"Hots on for Nowhere" as written by and Robert Plant Jimmy Page....
I was burned in the heat of the moment
Though it couldn't have been the heat of the day
When I learned how my time had been wasted,
(And a) tear fell as I turned away

Now I've got friends who will give me their shoulder,
Event I should happen to fall
Time and his bride growing older
I've got friends who will give me fuck all

Lalalalalalalala, yeah
Lalalalalalalala, my baby
Lalalalalalalala, yeah
Lalalalalalalala

On the corner of Bleeker and nowhere
In the land of not quite day
A shiver ran down my backbone
Face in the mirror turns grey

So I looked round to hitch up the reindeer
Searching hard trying to brighten the day
I turned around to look for the snowman
To my surprise he'd melted away, yeah

Lalalalalalalala, yeah
Lalalalalalalala, my baby
Lalalalalalalala, yeah
Lalalalalalalala

As the moon and the stars call the order
Inside my tides dance the ebb and sway
The sun in my soul's sinking lower
While the hope in my hands turns to clay
I don't ask that my field's full of clover
I don't moan at opportunity's door
And if you ask my advice, take it slower
Then your story'd be your finest reward

Lalalalalalalala, yeah
Lalalalalalalala, my baby
Lalalalalalalala, yeah
Lalalalalalalala

Oh oh oh oh
oh oh oh oh
oh oh oh oh
oh oh oh oh
oh oh oh oh
oh oh oh oh
oh oh oh oh
oh oh oh oh
oh oh oh oh
oh oh oh oh
oh oh oh oh

Lost on the path to attainment
Search in the eyes of the wise
When I bled from the heart of the matter
I started bleeding without a disguise

Now everything's fine under heaven
Now and then you've got to take time to pause
When you're down on the ground, don't be messin' around
Or you'll land in a boat without oars

Lalalalalalalala, yeah
Lalalalalalalala, my baby
Lalalalalalalala, yeah
Lalalalalalalala

Hey babe, Hey babe, Hey babe
I lost my way

Hey babe, hey babe
I really, really, really

Hey babe, hey babe
I don't know where I'm gonna find it

Hey babe, hey babe
Do you want to know
Do you really, really, want to help me, yeah?

Let me tell you now, babe
Let me tell you
That it feels so good that it must be right

Now my babe
Let me tell you
That it feels so good that it must be right

Now my babe
Let me tell you
It just feels, it just feels, it just feels, it just feels so good
So good, so good
oh yeah


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"Hots on for Nowhere" as written by Robert Plant Jimmy Page

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  • +1
    General Commentelbazimo's right...silence can be very powerful when used correctly. i think this song is really great, and agree that is one of the best on Presence. i like the "na na" stuff, or "la la", or whatever it is. catchy :)
    ZepHead379Oneon January 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is probably the best song off the album, minus achilles last stand. ive listened to this song many times, and i really enjoy it. i think its about seeing something you want, and not always being able to get it.
    airplanekennyon April 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is AMAZING! It's the pauses in the song which make the most noise...
    elbazimoon October 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite Led Zeppelin song. It is about trying to reach something and failing, but having friends that will keep you going.
    Big Basseron December 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment<3 this song
    PinkFloydrulezon December 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA good song, with a strong funky element to it.

    The title sounds really hip, but what does it mean exactly?
    Diego8978on February 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis, as with "For Your Life" have references to the abuses of blow (cocaine) and its emptiness ("snowman") etc. He's longing for his friends to keep his direction, in a time when he was in tax exile, living in the island of Jersey. He refers to the friends who aren't quite friends (" friends who will give me fuck all") because they are only there for the excess of attaching themselves to a musical celebrity.

    In the middle stanza ("As the moon...") he feels himself sinking into emptiness from the excesses of the band and how directionless he had felt things had become, and advises the listener to stay hard working and healthy ("And if you ask my advice, take it slower...") for the sake of personal success. He's realized how hollow the people and habits involving fame and riches can be, and warns of how he's felt his emotions and inner self sink to oblivion ("The sun in my soul's sinking lower
    While the hope in my hands turns to clay")

    I can't indict Plant for this being a personal essay; it may have been an affront regarding Page's growing heroin abuse, and related problems.
    mikeydhhon March 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI never really paid much attention to any of the lyrics on the album "Presence" as it was their weakest studio album. Although I still say it was a masterpiece guitar driven album. Page really worked hard on this one despite his drug addiction he was dealing with at the time. This song is sweet. It's got great rythm.
    Nolesy101on March 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis songs SO grooves. Yea, stop start stop start, then the riff changes so that its not like that..then the drums fill in. Then when it comes back to the verse, the riff changes ever so slightly. Brilliant
    EmporerEzekeilon March 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe entire album was recorded while Plant's wife was near death, and Plant was in a full body cast and then a leg cast and doctors weren't even sure if he would be able to walk again.... hence the attitude of these lyrics


    It's talking about his wreck (the first stanza) and then how his friends (particualarly Pagey and Grant) didn't visit him and it made him mad. The other stuff is about him being in the middle of nowhere and how he had to hitch a ride to save his and and wife's lives.

    If you realize it was about the wreck, it's a very straighforward song so I'm not going to explain it all..


    at first look i thought the lyrics on this song were horrible (just the first line had me going... wow.... but actually they're quite good)
    EmporerEzekeilon July 30, 2006   Link

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