Led Zeppelin: Ramble On Meaning
Ramble On Lyrics
It’s time I was on my way.
Thanks to you, I’m much obliged
For such a pleasant stay.
But now it’s time for me to go,
The autumn moon lights my way.
For now I smell the rain,
And with it pain,
anonymous May 19th 2009, 20:57 report
OH MY GOD you retarded lotr fans, just because he uses gollum and mordor in the song doesn't meen that's what he's singing about, he's just relating the journey for his perfect girl to the journey frodo had to make for the ring. lots of people have seen or read w/e lotr. So that's how hard the journey is to find his girl, evil men can come and sweep her away, but he's looking for her for ten years he still hasnt given up on her, like a diamond in the rough, he found a girl so fair in the darkest depths of mordor,
Randallord Jun 8th, 17:51 report
"Queen of all my dreams" sounds like a spiritual and eternal goal which transends life and the material world so I see this song as having a far reaching meaning. All great art uses references to help readers find meaning. Tolkien's references are universal to Western Civilization specifically and all the world in general. [The Ring of Power, the small can be mighty, old men with magical powers] Gollum never stold a woman so it isn't just about The Trilogy. I can see "Ramble On" as meanng we have to keep moving forward on our personal journey especially through the severe hurt and pain. There are moments when we are open to something bigger than ourselves to enter us and "rambling on" creates greater opportunities for us to find that purpose. (For me tremendous meaning to this song came in heavy exercise and the female is a representation of the ultimate goal but NO MATERIAL THING can fulfill that quest.)
anonymous Dec 19th 2012, 07:20 report
Perhaps the song has a darker meaning. The "Girl" he is looking for is actually the One Ring of Power. Like many men (or women), the narrator-singer wishes for the Power the Ring offers. He is upset that Gollum has it.
I have found that seemingly pleasant songs were in fact darker under their surface.
anonymous Aug 19th 2012, 05:26 report
Page and Plant probably wrote this song by imagining the band was a band of adventurers in Middle Earth. This song is the speech Robert Plant is giving to a group of friends in a tavern before they set out on yet another adventure. Before they "ramble on".
The third stanza of the song reveals the purpose of this adventure... While on a previous mission into Mordor the band rescued "a girl so fair" but were unable to get her out of Mordor because "Gollum and The Evil One crept up and slipped away with her". The song doesnt say that she died it just says they "slipped away with her" leaving some hope that she is still alive and that they can go back into Mordor and rescue her. Yeah. Its a brilliant song.
anonymous Apr 21st 2012, 13:07 report
I think, both theories aren't that wrong. Usually a song isn't written with just one meaning. Comparing a real life situation (like searching for the one love) with Tolkiens LOTR doesn't not necessarily exclude just telling a story and illustrating it with similarities from literature.
It's very possible, that both things really happened. After all the process of thinking and creating mostly doesn't follow a straight line.
Ramble On is the seventh song of Led Zeppelin II and the third song on side two of the same album. It features some strange instruments and is certainly an acoustic number.
The song itself is about the medieval traveler often featured in folklore. The two references to Tolkien are only present because Plant happened to be fan of them.
In the first verse the narrator is leaving an Inn to continue his travels. This is because he has to "ramble on." In the second verse we find that he "has no time for spreading roots" or, in other words, has no time to make a lasting impact on the community. Again he has to "ramble on."
In the fourth and final verse the narrator proclaims his freedom to us. Plant used this verse mainly to reference the Lord of the Rings.
That's it, my interpretation of Ramble On by Led Zeppelin.
anonymous Oct 25th 2011, 17:15 report
I don't think it can be entirely about Frodo considering in the chorus he says "I've been this way ten years to the day" and Frodos entire journey was only a year.
anonymous Oct 16th 2011, 23:03 report
The song is indeed about the Lord of the Rings, buy not about Frodo and his quest, but however, Gandalf, and his journey preceding the first book. Gandalf is looking for the Ring after Gollum took it, and the war started when he found it with Bilbo.the doing is about persevering, as Gandal f did.
anonymous May 7th 2011, 11:46 report
The legendary tale of King Arthur! Makes a lot more sense that LOTR, for sure. Especially considering the band's residences and focus when they wrote it!
anonymous May 7th 2011, 11:44 report
Camelot, Lancelot crept up and took Guinever to France during a celebratory feast. Arthur then rode to France (around the world to them)to find his queen again.
anonymous Feb 3rd 2011, 15:51 report
I also believe it is one of a personal experience. Getting late in life, saying goodbye to the adoration, adulation and party life and finding his real queen...the one who has been the subject of so many of Zep songs. The time is now, to sing my song. How sensual, to find her singing their songs. He says, I can't find my bluebird. He has song to her for years...
anonymous Mar 31st 2010, 21:25 report
I doubt he's talking about frodo. He's probably using it as a METAPHOR maybe...
anonymous Oct 31st 2008, 15:20 report
In this song "Ramble On" means like keep going, don't stop and give up that's exactly what Frodo needed to do. Ramble on, keep going and destroy the ring.
anonymous Dec 15th 2007, 14:19 report
It actually is about JRR Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings. "Ramble On" is an interpretation of Frodo's struggles of carrying the burden (or gift) of the One Ring, which is replaced by the girl. "But Gollum, the evil one, crept up and slipped away with her." While Frodo was wearing the Ring in Mount Doom and having second thought's about destroying the Ring, Gollum attacked the "invisible" Frodo. Biting off Frodo's finger, Gollum retainted the Ring after many years. Frodo then put up another fight, since Frodo fell to the power of the One Ring, and both fell over the edge of the cliff. Frodo was still hanging on the rock, while Gollum falls to his death in the lava of Mount Doom, destroying the One Ring in the mountain it was forged.
anonymous Jul 20th 2007, 12:05 report
I believe this song is just about a man going around the world looking for his soul mate hence the lyrics: "Ramble on , I'm going round the world/I'm gonna find my girl."
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