"Tea for One" as written by and Robert Plant Jimmy Page....
How come twenty four hours
Baby sometimes seem to slip into days?
Oh, twenty-four hours
Baby sometimes seem to slip into days, yeah
One minute seems like a lifetime
Oh baby, when I feel this way
Sittin' lookin' at the clock
Time moves so slow
I've been watchin' for the hands to move
Until I just can't look no more
How come twenty four hours
Baby sometimes seems to slip into days?
A minute seems like a lifetime
Baby when I feel this way

To sing a song for you
I recall you used to say
Oh baby this one's for we two
Which in the end is you anyway

How come twenty four hours
Baby sometimes seem to slip into days?
A minute seems like a lifetime
Baby when I feel this way

There was a time that I stood tall
In the eyes of other men
But by my own choice I left you woman
And now I can't get back again

How come twenty-four hours
Sometimes seem to slip into days, yeah
Well, well, well well
A minute seems like a lifetime
Baby when I feel this way

A minute seems like a lifetime
Oh baby, when I feel this way
I feel this way


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"Tea for One" as written by Robert Plant Jimmy Page

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  • +2
    General CommentRayMan is a fucking idiot. The song has nothing to do with weed. Tea is usually a social thing - you drink tea with you spouse in the morning, you meet someone for tea, etc. etc. 'Tea for One' refers to to a guy drinking tea by himself. Alone. It's like going to Starbucks and drinking a cup of coffee by yourself next to the window... who does that?

    This song is about a guy reflecting on being away from his girl. It is evident they used to drink tea together. Judging from this line:

    [To sing a song for you, I recall you used to say
    "Oh baby this one's for we two", Which in the end is you anyway]

    It seems like his girl didn't really like him that much.

    [How come twenty four hours, Baby sometimes slip into days?
    A minute seems like a lifetime, baby when I feel this way. ]

    In the above line, he is talking about how lonely he is without her. "Hours slipping into days" could refer to the girl promising to get in touch with the guy, but not fulfilling it.

    [There was a time that I stood tall, In the eyes of other men
    But by my own choice I left you woman, And now I can't get back again]

    To me, it just seems that this guy and girl liked each other. She was probably a babe, because "in the eye's of other men" he "stood tall" which probably means they respected him for having a good looking girl. In the next part, I think it means he tried to play it cool with her to the point where she got bored and left.

    Nothing to do with weed. At all.
    None of Zep's songs have anything to do with drugs, except maybe Houses of the Holy "Are you dizzy when you're stoned?" But that's it.
    idkwtfwtfon December 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone of zep's best blues songs.
    gringovisionon May 09, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMasterch1ef is completely right, this is another song in which there is a sort of mental tandem between Page and Plant, where they bring out the best in each other - bring out each other's emotions.
    Coolinbnyon September 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat guitar by page. great song. songs pretty down and depressing but its still a good.

    To sing a song for you, I recall you used to say
    "Oh baby this one's for we two", Which in the end is you anyway

    so true, great song.
    Drix793on April 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim surprised no-ones hardly replied! this is one of my fave Zep songs.
    Ben2k9on May 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone else hear the similarities between this and SIBLY?
    Royal0rleanson October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentive always overlooked this song, and the entire Presence album for that matter, until earlier today, and dammit have i been missing out, this song is bluesy bliss.
    MrTambourineManon January 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas anyone ever noticed the resemblance between the intro and the instrumental bridge on The Red Hot Chili Pepper's Righteous & The Wicked?
    Funny ain't it?
    Kaztoron January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentif anyone's ever REALLY missed someone and you were as far away from the as you could possibly be, then the guitar intro would really speak to you. this song is just sublime, that guitar is his heart talking
    ariel21on March 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLyrically, this is basically the same song as Since I've Been Loving You. It is just a slightly different melody and slowed down. Great song.
    Zepfreakon March 20, 2005   Link

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