"Poor Tom" as written by and Robert Plant Jimmy Page....
Here's a tale of Tom
Who worked the railroads long
His wife would cook his meal
As he would change the wheel

Poor Tom, seventh son,
Always knew what's goin' on
Ain't a thing that you can hide from Tom
There ain't nothing that you can hide from Tom

Worked for thirty years
Sharing hopes and fears
Dreamin' of the day
He could turn and say

Poor Tom, work's done,
Been lazin' out in the noonday sun

Ain't a thing that you can hide from Tom
Ain't a thing that you can hide from Tom

His wife was Annie Mae
With any man a game she'd play
When Tom was out of town
She couldn't keep her dress down

Poor Tom, seventh son,
Always knew what's goin' on

Ain't a thing that you can hide from Tom
Ain't a thing that you can hide from Tom

And so it was one day
People got to Annie Mae
Tom stood, a gun in his hand
And stopped her runnin' around

Poor Tom, seventh son,
Gotta die for what you've done

All those years of work are thrown away
To ease your mind is that all you can say?

But what about that grandson on your knee?
Them railroad songs, Tom would sing to me

(Ain't nothing that you can hide from Tom)
(Keep-a truckin')

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"Poor Tom" as written by Robert Plant Jimmy Page

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    General Commentbeing the seventh son would mean that Tom would have little or no inheritance, but in many cultures being the seventh son gave you somewhat mystical powers to compensate for being poor. here the 7th son has the power to know everything, and thus knows that his wife is whoring herself out when he is gone, and ends up killing her for it. so in a way, a misfortune gives way to a blessing which gives way to a curse.
    ramtharon July 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentim amazed on how straight forward this song its, seeing as how its very easy to understand. most led zeppelin songs are very hard to find meanings from, but this one pretty much is right there. great song.
    scooter44on September 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is actually i pretty good Zep song. I'm surprised there aren't more coments.....maybe its because its so easy to tell what i means. But yeah really good song!
    DarkSideOfTheMoon5on November 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Tom who finds out his wife was cheating on him so he killed her. This song kicks ass
    JoNeSyFaN18on February 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love the drum beat in this song. The person telling the story is Poor Tom's grandson. Recorded in 1970, it was remixed for Coda, an album of unreleased tracks that came out after John Bonham died. It was intended for Led Zeppelin III, but didn't make the cut. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant wrote this at Bron-y-aur, the cottage in Wales where they wrote most of Led Zeppelin III.
    Tozzanoon July 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm also surprised there is more comments on this song - it's great! I think it has one on the catchiest beats ever.
    ledzep>everyoneon August 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIs this the same Annie from Heartbreaker?
    BrokenShadowon January 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLove this song--God only knows why this didnt make the cut for III. One of my faves on CODA (which IS spotty, but has a few gems...)
    hangwire13on February 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYea, you said it wonderfully hangwire. Lot of not so good songs, but great ones. Like this. This song would have fit Led Zeppelin III amazingly too. I love this song. The drums are awsome, the lyrics are awsome, the guitar is awsome, the vocals are awsome. The very first time I heard it and from now on for some reason if reminds of like... Mississippi.. like Tom Sawyer, maybe because its poor TOM, but I dunno
    EmporerEzekeilon March 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgood call, BrokenShadow. why is it always annie?
    yeah, the drum part for this is pretty cool, but really repetitive. I like the railroad feel. obvious meaning, but great song. I like the first comment, the seventh son thing, that's a good catch.
    BWIdrummerTAGon March 26, 2006   Link

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