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Led Zeppelin: Black Dog Meaning

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Song Released: 1971

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Black Dog Lyrics

Hey, hey, mama, said the way you move
Gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove.
Oh, oh, child, way you shake that thing
Gonna make you burn, gonna make you sting.
Hey, hey, baby, when you walk that way
Watch your honey drip, can’t keep...


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    Mar 30th, 2012 3:09am report

    I have come up with the following interpretation of Black Dog.

    The first two verses of the song is about lust. The narrator of the song picks himself up a woman in his local bar and the two go back to his place and have casual sex. The man is purely mad with lust which is shown through the lyrics "eyes that shine burning red/ dreams of you all through my head."

    Following a midsection the song returns to it's third verse. This time, it is one of bitter regret. Having got his "fill" the narrator has been left "down and out" and the woman has stolen his car and his money.

    Realizing his mistake the narrator of the song decides to stop seeking out one night stands with women he meets at the local pub but rather opts for a long-term relationship with a woman who will "hold is hands" and won't "tell me no lies/ make me a happy man."

    The title of the song was inspired by an old, black dog that hanged around Headley Grange where Zeppelin was recording their number. Black Dog is also another name for depression, interestingly enough.

    The riff to the song was written by John Paul Jones and was inspired by Muddy Waters' album Electric Mud. The call-response style was in turn inspired by the Fleetwood Mac song "Oh Well."


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    Apr 5th, 2013 4:16am report

    This song title can have 2 interpretations but knowing Plant it will be a a double play on words.

    The song is about a very sexy woman that the narrator is having a relationship with. Blinded by her sexual prowess he suddenly finds that she has used him for his money and belongings.

    Having being fooled, he is now suffering from The Black Dog (depression) and prays to some day find a good woman.

    Remembering that the band members are English and the term Black Dog is a British slang phrase.

    However this song is an American blues-based style song - musically and lyrically.

    Being a song about a nasty female, the song title can also refer to an African American woman that he considers to be a bitch (which is the correct terminology for a female dog).

    The black dog living at the place they recorded the album may no doubt have inspired the song. Just from its simple description as a black dog Plant would have taken it from there.


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    Jan 24th, 2016 1:53pm report

    Black Dog is a dark souled bitch.

    She's a narcissistic bitch a jezebel witch trying to hijack his car, money and soul.

    Think Courtney Love. She is a "Black Dog". A liar and a thief.

    In Celebration Day
    "Her name is Brown or White or Black, you know her very well,
    You hear her cries of mercy as the winners toll the bell."

    "Didnt take too long fore I found out
    What people mean my down and out.
    Spent my money, took my car,
    Started tellin her friends she wants to be a star.
    I dont know but I been told
    A big legged woman aint got no soul.


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    Jun 4th, 6:59am report

    I agree with the first interpretation. It makes the most sense. It also explains what a lot of the other people are saying a little more thoroughly.


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    Mar 31st, 2019 3:43am report

    It is about having intercourse with a busty ebony woman, 'oh baby when you shake that thing', 'long legged woman', really? How has no one got that?


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    Jan 25th, 2019 1:53am report

    Clapton = Top Clan = Plant Co Mothership=Me Thor Ship. I am Eric Clapton's half brother and the legal Second Christ, our real father lives in Vesteralen Norway. Eric and I have G.O.D. Gene[ Genetic Omni Dominance] Led Zep has a poster of Saskatchewan with a Zeppelin pointing to Edmonton that goes along with Mothership Album, flip the Zeppelin the other way and it points to Iceland and Vesteralen Norway using King David's Psalm 104 Layline. The Song Stairway to Heaven was written about me, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and Eric and myself were all Culdee monks and brothers, I was Prince Madog ap Owain Gwynedd. Stairway to Heaven = He at Norway, It Save. Black Dog is partlt based on the Dog Head straight west of Stonehenge at the Big Arm Last Mountain Lake Sask. Canada. The World court ruled the bible starts and ends here at that Dog Head of Rev 22:15. Use 2002 images Google Earth for the Dog Head and the astrolabe man map along Pelican Pointe Road across from Regina Beach. Robert's mother's maiden name was Cain and Regina Beach was called Cain's Point. Armageddon + Cain = Madoc and Regina


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    Jan 24th, 2019 1:51am report

    Black dog = harbinger of death.


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    Jun 2nd, 2017 6:47pm report

    The story Robert Plant told in an interview was an old black dog was hanging round the recording studio. They fed her and she made the place her home. Occasionally she went down the street to visit her male dog friend. They knew where she was & in the afternoon they had to go down the street & carry her back. They wrote the song a few weeks before she started hanging round, but didn't have a name for the song. They thought it would be funny to name the song after her. That is if he didn't lie in the interview.


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    Nov 27th, 2016 11:00am report

    You got to be kidding me it's about heroine honey driP when you burn it loosing his car long leg women ain't got no soul syringe


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    Nov 22nd, 2016 11:48pm report

    Read your English history. Winston Churchill named his depression moods the Black Dog. It became common parlance to refer to depression or the blues as the Black Dog.


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    Apr 24th, 2016 4:49pm report

    Black Dog is from Clapton is God photo, Clapton =Plant Co. Big legged woman ain't got no soul


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    Mar 16th, 2016 3:49am report

    Once again, they practiced black magic rituals.. Stinging and burning are both feelings when being demonically possessed.. i have delt with this, if u listen to a zep song on the right night the right time of year, the demons they are singing about will appear, as they are doing a ritual in the song! Let the music be your master, hail satan? you think they are kidding? Lol

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    Feb 24th, 2016 2:36am report

    Clapton=Plant CO. It is a ploy on the Black Dog on the Clapton is God picture. Eric Patrick Clapton, Patrick = A Trick P. Eric was born Straight east of Stonehenge and the ancient Dog Head at Last Mountain Lake-Big Arm Sask. Canada, Rev22:15 where the bible ends at the Stairway to Heaven


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    Feb 24th, 2016 2:35am report

    Clapton=Plant CO. It is a ploy on the Black Dog on the Clapton is God picture. Eric Patrick Clapton, Patrick = A Trick P. Eric was born Straight east of Stonehenge and the ancient Dog Head at Last Mountain Lake-Big Arm Sask. Canada, Rev22:15 where the bible ends at the Stairway to Heaven

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    Sep 14th, 2015 9:43pm report

    The lyrics here are open to the history of the song and Robert Plant's intention, as is the template for many blues tunes, to lay a little basic truth out there for an inside yuk-yuk with the band as well as leaving a broad palette for the world to interpret as it chooses. In this typical blues tale, man is obsessed with the flesh only to once again fall its hold and torture on the mortal soul. Faustian. Papa Legba come to call.


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    Dec 20th, 2014 12:28pm report

    Actually, the reason it is called Black Dog is because wherever they were recording, a black dog came everyday. So, whoever it was decided to call the song Black Dog. About ten years ago, they came out with a DVD, and on this DVD, there is interviews, with the group, and they explain how they got the name of the song.


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    Sep 25th, 2013 9:04pm report

    The meaning of the song and the song title are totally unrelated. In addition to the radio interview most LZ literature (Hammer of the Gods, etc.) report the story of the dog who hung around HG during the recording. Like most blues based rock there will be a note of melancholy.... that's what it means to have the blues.... "someone done somebody wrong song," so to speak. Personally, I think several of RP's bluesy lyrics about lost loves and bad/sad/evil women are based on the regular groupies that hung around. But B.D. was an earlier hit, so I'm not sure they had a bunch of regulars at that point. So, I think I agree up to a point on some of these previous interpretations, save for these weird interpretations of the title being in any way related to the lyrics, since JP and RP have repeatedly confirmed the title came after the song was already completed, and in the can.


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    Aug 5th, 2013 8:00pm report

    It's about a sexual relationship between a man and a woman. The lyrics scream it. Sorry if I'm wrong but don't hate me on this. :)

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