Poor Tom

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"Poor Tom"
Song by Led Zeppelin from the album Coda
Released 19 November 1982
Recorded 5 June 1970
Genre Blues rock
Length 3:01
Label Swan Song
Writer Jimmy Page/Robert Plant
Producer Jimmy Page
Coda track listing
"We're Gonna Groove"
"Poor Tom"
"I Can't Quit You Baby"

"Poor Tom" is a song by English rock group Led Zeppelin, composed in 1970 by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page when they were staying at Bron-Yr-Aur, a small cottage in Wales,[1][2] and was recorded at Olympic Studios in June 1970.

The song was left off the album Led Zeppelin III but was eventually included on the band's album Coda, released in 1982 two years after the death of John Bonham, having been produced by Page at his newly acquired Sol Studios.[2]

The guitar tuning for the song is an open-C6 chord (C-A-C-G-C-E). [2]

The song was never performed live at Led Zeppelin concerts.[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak position
US Billboard Top Tracks[3] 18
  • Note: the song was not issued as a single. Chart data represents radio airplay of album tracks.


Cover versions[edit]


  • Lewis, Dave (2004) The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9
  • Welch, Chris (1998) Led Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused: The Stories Behind Every Song, ISBN 1-56025-818-7


  1. ^ Phil Sutcliffe, "Back to Nature", Q Magazine Special Led Zeppelin edition, 2003, p. 34.
  2. ^ a b c d Dave Lewis (1994), The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.
  3. ^ "Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart - 1982". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 

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