Led Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused Meaning
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Dazed and Confused Lyrics
Wanted a woman, never bargained for you.
Lots of people talk and few of them know,
soul of a woman was created below.
You hurt and abuse tellin' all of your lies.
Run around sweet baby,...
anonymous Mar 30th, 2012 3:32am report
Dazed and Confused is one of Led Zeppelin's most famous songs. Written by Jimmy Page it is not the first song to be titled Dazed and Confused. Jake Holmes had a version, as did the Yardbirds. Despite the speculation I do not agree that this song was stolen.
Essentially, the studio version of this song combines blues-rock, hard rock, and psychedelia together into one six and a half minute song.
As a rough interpretation Dazed and Confused is about a man who is tricked by a woman, possibly his girlfriend, but cannot leave her.
In the first verse the narrator sums up his feelings. He's been feeling "dazed and confused for so long it's not true." This turns into bitterness when he exclaims that he "wanted a woman, never bargained for you." The woman is revered by her friends, family and colleagues but the narrator knows differently: "soul of a woman was created below."
In the second verse he refers to her as nothing more than a liar but because of his love for her "run around, sweet baby, lord how they hypnotize" he ultimately stays with her.
By the third verse the tables have changed. The narrator who does not trust the woman in the song but decides to stay with her anyway is rejected by the woman. Possibly because she has been cheating on him.
The fourth verse begins much like the first one and reiterates the main theme of the song. The final two lines of the song states, metaphorically, that karma will probably get her and that she better be willing to pay the bill when she gets it.
Led Zeppelin performed the song live from 1969 to 1975 and at one point it stretched out to almost forty five minutes.
Dazed and Confused also features the famous violin-bow sequence.
anonymous Dec 5th, 2011 12:18am report
Yeah basically about a woman who is cheating on him, yet despite the fact he sees her for what she is, he is so attracted to her he is unable to break free which is making him "dazed and confused."
anonymous Nov 17th, 2011 11:37pm report
This song was originally written for the Yardbirds. Jake Holmes's lyrics were about an acid trip. Jimmy Page had to re-do the lyrics and modify the song for Led Zeppelin to avoid copyright infringements with Holmes. Plant's lyrics are about a difficult relationship with a girl.
anonymous May 9th, 2011 5:01pm report
A lot of the songs of their first album were about women and relationships.
anonymous Dec 21st, 2010 12:46pm report
Why do all the Christians say this song is about going to hell when it's clearly about a woman?
anonymous Feb 14th, 2010 2:33pm report
It's the Mighty Zeps' interpretation of an acid trip.Their answer to the Beatles' Revolution #9.
That would still mean Jack Holmes was getting at least the writer's royalties, and that would have been quite a lot. This is one of the songs that Page brought with him from the Yardbirds, so it could not have been Zeppelin ripping somone off. Don't believe me? There's a video on You Tube of the Yardbirds doing the song, with Keith Relf on vocals, Page on guitar. This was probably shortly before the band broke up.
anonymous Aug 7th, 2009 8:14pm report
i think anybody could really take it to their own interpretation. its not just about a woman, but when artists write their songs and their own experiences down they hope that any listener or fan can relate or empathize. i took the line "been dazed and confused for so long its not true" as you could be blind-sighted by someone that was so close to you whether it was a friend, family member, or partner and you did everything for them that it didn't make a difference what they did you loved them, but then you realize that you've been confused and in a daze for all to long that they used you that it hits you.. like a brick.
anonymous Aug 30th, 2008 8:43am report
I don't know for sure but I think it's about a cheating woman..."been dazed an confused for so long its not true"..meaning she's been sleeping around an the man not knowing it..."wanted a woman never bargained for u"..he was in love with this girl but what she is doing behind his back he's obviously mad about...."lots of people talk but few of them know that the soul of a woman was created below"....the woman might come off as a sweet an innocent girl but only few people know her true side,an created below meaning from hell.....the entire song actually makes sense with what I opinionated if you actually take the time a listen to ever individual lyric.. That's just what I was thinking about the whole song....a cheating woman
anonymous Mar 22nd, 2008 3:25am report
They didn't steal it you idiot. They had a huge ownership battle over this and in the end Zeppelin won but on the album it says that the song was written by jack holmes...good try though I like your effort
anonymous Mar 5th, 2008 3:43pm report
I think this song is about a man who was attracted to a women. He realizes though that the woman doesn't care for what the man does to support them. I doubt this song has anything to do with drugs.
I don't think that the song is really about drugs. It seems to me that the song is about a woman. The singer is doing everything he possibly can to try to please this woman, but none of it seems to be enough. This situation sends him into a state of mind that could be compared to being on drugs, hence "Dazed and Confused".
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