Lyrics: Four symbols

This page contains my transcription of the lyrics from Led Zeppelin's untitled album.
Black Dog / Rock and Roll / The Battle of Evermore / Stairway to Heaven
Misty Mountain Hop / Four Sticks / Going to California / When the Levee Breaks

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Black Dog

Hey hey, mama, said the way you move
Gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove
Oh oh, child, the way you shake that thing
Gonna make you burn, gonna make you sting
Hey hey, baby, when you walk that way
Watch your honey drip - can't keep away

Oh yeah - oh yeah - oh, oh, oh
Oh yeah - oh yeah - oh, oh, oh

I gotta roll - can't stand still
Got a flaming heart - can't get my fill
Eyes that shine burning red
Dreams of you all through my head

Hey baby, oh baby, pretty baby
Tell me what you're doing now
Hey baby, oh baby, pretty baby
Move the way you're doing now

Didn't take too long 'fore I found out
What people mean by down and out
Spent my money - took my car
Started tellin' her friends she gonna be a star
I don't know, but I been told
A big legged woman ain't got no soul

Oh yeah [etc repeated]

All I ask for - all I pray
Steady rollin' woman gonna come my way
Need a woman gonna hold my hand
Won't tell me no lies - make me a happy man

IconRock And Roll

It's been a long time since I rock and rolled
It's been a long time since I did the stroll
Let me get back, let me get it back, let me get back
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

(on The Song Remains The Same this is the third verse)
It's been a long time since the book of love
I can't count the tears of a life with no love
Carry me back, carry me back, carry me back
Baby, where I come from
It's been a long time, been a long time
Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time

(on The Song Remains The Same this is the second verse)
Seems so long since we walked in the moonlight
Making vows that just couldn't work right
Open your arms, open your arms, open your arms
Baby, let my love come running in - let it
It's been a long time, been a long time
Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time

It's been a long time, been a long time
Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time

IconThe Battle Of Evermore

The queen of light took her bow and then she turned to go
The prince of peace embraced the gloom and walked the night alone
[Oh, dance in the dark of night - sing to the morning light]
The dark lord rides in force tonight and time will tell us all
[Oh, throw down your plough and hoe - rest not to lock your homes]
Side by side we wait the might of the darkest of them all

I hear the horses' thunder down in the valley below
I'm waiting for the angels of Avalon - waiting for the eastern glow

The apples of the valley hold the seeds of happiness
The ground is rich from tender care - repay, do not forget
[Oh, dance in the dark of night - sing to the morning light]
The apples turn to brown and black - the tyrant's face is red
[Oh, war is the common cry - pick up your swords and fly]
The sky is filled with good and bad that mortals never know

Oh well, the night is long - the beads of time pass slow
Tired eyes on the sunrise - waiting for the eastern glow

The pain of war cannot exceed the woe of aftermath
The drums will shake the castle wall - the ring wraiths ride in black
[Oh, sing as you raise your bow - shoot straighter than before]
No comfort has the fire at night that lights the face so cold
[Oh, dance in the dark of night - sing to the morning light]
The magic runes are writ in gold to bring the balance back
Bring it back

At last the sun is shining - the clouds of blue roll by
With flames from the dragon of darkness - the sunlight blinds his eye

Bring it back - bring it back --

IconStairway To Heaven

There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven
When she gets there she knows if the stores are all closed
[on live versions this is usually: ... if the stars are all closed]
With a word she can get what she came for
And she's buying a stairway to heaven

There's a sign on the wall, but she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings
In a tree by the brook there's a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven
Ooh, it makes me wonder
Ooh, it makes me wonder

There's a feeling I get when I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who standing looking
Ooh, it makes me wonder
Ooh, really makes me wonder

And it's whispered that soon, if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now
It's just a spring clean for the May Queen
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on
And it makes me wonder

Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know
The piper's calling you to join him
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow? and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll

And she's buying a stairway to heaven

IconMisty Mountain Hop

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
So I asked them if I could stay a while

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 - asked us, said:
"Please, hey, would we care to all get in line - get in line"
They asked us to stay for tea and have some fun
Oh, oh, oh, he said that his friends would all drop by

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 square like a book on a shelf rusting
Not trying to fight it
You really don't care if they're coming
Oh, oh, oh, I know that it's only 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 - I really don't know

IconFour Sticks

Oh, baby, it's cryin' time
Oh, baby, I got to fly
Got to try to find a way
Got to try to get away
'Cause you know I gotta get away from you, babe

Oh, baby, the river's red
Oh, baby, in my head
There's a funny feelin' goin' on
I don't think I can hold out long

And when the owls cry in the night
Oh, baby, baby, when the pines begin to cry
Baby, baby, baby, how do you feel?
If the rivers run dry, baby, how do you feel?

Crazy, baby, the rainbow's end
Mmm, baby, it's just a den for those who hide
Who hide their love in depths of lies
And ruin dreams that we all knew so, babe

And when the owls cry [etc repeated]

Brave I endure - strong shields of war
They can't hold the wrath of those who walk
And the boots of those who march
Baby, through the roads of time so long ago

IconGoing To California

Spent my days with a woman unkind
Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine
Made up my mind to make a new start
Going to California with an aching in my heart
Someone told me there's a girl out there
With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair

Took my chances on a big jet plane
Never let them tell you that they're all the same
The sea was red and the sky was grey
Wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today
The mountains and the canyons start to tremble and shake
As the children of the sun begin to awake

Seems that the wrath of the gods
Got a punch on the nose and it started to flow
I think I might be sinking
Throw me a line if I reach it in time
I'll meet you up there where the path
Runs straight and high

To find a queen without a king
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings
Ride a white mare in the footsteps of dawn
Tryin' to find a woman who's never, never, never been born
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams
Telling myself it's not as hard, hard, hard as it seems

IconWhen The Levee Breaks

If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break
If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break
When the levee breaks I'll have no place to stay

Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
It's got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home

Don't it make you feel bad when you're trying to find your way home
You don't know which way to go
If you're going down south, they got no work to do
If you're going on to Chicago

Crying won't help you - praying won't do you no good
No, crying won't help you - praying won't do you no good
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move

All last night I sat on the levee and moaned
All last night sat on the levee and moaned
Thinking 'bout my baby and my happy home

Going - I'm going to Chicago
Going to Chicago
Sorry but I can't take you
Going down - I'm going down now
Going down - I'm going down now
I'm going down --

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