"No Quarter" as written by and James Patrick (jimmy) Page John Paul Jones....
Close the door, put out the light
No, they won't be home tonight
The snow falls hard and don't you know?
The winds of Thor are blowing cold

They're wearing steel that's bright and true
They carry news that must get through, oh
They choose the path where no-one goes
They hold no quarter
They hold no quarter, oh

Walking side-by-side with death
The devil mocks their every step, ooh
The snow drives back the foot that's slow
The dogs of doom are howling more

They carry news that must get through
To build a dream for me and you, oh, oh, oh
They choose the path where no one goes
They hold no quarter
They ask no quarter

They hold no quarter
They ask no quarter
Without quarter, quarter, yeah (without quarter)
Without quarter, quarter, quarter
Taking no quarter
Oh, oh, oh (hear the dogs of doom) (no, never quarter)
I hear the dogs of doom are howling more

Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by matthewktr

"No Quarter" as written by Jimmy Page John Paul Jones

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    My InterpretationSo, guys I appreciate your memories of revolutionary war terms, but in almost every other way the term No Quarter is used to describe an army not giving any mercy nor taking any surrender. This puts the song in a whole new light, if using the Viking or War perspective that Clemth posted. It could be about the fear of approaching death via an army that holds 'no quarter'.

    A much more light-hearted view on these lyrics is that the song is a bard singing for his own people's army, praising their courage for braving the cold to bring a message, while holding (or their enemies holding) no quarter.

    Also, in my opinion, the line "They carry steel that's bright and true" should be "tried and true", and you tell me which one sounds better (and synonomously the one Robert would use).
    Starrenon January 13, 2017   Link

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