"Nobody's Fault but Mine" as written by and John Paul Jones John Bonham....
Oh, nobody's fault but mine
Nobody's fault but mine
Trying to save my soul tonight
Oh, it's nobody's fault but mine

The devil he told me to roll
The devil he told me to roll
How to roll the log tonight
Nobody's fault but mine

Brother he showed me the gong?
Brother he showed me the ding dong ding dong
How to keep that gong alive
Oh, it's nobody's fault but mine

Got a monkey on my back
Got a mo, mo, mo, mo, monkey on my back, back, back, back
Gonna change my ways tonight
Nobody's fault but mine

I will get down rollin' tonight
No-no-no-no-no-no-nobody's fault


Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Nobody's Fault But Mine" as written by James Patrick (jimmy) Page Robert Anthony Plant

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    General CommentBTW...I simply means that we are solely responsible for our sins and we will have to answer to God. We can't blame them on anyone else...Plant's version seems a bit sarcastic to me...he is hardly a "street preacher."
    Admanon November 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentroadrunner99,
    did you know them personally? no. then shut the fuck up.

    Good song, love the drumming. The intro was overdubbed 3 times, and one guitar he played with a octave higher than the others.
    Philadelphia Eagleson October 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwoa adman - " Typical comment from a 15 year old snotnosed child...who knows nothing about music."

    Sorry but - who gives a shit what you think? i doubt led zep sounds anything like anything form 1920's, Yes rock is built on blues, and yes the song is about us being responsable for our sins but i am 15. i feel inclined to call you a twat, a stuck up wanker, who couldent give a shit about the music the band creates, because he feels it is nessiary that every good song should be stolen. and by the way, and i know this is hypocritical of me but when the hell did this become a place for insulting each other? This is a place to discuss artistic meanings of songs.

    cant we all just be friends? or are you all americans?
    jefrotullon March 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentALSO, in further clarification of the above point, notice how the riff (and the song) only stops when Plant DOESN'T say "Mine". It simply ends with him screaming "Nobody's fault!" and THEN the whipping stops! I rest my case.
    RayManon January 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think every band [and by every, I do mean every, not just in one genre] is influenced by another. Led Zeppelin was no exception.

    I have to agree with Mandolinloser's comment: "Led Zeppelin was more influential through their music, not their lyrics."

    It probably matters to some of you whether "stealing" from other materials is relevant or not, but the fact is.. whether they had "stolen" it, it seems like they made it their own. Plus, it has a very addictive riff.

    Don't know about the Whipping thing though, but I think this song is about taking things into your own hands and be responsible for it. My meaning seemed to be one of the most obvious one of them all, but still, it's my take on it.

    Oh, and BTW;; Ray, nice description of Presence! It cracked me up, I'm checking out that album of Led Zep btw.
    lonestar_x_tragedyon November 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti find it hard to believe no one has commented on this song yet. the guitar is amazing, especially in the beginning. and it continues to be awsome throughout the whole song, its just a perfect example of an awsome led zeppelin song.
    scooter44on September 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing song...i dont have any clue what it means though
    incubus421on April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe abrupt instrumental rests, & start/stop syncronisms add a lot of sudden energy and punctuation to this song. As far as lyrical interpretation is concerned, there are a couple of opinions out there. For those subscribing to the theory that Led Zeppelin's strings were pulled by supernatural forces, and as suggested in "Hammer of the Gods," this song represents the point where the band stopped it's flirtations with the supernatural. Personally, I think that's BS. Considering that this was Zep's 7th album, and that Robert Plant was involved in a serious car accident before/during recording, I think it more likely suggests a conscious decision to take another path, grow-up and move away from the decadent rockstar lifestyle. Wonder if that ever happened?
    irie13on April 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother great song. Grateful Dead did it too. I think the BlackCrowes also. Where did it come from?

    Lyrics are by Blind Willie Johnson from 1928.
    EARTHmanon June 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMuch of Zeppelins work was derived from the Missippi Delta blues. One artist in particular was Blind Willie Johnson. Blind Willie was a "street preacher" and slide guitar player. He is credited by many including Eric Clapton and Keith Richards as being the finest slide guitar player who ever lived. This song and another, "In My Time of Dying" are derived from Blind Willie's works...including the famous line "Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed". Pagey's slide guitar work is also a tribute to Blind Willie. Unfortunately, Page liked to "steal" ideas from early Blues artists without giving them any mentions on the credits.
    Admanon July 02, 2004   Link

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