|Appears on||Led Zeppelin II|
|Published by||Superhype Music|
|Release date||22 October 1969|
|Recorded||June 1969 at|
Juggy Sound Studio, New York.
Mixed at A&R Studios, New York.
|Genre||Hard rock, folk rock|
|Length||4 minutes 35 seconds|
|Composer||Jimmy Page, Robert Plant|
'Ramble On' is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin from their 1969 album Led Zeppelin II. It was co-written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, and was recorded in 1969 at Juggy Sound Studio, New York, during the band's second concert tour of the United States.
The guitar's jangly introduction employs a classic Jimmy Page technique: using regular open chords superimposed higher on the fretboard. Often mistaken for bongos, drummer John Bonham is actually hitting a bodhran throughout the song. The song also serves as a classic illustration of the tight interplay between bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. Jones' light, melodic bass phrases give way to a clever ascending motif which follows Bonham's bass drum.
The song's lyrics were partly influenced by The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The opening lyric ('Leaves are falling all around') is probably inspired by the opening line of Tolkien's poem 'Namárië'. The Tolkien references later in the song refer to the adventures of either Frodo 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:
Mine's a tale that can't be told,
Until 2007 'Ramble On' was never performed live in its entirety at Led Zeppelin concerts. However, part of the song was performed by the band in the middle of 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You' at a concert at Toronto on 2 November 1969, as can be heard on the Led Zeppelin bootleg Listen to my Bluebird. The full version of the song was played at Led Zeppelin's reunion show on 10 December 2007, at the O2 Arena in London.
Single (Digital download)
|Chart (2007)||Peak position|
|Canadian Billboard Hot Digital Singles Chart||66|
- Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 34. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1.
- Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 35. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1.
- Hot Digital Singles - 1 December 2007. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-04-20.