Houses of the Holy (song)
|"Houses of the Holy"|
|Song by Led Zeppelin from the album Physical Graffiti|
|Released||24 February 1975|
|Recorded||Olympic Studios, London, 1972|
Although the name of the song is "Houses of the Holy," the track does not appear on the earlier-released album Houses of the Holy. It was originally set to be the title track of that album but was removed when the band decided it did not fit. The song did not require any further re-mixing for its inclusion on Physical Graffiti, having already been fully mixed by audio engineer Eddie Kramer at the Electric Lady sessions in June 1972.
Record producer Rick Rubin has remarked, "This is a funk jam with really interesting, jazzy chords. It's one of their more compact feeling songs. And it's the only Zep song to use what sounds like a cowbell."
The song title taken with the lyrics refers to the "sacred" places where young adults have their sexual rites of passion such as movie theaters, drive-in movies, concert halls and arenas, or even a hilltop. The opening and closing lines are, "Let me take you to the movies. Let me take you to the show. Let me be yours ever truly," with sexually suggestive verses in between (e.g., "Let me wander in your garden, and the seeds of love I'll sow").
The song was never played live by Led Zeppelin, though Robert Plant performed it with the Band of Joy during his 2010 solo tour. Additionally, Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes tested out the song in rehearsals for their 2000 tour, but dropped it before touring began.
|Chart (1975)||Peak position|
- Robert Plant – vocals
- Jimmy Page – guitars
- John Paul Jones – bass guitar
- John Bonham – drums, cowbell
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