"Down by the Seaside" as written by and Robert Plant Jimmy Page....
Down by the seaside
See the boats go sailin'
Can the people hear
What the little fish are sayin'

Oh, oh, the people turned away
Oh, the people turned away

Down in the city streets,
See all the folk go racin', racin'
No time left, to pass the time of day

The people turned away
The people turned away
So far away, so far away

See how they run, see how they run,
See how they run, see how they run

Do you still do the twist
Do you find you remember things that well
I want to tell you
Some go twistin' every day
Though sometimes it's awful hard to tell

Out in the country,
Hear the people singin'
Singin' 'bout their progress
Knowin' where they're goin'

Oh, oh, the people turned away
Yes, the people turned away

Sing loud for the sunshine
Pray hard for the rain
And show your love for lady nature
And she will come back again
The people turned away
The people turned away


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"Down by the Seaside" as written by Robert Plant Jimmy Page

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    My InterpretationPeople turned away from the concept of original sin, to sing in the sunshine and celebrate their true nature.
    HuckelberryFinnon February 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUmmmmm, this was on Physical Graffiti. Not III.
    AeroLed286on May 11, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGrobus is a scrodum.
    JosephWolfon February 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm shocked there are no comments for this song. In my opinion this by far one of the best Zep III songs. The melody alone makes my head spin with memories of days ago. I especially love the comparison of past to present, the soothing country to the hectic life of the city, and how too many people forgot how to take in a beautiful day and just relax with nature abound. I love every Led Zep song but this is top of my favorites list.
    Dreamwevron September 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's strange how sometimes a song doesn't mean much to you the first time you hear it, but grows on you as you listen to the album a few times. That's how it was for me with Down By the Seaside and Physical Graffiti. There's just something very peaceful yet upbeat about this song. Zeppelin has an amazing repertoire, with hard rock and folk and blues; this song is definitely an amalgam of their skills, that I wouldn't really be able to tell someone what "type" of song this is. It's perhaps the most "country" they get, so maybe that's why it doesn't seem to appeal to the average Zeppelin fan (judging by the lack of posts for this song on this website). Anyway, its purpose seems to be to remind everyone to slow down and enjoy nature, and life in general. And they passed that message through the music just as well as they did through the lyrics.
    Meddleron June 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally concur with Meddler, beautiful and trippy song. Does anyone know if Zep ever played this song live?
    Tazarooon June 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw them in Atlanta and they played it live. In 1977...one of the last couple of dates before Plant's son died and the tour was cancelled.

    It is definitely one of my favorites.
    Admanon July 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song.... Definetly one of the most relaxing songs in existence.
    chasingbankyon October 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually, adman i doubt you saw them play it live because it was never played live, i'm not saying you didn't see them but here is the setlist for the show you are talking about:
    04/23/1977 Atlanta, Georgia - The Omni
    1. The Song Remains The Same
    2. The Rover (intro) / Sick Again
    3. Nobody's Fault But Mine
    5. In My Time of Dying
    6. Since I've Been Loving You
    7. No Quarter
    8. Ten Years Gone
    9. Battle of Evermore
    10. Going to California
    11. Black Country Woman
    12. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp
    13. White Summer / Black Mountain Side
    14. Kashmir
    15. Moby Dick
    16. Guitar Solo
    17. Achilles Last Stand
    18. Stairway To Heaven
    19. Rock And Roll
    21. Trampled Underfoot
    bonzo1277on December 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis would hav to be the worst song on Physical Graffiti. Its a mess of a song IMO. Corny lyircs, boring chord progression, overly long. I can see why it didnt make "Houses of the Holy".
    Grobuson January 07, 2005   Link

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