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Morning Song – Black Dog

May 23, 2017

Here’s how Robert Plant, speaking 45 years ago to an American concert audience, explained the genesis of “Black Dog”, one of Led Zeppelin’s most popular and instantly recognizable songs:

Let me tell you ’bout this poor old dog because he was a retriever in his early days, and the only thing he could ever find in his late days was his old lady who lived two houses away from where we were recording. And he used to go see the old lady quite regularly, but after he’d “boogied” and everything else he couldn’t get back. And we used to carry him back.

It’s one thing for a young man, trying to imagine what it’s like to be old and, well…horny, to sing that song. It’s another to sing it 40 years later, after that young man has grown into an old man and has…let’s call it a “deeper appreciation” for the situation of that old dog. That’s what Plant does here, dueting with the great Alison Krauss on a hushed, wry, sexy, playful, countrified-yet-still-rocking version of “Black Dog”.

“All I ask for, all I pray,
Steady rolling woman gonna come my way;
Need a woman, gonna hold my hand,
Won’t tell me no lies, make me a happy man


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