"Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" as written by and Robert Plant Jimmy Page....
Babe, baby, baby, I'm gonna leave you.
I said baby, you know I'm gonna leave you.

I'll 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, baby
I don't want to leave you
I ain't jokin' woman, I got to ramble.
Oh yeah
Baby, baby, babe, I believin'
We really got to ramble.
I can hear it callin' me the way it used to do
I can hear it callin' me back home!

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?
Ohhh

I know, I know
I know I never never never never never gonna leave your babe
But I got to go away from this place,

I've got to quit you, yeah
Ooh, baby baby baby baby baby baby ooh
Don't you hear it callin' me?
Woman, woman, I know, I know
It feels good to have you back again
And I know that one day baby, it's really gonna grow, yes it is.
We gonna go walkin' through the park every day.

Come what may, every day
Oh, mama baby
I'm gonna leave you go away

It was really, really good.
You made me happy every single day.
But now!
I've got to go away!

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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"Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" as written by Robert Plant Jimmy Page

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  • +7
    General CommentI believe he is just leaving for the summer. It sounds like he is leaving forever, but he will return when winter comes. It's about a musician's lifestyle where he must leave, eventhough he doesn't always want to. It's a sad song because he loves her, but living on the road comes with it's own lifestyle such as partying and rambling. Towards the end of the song he returns home and he remembers how good it felt to be home. He wants to make plans for the future with her, but once again he will leave. Great song. Very mysterious in a way. Oh and by the way STFU WITH ALL THE LOTR BULLSHIT! IT'S OLD ALREADY!!
    convinceon November 18, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentFavorite Zep song. I thought they wrote this song. Anyway, I always think of Odysseus leaving Calypso's Island - the sea and his home calling him. It's right up their alley (Achilles last stand)
    usa-1on April 17, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFirst off, in my Led Zeppelin piano/guitar book, the credits for this song are "Words and Music by Anne Bredon, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant." Not "Traditional Arrangement by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant" (such as for Gallows Pole). So Led did write it themselves.

    About the lyrics, I've always seen it two ways. One is the more obvious, the man who has to leave a girl but doesn't want to. Everyone else here seems to have covered that one, so I don't need to explain it again.

    The other is a darker, much more depressing variation of that. Throughout the song, Plant is singing about how he has to leave not only this girl, "But I got to go away from this place..." However, he doesn't really want to leave her. Just the place. And he also keeps referring to how he's being called "home." Home is a very common metaphor for heaven. And he says that "one day," things will be good again. They will be together eventually and "walk through the park every day." They will be in a paradise together. In this interpretation, he's planning on killing himself.

    I like the first one better. Much better. But I thought I should share the second one anyway.
    erasmus11290on August 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits about aragorn leaving his elf woman......... in the lotr...........
    All jokes aside this song helped me through the break up with my girlfriend, and the rain song helped when i got back togather with her
    kukerdanon October 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSong's actually inspired by a song sung by African American slaves who passed secret messages in their songs
    yourrnameherreon November 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmy favorite zeppelin song as well. between the beautiful acoustic guitar, the kick-ass chorus, and plant's awesome vocals...it's definitely my favorite. it has a lot of power AND beauty at the same time, which I like. one of their greatest.
    SamboraStrangeron January 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my most favourite songs, my dad introduced me to Led Zeppelin and im glad he did
    Jill100on March 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentso fucking good. i think its one of their best
    maggotbrainon May 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah 'Jimmy Page06'. Shame if you were really Jimmy Page you'd know this song wasn't by you...and your email address would not be led zeppelin4i209423094234 or some such thing.....

    my point is that this song and quite a few on the first album are not all Led Zeppelin's own. But they did make them seem that way.
    etc.on November 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEveryone earlier was talking about how it was a folk song, I always thought it leaned a little bit more toward a bluesy feel, but if you listen.. it's kind of a spanish... Flemenco TYPE of thing. Definite Spanish roots
    EmporerEzekeilon June 23, 2006   Link

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