"The Rover" as written by and Robert Plant Jimmy Page....
I've been to London, seen seven wonders. I know to trip is just to fall
I used to rock it, sometimes I'd roll it. I always knew what it was for.

There can be no denyin' that the wind 'll shake 'em down
And the flat world's flyin'. There's a new plague on the land

If we could just join hands (X3)

Traversed the planet when heaven sent me. I saw the kings who rule them all
Still by the firelight and purple moonlight. I hear the rested rivers call
And the wind is crying, from a love that won't grow cold
My lover, she is lying, on the dark side of the globe

If we could just join hands (X3)

You got me rockin' when I ought to be a-rollin'
Darlin', tell me, darlin', which way to go
You keep me rockin', baby, then you keep me stolen
Won't you tell me, darlin', which way to go... that's right

Oh how I wonder, oh how I worry and I would dearly like to know
I've all this wonder of earthly plunder will it leave us anything to show

And our time is flyin' see the candle burnin' low
Is the new world rising, from the shambles of the old

If we could just join hands.


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"The Rover" as written by Robert Plant Jimmy Page

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    Song MeaningWell as we all know Zep loved to writes songs about mythology and history. I believe this song is about the privateer ship "The Rover" That was commissioned in the year 1800.

    "I've been to London, seen seven wonders."

    The ship was built in Canada but did see London Egypt India the Amazon among just some of the wonders of the world

    It single headedly engaged a French Convoy coming with plunder from Egypt.

    it captured three spanish gun boats and the Santa Rita off the coast of Venezuela.

    "I've all this wonder of earthly plunder will it leave us anything to show"

    "Traversed the planet when heaven sent me. I saw the kings who rule them all
    "There can be no denyin' that the wind 'll shake 'em down""

    the Wind being the changes in the world French revolution the American Revolution. It fought Napoleon and Witnessed the last of the Holy Roman Emperors. Seeing a new world rising from the Napoleonic wars. the Napoleonic wars represent the end of the Old world of Emperors and kings and the beginning of the new World of republics and Democracy.

    "Is the new world risin', from the shambles of the old "

    The Ship eventually capsized and sank in the West Indies.

    "And the wind is crying, from a love that won't grow cold
    My lover, she is lying, on the dark side of the globe"

    the West Indies was originally consider OF THE EDGE OF THE FLAT WORLD in the darkness.

    "And the flat world's flyin'. There's a new plague on the land"

    As we all know Europeans brought Plague and disease to the west Indies and 70% of the population died from the new plague on the land.
    resotston December 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI've always loved the guitar in this song. From the spastic beginning, to the slurred verse, i may like the guitar here better than on any other zeppelin song.
    Mephon September 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdoes this song sound like it has a southern rock type sound to it a little bit to anyone else? cuz i think it does.
    scooter44on September 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, i think it has a great message, I love the part especially where they say, "And our time is flying, see the candle burning low, Is the new world rising from the shambles of the old" Great Lyrics right there!
    RockOn947on March 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song has such an amazing guitar solo. One of my favourite lesser known Zeppelin songs.
    Frank N Furteron June 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree RockOn, I also love "My lover she is lying on the darkside of the globe". This is definately my favorite unheard-of-by-anyone-else-I-know. And they call themselves fans. :(
    johnpauljones86on June 20, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favourite.
    manda_mayhemon October 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song, it is perhaps my favourite on that particular CD, apart from Kashmir of course. It just makes me feel happy, and i agree the lyrics are quite good. Wow, it's always nice to meet fellow zep fans
    leonieon October 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentRamblin'
    JosephWolfon January 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this is second best song on the album. The Wanton Song is my favorite Zep song of all. Kashmir is a good one but over-played.
    JumpyJackon January 21, 2005   Link

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