500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Led Zeppelin, 'Ramble On'
Writers: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Released: Oct. '69, Atlantic
Groupies and The Lord of the Rings inspired "Ramble On," recorded in New York on Led Zeppelin's first U.S. tour. Over Page's acoustic guitars, Plant wails, "In the darkest depths of Mordor/I met a girl so fair." Middle Earth influenced more than the music: "After reading Tolkien," Page said, "I knew I had to move to the country." According to legend, John Bonham is banging on a plastic garbage can.
Appears on: Led Zeppelin II (Atlantic)