"Wearing and Tearing" as written by and Robert Plant Jimmy Page....
It starts out like a murmur
Then it grows like thunder
Until it bursts inside of you
Try to hold it steady
Wait until you're ready
Any second now will do
Throw the door wide open
Not a word is spoken
Anything that you want to do

Ya know, ya know, ya know
Ya know, ya know, ya know

Don't you feel the same way?
Don't you feel the same way?
But you don't know what to do
No time for hesitatin'
Ain't no time for hesitatin'
All you got to do is move
They say you're feeling blue, well
I just found a cure
It's a thing you gotta do, yeah

(Ya know, ya know, ya know)

Now listen, when you say your body's aching?
I know that it's aching
Chill bumps come up on you
Yeah, the funny fool
I love the funny fool
Just like foolin' after school?
And then you ask for medication
Who cares for medication
When you've worn away the cure

(Ya know, ya know, ya know)

(Hey, hey)
Go back to the country yeah, go back to the country
Feel a change is good for you
When you keep convincin'
Ah, don't keep convincin'
What's that creeping up behind a you?
It's just an old friend, it's just an old friend
And what's that he's got for you?

(Ya know, ya know, ya know)

Yeah, yeah, yeah I can feel it, I can feel it ?
Oh, medication, medication, medication


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"Wearing and Tearing" as written by Robert Plant Jimmy Page

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  • +1
    General CommentYour friend is a dumbass, plain and simple.
    Ron Burgundyon June 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song was aimed at the growing punk culture that saw hating Led Zeppelin as essential to their punk image. the song actually has sort of a Zeppelinized punk feel to it. it was the last song on the band's last album, CODA, an album that they actually considered releasing under an assumed name to prevent the punk influence from hurting sales. i think the song is basically saying that they (zeppelin's members) saw themselves as being mentally little different from the punks that hated them so much, and that they didn`t understand the hate they were shown by punk bands and their followers.
    ramtharon July 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAnd it's not about Jimmy Page's massive drug habit at the time? CODA was released as a method of paying Jimmy Page's outstanding UK Tax bill, as I recall.
    RedKingon December 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about lovemaking, 'ya know' ;-)
    TeddyBon June 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song was made around the time "In Through The Out Door" came out; you know, one of those songs that didn't make the cut. (If you can tell, Plant's voice is drowned out a bit, just like in "Carouselambra".) Plant, however, immediately thought that this song should be made into a single, because he liked it so much.

    By the way, Jimmy Page didn't have an amazing UK Tax Bill when this song came out. He was in tax exile, along with the rest of the band, at the time.


    And yes, heyjude55, your friend is a dumbass. Robert Plant had a solo career after Zeppelin broke up, and his voice was still excellent throughout that. 8D

    And to answer the question I'm supposed to be answering, I think the song is aimed at those who used to be fans of Rock, but switched to Punk. Plant's saying something along the lines of "Now that you're listening to that, aren't you still craving our kind of music? Is it better than ours? No."
    TheEndIsNearon August 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe meaning of the song seems to be to try and pull old and new fans away form punk and to them. And the song really shows that in the years Zeppelin was together, they never lost a step. I love how to song goes from a blistering pace while Plant is singing, "Ya know, Ya know, Ya know, reminicent of the speed of Communication Breakdown, and then a flawless transition to a slower tempo during.
    ClassicRockFan44on October 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit does kind of sound punk...but who cares Zep touched on blues, rock, folk and all that shit including punk with "communication breakdown"....its all rock n' roll to me anyway lol......but no1 here has even talked about the lyics, anyway i was listenining to it and it reminded me of this one chick i know....just my thoughts
    rocknmetal4lifeon March 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of Led Zeppelin's most underrated tracks. Coda gets so much undeserved crap.
    thejayjayjayon April 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits not punk its rock n roll bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to hell with punk all punk is shit
    Jimmy Page66on June 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song was both a message to punk bands that Zeppelin is still the loudest and best thing around. And that the punk bands of the time didn't really know what heavy was. It's an attitude that some of those bands didn't really even have.
    NickZeppon October 09, 2007   Link

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