The battle of evermore Lyrics - Led Zeppelin

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The Queen of Light took her bow and then she turned to go
The Prince of Peace embraced the gloom and walked the night alone

Oh, dance in the dark night, sing to the morning light
The Dark Lord rides in force tonight, and time will tell us all

Oh, throw down your plow and hoe, race now to my bow

Side by side we wait the might, of the darkest of them all

I hear the horses thunder down in the valley below
I'm waiting for the angels of Avalon, waiting for the eastern glow

The apples of the valley hold the seeds of happiness
The ground is rich from tender care, repay, do not forget, no, no
Dance in the dark night, sing to the morning light

The apples turn to brown and black, the tyrant's face is red

Oh, war is the common cry, pick up your swords and fly
The sky is filled with good and bad, mortals never know

Oh well, the night is long, the beads of time pass slow
Tired eyes on the sunrise, waiting for the eastern glow

The pain of war cannot exceed the woe of aftermath
The drums will shake the castle wall, the Ringwraiths ride in black (ride on)

Sing as you raise your bow, (ride on) shoot straighter than before
No comfort has the fire at night that lights the face so cold

Oh, dance in the dark night, sing to the morning light
The magic runes are writ in gold to bring the balance back, bring it back

At last the sun is shining, the clouds of blue roll by
With flames from the dragon of darkness, the sunlight blinds his eyes

Oh, bring it back, bring it back...

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Correction on the lyrics | Reviewer: John Bindon | 1/30/14

I will put parenthesis around the wrong lyrics - the correct ones will be below the line that is corrected.
Oh, throw down your plow and hoe, (race now to my bow)
"rest not to lock your homes"

The ground is rich from tender care, (which they do not forget), no, no
"repay do not forget"

There are many direct and indirect references in this song to Lord of the Rings.

Someone typed in the wrong lyrics for Ramble On - that are near the mention of Gollum: correction below
"Gollum - uh-the evil one" crept up and slipped away with her

---the "uh" is pronounced like the "u" in the word "dumb"

Number 1 - logically - Gollum did not have a partner in crime. He was a loner.
Number 2 - Robert Plant is smarter than that to write a wrong lyric like that and sing it
Number 3 - My wording above for "Ramble On" that I just corrected - is the way I've been singing it and it's right
Number 4 - You can now go to Youtube and listen to the isolated vocal track of Robert's and clearly hear him sing "...Gollum - uh-the evil one..." Singers like Plant who sometimes ad lib in the studio - add little words like that here and there.

How previous poster | Reviewer: Kebber | 12/14/13

The book The Mist of Avalon wasn't written until 1983 so unless Led Zeppelin had a time machine then this song may have been inspired by the legends of Avalon (King Arthur) it was definitely not inspired by the book of the same name.

I believe | Reviewer: Linda | 10/14/13

This song was not inspired by The Hobbit series. It was inspired by The Mists of Avalon. Half history and half story some fact some fantasy..... Enjoy it. Don't scrutinize the meaning....

Battle of Evermore Lyrics / Spencer's Faerie Queene | Reviewer: The Inkermaniac | 5/30/13

As I understand it, the lyrics were written after either Jimmy Page and/or Robert Plant read Spencer's Faerie Queene, it had nothing at all to do with the Lord of the Rings, Perhaps you should check Wagner's Ring Wraith Opera Series

thanku | Reviewer: anonymous | 3/23/13

Anonymous im glad u said what i always thought and i never even read anyth4ng about the song or much about them when i was young and started listening to them properly around 15 and i just naturaly interpreted it that way and as i got older and done a lot of research on them and came across wbt they were into it makes perfect sense without question, people should really open there eyes

From LotR to Modern Things | Reviewer: Allan | 2/12/13

Wow, this is such a great song. I remember listening to it during my youth. It is packed with layers of meaning as any well crafted song is; that being said, it is definitely inspired by LotR.
The fellow named "OMG" has no idea what he's talking about sadly, as his spelling proves. OMG is ready to praise Zeppelin as "gods" and suggest that they are too good, too big, too mighty to use such a lowly craft as Tolkien's LotR. Seriously? Have you spent much time sniffing glue OMG? Zeppelin, as great as they are, are NOT Tolkien. Seriously? Grab a clue.
Tolkien is an absolute genius. Not only did he craft arguably the best novel for younger children (Hobbit) and for those older and adults (LotR) and many other tales besides...the man created worlds complete with languages, races, rich politics, intricate maps, deep histories etc etc. What influenced him? His knowledge of the great Norse/Germanic & Keltic myths & legends...and to know these as well as he did, he actually intimately knew the languages (one of which he also was a professor of at Oxford).
This doesn't take anything away from Zeppelin, they are a GREAT Rock of the greatest if not the greatest...but please, Rock and Roll is one thing, Literature with the scope and breadth of Tolkien's works is quite another.
Did Zeppelin utilize Tolkien? Of course they did! Is that to their shame? Hell no! It's to their credit!
All great music uses myth, religion or spirituality in one form or another...when they don't, you end up with the crap you hear on the radio today. When they do, you end up with timeless pieces that still make men marvel decades (and centuries) later. Don't believe me? Listen to the great classical pieces of Griegg or Tchaikovsky or even more recently Wagner. Great music requires great soul. Zeppelin knew this, and utilized it. No shame, just great, great the Bards of old.

Lord of the rings | Reviewer: Jeff | 12/7/12

Lots of Zeppelin songs are rich with imagery from the Lord of the Rings. "The ringwraiths ride in black" (from the Battle of Evermore) - "T'was in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair. But Gollum, and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her" (from ramble on)- The song Misty Mountain Hop - the Misty Mountains are the mountain range in the Hobbit where Golum has the ring of power. Plant and Page refer to the Ring of Power from the books as if it was a woman, "her" "girl so fair" etc ...
THe Battle of Evermore is about, for the most part, the Battle at Helms Deep in the "Two Towers" from the Lord of the Rings Series. There are many more parralels than these, but they are good examples.

I all of you | Reviewer: mary | 8/2/12

Why do you have to assume that someone must be high to write lyrics that are profound. I was born in 1961 my father died in 1968 last of five children, mom at work all the time, three older brothers, one of which had no problem showing a seven year old the way of the world. The men that wrote these lyrics were smart smart men,and they helped me get through some very very sad times. their music is very spiritual, and its out there for all to use it for what they need it for. If I ever could say anything to them it would be thank you thank you thank you for healing a hurting soul.

an oppinion | Reviewer: stan daman kent. | 7/22/12

the lyrics bring to mind the conflict that must of occured, when christianity took over from our idigeoouse fath. i believe our original religion was a circular tale, concerning the changing seasons, and the relevant gods in charge of each part of the year. this old religion is somewhat lost and mystical because we couldnt read or write. we had no need for educathon, we had a perfect exisgance at one wivh nature. the true god. the battle ofevermore is like the riddle that we have left.

Seize the Lobster? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/31/12

Dear Mr Spiny unclawed Lobster
I was using sarcasm to make a point. My point being that two people can look at one thing and develop completely different interpretations. Neither is right or wrong, they just see things in a different way because no two people are alike. I think this is especially evident when we start looking at the works of artists. Whether it be a contemporary painting on the wall,poetry or a beautiful song like the battle of evermore. You can't always expect that the artist intended for their piece to have just one interpretation. I think the battle of evermore is more of a theme about war than just a story about the lord of the rings. Thereyouhaveit! Carpe Langousta? I think somebody better put down their DOOBY! :)

Doobie Down Frodo Baggins | Reviewer: Carpe Langousta | 3/22/12

Appreciate your interpretations but the song that you refer to is The Battle of Nevermore I believe, not Going to California. Maybe put the doobie down when posting. :-)

Interesting how Zep was ahead of their time w/ this song long before a movie was ever made of the story.

Evermore Corrections? | Reviewer: Darce Vader | 3/2/12

I think there are some misinterpreted words in the lyrics above. "I hear the forest assunder" not "the horses thunder". And "repay do not forget" - not "which they do not forget"

LOTR | Reviewer: Frodo Baggins | 2/23/12

What most people dont know is that song "Going to california" is really about Frodo's Journey into Morodor. Think about it! I figured that out right after I smoked a doobie. I wonder if plant and page were high when they wrote this one?

"No comfort has the fire at night that lights the face so cold"-This references samwise rescuing frodo from the tower with that magical light Galadriel gave sir Frodo. Hello!

"The Prince of Peace embraced the gloom and walked the night alone"-when Frodo breaks from the fellowship

"Oh, throw down your plow and hoe, race now to my bow

Side by side we wait the might, of the darkest of them all"- Rohan retreated to helms deep. Farmers had to put down there plows and pick up swords and they waited in that fotress for saurumans army no joke.

"Oh well, the night is long, the beads of time pass slow
Tired eyes on the sunrise, waiting for the eastern glow"-Obviously Rohan is waiting for gandalf to return with reinforcements(Eomer and Rohirrim) as he promised!

"The Queen of Light took her bow and then she turned to go"-Queen of light is Galadriel because she can lift her hand and envelop herself with a great light. Just ask frodo.

The rest is obvious! B+

philosophy | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/10/12

runes writ in gold are words on the One Ring. nothing bad about LOTR in lyrics, its how you analogize the fantastic elements (avalon,lotr) and how its synonomous with modern times

Zeppelinist | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/27/11

The song was made up on the spot by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. It has references to Lord of the Ring,Arthurian legend and other mystical lore... Perhaps inspired by Gandalf's Garden? Anyways no need to argue against the LoTR reference, Ringwraith did not exist outside of LoTR. If it bothers you that the song makes references to LoTR then make up your own meaning for it. Nothing wrong with that, in fact that's what music is all about.

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