"Takamba" as written by Robert Plant, Justin Adams, Liam Tyson, Clive Deamer and John Baggott....
Sing a song of freedom write it in the sky
Pocket full of secrets, a belly full of lies
Fiction to believe in, created then denied

Tricks and mirror
Slight of hand
Hoola hoola
Promised land

Rhyme and reason
Smoke and fire
Hoola hoola
Truth and lies

Hail the gift of memory in this fifty-second state
Who sold me down the river and shafts me while he waits
Outside the gates of Eden, star spangled and so late

Tricks and mirror
Slight of hand
Hoola hoola
Promised land

Rhyme and reason
Smoke and fire
Hoola hoola
Truth and lies


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"Takamba" as written by John Baggott Clive Deamer

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    General CommentI love the line "Hail the gift of memory in this fifty-second state". This is him saying that people are being too easily deceived by their government, because they are not paying attention or remembering events from one minute to the next.
    quorpencettaon June 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDo what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

    "Sing a song of freedom write it in the sky" - Stairway to Heaven!
    "Pocket full of secrets, a belly full of lies" - Magick!
    "Fiction to believe in, created then denied" - nevaeH ot yawriatS

    "Tricks and mirror" - Reverse it.
    "Sleight of hand" - Magick.
    "Hoola hoola" - reverse it, spin it round.
    "Promised land" - Heaven? Hell?

    "Hail the gift of memory in this fifty-second state" - Now here's a real clue for you all (the Walrus was Paul). ;) No, j/k. I don't think this lyric is about a time frame (it certainly ain't no minute), nor a place. Liber 52 by Aleister Crowley is "An Open Letter to Those Who Wish to Join the OTO." The OTO is Aleister Crowley's secret society of practicing magician - of which Jimmy Page is not only a member, but one of the most complete as far as collection of Crowley material. The gift of memory is what is taught in Liber Berashith (a practice used by members of the OTO to gain "magickal memory" by learning to sing, talk, and listen backwards.

    "Who sold me down the river and shafts me while he waits
    Outside the gates of Eden, star spangled and so late" - I believe this refers to Jimmy Page. Robert Plant is here saying he was used as an instrument and Page is waiting for something (in paradise) to come true.

    Just my fifty cents.

    Love is the law, love under will.
    Baccus93on July 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbaccus:

    have you lived under a rock in the past seven years?
    song of freedom = policies of president bush
    belly full of lies = policies of president bush
    fifty-second state = iraq (wait, what's the 51st? oh yeah, afghanistan)
    star-spangled = flag of the u.s., isnt'it?

    sorry, but the magick thing just doesn't add up. first of all, as you recall, the member of the oto is page, not plant. second, mighty rearranger is (also) a political album, with songs like freedom fries and another tribe taking a stance against the wars of our present and - at least freedom fries - the policies of the current u.s. government. I just don't see him making a confuse attempt at re-evoking themes of his time with led zep over thirty years ago. plant as an artist is living a beautiful present, why should he be looking back?
    baoyuanon October 03, 2008   Link

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