"The Song Remains the Same" as written by and Robert Anthony Plant James Patrick (jimmy) Page....
I had a dream
Oh, yeah
Crazy dream, uh-huh
Anything I wanted to know
Any place I needed to go
Hear my song
Yeah, people don't you listen now?
Sing along
You don't know what you're missing, now
Any little song that you know
Everything that's small has to grow
And it's gonna grow, push push, yeah

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, California sunlight
Sweet Calcutta rain
Honolulu starbright
The song remains the same
Ooh, ooh, oh, oh

Here we go, here we go
All you gotta do, now
All you gotta do, now
Sing out Hare-Hare
Ooh, dance the Hoochie-Koo
City lights are oh so bright, as we go sliding, sliding
Sliding, sliding, sliding, sliding, sliding, sliding

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"The Song Remains the Same" as written by Robert Anthony Plant James Patrick (jimmy) Page

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  • +3
    General CommentMy take on this is that as time passes they will die but the song will remain the same. Thus as long as people listen they are forever immortalized through their wonderful music.
    teleski13on July 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPlant has spoken often about what this song is all about, and I'm a collector of their live recordings, so I've heard it often. In his words (per his intros from the 1973 shows in New Orleans, Mobile, and Salt Lake City), it's "about how you can travel half way around the world and people are pretty much the same..." That's a quote. They had just gone through India, Australia, etc, early in 1972, prior to the song's recording. They had experienced many cultures and societies, but the song - being music - was the same world wide. People of all languages and cultures could communicate as one with music, and that no matter where in the world we might go, we'd still see the same people.
    mikeydhhon August 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commentone of led zeppelin's best. i can't believe no one's commented on it. i think it's actually about a dream plant had. where he went to different parts of the world, and the "song" was always the same. i think song is metaphorical, but i don't have a clue what it could represent.
    staleph1shon September 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentPlant said this song was inspired by his actual travels to the Asia and the Indies where even though the cultures and people were different, "to keep a long long story short, the song remained the same."
    Zavieron April 14, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI heard it was about Plants belief that all music came from the same root, and melody

    and are alll basically the same
    Burtoniteon January 01, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentZeppelin's tribute to world music,
    and the varieties they experienced on their travels
    JakdamanJudekon May 23, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think its about music being a global language, the song remains the same, and still understood, anywhere.
    aldrrian lunsfelton May 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was originally going to be an instrumental, but then Robert came up with these lyrics. He says that someone pushed the pen for him. I think it's all about living together... but the lyrics can have many interpretations. They're incredible.
    Pukson June 26, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPlant's voice seems to be sped up, and that goes for some other songs as well on the Houses Of The Holy album.
    It's the album where his voice starts to sound battered. The price to pay after 5 years of screaming, I guess, but it never lost it's greatness.
    Kaztoron January 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's "Honolulu star LIGHT", but no biggie either way.

    I live in California, and about once a week I see the sun and get this song in my head.

    "Hare Hare" is a line from the song of the Hare Krishnas. Hoochie Koo is probably from the Rick Derringer song and represents a very different kind of mysic from the Krishnas. Here, the Hares are asked to dance to this very different kind of music because, hey, the song remains the same.
    rikdadon December 13, 2006   Link

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