"Celebration Day" as written by and Jimmy Page John Paul Jones....
Her face is cracked from smiling
All the fears that she's been hiding
And it seems that pretty soon, everybody's gonna know

And her voice is sore from shouting
Cheering winners who are losing
And she worries if their days are few and soon they'll have to go

My, my, my, I'm so happy
I'm gonna join the band
We gonna dance and sing in celebration
We are in the promised land

She hears them talk of new ways
To protect the home she lives in
Then she wonders what it's all about when they break down the door.

Her name is brown or white or black
You know her very well,
You hear her cries of mercy as the winners toll the bell.

My my my I'm so happy
We gonna join the band
We are gonna dance and sing in celebration
We're in the promised land.

Oh, there is a train that leaves the station
Heading for your destination
But the price you pay to nowhere has increased a dollar more
Yes, it has!
And if you walk you're gonna get there
And though it takes a little longer
And when you see it in the distance you will wring your hands and moan

Oh yeah, you'll moan
Oh, yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah, you'll moan, you'll moan

You're g-gone, you're g-gone, yeah-yea
You're g-gone
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my you are gone
You're gone
My, my, my
You're gonna, gonna get there, it's just a little longer
And when you see him in the distance you will wave your hand


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"Celebration Day" as written by Jimmy Page John Paul Jones

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  • +2
    General CommentThe reason he did that was because the beginning of Celebration Day was screwed up on the master tape when they recorded, so he just cut out the beginning of the song and used the synthesizer to cover it up so it sounded like it was supposed to be like that.

    Awesome song. The first verse always reminds me of an insane person. But in a nice, funny way. =)
    mnkyonastickon June 24, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNotice how busy Page is on guitar in this song. It's like he's playing three guitar parts at once. Live performances like this song are what prompted Keith Richards to tell Page he was the "most overworked guitarist in rock". Page responded that he would love to have another guitarist in the band but that it "just wouldn't look right to the audience". At first that statement struck me as a bit self-centered and vain but the more I thought about it it just showed how very perceptive Page was about the band's image.
    JumpyJackon January 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's most certainly not about heroin. It's about an old hag groupie, the Livin Lovin Maid. I love the simple guitar break in this song and Page pulled it off brilliantly in The Song Remains the Same concert.
    JumpyJackon January 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere was actually supposed to be a drum intro to this song but on of the roadies accidently deleted over while trying to sneak a listen in the studio. After that he ran out of that place scared shitless. It's one of Zeppelin's greatest mysteries.
    Nolesy101on June 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think the line is supposed to be "my my my im so crappy, im gonna join a band. i really hate this song, repeatative guitar riffs and plant writes about the stupidest things. zeppelin can do way better and zeppelin never does a great job. every song is just a screechy rant about "babe". the only reason they were successful was because they were the first to slam the guitar strings harder and sing louder. page is pretty good though, not on this song
    floyd7on March 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere is a train that leaves the station heading for your destination,
    But the price you pay to nowhere has increased a dollar more.
    Yes, it has!
    And if you walk you're gonna get there though it takes a little longer,
    And when you see it in the distance you will wring your hands and moan.

    certainly could be about a # of things.
    Drugs
    Satan
    not sure about the Slavery angle.

    peace
    pton January 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was greatly inspired by Plant's early impressions of the city of New York
    NickZeppon February 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI read that Plant would often call this song "The New York" song when they played it live and that its based upon his impressions of New York.

    Maybe the "she" in the song is the Statue of Liberty.
    kaleidiscopeeyeson January 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy no comments yet? this is a great song
    Philadelphia Eagleson June 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnice song. Page certainly is an artist on what he does with the tape track in the beginning and how it pans from "Friends"
    Cynic_11on June 21, 2004   Link

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