Misty mountain hop- Led Zeppelin

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  1. peacepot

    peacepot Member

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    hi, i dont understand this song at all, i read its sth of making fun about hippies, but robert plant was hippie i think, does anybody knows what does this song means? I'm a bit confused
     
  2. WhisperingWoods

    WhisperingWoods too far gone

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    Walkin' in the park just the other day, baby,
    What do you, what do you think I saw?
    Crowds of people sittin' on the grass with flowers in their hair said,
    "Hey, Boy, do you wanna score?"
    And you know how it is.
    I really don't know what time it was, woh, oh,
    so I asked them if I could stay awhile.

    I didn't notice but it had got very dark and I was really
    Really out of my mind.
    Just then a policeman stepped up to me and asked us, said, "Please,hey,
    would we care to all get in line, Get in line."
    Well, you know, they asked us to stay for tea and have some fun; Oh, oh.
    he said that his friends would all drop by, ooh.

    Why don't you take a good look at yourself and describe what you see,
    and baby, baby, baby, do you like it?
    There you sit, sitting spare like a book on a shelf rustin',
    ah, not trying to fight it.
    You really don't care if they're comin'; oh, oh,
    I know that it's all a state of mind.

    If you go down in the streets today, baby, you better,
    you better open your eyes.
    Folk down there really don't care, really don't care, don't care , really don't , which, which way the pressure lies,
    so I've decided what I'm gonna do now.
    So I'm packing my bags for the Misty Mountains
    where the spirits go now,
    over the hills where the spirits fly.
    I really don't know.
     
  3. WhisperingWoods

    WhisperingWoods too far gone

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    I think it's about how he sees the hippies in the city and they're trying to live how they want but it's not possible. So he wants to move away to the Misty Mountain where he can be free.
     
  4. WhisperingWoods

    WhisperingWoods too far gone

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    Got some more info for ya.. from songfacts.com

    This is about a "love-in" near London that was broken up by the police.

    The Misty Mountains are in Wales. They are referred to in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Return Of The King. Plant is a big fan of Tolkien and used references to the Lord Of The Rings series from time to time.

    Led Zeppelin wrote and recorded this at Headley Grange, a mansion with a recording studio in Hampshire, England, where the band sometimes lived.

    This begins with John Paul Jones playing electric piano.

    The band performed this at the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary concert in 1988 with Jason Bonham sitting in on drums for his late father. They played it again with Jason at Carmen Plant's 21st birthday party in 1989. Carmen is Robert Plant's daughter.

    The Four Non Blondes recorded this for the 1995 Led Zeppelin tribute album Encomium. It was one of the last songs the Four Non Blondes recorded. They broke up while they were recording their second album.
     
  5. soulrebel51

    soulrebel51 i's a folkie.

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    Maybe there is a god...
     
  6. taxrefund90

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    i do know that some of it has to do with the hobbit, like the tea party and the mountains.

    i didn't know about the love-in, though.
     
  7. Acorn

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    that song rocks. i just thought it was about wanting to be somewhere far away where you can be free.
     
  8. hippie1987

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    That song's gotta be about hippies. Such a carefree, happy piece. Not one of my favourite Zep songs but is one that always raises a smile.
     
  9. Hairbear

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    they were high when writeing it...so im sure it doesnt mean that much...they probably thought it was funny at the time
     
  10. localhippy

    localhippy Senior Member

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    your a joke
     
  11. soulrebel51

    soulrebel51 i's a folkie.

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    it makes more sense than actually believing that they wrote the song to be a serious song.

    its also rather foolish to believe that none of the band members were taking drugs in the early 70s. :p

    drugs have written the best songs throughout music history, and most if not all of those drug-influenced songs have absolutely no deep meaning whatsoever.
     
  12. peaceful chaos

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    are you kidding alot of the times the drugs unlocked the key to a musicians deeper thoughts,imo anyways as they seem to make sense to me but i might just be wired differently.
     
  13. blindhobosam

    blindhobosam The Legend

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    i know you're kissing some girl in the photo :rolleyes: but can i marry you?
     
  14. blindhobosam

    blindhobosam The Legend

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  15. AutumnsMoonChild

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    I recall reading an article or an interview with/about Robert Plant,and he said the song is about hippies hanging around a park getting caught with the 'wrong stuff in their cigarette papers'.
     

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