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Led Zeppelin: Black Dog Meaning

Tagged: Dogs [suggest]

Song Released: 1971


Black Dog Lyrics

Hey hey mama, said the way you move
Gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove
Ah ah 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, I can't keep...

  1. anonymous
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    Feb 19th 2013 report

    Its about a black dog. The dog is a Labrador. It is nice and friendly and wants to belong to Jimmy Page. It is about how Page felt about the Labrador, whom he named Bonzo, after his friend, John Bonham, the drummer.

  2. anonymous
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    Feb 17th 2013 report

    i think how the song got its name and what it is about are two different things.

    also, besides the obvious literal meaning
    this can also be viewed as a song about worshipping a black "god" or devil..
    (opposite of god: devil...god backwards: dog)
    "eyes that shine burning red, dreams of you all through my head" refers to the women's demonic possesion of the narrator
    (not, as suggested, the narrator's eye red with lust...)

  3. anonymous
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    Jul 28th 2012 report

    The meaning of this song is about an actual black dog known as the black shuck in english folklore, anyway the black shuck is a giant black dog and get this, it has eyes that are blazing red hence the part of the song describing that. So this song is basically about this black dog haunting this guy but yet the guy seems fascinated by this entity. The are many people who have experienced this entity in the conscious state and the dream state hence ''dreams of you all through my head'' just search on the web for 'Black Shuck' and you can make your own assumptions.

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 19th 2012 report

    song called Black dog because when they were recourding this song black dog always came there. That is why song called black dog

  5. anonymous
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    May 28th 2011 report

    This song was recorded on location at Headley Grange in London. There was a black dog that lived in the house where ZEP was recording and the animal died in one of the rooms. This dog died the day they finished this song so they decided to name the song Black Dog as a tribute.

  6. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2011 report

    The song is about wanting to get laid, it is called Black Dog because a lab kept showing up at rehearsals.

  7. anonymous
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    Jan 24th 2011 report

    a big leg woman is what we would consider a slut.simple as.a really hot looking woman basically taking the piss.sex is great but he would prefer a good honest woman.but big legged woman are just so damn saucy,cant get enough man.they have no soul and no consideration for others.
    go on,tell me im wrong.

  8. anonymous
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    Jan 24th 2011 report

    a big leg woman is what we would consider a slut.simple as.a really hot looking woman basically taking the piss.sex is great but he would prefer a good honest woman.but big legged woman are just so damn saucy,cant get enough man.they have no soul and no consideration for others.
    go on,tell me im wrong.

  9. anonymous
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    Nov 20th 2010 report

    The title "Black Dog" has absolutely no hidden meaning. When the band was in the studio,they saw someone bring in a black dog. They didn't have a name for the song yet so That's how they got the name.

  10. anonymous
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    Jun 16th 2010 report

    I think the title "Black Dog" either refers to an evil omen of some sort, or, more likely, the dirogatory term for a female dog. I think the evil omen adressed is when the narrator falls in love with a girl, then begins to feel like she's taking his life away.
    "Didn't take too long 'fore I found out what people mean by down and out.
    (She)spent my money, took my car, started telling her friends she's gonna be a star.
    I don't know but I've been told, a big legged woman ain't got no soul."

  11. MusicI_Life
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    Sep 17th 2009 report

    Okay, this isn't what it's about but this is about how it was written. Jimmy was on an acid trip and saw a black dog ....yeah that's it. It may have some other deeper meanings but that's the story of how it was written.

  12. lazur
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    Sep 11th 2009 report

    A lot of Zep stuff started as jams, and Plant had to be quick with some words to be part of the jam, (or they'd end up as instrumentals!) "Black Dog" sounds like the ultimate proof of this system of song-writing: Bluesy, sexy lines spat out, that don't connect to one another all that much, don't add up to one story, don't really have a beginning, middle, or end, but work quite well, as they're sung in the same spirit that the music is being played: "Let's get DOWN!"

  13. har0462
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    Aug 28th 2009 report

    Black Dog can also mean depression. Churchill often spoke of his black dog following him around.

  14. LetThereBeLight
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    Jun 3rd 2009 report

    Maybe its about a stripper and he feels frustrated and then cheated because he cant have her or sex her. Maybe if he does eventually get her she takes things from him because she doesn't care about love.
    Instead of the obvious, down and out could mean, you go down the stairs into the club and then leave unfulfilled.
    And maybe the big legs is because she can dance (really well).
    And black dog would have been a perfect name for the song especially since people didn't know what the dog was really like or because it smiled so nicely but was actually a fat batch.

  15. Roxxi
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    Jul 1st 2008 report

    What the fuck is wrong with you people? this song is so about getting laid (and probably losing your virginity.)




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