"In My Time of Dying" as written by and Robert Plant Jimmy Page....
In my time of dying, want nobody to mourn
All I want for you to do is take my body home

Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Well, well, well, so I can die easy

Jesus, gonna make up/out siviers
Jesus, gonna make up my dyin' bed
Meet me, Jesus, meet me
Oh meet me in the middle of the air
If my wings should fail me, Lord
Oh please meet me with another pair

Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Well, well, well, so I can die easy

Jesus, gonna make up
Somebody, somebody
Oh, oh Jesus gonna make up
Jesus gonna make you my dyin' bed

Oh, Saint Peter, at the gates of heaven
Won't you let me in
I never did no harm
I never did no wrong

Oh, Gabriel, let me blow your horn
Let me blow your horn
Oh, I never did, did no harm

I've only been this young once
I never thought I'd do anybody no wrong
No, not once

Oh, I did somebody some good
Somebody some good yeah
Oh, did somebody some good yeah
I must have did somebody some good yeah
Oh I believe I did

I see the smiling faces
I know I must have left some traces

And I see them in the streets
And I see them in the field
And I hear them shouting under my feet
And I know it's got to be real
Oh, Lord, deliver me
All the wrong I've done
You can deliver me, Lord
I only wanted to have some fun

Hear the angels marchin'
Hear the' marchin', hear them marchin'
Hear them marchin', the' marchin'

(Oh my Jesus)
It's got to be my Jesus
Oh, it's got to be, it's got to be my Jesus
it's got to be my oh
it's got to be my Jesus
Oh take me home
Come on, come on I can hear the answer, sing it
Oh, here they come
Here they come
Here they come
Bye-bye
Bye-bye
Bye-bye
Bye-bye
Bye-bye
Oh, feels pretty good, don't you?
Pretty good, I feel
(Oh, Georgina)

(Oh)
Oh, yeah
Oh, I see him
Come on
(Take it)

Oh, don't you make it my dyin', dyin', dyin'
Cough, "that's gonna be the one, isn't it?"
"Come have a listen, then"
Oh yes, thank you


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"In My Time of Dying" as written by Robert Plant Jimmy Page

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  • +3
    General CommentAdman is correct actually. In the wonderful movie "It Might get Loud" about the electric guitar with Jimmy Page, Jack White and the Edge, Blind Willy Johnson is credited as being greatly influential to them. From their own testimony. Brilliant film. If you like this song then you have to see this film.

    There are no sexual innuendos in the lyrics. This is about dying, the hereafter, and pleading with God to accept your excuses about your life and hope to play music in heaven.

    But a pervert will make everything seem perverse and see sexual innuendo in everything anybody sings or says and make everything seem perverted. Pointless arguing with a twisted mind because you get a twisted argument back.
    Anthemaon May 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti LOVE this song.....i want it played at my funeral (and i'm not even christian)
    theoceanon June 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love the way religion is used in this song to hide the obvious meanings: sex and drugs ;)
    Philadelphia Eagleson December 24, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"In all respect" it is amazing how nutty the posts are on forums such as this. Zeppelin's early work was largely covers of blues artists, including Blind Willie Johnson. Blind Willie was a major influence on Jimmy Page's guitar work. This song and "Nobody's Fault But Mine" are tributes to Blind Willie's slide guitar work, which was beyond anything that has ever been done since. It is equally amazing how people get some of their crazy ideas about songs...i.e. "...an indictment of Christianity." Hello? The lyrics were lifted directly from Blind Willie's work. In addition to being arguably the finest slide guitar player that ever lived, Blind Willie Johnson was a Christian Evangelist. The more you learn about music, the more you will appreciate this fact.
    Admanon July 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. Love Page's work in it.
    odin_loweon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is easily one of my favorite Zeppelin Songs. The main emphasis is about a man who has recently died. He is pleading to the saints (Gabriel, Peter) to let him into heaven. I do not think the band tells us whether he makes it into heaven or not, but I could be wrong.
    ledzepp115on June 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI guess the reason that they don't tell you if he makes it or not is that they never actually finished the song! I've always wondered what it would sound like if they did...
    mrguitar5on June 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commenta great cover by Zeppelin, originally done by Blind Willie Johnson, the original performer of another Zeppelin hit, "Nobody's Fault but Mine". both songs have a similar theme: a man on his deathbed seeking out justification for his life, owning up to his sins, and seeking forgiveness.
    ramtharon July 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think it is about people expressing that certain activities [sex, drugs and rock 'n roll] are not 'sins.'
    kingmikekingon July 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI believe the song was also done by Bod Dylan.. not sure..I like kingmikeking's interpretation too..that not all we do that is considered 'wrong' is bad
    Artsyon May 21, 2004   Link

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