Page picked up this tune from a Joan Baez record. Their cover is the kind of heavy jam on a familiar song that bands like Blue Cheer and Vanilla Fudge were doing – but few were drawing on American folk music, and no one was jamming as precisely and viscerally.
Drinking Game: Drink Every Time Plant Sings "Baby"
There is a Led Zeppelin drinking game where you have to take a swig every time Robert Plant sings "baby." This song leads to inebriation in that one, since he repeats "babe" or "baby" 31 times.
This Song Shows the Empathy Page and Plant Had when Working Together
In his 2012 Rolling Stone interview, Jimmy Page cited this song as one that showed the empathy he and Robert Plant had when working together. "I knew exactly how that was going to shape up," he said. "I set the mood with the acoustic guitar and that flamenco-like section. But Robert embraced it. He came up with an incredible, plaintive vocal."
Page Used a Borrowed Gibson J-200 Guitar
Asked what kind of acoustic guitar he used on this song, Jimmy Page explained to Guitar Player magazine in 1977: "That was a Gibson J-200, which wasn't mine; I borrowed it. It was a beautiful guitar, really great. I've never found a guitar of that quality anywhere since. I could play so easily on it, get a really thick sound; it had heavy-gauge strings on it, but it just didn't seem to feel like it."
Babe, baby, baby, I'm gonna leave you
I said baby, you know I'm gonna leave you
I'll leave you when the summertime
Leave you when the summer comes a rollin'
Leave you when the summer comes along
Babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, baby, baby
I don't want to leave you
I ain't jokin' woman, I got to ramble
Baby, baby, babe, I believin'
We really got to ramble
I can hear it callin' me the way it used to do
I can hear it callin' me back home
Babe, I'm gonna leave you
Oh, baby, you know, I've really got to leave you
Oh I can hear it callin 'me
I said don't you hear it callin' me the way it used to do?
I know, I know
I know I never never never never
never gonna leave your babe
But I got to go away from this place
I've got to quit you, yeah
Ooh, baby baby baby baby baby baby ooh
Don't you hear it callin' me?
Woman, woman, I know, I know
It feels good to have you back again
And I know that one day baby,
it's really gonna grow, yes it is
We gonna go walkin' through the park every day
Come what may, every day
Oh, mama baby
I'm gonna leave you go away
It was really, really good
You made me happy every single day
I've got to go away
Baby, baby, baby
That's when it's callin' me
I said that's when it's callin' me back home