Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed

Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear
But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear
Oh, oh.

Oh, I been flying... mama, there ain't no denyin'
I've been flying, ain't no denyin', no denyin'

All I see turns to brown, as the sun burns the ground
And my eyes fill with sand, as I scan this wasted land
Trying to find, trying to find where I've been.

Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dream
Leave the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream
My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again
Sure as the dust that floats high in June, when movin' through Kashmir.

Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years
With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fear

When I'm on, when I'm on my way, yeah
When I see, when I see the way, you stay-yeah

Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, when I'm down...
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, well I'm down, so down
Ooh, my baby, oooh, my baby, let me take you there

Let me take you there. Let me take you there

Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by sobky200, ironIvan

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    General CommentDefinitely inspired by an acid trip. "The storm that leaves no trace" and "traveller through time and space" would be recognized by anyone who has tripped, and don't really describe coke or pot. Same for "not a word could I relate, the story was quite clear": people typically find deep insights on acid which are beyond the ability of words to describe. "I've been flying" and "wasted land" are pretty straightforward.

    Other than that, it's really just a hodge-podge of mystical stuff, probably tossed in to follow the successful formula of Stairway to Heaven and to complement the hypnotic, foreign sound of the riff. Shangri-la is the mythical place, situated in the Himalayas, where wise elders lived forever. It would really be stretching things to read anything deep into this. Led Zeppelin aren't known for well thought out or profound lyrics. The main message seems to be that he wants to get back to that state and wants the listener to go there too. It's an invitation to trip, but not to Africa.

    The desert imagery is inspired by travels through northern Africa as others have said.

    I have listened to this song high and what struck me was that the repetition of the riff really did sound like some kind of spell. I had to shut it off because it creeped me out a little bit, even though I love this song. Could have just been me getting paranoid.
    bigmike7on September 29, 2009   Link

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