Led Zeppelin's Top Marijuana Songs

June 1, 2016

Love Led Zeppelin? Here are their top cannabis-rl

 

1. "Misty Mountain Hop"

Based on the title, you'd be forgiven if you assumed this track from the album Led Zeppelin IV (1971) was about the home of the dwarves in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit (1937). But Robert Plant says the song is really about "being caught in the park with wrong stuff in your cigarette papers."

He added that the tune depicts the highs and lows of England's hippie culture. "It's about a bunch of hippies getting busted, about the problems you can come across when you have a simple walk in the park on a nice sunny afternoon. In England it's understandable, because wherever you go to enjoy yourself, 'Big Brother' is not far behind."

 

Which makes it one of the most funky protest songs in rock history.

 

2. "Going to California"

This soulful tune from "Led Zeppelin IV" begins with a different kind of pot protest. Plant sings,

 

"Spent my days with a woman unkind,
Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine."

 

Rock history hasn't figured out the identity of the woman who bogarted Plant's cannabis stash. But we do know that the other woman in the song - the idyllic hippie "with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair" - is likely Joni Mitchell. Plant allegedly added "Joni" to the song's lyrics when performing live.

 

3. "Over the Hills and Far Away"

Plant fell in love with more than Joni Mitchell while visiting California. In "Over the Hills and Far Away," a rollicking track from Houses of the Holy (1973), Plant sings about living for a "pocketful of gold."

 

But in live performances - including the set recorded for the album How the West Was Won - Plant changed the lyrics so that Led Zeppelin could pay tribute to one of California's famed marijuana strains:

 

"I live for my dream
And a pocketful of gold.
Acapulco gold."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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