Kashmir Lyrics - Led Zeppelin
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Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face, stars fill my dreams
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait, all will be revealed
Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, sounds caress my ears
But not a word I heard could I relay, the story was quite clear
Oooh, baby I've been flying... No, yeah, mama, there ain't no denyin'
Oooh yeah, I've been flying, mama, mama ain't no denyin', no denyin'
Oh, all I see turns to brown, as the sun burns the ground
And my eyes fill with sand, as I scan this wasted land
Tryin' to find....Tryin' to find where I've been.
Oh, pilot of the storm that leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dream
sponsored linksHeed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream
My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again
Like the dust that floats high in June, when moving through Kashmir.
Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years
With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fear
When I'm on, when I'm on my way, yeah
When I see, when I see the way they stay, yeah
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, when I'm down...
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, well I'm down, so down
Ooh, my baby, oooh, my baby, let me take you there
Let me take you there
Let me take you there
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Kashmir | Reviewer: Santiago | 8/28/14
I think this song speaks for itself, for me its pretty clear they are describing some experimentation, some kind of drug like peyote or lsd, where they went to places no one can go unless you are with them, they experimented new things, new visions...
Satanic overtones | Reviewer: Bertram W | 12/27/13
Led Zep were into satan-worshipping, the occult, freemasonry (possibly) ouija boards..the lot. Their god, lucifer himself, will be of Kashmiri descent..as opposed to the Nazarean Messiah.
It's a prophecy | Reviewer: Ice p | 11/26/13
I think the lyrics are about how awsome and intellectual rap "music" is going to be when it's invented, as well as the dipshit white kids that wanna be as dumb as the simplistic black twits they mimic. Pull your pants up aholes, nobody wants to see your your panties. Know what I'm sayin dawg. Piss off mate.
Romani element | Reviewer: Lawry | 10/29/13
The style of both the music and vocals are distinctly Romani (gypsy). Robert Plant is Romani (or at least his mother was). I don't know how much of that truly played into this song, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that it did. Even the lyrics tell the story of the Romani people's history.
Ooh, my baby, oooh, my baby, let me take you there | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/13/13
I listened to this song for years and never gave the lyrics a moment of thought because the music was far more compelling. I think that is more by design than not. The short and sweet of it is this is a song of seduction. I find that is a common theme in most of their music. Sometimes their seduction is in the form of a blues traveler. Sometimes it takes on the role of a wizard. In this case it is a snake charmer.
lyric as instrument | Reviewer: ryder | 10/6/13
Ever since I tried and failed to write a high school term paper on Stairway to Heaven, I have recognized that Zeppelin lyrics are the vehicle for Plant's singing. This is how I sing Kashmir:
"o let the sun beat down upon my face, b'luh-b'luh blublublu-bloo-oo"
muhnuhmuhnuhmuhnuhmuhnu (the "strings" part)
Pretty much through the whole song, I sing the first line of each part and then mumble the rest, and also sing all the musical parts (plus of course air drum with Mr. B).
I agree with the comment about it being symphonic, really most of my favorite Zeppelin songs are such.You just have to sing all the parts! Even though I am generally a lyrics person, with Zeppelin I just don't care.
P.S. Saw them in Anaheim in 1974 or 75, a HUGE disappointment.Granted it was the last show of 3, but robert could NOT carry a tune. He and jimmy were stumbling all over. bummer.
just saw.. | Reviewer: todd53 | 9/5/13
a review that I liked.
He was talking about lyrics..the likes of those we don't
Yes it's sad..I'm glad to have lived through the '60~70s!
May there be a glimmer of hope out there for us all.
Todays pap turned me into my father and mother..if they could only
hear what's going on-they'd be spinning in their grave!
This Song Compared to the Shitty Songs Nowadays | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/12/13
The lyrics of the song is remarkable and rhyming compared to the songs nowadays. So people who said that this song sucks balls, then your taste in music would not satisfy your love to real music! So shut the fuck up, noisy teenage girls!!!
best lyrics ever... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/2/13
The song is all about Kashmir(India). One of the best lyrics ever written by any band/artist/writer etc till date. How beautifully they have described the beauty of the place, nature of people, and the pain of being a war zone for more than 60 years(war b/w India & Pakistan for kashmir itself).
Long live Led Zeppelin...
Musical Genius | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/12/13
Iterpreting what is being stated with the music or lyric is really just pasting time and conversation we of lesser talent do when something such as this timeless classic will romance all for generation after generation.
That being said... Bravo!!! Bravo!!! to the entire development team of Kashmir...
watever | Reviewer: stupid | 3/23/13
Anyway ok they used drugs but i stil after many yrs do believe this song to b about the apocolypse and alien races but would like to point out to the person who said it cant b night and day at the same time well it is constantly is on opposite sides of the globe at the same time duh and if it is refering to the end times do u think it would only happen to half the planet hence the comment
It's about what you want it to be about | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/18/13
There is a heavy drug use feel to the song but also the feeling that it is about a real place. Both mixed into a wonderful song that touches most people who here it.
There is intention to portray drug related experience and real life experience. As with the 'flying' reference, the reference to travelling through both time and space (clearly not within ordinary frames of reference)talking with an elder race, either for real or during a trip, what does it matter? Let me take you there, to the real place or share the drug experience?
To rubbish the lyrics serves no purpose, the song is complete as it is, the lyrics just add a mystery that totally belongs with the song. I know several people who relate it to a particular drug, much like the Stranglers Golden Brown. I can understand that concept easily from the lyrics and that is their interpretation of the song. I know enough to realize the song was at least inspired by a real experience. That it is also woven with innuendo about drug use need not reflect on Plant at all. Whatever his personal habits he would not have been blind to drug use or being totally off his face either.
If one listens very carefully (or cheats using software) it is also possible to pick out that the line
As I scan this wasted land
Appears to be overdubbed with
As I scan this razor line
Try singing both versions with the song, either fits as both are on the recording!
See it any way you want to, but enjoy it!
This song is just for te | Reviewer: Anonymouse | 1/27/13
This song is for telling how bad it is there, it has been a on the edge of being a warzone for 60 years already, and right now people are even considering the fact that there's going to be a nuclear war there.
Both Mysticism and Chemical Augumentation | Reviewer: Tiluriso | 12/27/12
I say this tune reflect on the one hand, Plant's and specially Page's interest in Mysticism and the Occult. The 'Oriental' melodies, the Eastern modal flavor and the lyrics, w/ all their references to traveling through time and space, elders of he gentle race, revelations, all point in that direction. 'Kashmir' itself is the much disputed region that encompasses Northernmost India and Northeastern Pakistan, considered to be 'strategic' from a geopolitical point-of-view, but also more prosaically part of the larger Himalayan/Pamir/Karakoram region- the largest/highest mountain range complexes on Earth, and a general area whose history is filled with many 'myths' of lost civilizations, fantastic creatures and drenched in spiritual/mystic/esoteric lore. On the other hand, this same region is also known for its past/present production of both Opium and Hashish. Around 1975 -when this was recorded, it is now known that Page had started to experiment with Narcotics,adding to the cannabis some of them used, so the title could be a reference to the combined used of both substances.
Kashmir | Reviewer: Robert | 8/24/12
One of the most talked about songs..... listen carefully to everything, I won't go into detail right now but basically the song is a reference to Holocaust or a nuclear war, and elders of another race watching over us. The side of the sun is the explosion, stars to fill my dreams as a reference to heaven, everything turns to Brown is the aftermath. The traveler sees it and explains it in pain. There is much more detail I just don't have the time to go into it right now.
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