Saturday, June 27, 2015

Led Zeppelin: Immigrant Song



Led Zeppelin performs “Immigrant Song,” one of the British rock band’s few singles, released on November 5, 1970; it was included in their third studio album, Led Zeppelin III.

Some background information on the song, provided by Wikipedia, cites as its source Chris Welch’s 1994 book, Led Zeppelin:
The "Land of ice and snow" is Iceland, where the band played in June, 1970. Robert Plant explained: "We weren't being pompous. We did come from the land of the ice and snow. We were guests of the Icelandic Government on a cultural mission. We were invited to play a concert in Reykjavik and the day before we arrived all the civil servants went on strike and the gig was going to be canceled. The university prepared a concert hall for us and it was phenomenal. The response from the kids was remarkable and we had a great time. 'Immigrant Song' was about that trip and it was the opening track on the album that was intended to be incredibly different."
It is; this song, it seems, is written from a Viking view, about land exploration and conquest with bits of Old Norse religion thrown into the mix. Immigration is a part of the legacy of many families in many places in the world, who at one time in their history travelled from one land to another in search of a better life, where there exists a mix of economic opportunity, principles of democracy and rule of law. It continues today.

Immigrant Song
by Robert Plant & Jimmy Page

Ah, ah,
We come from the land of the ice and snow,
From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow.
The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands,
To fight the horde, singing and crying: Valhalla, I am coming!

On we sweep with threshing oar, Our only goal will be the western shore.

Ah, ah,
We come from the land of the ice and snow,
From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.
How soft your fields so green, can whisper tales of gore,
Of how we calmed the tides of war. We are your overlords.

On we sweep with threshing oar, Our only goal will be the western shore.

So now you'd better stop and rebuild all your ruins,
For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing.

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