Living The Led Life: 10 Life Lessons You Can Find in Zeppelin Lyrics

There’s a Wealth of Wisdom in the Oft —Derided Lyrics of This Legendary Rock Band

Okay, so Robert Plant ain’t no Bob Dylan or Ian Anderson when it comes to waxing poetic, yet still there are many words of wisdom sprinkled among the bluesy, rockin’ tunes these masters rightfully ruled the 70’s with.

Widely considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history, Zeppelin managed to sprinkle inspiration and hope throughout the often melancholy lyrical lexicon that was their legacy.

Putting this post together was a real trip down memory lane, as Zeppelin was a mainstay of my youth. You may want to fire up YouTube and search out some favorites as you peruse this life-affirming list. Here are 10 excerpts of lyrics from their first five records, and life lessons that they convey:

  1. “So if you wake up with the sunrise, and all your dreams are still as new, and happiness is what you need so bad, girl, the answer lies with you.” (“What is and What Should Never Be”, Led Zeppelin II)

Life Lesson: The answer lies within you, Luke! Seriously though, your happiness is up to you and no one else. It’s all good … so adjust that ‘tude and put on a happy face :).

2. “When mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me.” (“Thank You”, Led Zeppelin II)

Life Lesson: Love is eternal

3. “The greatest thing you ever can do now, is trade a smile with someone who’s blue now” 
(“Friends”, Led Zeppelin III)

Life Lesson: Share some happiness and bring joy to those around you. Nothing does a soul good like putting a smile on someone else’s face … share yours and make it happen!

4. “For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing.” (“Immigrant Song”, Led Zeppelin III)

Life Lesson: This line ends a song that speaks of journey and conquering, but it ends on this promising, hopeful note. We could all use more peace and trust. Be at peace, share your trust, win the day.

5. “I’m so glad I’m living and gonna tell the world I am” 
(“Out on the Tiles”, Led Zeppelin III)

Life Lesson: Celebrate the good in your life and shout it from the roof tops!

6. “Ain’t no companion like a blue eyed merle”
(“Bron-Y-Aur Stomp”, Led Zeppelin III)

Life Lesson: This song is about the love between a man and his canine companion, and that is life lesson enough — the pleasure and joy a pet can bring (especially a bouncing, giddy pup!). Kudos to Plant for digging up the word “merle” to add color to this fun song.

7. “Telling myself it’s not as hard, hard, hard as it seems”
(“Going to California”, Led Zeppelin IV)

Life Lesson: Your mental state is paramount to your success — realize you can succeed, prevail, and you are so much better positioned to do so when you have a good mind set. It’s not as hard as it seems, so pull up those boot straps and carry on.

8. “And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter.”
(“Stairway to Heaven”, Led Zeppelin IV)

Life Lesson: Hang in there baby, it’ll come around. Time and patience can win the day. Be hopeful and stand strong.

9. “Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear, but not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear”
(“Kashmir”, Physical Graffiti)

Life Lesson: Emotions … love, fear, happiness … are universal, just open your ears and eyes and heart to what the world and people around you are conveying.

10. “And if you feel that you can’t go on. And your will’s sinkin’ low, just believe and you can’t go wrong. In the light you will find the road.”
 (“In the Light”, Physical Graffiti)

Life Lesson: Hold on to hope.

So, are there favorite lyrics of yours from Zep tunes that you wish I included here? What are they and what do they mean to you?

About Kelly Walsh

Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded As an education and instructional technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, regularly running Flipped Class Workshops online. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Kelly also writes, records, and performs original music … stop by and have a listen!

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