Modern Poetry Edition #55 {Lead or Be Led}


Hey, everybody! Did everyone like gettin' Led last month or what?

"Thank You" received some solid support from the Ladies for its sweet hallmark sentiments, "Going to California" was popular with the fellas, and with an opening line like, "Spent my days with a woman unkind, Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine," why wouldn't it be? You followers of both modern and ancient poetry know how influential an opening line can be.

But "Heartbreaker" was skunked and "Whole Lotta Love" got only one vote (though its recitation at the Player's Ball is always received warmly, the crowd going wild with delight at, "Shake for me, girl. I wanna be your backdoor man").

So the crossover hit that takes the MPulitzer is "Over The Hills and Far Away," or OTHAFA to you Led-heads out there. It's a fine ode to a fine lady -- at the beginning: "Hey lady, you got the love I need. Maybe, more than enough. Oh Darling... walk a while with me. You've got so much." Sweet, simplistic beauty. Just like the ancient poems were!

But it goes deeper and get's at mankind's place in the world, what we know and also the unknowable.

"Many times I've lied - Many times I've listened. Many times I've wondered how much there is to know."

and, Dan's favorite line:

"Many dreams come true and some have silver linings; I live for my dream and a pocketful of gold."

Enjoy the rest of the summer, MP readers. And watch where you're going would ya? "Many many men can't see the open road."

--Sean

Modern Poetry Edition #55 {Lead or Be Led}
[6/21/06]
Thank You by Led Zeppelin
Going To California by Led Zeppelin
**Over The Hills And Far Away by Led Zeppelin
Heartbreaker by Led Zeppelin
Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin

**Winner of MPulitzer

Hey, everybody! We're all gonna get Led!

I mean 54 editions in the books and the only Led around was 'You Shook Me' and 'Hats off (to Roy Harper)' -- neither won squat. Okay then, here's some Led you may have even heard on your Classic AOR station, or maybe even in your high-school parking lot back in '82.

These are actually all spectacular poems. Hey I was surprised too. Not since the Paul Simon double issue has there been a more solid edition, so I will get out of the way and let the poems take center stage.

Enjoy them.

--Sean


Thank You by Led Zeppelin
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If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you.
When mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me.

Kind woman, I give you my all, Kind woman, nothing more.

Little drops of rain whisper of the pain, tears of loves lost in the days gone by.
My love is strong, with you there is no wrong,
together we shall go until we die. My, my, my.
An inspiration is what you are to me, inspiration, look... see.

And so today, my world it smiles, your hand in mine, we walk the miles,
Thanks to you it will be done, for you to me are the only one.
Happiness, no more be sad, happiness....I'm glad.
If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you.
When mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me.

Going To California by Led Zeppelin
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Spent my days with a woman unkind, Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine.
Made up my mind to make a new start, Going To California with an aching in my heart.
Someone told me there's a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.
Took my chances on a big jet plane, never let them tell you that they're all the same.
The sea was red and the sky was grey, wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today.
The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake
as the children of the sun began to awake.

Seems that the wrath of the Gods
Got a punch on the nose and it started to flow;
I think I might be sinking.
Throw me a line if I reach it in time
I'll meet you up there where the path
Runs straight and high.

To find a queen without a king,
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings... la la la
Ride a white mare in the footsteps of dawn
Tryin' to find a woman who's never, never, never been born.
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams,
Telling myself it's not as hard, hard, hard as it seems.

Over The Hills And Far Away by Led Zeppelin
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Hey lady -- you got the love I need
Maybe, more than enough.
Oh Darling... walk a while with me
You've got so much...

Many have I loved - Many times been bitten
Many times I've gazed along the open road.
Many times I've lied - Many times I've listened
Many times I've wondered how much there is to know.

Many dreams come true and some have silver linings
I live for my dream and a pocketful of gold.
Mellow is the man who knows what he's been missing
Many many men can't see the open road.

Many is a word that only leaves you guessing
Guessing 'bout a thing you really ought to know, ooh!
You really ought to know...

Heartbreaker by Led Zeppelin
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Hey fellas, have you heard the news? You know that Annie's back in town?
It won't take long just watch and see how the fellas lay their money down.
Her style is new but the face is the same as it was so long ago,
But from her eyes, a different smile like that of one who knows.

Well, it's been ten years and maybe more since I first set eyes on you.
The best years of my life gone by, here I am alone and blue.
Some people cry and some people die by the wicked ways of love;
But I'll just keep on rollin' along with the grace of the Lord above.

People talkin' all around 'bout the way you left me flat,
I don't care what the people say, I know where their jive is at.
One thing I do have on my mind, if you can clarify please do,
It's the way you call me by another guy's name when I try to make love to you.
I try to make love but it ain't no use.

Work so hard I couldn't unwind, get some money saved;
Abuse my love a thousand times, however hard I tried.
Heartbreaker, your time has come, can't take your evil way;
Go away, Heartbreaker.

Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
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You need coolin'
Baby, I'm not foolin'
I'm gonna send you
back for schoolin'

Way down inside honey, you need it
I'm gonna give you my love
I'm gonna give you my love

Wanna Whole Lotta Love?
Wanna Whole Lotta Love?
Wanna Whole Lotta Love?
Wanna Whole Lotta Love?

You've been learnin'
Baby, I mean learnin'
All them good times, baby, baby
I've been Yearnin'

Way, way down inside honey, you need it,
I'm gonna give you my love
I'm gonna give you my love

Wanna Whole Lotta Love?
Wanna Whole Lotta Love?
Wanna Whole Lotta Love?
Wanna Whole Lotta Love?

You been foolin'
Baby, I've been droolin'
All the good times
I've been misusin'

Way, way down inside, I'm gonna give you my love,
I'm gonna give you every inch of my love,
Gonna give you my love.
Yeah! All right! Let's go!

Wanna Whole Lotta Love?
Wanna Whole Lotta Love?
Wanna Whole Lotta Love?
Wanna Whole Lotta Love?

Way down inside, woman, You need love
Shake for me, girl
I wanna be your backdoor man.
Hey, oh, hey, oh, Oh, oh, oh, Keep a-coolin' baby
Keep a-coolin' baby.