Down By The Seaside Lyrics - Led Zeppelin

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Down by the seaside. See the boats go sailin'
Can the people hear, What the little fish are sayin'

Oh, oh, people turned away. Oh, people turned away

Down in the city streets, see all the folk go racin', racin'
No time left, to pass the time of day

People turned away. People turned away
So far away, so far away

See how they run, see how they run, see how they run, see how they run.

Do you still do the twist
Do you find you remember things that well
I wanna tell you... Some go twistin' every day
though sometimes it's awful hard to tell

Out in the country, hear the people singin'
Singin' 'bout the growin', knowin' where they're goin'

Oh, oh, oh, oh, people turned away
Yes, the people turned away

Sing loud for the sunshine, pray hard for the rain
And show your love for Lady Nature. And she will come back again The people turned away
people turned away

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My Funeral | Reviewer: Paul Nugent | 12/6/11

I was 19 when I first heard this song. I'm 52 now and I want it played at my funeral. I love this song just because. I never realised it was a song about people rushing around missing their lives and what life has to offer probably because I was so out of my mind. I have wasted my life but I do not regret listening to Houses Of The Holy over and over and over until it was almost unuseable. My only regret is that I never met Robert Plant. I am his biggest fan. I even dreamed we were walking along the beach and we kissed. I'm not gay and it was just a dream so maybe it was just my mind expressing my eternal gratitude to Plant,Page,Jones and the late Bonham.(The greatest drummer ever!)

inspiration | Reviewer: Jim | 2/28/11

The song was influenced by Neil Young. The title may be a reference to the song "Down by the River" and the somewhat nasal inflection in Plant's vocals may be an homage to Young's distinctive voice. Plant had long admired the work of Young and Stephen Stills. While in the Band of Joy, he covered Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth", now available on Plant's compilation album Sixty Six to Timbuktu. Also, Plant sang lyrics from "On the Way Home," another Buffalo Springfield song, during "How Many More Times" at the Royal Albert Hall performance found on the Led Zeppelin DVD release. Additionally, during performances of "Dazed and Confused" in 1975, Plant often employed lyrics from "Woodstock," a Joni Mitchell song most familiar in its Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young incarnation. Plant also occasionally included "Cinnamon Girl" and "For What It's Worth" in the "Whole Lotta Love" Medley.

disgusted | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/12/10

I love soooo many Zep songs, from the ones everybody knows to the little instrumental gems that only real Zep fans know of. But this song, no offense to anyone else, makes me cringe. But, with that said, Zep are still rock gods with an eternal place in Valhalla.

fitting for the times | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/25/09

this song is very fitting for the times, the lyrics are exactly what people need to hear right now, and the music reminds me of what has been really popular in the indie/underground sound lately. you know, that rhodes-y alt-country psychedelic sound. led zeppelin's all-time best pot-smokin' song.

written | Reviewer: eiko | 4/14/09

this was written in Romania, during the hunger years for several countries, and in San Francisco, by Plant hunter, erik, phil lesh or charles b. and jimmy....and maybe Paul Rogers, i can't remember who i was in SF with, probably Phil....Eiko Malika

zepplin going down by the seaside | Reviewer: ryan campbell | 11/11/07

This has to be one of my favorite zep songs out of most of them. I like it because the music has a shaky rumbly kind of feel. The electric piano/organ and the guitar make the song as far as I am concerned. The lyrics I love especially when robert sings oooo oooh oooh people turned away.

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