Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)

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"Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)"
Single by Led Zeppelin
from the album Led Zeppelin II
A-side "Whole Lotta Love"
Released 7 November 1969
Format 7" single: United States, Japan, France, The Netherlands, Belgium
Recorded May 1969, Olympic Studios, London
Genre Hard rock
Length 2:39
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Page, Plant
Producer(s) Jimmy Page
Certification Gold
Led Zeppelin singles chronology
"Good Times Bad Times" / "Communication Breakdown"
(1969)
"Whole Lotta Love" / "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)"
(1969)
"Immigrant Song" / "Hey Hey What Can I Do"
(1970)
Led Zeppelin II track listing
"Heartbreaker"
(5)
"Living Loving Maid" (She's Just a Woman)"
(6)
"Ramble On"
(7)
Music sample
30 second sample

"Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)" is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin from their album Led Zeppelin II, released in 1969. It was also released as the b-side of the single "Whole Lotta Love". The song is about a groupie who annoyed the band early in their career.[1] In the original UK pressings of Led Zeppelin II it was titled "Livin' Lovin' Wreck (She's a Woman)", with the "Wreck" replaced by "Maid" and the subtitle changed on the US and later releases.[2]

It is often noted that this is guitarist Jimmy Page's least favorite Led Zeppelin song, and was thus never performed in concert.[1] Even though the song was never performed, there was a single show in Düsseldorf during which a short segment of the song was played right after the band's song "Heartbreaker" on 12 March 1970.[1] It was also one of the few Led Zeppelin songs on which Page sang backing vocals. Conversely, singer Robert Plant took a liking to the song, and played it on his 1990 solo tour.

For the recording of this track, Page played on a Vox 12-string guitar.[3]

When heard on the radio it was typically played immediately after their song "Heartbreaker", as it flows seamlessly from the abrupt ending of that song on the original album. Yet the band never played these songs together on stage at Led Zeppelin concerts (something they consistently did, for example from late 1972 to 1975 with "The Song Remains the Same" and "The Rain Song" — the first two tracks from their 1973 album Houses of the Holy). Robert Plant brought the song into his Manic Nirvana US solo tour set in 1990.

Formats and tracklistings[edit]

1969 7" single (Japan: Nihon Gramophone DT-1146, Turkey: Atlantic 70504)

  • A. "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)" (Page, Plant) 2:39
  • B. "Bring It On Home" (Page, Plant, Dixon) 4:21

1969 7" single (Argentina: Atlantic 2164 002)

  • A. "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)" (Page, Plant) 2:39
  • B. "Whole Lotta Love" (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant, Dixon) 3:12

1969 7" single (Peru: Atlantic AT 7050)

  • A. "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)" (Page, Plant) 2:39
  • B. "Ramble On" (Page, Plant) 4:23

1969 7" single (US: Atlantic 45-2690)

  • A. "Whole Lotta Love" (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant, Dixon) 5:33
  • B. "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)" (Page, Plant) 2:39

Chart positions[edit]

Single[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak position
Japanese Singles Chart[4] 93
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 65

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Welch, Chris (1998) Led Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused: The Stories Behind Every Song, ISBN 1-56025-818-7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dave Lewis (1994), The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.
  2. ^ "Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Interview with Jimmy Page, Guitar World magazine, 1993
  4. ^ "Top 100 Singles - 1 March 1970". Oricon. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Hot 100 Singles - 4 April 1970". Billboard. Retrieved 19 January 2009. [dead link]