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Led Zeppelin — Friends
Album: Led Zeppelin III
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Released: 1970
Length: 3:41
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Bright light, almost blindin'
Black night still there shinin'
I can't stop, keep on climbin'
Lookin' for what I knew

Had a friend, she once told me
"You got a love, you ain't lonely"
Now she's gone and left me only
Lookin' for what I knew

Mm, I'm tellin' you, now
The greatest thing you ever can do, now
Is trade a smile with someone who's blue now
It's very easy, just-a

Met a man on the roadside cryin'
Without a friend, there's no denyin'
You're incomplete, there'll be no findin'
Lookin' for what you knew

So anytime somebody needs ya
Don't let 'em down, although it grieves ya
Someday you'll need someone like they do
Lookin' for what you knew

Mm, mm, I'm tellin' you, now
The greatest thing you ever can do, now
Is trade a smile with someone who's blue, now
It's very easy, just-a, oh, yeah
Ah, nah, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, yeah

I'm tellin' you, now
The greatest thing you ever can do, now
Is trade a smile with someone who's blue, now
It's very easy, it's very easy
It's very easy, it's easy, easy, yeah, yeah, yeah
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Yawn.Robert Plant screaming again. Led Zeppelin just gets too scream-y too often. 
Listening to this makes me yearn for the loss of the "concept" albums where songs would flow one into the next. Started to happen with the cd revolution and has disappeared with the mp3 format. I understand why but miss it nonetheless. 
 Grammarcop wrote:
I grew up listening to Zep. I owned all their albums and was a huge fan. I listen to this today and wonder why.

 
Same here except I listen to this and... I KNOW WHY!
 Grammarcop wrote:
I grew up listening to Zep. I owned all their albums and was a huge fan. I listen to this today and wonder why.

 
Opposite for me.  I wasn't into them when I was young (in the 70s and early 80s).  Now I can't get enough Zep and feel like I really lost out.


yup  GODS OF ROCK MAN!!!
Godlike for sure! There's none better than Zep!
 Grammarcop wrote:
I grew up listening to Zep. I owned all their albums and was a huge fan. I listen to this today and wonder why.

 
Really? Why??

 Proclivities wrote:

It's too bad that the sitcom "Achilles Last Stand" with Telly Savalas and Scott Baio never caught on.

 
"Who loves ya, baby?"
from what I could tell at 16 years old I thought this was real original, not saying it isn't, just that I was impressed with this in 1970
and I still like it
 WonderLizard wrote:
Little known fact: an NBC sitcom of the same name was inspired by this song. True dat.
 
It's too bad that the sitcom "Achilles Last Stand" with Telly Savalas and Scott Baio never caught on.
Dave_Mack wrote:
They've got a little "Mars" thing going there.
 

NeuroGeek wrote:

As in Holst?  Yes, I can see that.  

 
Yeah, well, don't mention that to the Holst estate.  They have to deal with the estate of Randy California at the moment...
 
 Caino wrote:
......would LOVE to hear that cool slide into Celebration Day {#Guitarist}

 
AGREED.... I felt myself waiting in anticipation for those opening guitar licks from Celebration as this track faded down. 

I will give BillG credit though.  That was a perfectly timed fade out. 
Occasionally my RP app plays two songs over each other. It rarely sounds good. I had to check this wasn't one of those occasions 
Pure brilliance
 
 eswiley2 wrote:
Not for me....  at all....

 
bummer. lol at 7.7 average rating , I think you are{#Drunk} in the minority! by far, use the PSD lol 
......would LOVE to hear that cool slide into Celebration Day {#Guitarist}
 Dave_Mack wrote:
They've got a little "Mars" thing going there.

 
As in Holst?  Yes, I can see that.  
 WonderLizard wrote:
Little known fact: an NBC sitcom of the same name was inspired by this song. True dat.
 
If so, they picked the wrong theme song, IMHO. Maybe the one they used fit the show better than this, but I may have tuned in if they played this every week. Just sayin'...
They've got a little "Mars" thing going there.
 I'm tellin' you, now
The greatest thing you ever can do, now
Is trade a smile with someone who's blue

You know it's true, and it's very easy to do.
 KennyShabs wrote:
Awesome song about plants dog
 
I think you're referring to Bron-Y-Aur Stomp on the same album.
I grew up listening to Zep. I owned all their albums and was a huge fan. I listen to this today and wonder why.
Awesome song about plants dog
Little known fact: an NBC sitcom of the same name was inspired by this song. True dat.
agree
 capandjudy wrote:

I could not agree more with that. I think Zep III is their most inventive work although II and IV are more recognized.
 

My son and his friends asked me what my favorite LZ album was and were surprised when I said this one.  I couldn't really explain why.
 RKeaton wrote:
I sometimes wonder, if I had born a decade or so earlier would I like Led Zeppelin? As it is, I could never hear them again and be perfectly okay with it.
 
you said that more nicely than I would have.  I don't know too much about Led Zeppelin, but that song was just noise.
 
Let it run through Celebration Day!
I sometimes wonder, if I had born a decade or so earlier would I like Led Zeppelin? As it is, I could never hear them again and be perfectly okay with it.
 capandjudy wrote:

I could not agree more with that. I think Zep III is their most inventive work although II and IV are more recognized.
 
Not to mention the coolest album cover ever, if you were lucky enough to own it in vinyl.
9 to 10 after all these years.  Just keeps sounding better and better over the years.
My CO-Favorite Zep song of all time.

TOO AWESOME

 
Not for me....  at all....
Go away Led Zeppelin (mostly...)!!!
 capandjudy wrote:
I could not agree more with that. I think Zep III is their most inventive work although II and IV are more recognized.
 
Add me to the Zep3 fan club!

 ReVeRb1080 wrote:
Off of my favorite Zeppelin album.  Sadly overlooked I'm afraid.  At least as far as mainstream radio play is concerned.
 


I could not agree more with that. I think Zep III is their most inventive work although II and IV are more recognized.
Thanks
I like this and the rest from this, always so hard to make,the third album.
Great! But I prefer the Page Plant version with North African instrumentation on 'No Quarter.'
 PA1749 wrote:
Thank you RP! I forgot how much I loved this album!{#Bananajam}

 
Me too!!

Made me go, pull out my album and spin the wheel!
Thank you RP! I forgot how much I loved this album!{#Bananajam}

Really awesome.
awesome, but even awesomer when followed by a celebration!{#War}
Good, Great, but not Awesome..IMHO

That is what I thought, THX

Awesome. Indeed.


Simply. Awesome. Still.
 ptooey wrote:




 
I don't believe it! They actually put a record player in a car?!!? Gee, why didn't that work? {#Roflol}

Edit - Here's an article about it:

https://www.uaw-chrysler.com/images/news/phono.htm

Simply. Awesome.
Was just loading THIS CD  (same cover) to get it for the road tomorrow when RP played it....{#Smile}
 ptooey wrote:




 
Excellent

 redstorm wrote:


Hey brother i remember the spinning wheel, but you could'nt put your albums in the car RECORD PLAYER.....{#Mrgreen}
 



 shawshank wrote:
I miss album covers like LZIII (spinning the wheel). You just can't get that kind of stuff out of CD cases. {#Neutral}
 

Hey brother i remember the spinning wheel, but you could'nt put your albums in the car RECORD PLAYER.....{#Mrgreen}
I've maybe heard this one other time. Way to go, Bill!! {#Clap}
 Limpopoking wrote:

What's gonna happen to all that juice?

 
{#Cool}
Over GoodLike, mark more than 10.
I miss album covers like LZIII (spinning the wheel). You just can't get that kind of stuff out of CD cases. {#Neutral}
 peter_james_bond wrote:
YES!{#Guitarist}
 
I had this at a 9. Ima idjit (obvious 10)

I guess this is what you get when you combine Holst ("Mars") with Left Banke ("Pretty Ballerina").  Interesting sound. 
YES!{#Guitarist}
 squidish wrote:

By squeezing his lemon!
 
What's gonna happen to all that juice?

it could be easy 15.

One of the many high points (no pun intended) of Rothbury Music Festival was watching the 4th of July fireworks to this great album.



 kaybee wrote:
Not their best album.

 
I think it is one of their more blues focused releases and I think one of their best!

 kaybee wrote:
Not their best album.

...true, but one of their best songs...
The world would be a lesser place without minor keys.
 kaybee wrote:
Not their best album.

 

Pretty damn close, though{#Yes}
Not their best album.

 jonboy wrote:
Seriously. I would have never thought of placing these 2 great artists together. I still have goosebumps.
 
Yeah, me too and I'm posting a day after hearing them!!  {#Lol}


Gotta love Zep
Off of my favorite Zeppelin album.  Sadly overlooked I'm afraid.  At least as far as mainstream radio play is concerned.
Nice follow up to Neko Case's Dirty Knife! {#Clap}
Happy birthday, Robert!

BrokenArrow wrote:
Great two songs together Led Zeppelin - Friends Neko Case - Dirty Knife Love them both, but back-to-back very nice.
Seriously. I would have never thought of placing these 2 great artists together. I still have goosebumps.
Great two songs together Led Zeppelin - Friends Neko Case - Dirty Knife Love them both, but back-to-back very nice.
fcatalao wrote:
exactly what you're doing, isn't it? :nyah:
Exactly. That's why Thea's comment is one of my all-time favourites, does it for me all the time, simply rocks my head off, as you might say! :roflol:
There is a most excellent version of "Friends" on "No Quarter - Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Unledded" (2004) The guys still have it. "No Quarter" is a most enjoyable DVD, new arrangments of great old tunes. It is a great DVD to play for background during a party.
This is why I love Radio Paradise. What over radio station sticks lesser know songs like this from major artists into such an eclectic mixture of music from all over the board.
squidish wrote:
By squeezing his lemon!
Babe... :eek: Ahhhh! Ahhhhh! Squeeze it 'til the juice runs down my leg...
xkolibuul wrote:
Punctuated equilibrium. Evolution moves in starts and spurts. I agree, there was something unique to the musical creativity of Zep, Beatles, Stones, Bowie, Who, and others in their day. But what about Radiohead, Beck, Wilco, Calexico? I'm not putting them on the same pedestal as Beatles, but they're undeniably all innovative, good, and unprecedented too.
Radiohead and Beck did bring something unique and I can say that although I am not a fan of either. Beck is just stylistically not my cup of tea and Radiohead are much too cerebral for my taste (this coming from a guy who was a huge fan of King Crimson in my teens and still am... :mrgreen: Talk about cerebral but they also had a passion I do not hear in Radiohead's music.) Furthermore I really can't stand Thom York's whiney vocals... I don't know Calexico enough to comment but although I dig Wilco well enough, I really cannot put them in the same category of the bands you mention. They're are not really brining anything new to the mix and their influences are too transparent. The older bands you mention as well as RH and Beck took their own influences and really transformed them into something else. To my ear, Wilco is not doing that but they bring a quite likable passion to their music.
EssexTex wrote:
How the hell's he going to reach these notes now?
By squeezing his lemon!
How the hell's he going to reach these notes now?
:clap: one of my favorites. Don't hear it too much awesome guitar
...some wonderful guitar work...as usual :D
about the only led zep song i AM NOT Tired of.
This has grown on me to the point of becoming my favorite LZ album. And I agree, this song is not quite right without Celbration Day attached to it...
dang! I really wanted to hear Celbration Day-the song that this blends into on the original LP. I wish Bill woulda let it go on. This really is a great album. I'd love to hear 'Since I've Been Loving You'
Thea wrote:
Whine whine screech screech moan bitch whiiiiine screech screech screeeeeeeeeech
:yes: I like some of LZ's music but there are times when RP's singing grates on me. This is one of those times.
Thea wrote:
Whine whine screech screech moan bitch whiiiiine screech screech screeeeeeeeeech
exactly what you're doing, isn't it? :nyah:
Not their best, but nice to hear a not so frequently played gem now and again
Whine whine screech screech moan bitch whiiiiine screech screech screeeeeeeeeech
Punctuated equilibrium. Evolution moves in starts and spurts. I agree, there was something unique to the musical creativity of Zep, Beatles, Stones, Bowie, Who, and others in their day. But what about Radiohead, Beck, Wilco, Calexico? I'm not putting them on the same pedestal as Beatles, but they're undeniably all innovative, good, and unprecedented too. HazzeSwede wrote:
Led of the day,this one #9.Media soo much more today,howcome we don't get something new, as good and different, as the Zep was back then? :ask:
Damnit it happened again, just when I thought a great song was goin down, that rob plant startin a belchin.
My God... ...I've never heard this song in my life. Long live Zep!
Still my favorite band forever...
Led of the day,this one #9.Media soo much more today,howcome we don't get something new, as good and different, as the Zep was back then? :ask:
highwindows wrote:
Undertones from Holst's "Mars the bringer of war"?
Yes! I came to see if anyone else heard that. It's only three notes, but what three notes! Of course Beethoven's 5th is only four notes :wink:
:high-five:
DrCyKosis wrote:
Gimmie a C...a bouncy C.
how about bouncy OPEN C's? :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana: :bananapiano: :bananasplit:
lmic wrote:
I agree. Even the White Stripes, and Cake - IMO the 2 best bands of today - are post-modern mash-ups/reinterpretations of existing styles. ...
Zeppelin's music was very much a fusion (and sometimes more than that) of existing styles.
sutcliff wrote:
Open C at its finest.
Zep are at the level of Moses: he knew about open sea too.
Sometimes, I forget how damn good they were. Songs like this one restore my memory.
Hmmmm...I can finally enjoy this song again after too many fatties back when...'70? Acoustic Zep is always a treat, and I well remember an interview on WABX wherein Jimmy and Robert announced the next LP would feature a lot more acoustic quitar. Or maybe I read that in Rolling Stone. Yeah, I knows...if you remember the '60s...
Even though this track gives the impression that the boys were just sitting around the studio jamming, it still sounds great, and distinctly Zeppelin.
Only Stairway to Heaven
Classic Rock stations killed Zeppelin.
One of the most incredible bands of my youth! Still holds up well today. Go Zep.
siloco wrote:
One major factor that sets them apart is the eclecticism. Plant, Page, Jones and Bonham had a deep appreciation for many types of music. They knew their roots like eighties hair bands knew their hair sprays. To this day you hear of Plant strolling around in Memphis or some African country, all for the sake of music. Most bands inspired by them just don't get it.
Wasn't it LZ III that Jones was referring to when he said that no longer would they be compared to Black Sabbath?
The_Seeker wrote:
It's songs/albums like this that really set Zeppelin apart from the other heavy rock bands of the day.
One major factor that sets them apart is the eclecticism. Plant, Page, Jones and Bonham had a great appreciation for many types of music. They knew their roots like eighties hair bands knew their hair sprays. Most bands inspired by them just don't get it.
rangersfan wrote:
Maybe you were looking for more of the Bay City Rollers??
"S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT!! Turn up the Bay City Rollers!!!" And the Zeppelin too... :yell:
sutcliff wrote:
Open C at its finest.
haha... so true. The skill of Zep is astounding. Their lyrical stylings, amazing guitar playing... they make it sound so simple. Take Stairway to Heaven as an example, any 12 year old with a guitar can learn it in about 15 minutes, but it takes decades to truly master.
:dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2: :bananasplit: I bet it's been at least 30+ years since I last heard this, and I still remember the words! Great to hear it again!!
sutcliff wrote:
Open C at its finest.
Gimmie a C...a bouncy C.
Folk Metal? Yep. Dig it. c.
Spelling Please! LED ZEPPELIN No more "zepplin"? Sure! But lots more Zeppelin, please! :bananajam: :bananajumprope: :bananapiano: :bananasplit: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2: :clap: :dance: :bounce: :sunny:
Maybe you were looking for more of the Bay City Rollers??
xs9095 wrote:
god help us all...please no more zepplin!!!!!!!!!!!!! :fire: :fight: :puke: :moon: :no:
No more "zepplin"? Sure! But lots more Zeppelin, please! :bananajam: :bananajumprope: :bananapiano: :bananasplit: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2: :clap: :dance: :bounce: :sunny:
xs9095 wrote:
god help us all...please no more zepplin!!!!!!!!!!!!! :fire: :fight: :puke: :moon: :no:
:ass:
On the first day, the Lord created Led Zeppelin. After that everything else was anti-climactic.
Open C at its finest.