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Led Zeppelin — Poor Tom
Album: Coda
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Released: 1993
Length: 3:02
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Here's a tale of Tom
Who worked the rivers run
His wife would cook his meals,
As he would check the wheels.

Singin' poor Tom, Seventh Son,
Always knew what's goin on.

Ain't a thing that you can hide from Tom
And there ain't nothing that you can hide from Tom.

He worked for thirty years
Sharin' hopes 'n' fears
Dreamin' of the day
He could turn and say

Poor Tom, work's gone,
Lazin' out in the noonday sun.

Ain't a thing that you can hide from Tom
And there ain't nothing that you can hide from Tom.

His wife was Emmie May
One of many games she played
When Tom was out of town,
She couldn't keep her dresses down.

A-poor Tom, Seventh Son,
Always knew what's goin on.

Ain't a thing that you can hide from Tom
And there ain't nothing that you can hide from Tom.

And so it was one day
People got to Emmie May
A-Tom took a gun in his hand
And stopped all the runnin' around.

Poor Tom, Seventh Son,
Gotta die for what you've done.

All those years of work are thrown away.
To ease your mind, is that all you can say?
But what about that grandson on your knee?
And then wrote songs as well as he could be.

Ain't nothing that you can hide from Tom
And there ain't nothing that you can hide from Tom
And there ain't nothing that you can hide from Tom
And there ain't nothing that you can hide from Tom.

Hey
Keep-a truckin',
Keep-a truckin'
Yeah.
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Just googled.....Poor Tom was actually recorded when they were making tracks for L.Z. III.... It was released in '82 on Coda, with intentional purpose. Look up meaning...Coda....might just give the h8rs something to dismiss their negativity about Coda album.
 thewiseking wrote:
Love the Zep but this Poor Tom just sounds like a poor mans version of Prodigal Son. 
 
I don't give a rat's fat ass what you think of this song nor about any of the tiresome statements of the obvious fact that Led Zeppelin ("Zep" is just plain disrespectful imho) ripped off blues icons left and to the right.

I love the livin shite out of this song and isn't that what it's all about?

I have long ceased putting on my smarty farty pants and informing people that the music they like sucks.
I always assumed that "Poor Tom" was a reference to Bonham kicking some ass on the Toms, though the lyrics seem to be about an actual Tom.  Huh....well all the same, great drumming, and I went 6 to 8 on this today...Long Live RP!!
I think at some point they just wanted to write every lick possible. Half a lifetime later, I still think I'm writing guitar parts that Page hasn't already recorded!
It's a Zep song I've never heard before!  Thank you, RP!!!!
always liked this song. Felt it would have held up nicely on Zep III.
 tm wrote:
CODA?  really CODA?  Oh dear...  Even Jimmy is embarrassed by that album.  A few gems but honestly the album is my least fav zep...

 
What a steaming pile of pungent pomposity from a self-anointed "zep" guru. 
 chfLarry wrote:
wow
bonham


 
YEAH BABY    : P    (woo-hoo can't remember ever hearing this ever and that is sweet : )
Painful.
Violent Femmes anyone?
Funny, it could be tempting to call this "average" Zeppelin, however, it is still MUCH better than the vast majority of popular music today (or anytime really).
Love the Zep but this Poor Tom just sounds like a poor mans version of Prodigal Son. 
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Are you ready, Steve?
Aha.
Andy?
Yeah!
Mick?
OK.
Alright, fellas, let's go!

 
THAT'S funny!


very un-zeppelin sounding
 mgetliffe wrote:
Can anyone else hear elements of Smiles and Grins from Jack Bruce's Harmony Row in this?

 
yes, i can
Can anyone else hear elements of Smiles and Grins from Jack Bruce's Harmony Row in this?
 tm wrote:
CODA?  really CODA?  Oh dear...  Even Jimmy is embarrassed by that album.  A few gems but honestly the album is my least fav zep...
 

Pff, it's refreshing as hell to hear something NOT from the other eight albums, like what they play EVERY SINGLE NIGHT OF THE WEEK on the (hurk) "Classic Rock" stations at 9 p.m. when they (cue reverb) "get get get the le le le led out." No really, don't get it out, we've heard all the le le led you guys have, leave it in.

That said is this an original or yet another song they gyoinked from some blind old bluesman somewhere and he's still wondering why he gets a check for five dollars every two months?
WOW!!! REALLY????
That was GOOD!  DANMMMMMMMM
Finally a Led song I can listen too and not want to tear my ears off because it is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo over played
 Bosami wrote:


A Led Zeppelin out-take is better than 90% of mainstream radio.

 
{#Yes} {#Sunny}

Are you ready, Steve?
Aha.
Andy?
Yeah!
Mick?
OK.
Alright, fellas, let's go!
And the volume goes back up
This tune...move your ass!! Yes, yes, yes!!{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajumprope}
 tm wrote:
CODA?  really CODA?  Oh dear...  Even Jimmy is embarrassed by that album.  A few gems but honestly the album is my least fav zep...
 

A Led Zeppelin out-take is better than 90% of mainstream radio.

CODA?  really CODA?  Oh dear...  Even Jimmy is embarrassed by that album.  A few gems but honestly the album is my least fav zep...
Bill, how about Bron-y-ur stomp? You know you want to....
Nice variety from a playlist that easily could have gone "safe" and played something more familiar.
as a led zeppelin fan, i thought i knew all their songs! this is not their best, but i always like hearing something "new" from LZ.
Keep truckin'! :bananajam:
...wow; i've never heard this before!..
It's a shame about Ray.
Angloray wrote:
ALWAYS one of my favorites. :) Start saving for those tickets now!
do you think robert plant is going to hit those high notes on his own or is he going to need a pair of pliers? ouch! :bounce: :cheesygrin:
ALWAYS one of my favorites. :) Start saving for those tickets now!
I LOVE ZEPPELIN
There's amazing film of Bonham playing this
Awesome drums...but the rest, meh :neutral:
The_Seeker wrote:
Could Bonham do ANY wrong?! I think not. Well, none of them could really. Always nice to hear Percy on the harp.
Every smart drummer alive will pay tribute to Bonzo when asked.
MaineKiwi wrote:
That boggles my mind but I guess this would be a boring old planet if everybody had the same likes and dislikes! right?
Compared to their other stuff, the drumming in this is amazing, but I think the vocals and overall interestingness of the song are a bit weaker. That said, the drums provide a pretty awesome foundation.
Brilliant, of course. Most bands have one guy that's outstanding, this one had four. There's a reason kids wear the Zeppelin shirts 30 years later.
wow bonham
crowhog2000 wrote:
Godlike, I don't know what the hell else to say.
That boggles my mind but I guess this would be a boring old planet if everybody had the same likes and dislikes! right? DoofusGeezer wrote:
Never did like the Zep
Never did like the Zep
Meh. :yawn:
The_Seeker wrote:
Could Bonham do ANY wrong?!
I've posted this someplace else...but there are a few bands where the drums drive the entire arrangement for me...the Police, Smashing Pumpkins, and Zeppelin. He was amazing, and I appreciate him more with every listen.
Not one of my fav Led Zep songs but still 8.
The_Seeker wrote:
Could Bonham do ANY wrong?! I think not. Well, none of them could really. Always nice to hear Percy on the harp.
Percy on the harp, indeed! Well said! Well said! :war:
snurfer wrote:
Stop placing lyrics everywhere!! It's annoying....
Avert your eyes, then. Mari, your lyric quotes are welcome.
Mari wrote:
..." His wife was annie mae With any man a game she'd play When tom was out of town She couldn't keep her dress down."... ...Cheeky little lyrics to this unique lil number!...of course I like it!...
Stop placing lyrics everywhere!! It's annoying....
Could Bonham do ANY wrong?! I think not. Well, none of them could really. Always nice to hear Percy on the harp.
Godlike, I don't know what the hell else to say.
My Goodness, mercy me, love it - Electric Blues @ its best! :jump:
Let me be the first to say....Led Zep still RULES! :-)