The Rain Song: Led Zeppelin’s romantic soul

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The Rain Song is a wonderful song from Led Zeppelin, from the album Houses of the Holy, released on 1973.

The album’s cover is considered one of the most beautiful ones in the history of rock. The studio appointed to create it was Hipgnosis, famous also for other great rock covers, like Storm Thorgerson’s works for Pink Floyd. The graphic artist Aubrey Powell conceived a surreal photomontage, with the image of two children laying among the stones of the “Giant’s Causeway” in Ireland. Afterwards he processed the image through the airbrush, multiplying the number of subjects on the cover.

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Houses Of the Holy: the original artwork

Surely this song has one of the most intense lyrics written by Robert Plant.

You are the sunlight in my growing
So little warmth I’ve felt before

Two simple, short verses, and still so emotional for their ermetism, which immortalizes this poem among the most beautiful love songs ever written. And then, one of those melodies that can turn you into a new dimensioncan.

Basing on the legend, this song was born as an answer to George Harrison’s assertion about the fact that Led Zeppelins were not composing enough ballads. The languid, sensual essence of the song is transformed into the ending in a sense of liberation, leaving darkness behind, with positivity and renewed wisdom. And on these feelings, on these wide spaces caressed by the wind, where unhappiness and joy seem alternating, we also let ourselves be transported in the personal pursuit of our unique happiness.

This is an acoustic, very exciting version by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.

For its beauty, it is worth to highlight the full lyrics.

It is the springtime of my loving
The second season I am to know
You are the sunlight in my growing
So little warmth I’ve felt before
It isn’t hard to feel me glowing
I watched the fire that grew so low, oh

It is the summer of my smiles
Flee from me, keepers of the gloom
Speak to me only with your eyes
It is to you I give this tune
Ain’t so hard to recognize, oh
These things are clear to all from time to time, ooh

Talk talk, talk, talk
Hey, I felt the coldness of my winter
I never thought it would ever go
I cursed the gloom that set upon us, ‘pon us, ‘pon us, ‘pon us
But I know that I love you so
Oh, but I know
That I love you so
These are the seasons of emotion
And like the wind, they rise and fall
This is the wonder of devotion
I see the torch
We all must hold
This is the mystery of the quotient, quotient
Upon us all, upon us all a little rain must fall
Just a little rain, oh

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Dario Giardi loves music, photography and writing. He is the author of “Trip among the notes. The Secrets of Musical Theory and Harmony”. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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