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Black Dog Led Zeppelin
Mar 12, 2023

"Black Dog" is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin, the opening track on the band's untitled fourth album (1971). The song was released as a single and reached the charts in several countries; however, as was their practice, it was not issued in the United Kingdom. The song was included in Rolling Stone's (US) "the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" and ranked No. 1 in Q magazine's (UK) "20 Greatest Guitar Tracks".

"Black Dog" is built around a call and response dynamic between the vocalist and band, with its start and stop a cappella verses inspired by Fleetwood Mac's 1969 song "Oh Well", according to biographer Dave Lewis. The title is a reference to a nameless black Labrador Retriever that wandered around the Headley Grange studios during the recording of the album. The song was recorded with recording engineer Andy Johns at Island Studios on Basing Street in London. Written by: Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Anthony Plant

Album: Led Zeppelin IV Released: 1971 Black Dog

Hey hey mama said the way you move Gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove

Ah, ah, child, 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, ah, ah Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh, ah, ah.

I gotta roll, can't stand still Got a flamin' heart, can't get my fill

Eyes that shine, burnin' red Dreams of you all through my head

Ah ah, ah ah, ah ah, ah ah, ah ah, ah ah, ahhh

Hey, baby, whoa baby, pretty baby Darlin' makes 'em do me now Hey, baby, oh baby, pretty baby Move me like you're doin' 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, oh yeah, ah, ah, ah Oh yeah, oh yeah, ah, ah, ah All I ask for when I pray A steady rollin' woman won't come my way Need a woman gonna hold my hand Tell me no lies, make me a happy man Ah ah, ah ah, ah ah, ah ah, ah ah, ah ah, ahhh. Ah, yeah!

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