"Houses of the Holy" as written by and Robert Plant Jimmy Page....
Let me take you to the movies
Can I take you to the show
Let me be yours ever truly
Can I make your garden grow

From the houses of the holy, we can watch the white doves go
From the door comes satan's daughter, and it only goes to show, you know

There's an angel on my shoulder, in my hand a sword of gold
Let me wander in your garden and the seeds of love I'll sow you know

So the world is spinning faster are you dizzy when you're stoned
Let the music be your master will you heed the master's call
Oh Satan and man

Said there ain't no use in crying 'cause it will only, only drive you mad
Does it hurt to hear them lying?
Was this the only world you had? oh oh

So let me take you, take you to the movie
Can I take you, baby, to the show
Why don't you let me be yours ever truly
Can I make your garden grow, you know


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"Houses of the Holy" as written by Robert Plant Jimmy Page

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  • +4
    General Commentthis song isn't as much about good v. evil as everybody thinks. it's really just about a guy trying to get this girl to go with him. and satan's daughter i think just means some girl or something that would tempt him. and all the "can i make your garden grow" type lines i think are just suttle refrences to sex. the music is your master it's just saying follow the beat and do what feels right (at least at the time ;)).
    jimmer-the-greaton January 28, 2005   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation
    I see a man trying to coax a woman into letting go of her fear of this existence, and to place trust in the "big picture". So he is warming up to her at first, saying "let's go there, let's do that, let's have fun, while we watch the unfolding of this tapestry we call life - for why be anything but perfectly happy while this "thing" happens".

    Then he tries to succinctly explain some of the mystery: holy houses/white doves = good/all that is good - yet out of "good" is where darkness/evil finds it's birth, and this perplexing juxtaposition is actually proof that there is nothing to worry about... and that she knows this in her core, if she actually examines it further.

    So even though there is "evil", it's still OK, because in the big picture, first off, it emerged from good... so in effect, it is more illusionary than a brief glance would detail. Even then, we seem to be some kind of balancing system that is unassailable, with angels at our command, and perfect weapons by our side - all part of the big picture, all part of our purpose here.

    So let us not worry about the details, but do what comes naturally.... and boy just wait and see what marvels come from that! Just wait till she finds out the depth of "woman"'s destiny!


    So then, if she opens up, and let's go of the fear, well the world will become a very different place, one where she too can be led along gently. If she goes along, she will get to see the immensity of the darkness ahead - yet even still, there is no sense in allowing it to get to you - because of that illusionary essence (much like a moire pattern - yes you can see it, but it's essence is actually rooted in how the brain, and optical system work - it's not really there, and yet it is). Believing that a moire pattern has more substance than it does is the first step in going crazy - so don't let the darkness steer you wrong - by believing in it, and worse fearing it.

    And do not be bummed that you you have to deal with all this confusion either. This is only the movie you snuck into... it isn't really happening "to" you - you get to watch, you get to experience, but you don't get to "own" any part of it - it isn't "your" world.

    So this guy is saying, don't get so wrapped up in the dream that you bog yourself down, and miss the true purpose for being here - something that he suggests might also be missed if she doesn't connect with someone like himself.
    biosylumon October 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits hard not to like this song. dont the gutars sound nice
    Philadelphia Eagleson June 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just would like to take this opportunity to Give JPJ some credit. He always stayed in the back and never gets much glory because the other three were charasmatic and all considered one of the best in their 'instrument'.
    John Paul Jones though plays amazing bass (Lemon Song) and just... so much feeling and stuff (Ramble On). Him and Bonzo were always so tight which let Plant and Page just ride around on top which was HUGELY important to Zeppelin. He also did great keyboards as well as mandolin and a little guitar. Also, he arranged a lot of their music. He is amazing at arranging. Listen to some of the stuff he arranged in session work for a good example. He was the musical, though all musically inclined, genius of the 4
    EmporerEzekeilon March 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about sex, sex, sex, drugs, rock and roll, drugs and sex once more, all in that order!!!
    And bass/guitar, damn good guitar!

    et me take you to the movies. Can I take you to the show
    Let me be yours ever truly. Can I make your garden grow
    SEX

    From the houses of the holy, we can watch the white doves go
    From the door comes Satan's daughter, and it only goes to show. You know.
    SEX

    There's an angel on my shoulder, In my hand a sword of gold
    Let me wander in your garden. And the seeds of love I'll sow. You know.
    SEX

    So the world is spinning faster. Are you dizzy when you're stoned
    Let the music be your master. Will you heed the master's call
    Oh... Satan and man.
    DRUGS
    rock and roll

    Said there ain't no use in crying. Cause it will only, only drive you mad
    Does it hurt to hear them lying? Was this the only world you had? Oh-oh
    DRUGS

    So let me take you, take you to the movie. Can I take you, baby, to the show.
    Why don't you let me be yours ever truly. Can I make your garden grow
    SEX
    skymiron August 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like to think of this song as a song about hospitality.
    People who own houses are holy in the eyes of the government.
    The government and media tell people that it's a dangerous world and they shouldn't go outside because of all the bad things happening like how they talk about on the news.
    The person in the song invites someone outside into the world and shows them that it isn't as bad as people tell them it is.
    ANIMOSI7Yon September 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Houses Of The Holy"

    [Let me take you to the movies. Can I take you to the show]
    [Let me be yours ever truly. Can I make your garden grow]
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    "Let me take you to the movies", "Can I take you to the show", and "Let me be yours ever truly" are simply metaphors referring to Led Zeppelin's performances on stage and their music.
    In the phrase "Can I make your garden grow" the use of the word *garden* refers to the songs a person knows. For instance a garden is a collection of different vegetables as is a garden of songs is a collection of a lot of different songs. When the lyrics ask to *make your garden grow* they are simply asking you to listen and enjoy their music. Led Zeppelin are entertainers wanting you to listen to their music and come to their shows.
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    [From the houses of the holy, we can watch the white doves go]
    [From the door comes Satan's daughter, and it only goes to show. You know.]
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    *From the houses of the holy* is metaphorically referring to self righteous religious people who use to condemn rock and roll. *Houses* meant the "consciousnesses" of the self righteous people. *White doves* referred to innocent people who would go watch these concerts and when they came back [through the *doors* of their homes] they would be under the influence of what was referred to satanic music. *You know* ... simply means you know how the self righteous think. It's simply joking about their absurd views on rock and roll music.
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    [There's an angel on my shoulder, In my hand a sword of gold]
    [Let me wander in your garden. And the seeds of love I'll sow. You know.]
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    *There's an angel on my shoulder* could have been lyrics inserted by Jimmy Page due to his knowledge of Satanist Aleister Crowley who claimed he had an angel who guided him. It could have been used metaphorically to help express the absurdities of some people's opinions about rock and roll at the time and how people thought it was influenced by satan. *In my hand a sword of gold* could have been in reference to their musical instruments in which they performed with. *Let me wander in your garden. And the seeds of love I'll sow" simply means let them entertain you and create new and entertaining songs for you to know and enjoy.
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    [So the world is spinning faster. Are you dizzy when you're stoned]
    [Let the music be your master. Will you heed the master's call]
    [Oh... Satan and man.]
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    *So the world is spinning faster. Are you dizzy when you're stoned* and *Let the music be your master. Will you heed the master's call*
    This refers to the drugs that goes with rock concerts and sitting back and enjoying it despite public opinion from people who viewed rock music as satanic.
    *Oh... Satan and man* "Ohhhhhh" is drawn out to represent the crying out of people who strongly oppose rock music and *Satan and man* is what the crying is referred to [satan mingling with man through music]. The lyrics simply expressing the crying out of people who are against rock and roll and how satan is using music to influence man. The next verse is built on this idea'
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    [Said there ain't no use in crying. Cause it will only, only drive you mad]
    [Does it hurt to hear them lying? Was this the only world you had? Oh-oh]
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    *Was this the only world you had* means was it these peoples only mission in life was to try and destroy public opinion on rock and roll music? It goes on and says there's no use in crying about it and to not let the idea of rock and roll drive you mad. It's not that bad of a thing. *Does it hurt to hear them lying* refers to satan and anything satanic. Satan is referred to as "A Liar". Association with rock and roll music is what was refereed to when they said *Does it hurt to hear them lying* [does it hurt to see people fall for what the self righteous thinks is satan music]?
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    [So let me take you, take you to the movie. Can I take you, baby, to the show.]
    [Why don't you let me be yours ever truly. Can I make your garden grow
    You know. ]
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    The last 3 verses may be the same as the first 3 verses but what they seem to imply here that the author of this song has proven that the self righteous religious people who view rock and roll music as satanic are just delusional and that the music is okay to enjoy, so now will they let you entertain them and listen to their music.
    This song is really a song about thumbing your nose at the self righteous religious people who wanted rock and roll to go away. It's meant to be a fun song is is perfectly expressed by Jimmy Page's choice of guitar rifs.
    Dmerckon January 20, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song strikes me as a little cynical ... a love song talking about the corruption of man by woman. There are some metaphorical references to sexual intercourse ... "the seeds of love I'll sow" ... but the narrator also seems to be condemning his woman at the same time, for being a "child of Satan", or even Satan himself.

    Incidentally, the line about letting the "music be your master" is one of the lines that spurred rumours that Zep were trying to intertwine Satanic propaganda with their music. All crap, in my opinion, but ...
    MadTomon March 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt seems to me that it is more against satanism then for it..... if you put the Satan and Man part down with the stanza below it, you get it with "Does it hurt to hear them lying? Was this the only world you had?" which could show man as being corrupted by satan and lying etc.......I dunno just an opinion
    Sukaion June 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNice observation ledskynyrd, except they named a previous album after this song. Although this song appears on Physical Graffiti (which came out in 1975), it was written while they were writing the album this song takes its name from in 1973. Speculation is that they saved it for later because it sounded too much like "Dancing Days".
    overkill94on October 04, 2004   Link

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