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Led Zeppelin - ''Ten Years Gone'' (Remastered)

"Ten Years Gone" is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin from their 1975 album Physical Graffiti. Record producer Rick Rubin has described the song as, "A deep, reflective piece with hypnotic, interweaving riffs. Light and dark, shadow and glare. It sounds like nature coming through the speakers."

Jimmy Page had originally intended the song to be an instrumental piece; he recorded around 14 guitar tracks to overdub the harmony section. Robert Plant later added lyrics, which are dedicated to an old girlfriend who, ten years earlier, had made him choose either her or his music. Plant explained this in an interview in 1975:

Let me tell you a little story behind the song "Ten Years Gone" on our new album. I was working my ass off before joining Zeppelin. A lady I really dearly loved said, "Right. It's me or your fans." Not that I had fans, but I said, "I can't stop, I've got to keep going." She's quite content these days, I imagine. She's got a washing machine that works by itself and a little sports car. We wouldn't have anything to say anymore. I could probably relate to her, but she couldn't relate to me. I'd be smiling too much. Ten years gone, I'm afraid. Anyway, there's a gamble for you.


Then as it was, then again it will be

And though the course may change sometimes

Rivers always reach the sea

Blind stars of fortune, each have several rays

On the wings of maybe, down in birds of prey

Kind of makes me feel sometimes, didn't have to grow

But as the eagle leaves the nest, it's got so far to go

Changes fill my time, baby, that's alright with me

In the midst I think of you, and how it used to be

Did you ever really need somebody

And really need 'em bad

Did you ever really want somebody

The best love you ever had

Do you ever remember me, baby

Did it feel so good

'Cause it was just the first time

And you knew you would

Through the eyes an' I sparkle

Senses growing keen

Taste your love along the way

See your feathers preen

Kind of makes makes me feel sometimes

Didn't have to grow

We are eagles of one nest

The nest is in our soul

Vixen in my dreams, with great surprise to me

Never thought I'd see your face

The way it used to be

Oh darlin', oh darlin'

I'm never gonna leave you

I never gonna leave

Holdin' on, ten years gone

Ten years gone, holdin' on, ten years gone

Ten years gone, holdin' on

Songwriters: Jimmy Page / Robert Plant

Ten Years Gone lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc


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