Lyrics: Presence

This page contains my transcription of the lyrics from this Led Zeppelin album.
Achilles' Last Stand / For Your Life / Royal Orleans / Nobody's Fault But Mine
Candy Store Rock / Hots On For Nowhere / Tea For One

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Achilles' Last Stand

It was an April morning when they told us we should go
As I turned to you, you smiled at me - how could we say no?
Oh, the fun to have - to live the dreams we always had
Oh, the songs to sing, when we at last return again

Swept New York a glancing kiss to those who claim they know
Below the streets that steam and hiss, the devil's in his hole
Oh, to sail away to sandy lands and other days
Oh, to touch the dream that hides inside and never is seen

Into the sun, the south and on, at last the birds had flown
The shackles of commitment fell in pieces on the ground
Oh, to ride the wind - to tread the air above the din
Oh, to laugh aloud - dancing eyes above the crowd

To seek the man whose pointing hand the giant step unfolds
With guidance from the curving path that turns up into stone
If one bell should ring in celebration for a king
So fast the heart should beat, as proud the head with heavy feet

Days went by when you and I made an eternal summer's glow
It's far away and distant - our mutual time to grow
Oh, the sweet refrain soothes the soul and calms the pain
Oh, Albion remain - sleeping now to rise again

Wandering - wondering what place to rest the search
The mighty arms of Atlas hold the heavens from the earth
For the mighty arms of Atlas hold the heavens from the earth
From the e-a-rth, e-a-rth
I know the way, know the way, know the way, know the way
I know the way, know the way, know the way, know the way

When the mighty arms of Atlas hold the heavens from the earth

IconFor Your Life

You said I was the only, with my lemon in your hand
Exhibition is your habit - emotions second hand
Had to pull away to save me - maybe next time around
And she said, don't you wannit? don't you want cocaine?
Hadn't planned to - could not stand to try it, fry it

Heard a cry for mercy in the city of the damned
In the pits you go no lower - the next stop's underground
You want to know is it quite over - to fame it deals a losing hand
And I said didn't mean to, did not mean to fail
You didn't plan it - you overran it

Do you wanna do it? do it if you wanna
Do you wanna do it? do it when you wanna

When you blow it, babe, you got to blow it right
Oh, if you fake it, mama, fake with all your might
When you fake it, mama, please fake it right
For yourself, babe, will you fake it?
You're faking it for your life
For your life, for your life, for your life

Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it when you wanna
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it when you wanna

I'd like to have you baby, but I don't know what to do
Sometime, baby, nothing I could do
From the planets of the crystal - paying through the nose
And when they couldn't resist you, I said: Just go with the flow
And now your stage is empty - pull down the curtain baby, please
Fold up your show
Hadn't planned to - could not stand to fry in there
Hadn't planned it - I overran it - frying
For your life, for your life

IconRoyal Orleans

One time love - take care how you use it
Try to make it last all night
And if you take your pick, be careful how you choose it
Sometimes it's hard to feel it bite - feel it bite

A man I know went down to Louisiana
Had himself a bad, bad fright
And when the sun peeks through, John Cameron he sees Sandy
He kissed the whiskers left to right - whiskers

A fight subsides at a hotel in the quarter
Our friendship took a bash tonight
Now love gets hot - look far for a sea with water
Grow whiskers - set that room alight

Down on Bourbon street - you know it's right
You can see my friends - they run around us in the night
Almost everywhere, until the closet's bare
Run for the razor - fun doing up my hair

New Orleans queens sure know how to schmooze it
Maybe for some that seems alright
When I step out, and strut down with my sugar
She'd better not talk like Barry White

Now, one time love - take care how you use it
And try to make it last all night
Take your pick - be careful how you choose it
Sometimes it's hard to feel it bite

IconNobody's Fault But Mine

Oh, nobody's fault but mine
Nobody's fault but mine
Trying to save my soul tonight
Oh, it's nobody's fault but mine

Devil, he told me to roll
The devil, he told me to roll, roll, roll
How to roll the line tonight
Nobody's fault but mine

Brother, he showed me the gun
My brother, he showed me the ding dong, ding dong
I will get that gun tonight
Oh, it's nobody's fault but mine

That monkey on my back
The monkey on my back, back, back
Gonna change my ways tonight
Nobody's fault but mine

I will get that gun tonight
No-no-no-no-nobody's fault

IconCandy Store Rock

Oh baby, baby - don't you want a man like me?
Oh baby, baby - I'm just as sweet as anybody could be
Oh baby, baby - I want to look into your eyes of blue
Oh baby, baby - it's more than anybody else could do

Oh baby, baby - when I see you walking down the street
Oh baby, baby - you're looking good enough to eat
Oh baby, baby - I don't believe I've tasted this before
Oh baby, baby - I want it now, and every mouthful more
You, talk about you - you, talk about you

Oh baby, baby - you know I never wanted it more
Oh baby, baby - I'm about to kiss goodbye to the store
Oh baby, baby - it ain't the wrapping that sells the goods
Oh baby, baby - I've got a sweet tooth but my mouth is full
You, talk about you - you, talk about you

You, talk about you - you, talk about you
Ooh, baby, it's all right - it's all right
Ooh, baby, it's all right - it's all right

Oh baby, baby - well you sting me like a bee
Oh baby, baby - I like your honey and it sure likes me
Oh baby, baby - I got my spoon inside your jar
Oh baby, baby - don't give me too much, don't make me starve

Oh baby, baby - sugar sitting on a silver plate
Oh baby, baby - I'll eat 'em up - I just can't wait
Oh baby, baby - see the shaking in my head
Oh baby, baby - dont give me clover, 'cause it tastes so bad
Tastes so bad, tastes so bad, tastes so bad
Ooh, baby, it's all right - it's all right
Ooh, baby, it's all right - it's all right
Ooh, it's all right --

IconHots On For Nowhere

I was burned in the heat of the moment
Though it could have been the heat of the day
When I learned how my time had been wasted
A tear fell as I turned away
Now I've got friends who will give me their shoulder
When I should happen to fall
With time and his bride growing older
I've got friends who will give me fuck all
La la la la la la - yeah --

The corner of Bleaker and Nowhere
In the land of not quite day
A shiver ran down my backbone
The face in the mirror turned grey
So I looked round to hitch up a reindeer
Searchin' hard, trying to brighten the day
I turned round to look for the snowman
To my surprise he'd melted away
La la la la la la - yeah --

The moon and the stars call the order
As the tide starts to ebb and sway
The sun in my soul's sinking lower
While the hope in my hands turns to clay
I don't ask that my field's full of clover
I don't moan at opportunity's door
And if you ask my advice, take it slower
Then your story'd be your finest reward
La la la la la la - yeah --

Lost on the path to attainment
Searching the eyes of the wise
When I bled from the heart of the matter
I started bleeding without a disguise
Now everything's finally hazy
Now and then you've got to take time to pause
If you're down on the ground, don't be messing around
Or you'll land in a boat without oars
La la la la la la - yeah --

IconTea For One

How come twenty four hours, baby, sometimes seem to slip into days?
Oh, twenty four hours, baby, sometimes seem to slip into days
When a minute seems like a lifetime - oh baby, when I feel this way

Sitting looking at the clock - time moves so slow
I've been watching for the hands to move until I just can't look no more
How come twenty four hours, baby, sometimes seem to slip into days?
A minute seems like a lifetime, baby, when I feel this way

To sing a song for you, I recall you used to say
Oh baby, this one's for we two - which in the end is you anyway
How come twenty four hours, baby, sometimes seem to slip into days?
A minute seems like a lifetime, baby, when I feel this way

There was a time that I stood tall in the eyes of other men
But by my own choice I left you, woman, and now I can't get back again
How come twenty four hours, baby, sometimes seem to slip into days?
Well a minute seems like a lifetime, when I feel this way
A minute seems like a lifetime, oh baby, when I feel this way
I feel this way

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