Led Zeppelin — Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
Album: Led Zeppelin
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Released: 1969
Length: 6:36
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Babe, baby, baby, I'm gonna leave you
I said, baby, you know I'm gonna leave you
I'm leave you when the summertime
Leave you when the summer comes a-rollin'
Leave you when the summer comes along

Babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, baby, mm-baby
I'll wanna leave you
I ain't jokin', woman, I've got to ramble
Oh, yeah, baby, baby, I'll be leavin', really nn-got to ramble
(I can hear it callin' me)
I can hear it callin' me the way it used to do
Oh, I can hear it callin' me back ho-wome

Baby, oh, babe, I'm gonna leave you
Oh, baby, you know I've really got to leave you
Oh, I can hear it callin' me
I said, don't you hear it callin' me the way it used to do, oh

I know, I know
I know I never, never, never, never, never gonna leave you, babe
But I gotta go away from this place, I gotta quit you, yeah
Oh, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, oh
You hear it callin'
Don't you hear it callin' me

Oh, woman, ah, a-woman, I know, I know
Feels good to have you back again, and I know that one day, baby
It's gonna really grow, yes it is
We're gonna go walkin' through the park every day
Come what may, every day, oh, my, my, my, my, my, my babe
I'm gonna leave you, go away
Oh, alright.

So good sweet baby
It was really, really good
You made me happy every single day
But now I've got to go away, oh, oh, oh
Baby, baby, baby

That's when it's callin' me
I said, that's when it's callin' me back home
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I got Led Zeppelin I & II from the Columbia Record Club for super-cheap along with ten other new releases in 1969.  I'd heard & liked some LZ songs on the radio, but I was never the same after listening to them.  Thank you Columbia for the nearly-free mind-blasters!
For me this is  8 - Most Excellent 
Nothing short of Godlike {#Good-vibes}
 bronorb wrote:

Rolling Stone always trashed Zep. It didn't matter to us, the fans.

 
True. And what the messengers at RS seemed to get stuck in their collective craws is that Zep went on to make some of the greatest R n' R albums and songs of all time, RS critics notwithstanding.

Much as I agreed with RS's political coverage and Gonzo & Steadman, etc., who ever needed Jann Wenner, Ralph Gleason and Co. to tell them what the fuck was good musically and what wasn't anyway?

"I know how these bastards think . . ." - HST   {#Ass}

The reality is they just hated that Peter Grant and Zep wouldn't play ball with them for interviews and cover shots. Led Zeppelin was famous for eschewing most of the press and media circus back then.




                             My GAWWD this is such a great song.
                                  Don't know what else to say ~



 Ihatethissong wrote:

You are a moron.

 
No he's a Madonna fan. So fucking groovy.
 GreggH wrote:
Never cared for Zep's music. Not then, not now. Weekend hippie anthems.

 
You are a moron.
New headphones @ 192k, and I heard things I never knew were there. So much atmosphere in this... 
Yawn. 
in my space this goes to 11
Left you first!

PSD. 
Never cared for Zep's music. Not then, not now. Weekend hippie anthems.
We are only hearing the echoes of this album 48 years after its release.  Just think how big the original bang must have been.
 fredriley wrote:
Yeah, yeah, all right, I'm sure she gets the picture after all those agonised repetitions. Yeesh!

 
Yeah, she probably walked out of the room at about the 1 minute mark saying, "Well, go on then."
 thewiseking wrote:
This too was stolen. Not just the SONG but the ARRANGEMENT.
Breaks my heart to have realized it but Page was one of the worst plagiarists of our times. Several egregious examples stand out: Bert Jansch's Black Water Side was ripped off completely when Page did Black Mountain Side and again when his arrangement of The Waggoners Lad was stolen for Brony Aur Stomp. Davey Grahams She Moved Through The Fair was turned into White Summer and Page had the balls to confabulate a story that he "learned Eastern Music styles while backpacking through India" which was precisely how Graham went on to innovate the DADGAD sitar style tuning Page ripped off. Jake Holme's Dazed and Confused was note for note theft. Breeden's lovely arrangement of the folk ballad Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, the Willie Dixon, the Howling Wolf, all of it stolen. It is clear that Page and his lawyers took the "fuck em, let em sue us" approach to doing business. The chickens are coming home to roost. Read this piece and go to the sources. It's an eye opener. http://alanwalkerart.com/wp/?tag=bert-jansch
 
Horse.

Dead.

Beating. 
Gato Barbieri's "Europa" at my funeral
Yeah, yeah, all right, I'm sure she gets the picture after all those agonised repetitions. Yeesh!
This too was stolen. Not just the SONG but the ARRANGEMENT.
Breaks my heart to have realized it but Page was one of the worst plagiarists of our times. Several egregious examples stand out: Bert Jansch's Black Water Side was ripped off completely when Page did Black Mountain Side and again when his arrangement of The Waggoners Lad was stolen for Brony Aur Stomp. Davey Grahams She Moved Through The Fair was turned into White Summer and Page had the balls to confabulate a story that he "learned Eastern Music styles while backpacking through India" which was precisely how Graham went on to innovate the DADGAD sitar style tuning Page ripped off. Jake Holme's Dazed and Confused was note for note theft. Breeden's lovely arrangement of the folk ballad Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, the Willie Dixon, the Howling Wolf, all of it stolen. It is clear that Page and his lawyers took the "fuck em, let em sue us" approach to doing business. The chickens are coming home to roost. Read this piece and go to the sources. It's an eye opener. http://alanwalkerart.com/wp/?tag=bert-jansch
 gazcon73 wrote:
43% for a 10 . Must be record ?
 
 
Yes, it's a record. Now put it on your turntable and spin it!
 bronorb wrote:

Rolling Stone always trashed Zep. It didn't matter to us, the fans.

 
In hindsight, that review is more unintentionally humorous than anything.
 Skydog wrote:
i got this album in 1969 and i do remember thinking that it's a good effort but they seem to be a little late to the game
there were a lot of recordings released prior to this that were better and more original
not putting Zep down
back then it's just the way it was 
.

(later edit)
i was thinking about this today and i looked up the Rolling Stone review
exactely 47 years ago today here is the last paragraph of the review
.

In their willingness to waste their considerable talent on unworthy material the Zeppelin has produced an album which is sadly reminiscent of Truth. Like the Beck group they are also perfectly willing to make themselves a two- (or, more accurately, one-a-half) man show. It would seem that, if they're to help fill the void created by the demise of Cream, they will have to find a producer (and editor) and some material worthy of their collective attention.

my favorite Zep is their 3rd album and they gave that a bad review too

 
Rolling Stone always trashed Zep. It didn't matter to us, the fans.
43% for a 10 . Must be record ?
 
i got this album in 1969 and i do remember thinking that it's a good effort but they seem to be a little late to the game
there were a lot of recordings released prior to this that were better and more original
not putting Zep down
back then it's just the way it was 
.

(later edit)
i was thinking about this today and i looked up the Rolling Stone review
exactely 47 years ago today here is the last paragraph of the review
.

In their willingness to waste their considerable talent on unworthy material the Zeppelin has produced an album which is sadly reminiscent of Truth. Like the Beck group they are also perfectly willing to make themselves a two- (or, more accurately, one-a-half) man show. It would seem that, if they're to help fill the void created by the demise of Cream, they will have to find a producer (and editor) and some material worthy of their collective attention.

my favorite Zep is their 3rd album and they gave that a bad review too


palad1 wrote:
This is the song that will play at my funeral.


  
Glad to know you'll be leaving on a high note. You ain't joking, you got to ramble. 
{#Bounce}
Brilliant rock it is. Subtle as an avalanche.  
as good as it gets!!!!
 hayduke2 wrote:
no prayer or any religious attempt at uplifting my spirit EVER had even close to the effect that this awesome piece of music has on me.
Love it  ('specially Bonham pounding THE FUCK outta them cans man!!!  WOO HOOOOOOO!!!) 

 
{#Notworthy}
To:     palad 1..........   interesting concept.  Choosing music for one own funeral.

To RP staff:  I think this an outstanding idea.  Could you ask your listeners to please choose music that they would play at their funeral.  Compile and present.   

If you do wedding music.  I will never listen again (joke)

I would like to hear just a bit more creativity and interesting/ historical or anecdotal comments from the RP DJ.  I think he is a computer pre recording  sometimes and that's OK. 
Yes  GET THE LEAD OUT

from westbury NY  

PS
 The segway was terrible.  I get it RP is eclectic.  But you can't  drop music that goes over like a lead balloon with a folk picking whiny mess.   
{#Bananajam}Such an amazing nostalgic song. A timeless classic
It's interesting that as one gets older, the time travel ability of significant music becomes as powerful as the sense of smell. I'm suddenly 10 years old at a dinner party with my parents and this song is playing on the record player loud enough for me to feel it in my stomach.
Thanks for getting the Lead out
 Bert7 wrote:
The greatest Zep song ever...{#Fire}

 
Absolutely agree........first song I learned on guitar and it epitomizes the greatest of the Zep albums!      {#Motor}
I had an interesting, but for me frustrating and baffling discussion with a younger guy who contended that Aerosmith was a better band then Led Zeppelin.  My age predisposed me to Led Zeppelin.  I am from Massachusetts but that could not skew my preference toward Aerosmith.  I am a Dead Head, seen lots and lots of bands of all ilk, including orchestras, many frequent times. Led Zeppelin is one of the few great bands and their fan base across generations evidences their excellence.  
 TerryS wrote:
Used to live on the A20, not far from Brands Hatch and Death Hill. Listening to this track and the ton-up boys (yes, they were then known as that) on their way to Swanley and smelling the Castrol R was the second best way to celebrate a fine summer's evening.

 
Sounds like my Norton Commando cafe special would have been right at home there... 
Jimmy Page reworked a lot of people's material and declined the opportunity to give credit where due.
 medoras wrote:

I wonder how many RP listeners are aware that "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" is a folk song written by Anne Bredon in the late 1950s. It was recorded by Joan Baez and released on her 1962 album Joan Baez in Concert, Part 1.

Led Zeppelin did an amazing job with it. It looks like Jimmy Page heard Baez' version and reworked it.



 
Another reason to read these comments: I can learn.
I had absolutely no idea.
Thank you. 
 Bert7 wrote:
The greatest Zep song ever...{#Fire}

 
For me, tied for second with a few others, after the godlike "When The Levee Breaks".
The greatest Zep song ever...{#Fire}
I love Led Zeppelin and this song. However...  the sound quality is showing its age compared to more modern recordings.  Still a great song but it sounds 'muddy' and possibly compressed. I would be interested in reading the opinion of a sound engineer on this...
Just a joy to hear.
The lyrics sound more like, "Bae, bae, bae..."  Led Zep, always ahead of their time!
 medoras wrote:

I wonder how many RP listeners are aware that "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" is a folk song written by Anne Bredon in the late 1950s. It was recorded by Joan Baez and released on her 1962 album Joan Baez in Concert, Part 1.

Led Zeppelin did an amazing job with it. It looks like Jimmy Page heard Baez' version and reworked it. 


Yes, I had written a post about that in April, 2013.  I guess it's pretty far down in the thread by now.  Anyhow, cool tune.
I haven't heard this in a very long time, but wow, is it a godlike track!  Not a bad segue to Radiohead's "Jigsaw Falling into Place."  I thought February was an off month for the rotation, but maybe it's just me taking some time away.  I wasn't hearing much from this vintage, which is part of what I love about RP.  You have your "classic" stations, and your "new classic" stations, but really nowhere that mixes up Zep and Radiohead.  Rock on!
Cracking tune, & one of the first songs i taught myself to play drums to (along with Whitesnakes' 'Don't Break My Heart Again', for what its worth) but never knew until reading the comments below that Zeps'  Babe I'm Gonna Leave You is actually a cover! Thanks peeps. Thats why i love it here.
By the way did you all know that Whitesnakes' 'Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City' is actually a cover too?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcF8Aos4XDA

Cheers
Man...Bobby P. sure did a whole lotta "RAMBLIN" back in the late 60's!!
Can never go wrong with Zepplin ✌ Rock on!  Love your channel... It never gets turned off 🙏
 Highlowsel wrote:

Hmmmm...didn't know that.....and yes indeedy Led Zep did a rippin' good job of upgrading the 1950's folkie.  This is one of my all time favorite LZ tunes.....put the headphones on and spin the dial to ELEVEN!  {#Music}

 
(See 4 posts below)
 medoras wrote:

I wonder how many RP listeners are aware that "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" is a folk song written by Anne Bredon in the late 1950s. It was recorded by Joan Baez and released on her 1962 album Joan Baez in Concert, Part 1.

Led Zeppelin did an amazing job with it. It looks like Jimmy Page heard Baez' version and reworked it.



 
Hmmmm...didn't know that.....and yes indeedy Led Zep did a rippin' good job of upgrading the 1950's folkie.  This is one of my all time favorite LZ tunes.....put the headphones on and spin the dial to ELEVEN!  {#Music}
WOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!!    Dy-no Mite man
People love to say that LZ and other bands from UK were R&B bands, which is no doubt true to some (varying) degree.  I hear a lot of Flamenco in this one.