"We've done four already but now we're steady
And then they went: One, two, three, four"

Singing in the sunshine, laughing in the rain
Hitting on the moonshine, rocking in the grain
Got no time to pack my bags, my foots outside the door
I got a date, I can't be late, for the high hopes hailla ball, uh uh, uh uh, yeah

Singing to an ocean, I can hear the ocean's roar
Play for free, I play for me and play a whole lot more, more!
Singing about the good things and the sun that lights the day
I used to sing on the mountains, has the ocean lost its way

I don't know, oh oh, yeah'

Ooh, yeah

Sitting round singing songs 'til the night turns into day
Used to sing about the mountains but the mountains washed away
Now I'm singing all my songs to the girl who won my heart
She is only three years old and it's a real fine way to start

Oh yeah!

It sure is fine!
Ah blow my mind!
When the tears are goin' down!
Yeah! Yeah, yeah

Oh so, oh so, oh so good!
Oh so good!


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The Ocean Lyrics as written by John Paul Jones John Bonham

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  • +1
    General CommentHas anyone ever put on their head phones, and cranked up this song extremely loud. Did you ever notice the squeek in John Bonhams bass drum pedal. Just an interesting little fault in a great album. This can also be heard in the song "Since I've Been Lovin You"
    Phishhead420on May 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is a song about Robert Plants 3 year old daughter.

    "Now I'm singing all my songs to the girl who won my heart
    She is only three years old and it's a real fine way to start."

    read that and then the lyrics again and it will all fall into place, hes just telling us all the fun hes had with her.
    Ben2k9on April 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentactually in response to "hometown_boys" it is about his daughter because in the later years during concerts he would add years for each one of her birthdays, some of the bootlegs he even elaborated on this topic...
    srvhendrixon December 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song isn't just about the crowds or his daughter, it's about both.

    Plant narrates this exultant image of the crowds he sings to. He sang for the oceans and mountains of people, but now he sings for his daughter. This doesn't mean that he doesn't sing to oceans or mountains of people any longer, it just means that the emotion he is putting into his music is now for his daughter.

    The song basically compares his daughter to the ocean, showing that he loves her more than any ocean or mountain (real or metaphorical) you could conceive of. Even if the mountains and oceans were or are great.
    nephoson January 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat's with your name?
    JosephWolfon February 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe none of you Zep fans out there have said yet how the line, "Singing to an ocean..." is a metaphor for the huge crowds (oceans of people) at their shows(Plant said so himself). So what do they mean by "Has the ocean lost it's way?" Does anyone know what the hell, "high hopes hailla ball" means? It doesn't even sound like what he actually says.
    Bite Meon May 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalright i got it. "we've done 4 already" they've done 4 albums. "singing in the sunshine, laughing in the rain" have a good time rockin on stage. "i got a date for the high hopes hailla ball" means i got a date with millions of fans."has the ocean lost its way" means after 4 albums are u still my fans? and it ends up with them having their consert.
    metallica buffon May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is SO underrated, why don't more people talk about it?? i LOVE it!
    starla33on June 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song rocks, I love when it comes on the radio at work. Such a catchy riff, great happy song that can put you in a good mood.

    Awesome solo, as always.
    Muzzyon March 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPantera - I'm broken's riff was taken from this song and elaborated.
    Ar3son April 20, 2003   Link

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