What does Dazed and Confused mean?

Led Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused Meaning

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Dazed and Confused Lyrics

Been dazed and confused for so long, it's not true
Wanted a woman, never bargained for you
Lots of people talk and few of them know
Soul of a woman was created below, yeah

You hurt and abuse, tellin' all of your lies
Run 'round, sweet...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    itsabank
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    Jun 5th 2007 !⃝

    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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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Aug 30th 2008 !⃝

    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

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Mar 30th 2012 !⃝

    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.

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 24th 2023 !⃝

    I can relate to this song about a cheating woman..in my life i was also been cheated on..he would always want me to set him up with my other friends to have sex with..thar was usually the attracted ones & always wanted a threesome & talk about other men...it was talked about daily..this man was sick, pervited, and evil..to make a long story short..i should of listen to my dad and never got with him..at the time i was abused by someone in my life & thought he would be my lover for evet..too young at the age of sixteen to see it..eventually he was a abuser & cycle went once again around..someday i will write a book before i die and eventually in time he overdosed on drugs...

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 6th 2021 !⃝

    Been “dazed and confused for so long it’s not true”. What He is saying is the hurt he’s felt from her is blinding hime to who she really is. All he can see is that this woman( or all women by association) soul’s were created below. “Created by the evil one- Satan” I mean they definitely had occultish leanings. Maybe he was unable to see her because of the illusions he saw in her. Maybe he was on an acid trip and really believed she was a witch or demon because of his pain. Things get bent out if shape on acid. I think he uses the idea that womens souls were created below to sell albums as this is really not PC these days and for good reason. But his audience could all probably relate
    To the common thread of pain caused by women as a lot of them were teenage boys. It also sells their identity of knowing about hell as Rock gods would but places them above the fray. This was definitely a type of click bait of the seventies line.

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 10th 2016 !⃝

    About ''lowering'' and remastering the song from ''The Above Ground Sound'' in a continuous function, spiralling downwards from what JAKE HOLMES Woman[the Jezebel spirit type, where in the Bible she was eventually devoured by dogs] started with his song that made him feel ''dazed and confused'' when she was beginning to tease him like a Cat playing with a mouse. Where he felt that he's going out of his mind in paranoia about her mysterious ways. To where LED ZEPPELIN wanted to backtrack further in time and rearrange the song to bring out the spooky presence of the Woman that He[the Protagonist] ''wanted a Woman,never bargained for you'', supposedly with god for that Woman created and given to him and to be sexually aroused with, which he desperately needed her then, and in the present that came along with him, but giving him a ''nervous breakdown'' feeling ''dazed and confused'' when descending and tripping about her strange ways. ''Few of them know the soul of the Woman was created below''. In other words after God created the gods then ''They'' decided to travel in The Spirit from above to create the Human Adam[ the Protagonist] and a Woman from down and below, out of the Earth's dust[mud and clay] created in ''Their'' image that were given a soul and a spirit, living in the garden that she went from here to there or to and fro. ''Oh don't leave me so confused, no, oh, baby!'' This Woman left him 'cause she didn't want to be below him 'cause she believed god created them equally from the same Earthly dust[mud and clay]. Then came again the second Woman that god created using his rib for DNA to which she painfully paid the bill 'cause Adam[the Protagonist] blamed her to god when tempted and ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

  7. anonymous
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    May 25th 2016 !⃝

    Saddest thing is Jake Holmes didn't get anything for his hard work, Jimmy Paige was guitarist for the Yardbirds around the time Jake Holmes opened for them with Dazed and Confused. Many said Holmes sent a letter to The band regarding the similarities, but it was left unanswered.

  8. TheLodger
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    Jul 31st 2015 !⃝

    Check out Michelangelos Sistine Chapel portion with the guy who is going to hell. Yeah the dude with his head in his hand and the look in his eyes that says, "Holy fuck I'm not gonna make it! BIG TIME! I'm going to Hell!...and there's absolutely nothing I, you or God are gonna be able to do about it." There's a hand extended down towards him but for whatever reason, being it perhaps the knowledge that he can't reach it, (never could?) or he just knows that he HAS been nothing more than a transitional and expendable creature all along and whatever excitement and fullfilment he had during his life have come to a supernaturaly-terryfying fruition A lack of understanding of what his feelings have truly amounted to; thought processes loaded with intellectual sewage. That's the trick I suppose. He or She thought they were in love with knowledge and that that would pay off in the end cause of their intentions were "good" (outsmart the old boring "magicians" ie. the spiritual guardians of the light) Their, (the condemned one's) intellectual vanity kept its momentum (fuck the rewards man this is gotta work) and his devotion was exhausted. From null to mortified (a psychotic state in which the individual is rendered catatonic).

    All the mischevious pleasure and the temporal fulfillment derived from a life lived seeking sensuality and secret knowledge have only been the beginning of a long journey that is incomprehensible to the person sitting on that precipice. The individual is inevitablely going to lose control and live according to the rules of his spells and conjurings, which were unfortunately "borrowed" of course; without being lucky enough to have any say in the codes of conduct any longer. (as old as animal-history and well known though not communicated verbally as much as by intuition and herd instinct.) The soul has become a manifestation of the individuals at first physical to intellectual inebriation, (doing what felt fucking great according to his senses then placing hallowed signifigence on the acts and adjusting his thinking accordingly to maintain a connection to others...) blah blah blah. This all happens before Bonham bursts back into the song after the guitar interlude though. "Well fuck! I'll take whoevers in my way till I can't take em anymore." "Even if this isn't the way Satan fell from grace I'm gonna kick some major ass while I still can" From there your guess is as good as mine ;) Drumming into Hell (or whatever primal or religious variation) like a bad Hobbit.

  9. anonymous
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    Feb 25th 2014 !⃝

    He's been hurt by a woman who no matter what he does for her, will not be faithful. "Soul of a woman was created below", means that basically, when it comes down to it, the essence of a woman is really just about what she has "below", her genitals, and useful only for sex.

  10. anonymous
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    Dec 8th 2011 !⃝

    I think that he is talking about the drug"Molly" the constant references to a woman and the pain that it puts him through makes me believe that the drug he is talking about is in fact molly

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  11. anonymous
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    Dec 5th 2011 !⃝

    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."

  12. anonymous
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    Nov 17th 2011 !⃝

    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.

  13. anonymous
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    May 9th 2011 !⃝

    A lot of the songs of their first album were about women and relationships.

  14. anonymous
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    Dec 21st 2010 !⃝

    Why do all the Christians say this song is about going to hell when it's clearly about a woman?

  15. anonymous
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    Feb 14th 2010 !⃝

    It's the Mighty Zeps' interpretation of an acid trip.Their answer to the Beatles' Revolution #9.

  16. har0462
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    Aug 28th 2009 !⃝

    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.

  17. anonymous
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    Aug 7th 2009 !⃝

    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.

  18. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2008 !⃝

    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

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