"In My Time of Dying" as written by and Robert Plant Jimmy Page....
In my time of dying, want nobody to mourn
All I want for you to do is take my body home

Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Well, well, well, so I can die easy

Jesus, gonna make up/out siviers
Jesus, gonna make up my dyin' bed
Meet me, Jesus, meet me
Oh meet me in the middle of the air
If my wings should fail me, Lord
Oh please meet me with another pair

Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Well, well, well, so I can die easy

Jesus, gonna make up
Somebody, somebody
Oh, oh Jesus gonna make up
Jesus gonna make you my dyin' bed

Oh, Saint Peter, at the gates of heaven
Won't you let me in
I never did no harm
I never did no wrong

Oh, Gabriel, let me blow your horn
Let me blow your horn
Oh, I never did, did no harm

I've only been this young once
I never thought I'd do anybody no wrong
No, not once

Oh, I did somebody some good
Somebody some good yeah
Oh, did somebody some good yeah
I must have did somebody some good yeah
Oh I believe I did

I see the smiling faces
I know I must have left some traces

And I see them in the streets
And I see them in the field
And I hear them shouting under my feet
And I know it's got to be real
Oh, Lord, deliver me
All the wrong I've done
You can deliver me, Lord
I only wanted to have some fun

Hear the angels marchin'
Hear the' marchin', hear them marchin'
Hear them marchin', the' marchin'

(Oh my Jesus)
It's got to be my Jesus
Oh, it's got to be, it's got to be my Jesus
it's got to be my oh
it's got to be my Jesus
Oh take me home
Come on, come on I can hear the answer, sing it
Oh, here they come
Here they come
Here they come
Bye-bye
Bye-bye
Bye-bye
Bye-bye
Bye-bye
Oh, feels pretty good, don't you?
Pretty good, I feel
(Oh, Georgina)

(Oh)
Oh, yeah
Oh, I see him
Come on
(Take it)

Oh, don't you make it my dyin', dyin', dyin'
Cough, "that's gonna be the one, isn't it?"
"Come have a listen, then"
Oh yes, thank you


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"In My Time of Dying" as written by Robert Plant Jimmy Page

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  • +4
    General CommentAdman is correct actually. In the wonderful movie "It Might get Loud" about the electric guitar with Jimmy Page, Jack White and the Edge, Blind Willy Johnson is credited as being greatly influential to them. From their own testimony. Brilliant film. If you like this song then you have to see this film.

    There are no sexual innuendos in the lyrics. This is about dying, the hereafter, and pleading with God to accept your excuses about your life and hope to play music in heaven.

    But a pervert will make everything seem perverse and see sexual innuendo in everything anybody sings or says and make everything seem perverted. Pointless arguing with a twisted mind because you get a twisted argument back.
    Anthemaon May 10, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti LOVE this song.....i want it played at my funeral (and i'm not even christian)
    theoceanon June 18, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"In all respect" it is amazing how nutty the posts are on forums such as this. Zeppelin's early work was largely covers of blues artists, including Blind Willie Johnson. Blind Willie was a major influence on Jimmy Page's guitar work. This song and "Nobody's Fault But Mine" are tributes to Blind Willie's slide guitar work, which was beyond anything that has ever been done since. It is equally amazing how people get some of their crazy ideas about songs...i.e. "...an indictment of Christianity." Hello? The lyrics were lifted directly from Blind Willie's work. In addition to being arguably the finest slide guitar player that ever lived, Blind Willie Johnson was a Christian Evangelist. The more you learn about music, the more you will appreciate this fact.
    Admanon July 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about a man who is about to die. He is praying to Christ to forgive his sins and welcome him into Heaven.
    Philadelphia Eagleson June 13, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis dude is repentin let him!
    bowenon June 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMuch of Zeppelins work was derived from the Missippi Delta blues. One artist in particular was Blind Willie Johnson. Blind Willie was a "street preacher" and slide guitar player. He is credited by many including Eric Clapton and Keith Richards as being the finest slide guitar player who ever lived. This song, "In My Time of Dying" are derived from Blind Willie's works...including the famous line "Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed". Pagey's slide guitar work is also a tribute to Blind Willie. Unfortunately, Page liked to "steal" ideas from early Blues artists without giving them any mentions on the credits.

    I wonder if Plant considers it as it was meant to be. He has hardly lived a Christian life. On the DVD he asks, after the line "Oh Gabriel, let me blow your horn", "have you ever had your horn blown?" Could this be a sexual reference? -- if so, an abomination to God! Blind Willie, a gospel preacher would turn over in his grave.
    Admanon July 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLOL, the most sober...who can argue. But seriously, this song is a bit out of character for zeppelin. I love this song just about as much as I love Misty Mountain Hop. I bet Plant did have different intentions with the lyrics...he's probably had his horn blown more than a couple times.
    makemeincubuson October 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn all respect, zeppelin never covered a song a day in their life. listen to this thing... the only similarities it bares to the origonal is the lyrical work, which has considerably large alterations to it at that.
    the time signature changes in this song is mind numbing. Alot of really technical stuff with the beat, and while the guitar isn't to difficult to play....MAN! it sounds frikin cool.
    If you arent a missisipi delta blues guy, just listen past the first few minutes, it starts to rock hard. Truly one of my favorites.
    SeaThingChildon July 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSolinus: Yes, the term "adaptation" is spot on! Zeppelin's genius is in taking those old blues classics and capturing their true spirit in the new electric genre. It becomes a whole new song, really. And it's perfectly legitimate to do this, since EVERY great artist has had his personal influences from which he derived his own masterpeices. I love Page's slide guitar work here; there are many great rock guitarists, but NONE who have mastered SO MANY different styles like Jimmy Page. Plant belts out the lyrics like nobody else could; raw, energetic and yet sublime. As for the idea mentioned earlier that this is some sort of "indictment" of Christianity... all I can say is BULLOCKS! This was originally a Christian spiritual, and Zeppelin have done NOTHING to change that. Someone else comment earlier that the quip about Gabriel never having had his horn blown MAY be a sexual reference. I think not. I think Plant's just pointing out that Gabriel is not HUMAN and is therefore not subject to judgement like we are, and that Gabriel should therefore be more understanding and show some mercy. Lastly, no I'm NOT trying to say that Zeppelin are models of Christian virtue... but I will say that they are no worse, and perhaps even better, than SOME famous evangelists who've been caught with their pants down (Jim Baker for instance). No, they're not perfect, but they're not HYPOCRITES either. They might be liberal-mind when it comes to sex, but they don't drop bombs on Iraqi women and children either. Jimmy Page is doing some terrific charity work in Brazil right now, providing housing for the homeless in Rio. "Casa Jimmy" I think it's called... but the MEDIA seems to be ignoring this because it doesn't fit in with the "satanic occultist" stereotype they've painted over him. In summary, this is a CHRISTIAN track performed by Led Zeppelin, and it KICKS ASS!!!
    RayManon April 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Oh, Gabriel Let me blow your horn"

    Sounds like a parody of an old spiritual to me. Ya i think this was an old song they changed to suit their own purposes.
    Username is takenon May 18, 2007   Link

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