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The band's greatest country excursion dates back to a song written by Page and Keith Relf called "Knowing That I'm Losing You," from the last Yardbirds session, in 1968. Page resurrected it with new lyrics that Plant described as being "about love in its most innocent stages." Page said, "We're not stale, and this proves it."

Everybody Asks "What the Hell is Going On?"

Why does this song fade to silence a few seconds in? Jimmy Page explained when previewing the song for Melody Maker in 1970: "That's commonly known

as a false start. It was a tempo guide, and it seemed like a good idea to leave it in – at the time. I was trying to keep the tempo down a bit. I'm not so sure now it was a good idea. Everybody asks what the hell is going on."

"It's a Song of Love at it's Most Innocent Stages."

Robert Plant would sometimes introduce this at concerts by saying: "This song is for our families and friends and people we've been close to. It's a song of love at its most innocent stages."

Last Song Written by Page Without Plant's Input

 

Jimmy Page wrote this and first recorded it when he was with still with The Yardbirds. This was the last Zeppelin song Page wrote without any input from Robert Plant. It's also the only track on Led Zeppelin III for which Plant didn't write the lyrics.

Measuring a summer's day,

I only finds it slips away to grey
The hours, they bring me pain

Tangerine, Tangerine, living reflection from a dream
I was her love, she was my queen,

and now a thousand years between

Thinking how it used to be
Does she still remember times like these?
To think of us again?
And I do

Tangerine, Tangerine, living reflection from a dream
I was her love, she was my queen,

and now a thousand years between

TANGERINE