The Rover Lyrics - Led Zeppelin

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I've been to London, seen seven wonders
I know to trip is just to fall
I used to rock it, sometimes I'd roll it
I always knew what it was for

There can be no denyin' that the wind'll shake 'em down
And the flag we're flyin' is the new flag of the land

If we could just join hands

In fields were plenty, when heaven sent me
I saw the kings who rule them all
Still, by the firelight and purple moonlight,
I hear the rusted rivers call

And the wind is crying, for a love that won't grow cold
My lover, she is lying, on the dark side of the globe

If we could just join hands

You got me rockin' when I ought to be a-rollin'
Darlin', tell me, darlin', which way to go
Keep me rockin', baby, can you keep me strollin'
Won't you tell me, darlin', which way to go... that's right

Oh how I wonder, oh how I worry
And I would dearly like to know
How all this squander of earthly plunder
Will leave us anything to show

And our time is flyin'
See the candle burnin' low
Is the new world risin'
From the shambles of the old

If we could just join hands

That's all it takes.

Yeah, yeah

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The Rover Lyrics | Reviewer: anonymous | 10/20/11

Outstanding Zeppelin song, obviously. However, there are many errors in the posted lyrics, they should read:

And the flag we're flying is the new flag on the land
Just join hands. We can just join hands. If we can just join...
And build a planet...
I hear the rustic rivers call

Keep me rockin' baby, can you keep me strolin'...

How all this squander of earthly plunder...

The Rover | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/19/11

I absolutely agree it's a great song, my #2 on Physical Graffiti after Kashmir. Plant does sing it kind of different but it's unmistakably Plant and the tone, power, and range are all there in force. Page is simple, yet brilliant and heavy, and the bass and drums are equally so.

That said, some of the lyrics posted here are incorrect, i.e. it should be: "the flag we're flying is the new flag on the land"..."if we can just join hands and build a planet when heaven sent me"..."I hear the rustic rivers call"..."can you keep me strollin'..."how all this squander of earthly plunder"...etc.

metalheadya | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/29/11

Beyond the incredible power or the rythum section in this tune...and the amazing multi-layered guitar parts, is the other-worldly theme of the lyrics... I believe that John Paul Jones, who wrote the tune, was very "aware" of the LAW OF ONE, Gandolf's wandering tendencies and the power of being in an altered state when writing lyrics......That said, the lyrics do an amazing job of sliding the listener in another direction just as he/she is about to figure out the EXACT meaning of them..... Zep was a master at this technique (learned from listening to the Beatles) as a group of writers and musicians... They are the GREATEST ROCK AND ROLL BAND OF ALL TIME... End of story.....I TO could listen to THE ROVER all day long and never get tired of it.... Probably the most under-appreciated Zep masterpiece.....Long live the mighty ZEP!

Alejandro | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/24/10

I'm pretty sure Robert refrences smoking pot when he says..."I use to rock it, sometimes I'd roll it!" and also in houses of the holy "are you dizzy when your stoned?" I bet led zep wrote all there badass songs while stoned!!!

kashmere amped | Reviewer: dan duda | 10/13/10

this song rocks from begining to end.i will have to listen to it again , i always thought he said new flag on the land. I just always would be so tuned into the drums and guitar, that outro riff is crazy. jimmy can get down

great song | Reviewer: joe | 6/24/10

I've got to agree with Tolkien meets stoner assessment first. A lot of their songs reference Tolkien themes I believe.

In this case I think it's easy. The Rover is Gandalf, or a Gandalf like figure. Maybe a prophet of sorts, if you want to go with the "Law of One" theme mentioned above. Gandalf in a way can fit most or almost all of the lyrics. And he's constantly trying to bring men together. If we could just join hands...

It's also a good mantra for the people of the world today. Can't we all just join hands?

Zeppelin is pure goodness.

The Rover : a tribute Aliester Crowley and Hermeticism. | Reviewer: todd holmes | 4/3/10

I have always thought The Rover was a tribute Aleister Crowley, Who Traversed the planets, or Kabbalistic kingdoms through meditations and ritual. Jimmy Page was no doubt making a sub-text "riddle" from the Kabbalah and Crowley's writings.

The Rover | Reviewer: Matthew | 9/26/09

The term "rover" is slang for wanderer. The song is mainly about an individual who has "been to London, seen seven wonders" only to miss a woman: "and the wind is crying, from a love that won't grow cold
My lover, she is lying, on the dark side of the globe

If we could just join hands (X2)
and we could live right

You got me rockin' when I ought to be a-rollin'
Darlin', tell me, darlin', which way to go
You keep me rockin', baby, then you keep me stolen
Won't you tell me, darlin', which way to go... that's right

Oh how I wonder, oh how I worry and I would dearly like to know
I've all this wonder of earthly plunder will it leave us anything to show"

The Rover = Spirit Traveler? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/21/09

Robert Plant's vocals to this song puzzled me for sometime because they are unlike any I've heard in the Led Zeppelin catalogue (although "Achilles Last Stand" is somewhat similar). However, after listening more carefully and reading the lyrics to this song, I do believe that the narrator is intended to be a spirit who has traveled the earth--a rover, if you will. Plant's voice just sounds so ghostly in this track, like from another world, in my opinion.

The lyrics back up this idea: "Traversed the planet when heaven sent me. I saw the kings who rule them all..." The rover here has been wandering this planet quite possibly since the beginning of mankind, and now he may be offering a commentary on the dangers of the nuclear age and the Cold War, as Pipedawg stated. I also found RA's review concerning the Law of One both fitting and very intriguing. Definitely worth some research!

World peace | Reviewer: Pipedawg | 5/6/09

Although they were never overt in their political statements, Zeppelin has a couple of political or at least comments on the state of the world-type songs. For example, "The Song Remains the Same" opens with the lyric "I had a dream" which is, I think, taken from Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. But, I digress. "The Rover" is about world peace. "A new plague on the land" and "if we could just join hands" seem to be some sort of metephor for what was going on at the time--the Cold War. But, I could be wrong.

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