Nobody's Fault But Mine Lyrics - Led Zeppelin

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Nobody's fault but mine
It's nobody's fault but mine
Try to save my soul tonight
Oh, it's nobody's fault but mine

Devil he told me to roll
Devil he told me to roll roll roll roll
How to roll the log tonight
Nobody's fault but mine

Brother he showed me the gong
Brother he showed me the ding dong ding dong
How to kick that gong to life
Oh, it's nobody's fault but mine

Got a monkey on my back
M-M-Monkey on my back back back back
Gonna change my ways tonight
Nobody's fault but mine

I will get down rollin' tonight
N-N-N-Nobody's fault.

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Nobody's fault really | Reviewer: The Man still waiting | 10/22/14

I Love Blind Willie Johnson's version as Jimmy Page obviously did.
Led Zeps knowledge and love of original blues songs helped to make them as great as they became. Why not change the lyrics? Nobody worries when the music is changed. I first saw them in 1969 (yes I am an old guy) sitting in the front row of Newcastle City Hall. By the way, the blues reference to kicking the gong around sometimes refers to opium as in Cab Calloways 'Minnie The Mocher' it was known as hep talk.

Not written by the LZ chaps. | Reviewer: Mike | 1/11/14

This song, Nobody's Fault but Mine was written by Blind Willie Johnson pre 1924. Sure, they changed some of the lyrics ... but the core of the song remains the same (pardon the pun). So all of the analysis is off base.

The Music | Reviewer: 1955 Joe | 3/4/13

Found This Because I Got Re-Zepped And Curious About the Lyrics,Have To Ask The Boys What They Meant, Couldn't Care Less.Sounds Like They Were High When They Wrote It The Music Alone Puts A Fire In Me.A Little Weed 120 Watts A Channel,Volume On 8

Honestly... | Reviewer: DoesntMatter | 12/25/12

This is just my interpretation, but I honestly feel like this song describes heroin addiction pretty perfectly, or at least my experience. That moment when you realize you've hit rock bottom and want to change your ways. I know that wasn't what Blind Willie intended perhaps, but that's what it means to me.

Great tune though. That bassline.

soul to light | Reviewer: al | 9/16/12

This is derived from an old blues gospel song of the same title about 'raising your soul to light' It is a song about seeking 'enlightenment' 'of the mind' There are a lot of songs about this sort of thing.

It is what it is | Reviewer: Gator | 8/19/11

To those who have posted that this is NOT about marijuana addiction. You are wrong. Marijuana may not be physically addictive but it is without a doubt psychologically so. I grew up with Zeppelin and no-one will ever top them to me. You can blame everyone else for as long as you want to but when it comes down to the wire and your life is on the line you better take the blame on yourself or you are doomed.

WTF? | Reviewer: Jack | 5/7/11

"Nobody's Fault But Mine" started out in the early 20's as a hymn; it was originally recorded in the late 20's by Blind Willie Johnson, a blues tune lamenting the fact that he could not read his bible (coz he's BLIND.)

There is not any record of ownership in any patent office; it is public domain. Led Zeppelin made some changes to the lyrics and (of COURSE) rocked it up to be such a good version that they played it at every concert up until their final tour in 1980.

This version rocks. 'Nuff said.

Nobody's Fault But Mine | Reviewer: Justin | 4/15/11

This is an incredible song. The lyrics, instruments, tempo, mood, etc. are all amazing. For Dave (who posted on 8/25/10), you are idiot. THC is not addictive, whatsoever. Pick up a book. Or, an even easier means to get information, use the internet. It's totally up to the user if he/she wishes to smoke it 24/7. But, to agree with you Dave, no, there is nothing wrong with getting highed.

the song | Reviewer: durka | 11/13/10

i know this is not about the song, and i am sorry i am goin off on a tangent. But THC is a non-addictive chemical, the way that it IS 'addictive' is the porsonality of the person...
BUT back to the song. Nobody's Fault But Mine was Robert Plant, and Jimmy Page taking full responsibilty for putting all the hardships on the rest of the band. I'm sure you've heard of the Faustian myths. Of the lone guitars-man walking a lonley dirt road at night and happens upon a crossroads, where the devil appears and takes their souls in return for fame, fourtine, and talent. Now out of Zeppelin, Plant and Page were the two who brought about the myth status in the band, selling the four band members souls in exchange for talent and riches. After miltiple illness incidents with Jimmy Page through out his entire musical career, a severe car accident temporarily paralyzing Plant from the waist down, and seroiously injuring his wife, and Plant's son, Karac, dying from a severe intestinal infection.
This made the band, particularly Plant, think there was something to the story. They wrote In My Time Of Dying to say they had done wrong, and Nobody's Fault But Mine as a complete apology, and claiming full resposibilty. It's partially true, three members escaped the looming shadow of the Zeppelin, but sadly, it wasn't true for Bonzo. RIP.

Best Zeppelin Album | Reviewer: tony m | 11/5/10

Just listened to Presence for the first time in a while. This is by far the best Zeppelin album. Musically, lyrically - absolutely amazing. Bonzo is out of control on the whole album - definitely his finest work.

From what I can tell from web searches, Robert Plant played the harmonica on Nobody's Fault - stellar!

Green | Reviewer: Dave | 8/25/10

I would have to say no the song isn't about weed addiction however all the people saying that weed isn't addictive that supposedly smoke are stupid. THC the reason you get high when smoking IS addictive. Not that there is anything wrong with getting high :D

Blind Willie Johnson Wrote Nobadys Fault But Mine | Reviewer: rogerio aguas | 8/23/10

Who wrote Review about Nobodys Fault But Mine knows what happended with this song. Mick Wall whote about any songs that Page and Plant stole to put them in the songs bill of Led Zep. After a long, long time they had to gave many credits of many songs for the reals writers.

haha | Reviewer: haha | 4/29/10

Are kidding? haha Marijuana Addiction? it's not even addictive and i'm not even a stoner and i know that, if you say your addicted to marijuana then you just want attention and/or your stupid. MArijuana is what drug addicts smoke when they're trying to quit what they're doing but don't want to be sober or average joe who just wants to just Relax. Great Song and Great Cover for those who don't know it was done Originally by Blind Willie Johnson and Robert Plant did change the lyrics up a bit

Marijuana addiction? I don't think so.. lol | Reviewer: Tookie Williams | 2/20/10

To the guy that thinks its about marijuana addiction. Really dude? Do you think Led Zeppelin would be the respected band that it is today if they wrote a song about marijuana addiction? Lol I wouldn't respect them, I would think they are tools, AND I SMOKE WEED, lol. Also, you CAN'T GET ADDICTED TO MARIJUANA. That being said, logic is flawed.


Who played the Harmonica Solo? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/3/09

Well Jimmie Page played it, not Robert Plant. The two guitar solos are among the best I've ever heard. Page's tone and phrasing on the solos are fabulous. That was one of my favorite harp solos as well. The riffs, the lyrics. One of my favorite Zep songs.

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