Zep songs to begin with, I like it even less after the over-play of the Caddy ads. But still, anything from Zep deserves an 8 or higher... except for Stairway to Heaven. Probs my least fave tune of theirs. I'm sure many disagree but that's my take.
 dennis_chary wrote:

Trust me-you're not the only one.
 

 
8.3 out of 1100 plus ratings hmm . if you don;'t get it it use the PSD lol Led Zep rules! 
DanFHiggins wrote:
Without a doubt the definition of Rock and Roll

 
Exactly!

BTW: The folding cover is great too, in some way melancholic, showing transience. Not usual for a rock'n'roll band I think. 


 sirdroseph wrote:
Honestly, I just don't get it.  Zepp is amazing, but this song just sounds like a bored 8 year old wrote it. The rest of their catalogue is just so outstanding, I just don't get it or how come I seem to be about the only one who sees it.{#Stupid}

 
Trust me-you're not the only one.
 
 Relayer wrote:
I wish I could "un-remember" the nonstop overplaying of this song by horrible classic rock radio.  It is a great song, but all those years of listening to classic rock radio in the 80s and 90s killed it.  This song is a 10, absolutely, but I don't want to hear it for a long time. 
 
I guess you aren't in the US or don't have a TV. For four years Cadillac used it in their ads and did more damage than classic rock IMO. (Yeah, I looked up the length of the campaign because it seemed longer than four years and they quit nearly ten years ago... yet the damage is done to this otherwise godlike track.)
Without a doubt the definition of Rock and Roll
 Relayer wrote:
I wish I could "un-remember" the nonstop overplaying of this song by horrible classic rock radio.  It is a great song, but all those years of listening to classic rock radio in the 80s and 90s killed it.  This song is a 10, absolutely, but I don't want to hear it for a long time. 

 
I hear this song for the first time. {#Roflol}
I do not understand how one can get tired of this.  I know it has been played a million times.  And I am ready for the next one!
WOO-HOOO!!! man I needed that dose of super rock this morning : )
I wish I could "un-remember" the nonstop overplaying of this song by horrible classic rock radio.  It is a great song, but all those years of listening to classic rock radio in the 80s and 90s killed it.  This song is a 10, absolutely, but I don't want to hear it for a long time. 
 idiot_wind wrote:
Just listen to the drumming for Christ sakes!

That ain't no Foo Fighters, Arcade Fires, or Smashing Pumkins.  

 
You got that exactly right.  Rhythm section shakes the walls on this one.  As for Jimmy and Robert, what can you say?  Just great rock and roll.
 bakerboy wrote:
{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana}
 
hahahaha
Just listen to the drumming for Christ sakes!

That ain't no Foo Fighters, Arcade Fires, or Smashing Pumkins.  
{#Fire} — cookin with fire — {#Fire}
Gack! First thing that come to mind when this started was an ad for Cadillac - sheesh!  They're in my head now!
 sirdroseph wrote:
Honestly, I just don't get it.  Zepp is amazing, but this song just sounds like a bored 8 year old wrote it. The rest of their catalogue is just so outstanding, I just don't get it or how come I seem to be about the only one who sees it.{#Stupid}

 
I agree, the LZ catalog is so rich and amazing, and this doesn't do it for me.  BUT, I think that may be due to the fact that classic rock radio has KILLED this song (and Stairway, Blackdog) with their constant overplaying.   I swear that your average stupid Clear Channel rock station must play this song every 75 minutes.   Growing up in the 1980s, this song was overplayed, and that may have killed it for me. 
Honestly, I just don't get it.  Zepp is amazing, but this song just sounds like a bored 8 year old wrote it. The rest of their catalogue is just so outstanding, I just don't get it or how come I seem to be about the only one who sees it.{#Stupid}
{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana}
 That_SOB wrote:

Do you suppose there are people who hate rock and roll and don't know it  ? Perhaps
catholic school, drunken parents, their only vehicle was a Rambler, horrible breath, involuntary virginity,
what ?  what ?  WHAT !!!  could be the variable that would cause 2.1% of listeners who rated this,
 to give this song a one (1) ?{#Ask}          
                                                         "Get thee to a nunnery ! "

 
  Catholic school, drunk parents, Nash Ramblers, involuntary virginity, etc...probably created the majority of people who love rock 'n' roll (as well as those who have created it), and also constitute a much greater percentage of the population than 2.1%. Some people are probably just tired of hearing this tune and their vote reflects their disdain - I am not among those people.
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh
THE BEST R & R song - ever

at least for the moment! {#Lol}
 kingart wrote:
Blues on speed and steroids.  
That defines a great deal of R&R.
Blues on speed and steroids. 
{#Dancingbanana_2}

OFF TOPIC!   Sailors, here's a video set to this tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYKTXsRLY9Y

Appropriate that rating this song with an 8 will bring down its average.


Big props to Little Richard. Very (always) nice to hear some LZ. 9 

This really sticks out after hearing so many mellow singer songwriter types.


Now...this is freakin RnR for a Wednesday morning!!!


30+ years later and today's so called RnR bands can't come close to this. What happened?  
Radio Paradise, you so rock! Thanks for throwing in some Zeppelin - made my day! (Your songs this afternoon have been particularly fab, by the way)
 That_SOB wrote:

Do you suppose there are people who hate rock and roll and don't know it  ? Perhaps
catholic school, drunken parents, their only vehicle was a Rambler, horrible breath, involuntary virginity,
what ?  what ?  WHAT !!!  could be the variable that would cause 2.1% of listeners who rated this,
 to give this song a one (1) ?{#Ask}          
                                                         "Get thee to a nunnery ! "




 

Stingray?  Is that you?

ooooh yeah, ooooooooh yeah!  Godlike.


This will get my ass up and moving this morning!
CRANK - IT - UP {#Bananajam}

EASY TEN
I like to turn this up and drive really fast on the freeway in Raider Nation!! 
Wild child that, and beautifully modulated output, thank you Radio Paradise.
"Lemme get back, Lemme get back, Lemme get back, Baby to where I come from"

Yes indeed.

Take us with you! 
Never gets old. I've commented on some songs on RP that I have heard 10,000 times in my life and enough is enough. I've heard this more than that and it will never get old! Bring on another 10,000!
I like to drive really fast when this song is on!!  {#Dance}
A lesson in drumming.
This is a classic! There's a really awesome version of it with Dave Grohl on Drums, and Taylor Hawkins on vocal - and then of course John Paul Jones on bass and Jimmy Page on guitar!!! It's on Youtube for the curious.
Plays in last 30 days: 1
But I heard it!
Ha! Damn the luck, right?!
Awesome.
I hate this song! {#Cheesygrin}
Please, at least once a month!
 james_of_tucson wrote:
They aren't exactly "shriveled".  I'd bet on either of them in a fair fistfight against you no matter who you are :-)
 
{#Roflol} I'll take that bet in a second!  (Although I'd much rather just hear Jimmy beat up on his Les Paul.)  ; )
 On_The_Beach wrote:
It's been a long time since they Rock & Rolled.
Personally I think it's great that they haven't done the gigantic "reunion" tour.
The 2 tours that Page/Plant did (in the 90s?) were great but now I think they're both just too old to be grinding out the Zep catalogue.
2 shrivelled grey-haired senior citizens singing about "every inch of my love" is just a tad creepy.
 
They aren't exactly "shriveled".  I'd bet on either of them in a fair fistfight against you no matter who you are :-)
song reminds me of Cadillac for some reason
I agree with some of the other posters. I grew up liking this song, this song deserves an 8 at least with regards to it's out and out rocking and rolling vibe, but I have heard this song probably 1000+ times over the course of my life, and there are at least 30 other Zep songs I'd rather hear right now, so I'm just not going to give it a rating.

But I still listened to it.
Yaahh

Zeppelin rocks!!
It's been a long time since they Rock & Rolled.
Personally I think it's great that they haven't done the gigantic "reunion" tour.
The 2 tours that Page/Plant did (in the 90s?) were great but now I think they're both just too old to be grinding out the Zep catalogue.
2 shrivelled grey-haired senior citizens singing about "every inch of my love" is just a tad creepy.

Do you suppose there are people who hate rock and roll and don't know it  ? Perhaps
catholic school, drunken parents, their only vehicle was a Rambler, horrible breath, involuntary virginity,
what ?  what ?  WHAT !!!  could be the variable that would cause 2.1% of listeners who rated this,
 to give this song a one (1) ?{#Ask}          
                                                        
 "Get thee to a nunnery ! "



How can 16 people rate this a "1"?  

Seriously?

Oh yeah.......... that is 16 people in THE ENTIRE WORLD.  Pretty miniscule, actually.  There are more serial killers in the world than that.
 Chinto wrote:
Can I vote more than once?   :-)
 
Only if you live in Illinois... {#Cowboy}
Can I vote more than once?   :-)
 sirdroseph wrote:


I hated this song the very first time I heard it and my opinion has not changed.{#Snooty}
 
Too much hate today, enjoy life!
 willmcnaught wrote:

 

Yes, but a proud minority. I honestly don't see how anyone can like this song.{#Snooty}
if "great balloon" was the band's name, we would not have ever heard this song. {#Doh}
Worth dragging myself away from the Murdoch hearing, where he has just been attacked with a plate of shaving foam...

Rock on! 
Yes, this song just proves that even the greatest bands can make a mistake now and then.{#Lol}

Turn this one up to 11! My band used to play this. I managed a passable performance on the guitar solo.  I think.
 HazzeSwede wrote:
It's like they just had to record a R&R song. Not bad,but not a favorite.
 


Agreed! It just seems like filler on a mostly great album.
It's like they just had to record a R&R song. Not bad,but not a favorite.
Never cared much for this one. 
{#Dancingbanana_2}
 dggeek wrote:
Car commercials have ruined this song for me, but it still deserves an 8 in my book.
 

I hated this song the very first time I heard it and my opinion has not changed.{#Snooty}
Led Zeppelin is the greatest rock and roll band of all times!!!!{#Notworthy} One of about 3 songs that I cannot stand from them.{#Puke}1
I have this CD in my player, so I was listening to the song on my way to work yesterday. Man - nothing jump-starts a morning like Page/Plant at their best.  Just yum. Better than coffee. {#Dancingbanana_2}

Led Zeppelin - "Rock and Roll" Live (1990):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZDjf7OjikA

Robert plant & Jimmy Page Live at Knebworth 1990!


Led Zeppelin 10.12.07 by ~stevieguk
Steven Gough  ©2008-2010 ~stevieguk

A few of my Photos from the Led Zeppelin Concert on 10th December 2007.

I was about 20 people back in the standing area.

Photos taken with my Fuji S602z Pro

 dggeek wrote:
Car commercials have ruined this song for me, but it still deserves an 8 in my book.
 
Another reason to be glad I don't watch television.

Ah yes a reminder...gotta put this one in my iPod....yeeha...

 On_The_Beach wrote:

So true. But thankfully he seems to have (finally) moved on. btw, his favorite word was "repetitive".

 
If this were Facebook I'd have pressed the Like button on these comments! ;)

 rtrudeau wrote:
Attention, Radio Paradise listeners, here's a fun game.
Read the comments but don't look at the name of the commenter.
See if you can guess the name of the person who wrote the comment.
Hint: if it's a highly rated song and the comment is fewer than 15 words, and at least two of the words are  "crap" "boring" "predictable" "overrated" "noisy" "irritating" "depressing" or "annoying," you've got AdyMiles.
That's like your Free Space in bingo - no points.
 
So true. But thankfully he seems to have (finally) moved on. btw, his favorite word was "repetitive".

Car commercials have ruined this song for me, but it still deserves an 8 in my book.
{#Bananajam}
Yes!! Move your ass!!!
It's been a long time!
 AdyMiles wrote:
pile of noisy crap. totally overrated
 

Attention, Radio Paradise listeners, here's a fun game.
Read the comments but don't look at the name of the commenter.
See if you can guess the name of the person who wrote the comment.
Hint: if it's a highly rated song and the comment is fewer than 15 words, and at least two of the words are  "crap" "boring" "predictable" "overrated" "noisy" "irritating" "depressing" or "annoying," you've got AdyMiles.
That's like your Free Space in bingo - no points.
 AdyMiles wrote:  I think if you look up "kick ass rock & roll" this songs comes up! lol Out of 619 listeners who take the time to rate the AVERAGE is 8.2—even in your part of the universe that puts YOU in the vast minority—  {#Bananajam}{#Moon}
pile of noisy crap. totally overrated
 


It's been a long time since I rocked and rolled.  (That is untrue.)

This was the one and only song LZ played at a Tampa Stadium concert in 1977.  It was pouring down rain like it does only on Florida's Gulf Coast, and the boys feared electrocution.  All I know is that I was pretty much all alone, dancing soaked and shirtless on the top row of the stadium, completely transported.

They were so good, and that song was so perfect, that I'm satisfied I got my money's worth for that concert.
 romeotuma wrote:


This song is good for the ears...
 


 AdyMiles wrote:
pile of noisy crap. totally overrated
 
you shouldnt talk like that bout yourself

 Gato wrote:

I give this song a 9. Your comment, however, gets a -3.

 
{#Lol}

pile of noisy crap. totally overrated
The only bad song{#Puke} from the greatest rock and roll band of all time!{#Notworthy}
"Rock and Roll is here to stay!  It'll never go away!  It's here to stay!
Look and Def Leppard!  Their drummer's only got one fucking arm!
Look at the Rolling Stones!  They've been around for forty-five fucking years!
Look at Guns and Roses! Need I say more?
Rock and ROOOLLLLLLL!!!!!"
 infinity wrote:
Led Zeppelin deserves less than a 3. Overplayed, overhyped, overrated, no depth, no meaning, no emotion. Just raw "stupidity and noise", such as is favored by meatheads.
 
I give this song a 9. Your comment, however, gets a -3.

Zeppelin meatheads unite!  {#Dancingbanana_2}
I LOVE this song.
The drum intro was ripped lock stock and barrel from Little Richard though. I guess if you're going to be "influenced" by someone on a song called Rock and Roll, Little Richard would be the guy.  Maybe Jerry Lee

 toterola wrote:
And here I thought "Mad Cow Disease" had been contained! Lawd have mercy, that boy needs help! {#Beat}
 
{#Lol}

Rock and Roll, baby!

{#Guitarist} {#Guitarist} {#Guitarist} {#Guitarist} {#Guitarist} {#Guitarist}


This song is good for the ears...


When I lived in Japan and was often invited to Karaoke, it was my favorite Karaoke song.
Always a crowdpleaser and certainly suits my 3 note range.
 infinity wrote:
Led Zeppelin deserves less than a 3. Overplayed, overhyped, overrated, no depth, no meaning, no emotion. Just raw "stupidity and noise", such as is favored by meatheads.
 
And here I thought "Mad Cow Disease" had been contained! Lawd have mercy, that boy needs help! {#Beat}
 radiojunkie wrote:
Worst thing that ever happened to this song was when they sold it to Cadillac to use in their ads. Cadillac!
 
You are right but then, it fits. They definitely lived the Cadillac lifestyle when they were on top of the world in the 70's.

It's Led Zeppelin, what more do you need to say other than, one of the greatest songs ever from one of the greatest albums ever, by the greatest rock band of all time.
infinity wrote:
Led Zeppelin deserves less than a 3. Overplayed, overhyped, overrated, no depth, no meaning, no emotion. Just raw "stupidity and noise", such as is favored by meatheads.


Look how dumb you are.

Worst thing that ever happened to this song was when they sold it to Cadillac to use in their ads. Cadillac!
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Kiss}{#Bananajam}{#Clap}{#Drummer}

Great tune, but Hiatt to Zeppelin not so sure.
 madaxeman wrote:
Vastly over rated song,from a very average group with a less than average singer.3

 
Are you kidding me?
I loved it when I was 12.
About ready to walk out the office door and begin the weekend.  What, repeat, what a send off!

The drum outro deserves a 10 alone! :drummer:
Quintessential Led.
i was just thinking..... its friday there has to be some rocking led zep to be played on RP today!