This Is Your Song or When the Levee Breaks

Instructions: Take a line from a song that you love or connect with. Turn that line into the title of your post.

Now to be fair this was not originally done by Led Zeppelin.  It actually predates the album by about 40 years.  For those who don’t know this song was originally about the great flood of 1927.  A flood that devastated the deep south.  Mostly Mississippi and Louisiana.

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This song resonates with me because of the wailing blues.  I identify with the blues on a very deep level.  The blues are not about feeling better.  Nor do they make excuses or come across as whining.   The Blues are about letting all that pain out for the world to see.  Not for sympathy.  No for empathy.  To add fullness to your emotions.  The blues cry out to be heard.  And this song, while I admit is heavily produced, is still an iconic song for the Blue and the band both.

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The pure punch and power of this song can be felt without the volume cranked up to 11.  And while Page and Plant couldn’t really relate to the original writers.  They can most definitely understand the blues.  Take a few minutes and pull up When the Levee breaks on ITunes or Youtube and spend a few minutes really listening to this song.  Take it all in.  Like a fine wine, let all the senses take in the song.  Listen to the lonesome harmonica and the displaced drums.  Let the bass and the guitar show you the ways of the blues. Let the sorrow in the words swirl around you.

 

If that isn’t the blues…I don’t know what is.

 

Artist: Led Zeppelin

Album: Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

If it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ to break
If it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ 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
Oh, well, oh, well, oh, well

Don’t it make you feel bad
When you’re tryin’ to find your way home
You don’t know which way to go?
If you’re goin’ down South
They got no work to do,
If you don’t know about Chicago

Cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good
Now, cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move

All last night sat on the levee and moaned
All last night sat on the levee and moaned
Thinkin’ about my baby and my happy home

Going, going to Chicago…
Going to Chicago…
Sorry but I can’t take you…
Going down… going down now… going down….

 

 

This Is Your Song

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