What does Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You mean?

Led Zeppelin: Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You Meaning

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Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You Lyrics

Babe, baby, baby, I'm gonna leave you
I said baby, you know I'm gonna leave you
I'll leave you when the summer time
Leave you when the summer comes a-rolling
Leave you when the summer comes along

Babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, baby,...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Aug 21st 2011 !⃝

    This song is purely about drugs and the woman in the scenario is nothing but drugs and how he is trying real hard to quit her.he always thinks of letting go off the habit, makes promises to himself, always allots a time period to quit but it keeps calling him back.he had a great time with drugs every single day of his life but he has gotta leave it and walk on and do normal things like others.there is a great sense of sadness as his drug is his love and that's why he refers to it as a woman/babe.Also women and drugs are equally addictive.
    p.s- if this song was about a woman and not about drugs there would have been a reason mentioned for leaving her. You don't need a reason to quit drugs.


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    Nov 4th 2012 !⃝

    Its about a man with an addiction or a mental illness. Either way a condition that is a way of life for him. Either way insanity is his way of life.

    In the midst of it all he has found love and calm. The love is true and deep but its not stronger than who he is. And he can run away all he wants but eventually it will catch up with him. He can hear it calling to him. and he has to ramble on.

    A heartbreaking song about how we can never really change as people.


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    Aug 24th 2011 !⃝

    Led Zeppelin loved Tolkien. This song and the lyrics match perfectly one of the stories in the Silmarillion or Unfinished tales i cant remember which. In this tale there is a man who lives at sea. He is king and he marries his love to be his queen, on land. Throughout their relationship he continously feels he must leave her to be back with the sea. It is not her own fault but it causes great pain for both of them. He continuosly speaks of the sea "calling him back home"

  4. anonymous
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    May 15th 2023 !⃝

    I can tolerate some badly written ideas but this was not a song written by Robert Plant , it was a cover / song they played ( in their first concert) that was also done by Joan Baez. through a misunderstanding LZ thought it was a traditional song . anyways , it’s not about heroin , it’s about a man who has to leave his lover from the summer and go back home to his wife . the man is lamenting having to leave his lover.

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 13th 2023 !⃝

    Though this song didn't have it's hopes up. many people thought it did, an emergency about the "House Of David" it is not. These people can have their way as it is circumstantial that they didn't know they weere lightning and that their doubts of continued life would represent both a wholesome doubt and something that still clutches on to "House Of David".

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 12th 2023 !⃝

    I think "baby" does not stand for heroin. It's a sex addiction. There are so many attractive girls in the world and he just can't decide.

  7. anonymous
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    May 16th 2021 !⃝

    To me it's easy.It's all about drugs(heroin)&levein it behind,although it's calling me Back.Been there done that.as it's been said-it is what it is...or is it? Don't know.later me.

  8. anonymous
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    Apr 21st 2021 !⃝

    I think its about a young man who has ambition and dreams of traveling the world and doing things that all young men want to do. But, he falls in love with a young women. So the song is a struggle in his mind. On one hand he yearns to ramble. On the other hand he wants to stay with his love.
    Knowing if he stays, he will never see the world. And if he leaves he may pass up the love of his life.

  9. Abredon
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    Dec 16th 2019 !⃝

    The song is originally about a woman leaving a man due to wanderlust. My mother wrote it after she left her first husband (babe in that era was a unisex pet name)

  10. anonymous
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    Nov 27th 2019 !⃝

    It is so frustrating to see people interpret the song wrongly, it is about plant's struggle with heroin. Just pay attention to the lyrics it's very evident if you aren't a complete dimwit

  11. anonymous
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    Jun 18th 2019 !⃝

    Why don't the person who wrote the song In interpretaion it ,then we would not have to guess what the lyrics our about .

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  12. anonymous
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    Jun 12th 2019 !⃝

    guy met a really nice girl name Sally during his tour. they spend one beautiful night together and tomorrow his band taking flight to another city(“to ramble”). and as he is very romantic person he cannot just go away speechless so he playin his guitar in front of her balcony and cry from all the pain of his heart.

  13. anonymous
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    Jul 3rd 2018 !⃝

    At the end he commits suicide he’s telling her he knows she’s having an airfare and you know I’m going to take my life because of it

  14. anonymous
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    Jun 17th 2018 !⃝

    Kinda sounds like quitting a drug habit.

  15. anonymous
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    Oct 26th 2017 !⃝

    i think this song is about a man who is in love with a woman who cheated on him with another man, and he just cant get over her even though she cheated on him. towards the end of the song there is a dramatic part (5:24-5:53), and if there was a movie or short film from this song i can just imagine the guy trying to cope with his obsession but he cant so he puts a gun to his head and pulls the trigger @ 5:53. a little dark, but its a theory- a complicated one.

  16. anonymous
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    Jun 15th 2017 !⃝

    He can't leave her, and won't leave her even though he should.

  17. thetruth
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    Feb 4th 2017 !⃝

    Another song about jimmys first love and the mother of his unknown child born in April 1962. Come on Jimmy tell the truth about your first child admit it. Know one would hold it against you. She messed you around who would blame you but please recognise you had a child you did not know if you have any dignoty.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  18. anonymous
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    Aug 11th 2015 !⃝

    About a man that got drafted to Vietnam War and had to leave behind his girlfriend. Good memories of her keep "calling" him and he longs to go back home- to America

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