"The Ocean" as written by Taylor Marshall Jones and Dane Lloyd....
"We've done four already but now we're steady
And then they went: One, two, three, four"

Singing in the sunshine, laughing in the rain
Hitting on the moonshine, rocking in the grain
Got no time to pack my bags, my foots outside the door
I got a date, I can't be late, for the high hopes hailla ball, uh uh, uh uh, yeah

Singing to an ocean, I can hear the ocean's roar
Play for free, I play for me and play a whole lot more, more!
Singing about the good things and the sun that lights the day
I used to sing on the mountains, has the ocean lost its way

I don't know, oh oh, yeah'

Ooh, yeah

Sitting round singing songs 'til the night turns into day
Used to sing about the mountains but the mountains washed away
Now I'm singing all my songs to the girl who won my heart
She is only three years old and it's a real fine way to start

Oh yeah!

It sure is fine!
Ah blow my mind!
When the tears are goin' down!
Yeah! Yeah, yeah

Oh so, oh so, oh so good!
Oh so good!


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"The Ocean" as written by John Paul Jones John Bonham

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    General CommentHas anyone ever put on their head phones, and cranked up this song extremely loud. Did you ever notice the squeek in John Bonhams bass drum pedal. Just an interesting little fault in a great album. This can also be heard in the song "Since I've Been Lovin You"
    Phishhead420on May 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is a song about Robert Plants 3 year old daughter.

    "Now I'm singing all my songs to the girl who won my heart
    She is only three years old and it's a real fine way to start."

    read that and then the lyrics again and it will all fall into place, hes just telling us all the fun hes had with her.
    Ben2k9on April 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commentactually in response to "hometown_boys" it is about his daughter because in the later years during concerts he would add years for each one of her birthdays, some of the bootlegs he even elaborated on this topic...
    srvhendrixon December 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe song isn't just about the crowds or his daughter, it's about both.

    Plant narrates this exultant image of the crowds he sings to. He sang for the oceans and mountains of people, but now he sings for his daughter. This doesn't mean that he doesn't sing to oceans or mountains of people any longer, it just means that the emotion he is putting into his music is now for his daughter.

    The song basically compares his daughter to the ocean, showing that he loves her more than any ocean or mountain (real or metaphorical) you could conceive of. Even if the mountains and oceans were or are great.
    nephoson January 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhat's with your name?
    JosephWolfon February 13, 2005   Link
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    Song MeaningCannabis prohibition is both a crime againg humanity and against the rest of the biosphere of which good humanity is a vital part. The line "play for free, play for me, play a whole lot more" refers to how the price gouging prohibitionist herbal cannabis dealers are suppressing the overall use of herbal cannabis by charging such high prices. In turn, the use of toxic synthetic brain drugs is inflated because of high cannabis prices. Cannabis for seedfood and/ or herbs is easy to grow and it is a serious crime to reckognize cannabis prohibition as cannabis prohibition is illegal according to both the U.S. and British Bills of Rights. Someone hacked my account on this website and typed some wrongheaded things about herbal cannabis awhile back - while the song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is about how important reckognizing the freedom for everyone everywhere to grow cannabis for seedfood and seedoil is, it is not an anti herbal cannabis song. It is anti winery, and pro health though - herbal cannabis is not bad for health at all. It can be grown in natural organic ways and ingested by putting it in dairy cream and eating and or drinking it. Ancient Hindus who made countless discoveries in mathematics and the sciences used herbal cannabis and that will always be proof that THC in and of itself does not harm the human brain whatsoever. Smoking anything may be harmful to an extent, but there are many things most people encounter every day which are have far more of a negative impact on health than does smoking some herb. I prefer to intake it through food and drink, but would never judge those who smoke it. High potency herbal cannabis and the shook off trichomes from it (known as "kief", which is not a result of chemical processing but merely just shook off of the buds) makes it possible for those who smoke it to not end up smoking as much as they would be smoking less potent herbs. The full repeal of cannabis prohibition is not about either seedoil or herbal uses - it is about both. So it is time for team hemp and team herbal cannabis to unite and take this thing down the homestretch!

    The line about the ocean losing its way is about hot religious extremism distracted a lot of cultures of the world from their morality. We are all connected thanks to humans who since deep antiquity traveled all the world's oceans and rivers continually back and forth and round and round. The mountains washed away means that the mountain people lovingly mixed with ocean peoples.

    The earth is young and humanity has barely scratched the surface. al gore just wants us all to be his slaves and whores as he hordes it all for himself. The bounty of the earth can be enjoyed by all and technology in the right hands can mean that instead of energy and water making wineries, people can grow their own herbs and the energy can pump ocean water inland to dey areas instead of being wasted on wineries and prisons/ psychologists. The loss of freedom for one in any way is a slippery slope to us all losing fundamental freedoms. Love freedom!
    Industrialhempisnotadrugon April 22, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe none of you Zep fans out there have said yet how the line, "Singing to an ocean..." is a metaphor for the huge crowds (oceans of people) at their shows(Plant said so himself). So what do they mean by "Has the ocean lost it's way?" Does anyone know what the hell, "high hopes hailla ball" means? It doesn't even sound like what he actually says.
    Bite Meon May 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentalright i got it. "we've done 4 already" they've done 4 albums. "singing in the sunshine, laughing in the rain" have a good time rockin on stage. "i got a date for the high hopes hailla ball" means i got a date with millions of fans."has the ocean lost its way" means after 4 albums are u still my fans? and it ends up with them having their consert.
    metallica buffon May 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is SO underrated, why don't more people talk about it?? i LOVE it!
    starla33on June 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song rocks, I love when it comes on the radio at work. Such a catchy riff, great happy song that can put you in a good mood.

    Awesome solo, as always.
    Muzzyon March 26, 2003   Link

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