South Bound Saurez
|South Bound Saurez|
|Appears on||In Through the Out Door|
|Published by||Flames of Albion Music|
|Release date||15 August 1979|
|Recorded|| November - December 1978 at|
Polar Studios, Stockholm.
Mixed at Plumpton Studios, Sussex.
|Genre||Hard rock, rock|
|Length||4 minutes 11 seconds|
|Composer||John Paul Jones, Robert Plant|
|Label||Swan Song Records|
The title is a playful pun on words. In Through the Out Door was written during a time when many bands were considered by some sections of the music press as being dinosaurs. 'Suarez' is a wine-producing region in Uruguay, South America. Some of the lyrics in the song attest to this, mentioning flying down (southbound), being happy to have his feet on the ground again, watching a woman walk and talk, heavy rhythm, and con carne, the Spanish term for a dish prepared with beef.
The song is centred around John Paul Jones's honky-tonk piano, recorded using a Steinway grand piano. It is credited to Jones and singer Robert Plant. 'South Bound Saurez' is one of only two Led Zeppelin songs which Jimmy Page had no part in writing (the other being 'All My Love', also from In Through the Out Door). At the time, Page and drummer John Bonham were spending a lot of time together and rarely appeared at the studio when Plant and Jones started working on songs for In Through the Out Door. Page made a few minor mistakes in his guitar part, but opted to leave them in.
- Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 92. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1.