Monday, June 22, 2009

Ramble On

Leaves are falling all around,
It's time I was on my way.
Thanks to you, I'm much obliged
For such a pleasant stay.
But now it's time for me to go,
The autumn moon lights my way.
For now I smell the rain,
And with it pain,
And it's headed my way.
Ah, sometimes I grow so tired,
But I know I've got one thing I got to do,

*Ramble On,
And now's the time, the time is now
To sing my song.
I'm goin' 'round the world,
I got to find my girl, on my way.
I've been this way ten years to the day, Ramble On,
Gotta find the queen of all my dreams.

Got no time to for spreadin' roots,
The time has come to be gone.
And tho' our health we drank a thousand times,
It's time to Ramble On.

* Chorus

I ain't tellin' no lie.
Mine's a tale that can't be told,
My freedom I hold dear;
How years ago in days of old
When magic filled the air,
T'was in the darkest depths of Mordor
I met a girl so fair,
But Gollum, and the evil one crept up
And slipped away with her.
Her, her....yea.
Ain't nothing I can do, no.

* Chorus

Gonna ramble on, sing my song
Gotta keep-a-searchin' for my baby...
Gonna work my way, round the world
I can't stop this feelin' in my heart
Gotta keep searchin' for my baby
I can't find my bluebird!
I'd listen to my bluebird sing but I can't find my blue bird
A-keep-a ramblin' baby...

- Released October 22, 1969

The song's lyrics were heavily influenced by the timeless classic, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

- The opening line ("Leaves are falling all around") is probably a paraphrase of the opening line of Tolkien's poem "Namárië"also called "Galadriel's Lament". The poem may also be the inspiration for the entire first verse. "Namárië" is Quenya for "farewell."

Donald Swann's version of Tolkien's Quenya poem.

"Mine's a tale that can't be told, my freedom I hold dear; How years ago in days of old when magic filled the air, T'was in the darkest depths of Mordor..." refers to the adventures of either Frodo Baggins as he travels to Mordor, or that of Aragorn as he has to choose between staying with his love Arwen (Elrond's daughter) or going to destroy the Ring in Mordor:

- Often mistaken for bongos, drummer John Bonham is actually hitting a plastic rubbish bin throughout the song.

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1 comment:

  1. It is very poetic, very strange, never seen this kind thing before.happy posting