Led Zeppelin: Tangerine Meaning
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The hours, they bring me pain.
Tangerine, Tangerine, Living reflection from a dream;
I was her love, she was my queen, And now a thousand years between.
anonymous Feb 18th, 2011 2:57am report
The whole album "Led Zeppelin three" is about the break up of a relationship Jimmy had been in with a young woman who left him for a close friend.
Jimmy regarded her as the love of his life but he lost her because he could not be faithful. He goes though a lot of pain but in the end accepts that she will be happier with his friend and only wants her happiness.
Tangerine is about looking back to a time before he messed up the relationship and his regrets.
Jimmy has said in interviews his only regret about his life is the loss of that relationship.
anonymous Mar 3rd, 2017 3:07am report
Big Zep fan. Not sure why I'm so obsessed with this song. Thanks for the feedback.. Subliminal ....
anonymous Jan 14th, 2017 1:05am report
The title Tangerine, represents the sun. The narrator sings referencing the sun and time.
The painful thing about falling in love is falling out of love, and that arc of time sends the narrator singing to the sun remembering "how it used to be". The sun "Tangerine" represents the passing of time and falling out of love.
anonymous May 13th, 2012 5:05pm report
It's really straightforward: a man who loses a great love, doesn't know what else to do with life without it: "Measuring a summer's day, I only finds it slips away to grey", it's painful to not be with that person:
"The hours, they bring me pain", always thinking about the past good "Living reflections from a dream"
anonymous May 9th, 2012 5:08pm report
Lost love definately, a thousand years between- perhaps, even death. Reincarnation until they meet again...i can relate to that with experience. And lost love...
Tangerine is the second song on side two of Led Zeppelin III. It features a twelve string guitar played by Jimmy Page.
Tangerine is song that's meaning should be blatantly obvious to anybody. It even sounds like it was written in about ten minutes. Although it's tremendously good. Basically the song is about a man who is reflection on a past love affair. The lyrics suggest that the narrator and his lover, despite being in love, ended up drifting apart for unknown reasons.
anonymous Jun 5th, 2011 6:39pm report
I saw Leppelin back in 1979 and Tangerine has always been one of my favorites...
This song resinates a feel about a love that transends lifetimes. A true love/soul mates connection. A love that most never experience in one lifetime. With words like
"does she remember times like these" and "a thousand years between" for me it is talking about a past life reference of two lovers.
anonymous May 9th, 2011 5:02am report
The emotion conveyed in the song is of reminescing emotions changed throughout seasons. About an unfulfillment lost but never to be forgotten. This song has endless spectrum of emotions I cherish deeply when I think of memories I had with my beloved who past away.
anonymous Feb 18th, 2011 2:12am report
Tangerine was is most certainly about a girl Jimmy Page dated while he was an art student in the days before he became famous. In the song he looks back and regrets the loss of his most sincere relationship.
anonymous Jan 24th, 2011 1:48am report
"knowing that im losing you" i think is what the song was originally.then was rerecorded by led zeppelin.its about being inlove and knowing that it is going to end.a love lost.
"I was her love, she was my queen, And now a thousand years between.
Thinking how it used to be, Does she still remember times like these?
To think of us again? And I do."
its clear to me but i might be completely wrong,its just a song about missing someone that you loved dearly and if they still think about you.its actually very sad.
anonymous Jan 15th, 2011 1:58pm report
Not sure if this holds water, but sometimes it reminds me of King Henry VIII and Anne Bolin (Queen Elizabeth's Mom). Especially the older movie "Anne of a Thousand Days".
Either way, whatever it means... I Love it! And "Thank You" as well!
anonymous Sep 30th, 2008 9:16pm report
These lyrics always move me, The first time I heard the solo my eyes started watering, Led Zeppelin's members were geniuses they make the emotion come into you, the emotion they want you to feel.
anonymous Mar 16th, 2008 3:20pm report
I think it's about lost love.
anonymous Feb 13th, 2007 2:31pm report
I don't know about Stairway being about Lord of the Rings but anyway, Tangerine has always been a relateable song for me, and is in fact one of my favorite Zeppelin songs. I see it in a pretty straightforward way: falling in love and then losing it. Honestly, I just looked over the lyrics for the first time in a long time, and they still strike me as being full of sorrow.
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