Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)

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"Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)"
Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman) By Led Zeppelin Japanese single.jpg
Japanese vinyl release
Single by Led Zeppelin
from the album Led Zeppelin II
A-side "Whole Lotta Love"
Released 7 November 1969 (1969-11-07) (US)
Format 7-inch single
Recorded Morgan Studios, London, 1969
Genre Hard rock[1]
Length 2:40
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Producer(s) Jimmy Page
ISWC T-070.098.937-2
Led Zeppelin singles chronology
"Good Times Bad Times"
(1969)
"Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)"
(1969)
"Immigrant Song"
(1970)
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 stalked the band early in their career.[2] A misprint by Atlantic Records resulted in the original UK pressings of Led Zeppelin II being titled "Livin' Lovin' Wreck (She's a Woman)", with the "Wreck" corrected to "Maid" and the subtitle changed on the US and later releases.[3]

It is often noted that this is guitarist Jimmy Page's least favourite Led Zeppelin song, and was thus never performed in concert.[2] It was also one of the few Led Zeppelin songs on which Jones sang backing vocals. Conversely, singer Robert Plant took a liking to the song, and played it on his 1990 solo tour promoting his album Manic Nirvana.

For the recording of this track, Page played on a Vox 12-string guitar.[4] When played on the radio it was often played immediately after their song "Heartbreaker".

Formats and track listings[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[5] 93
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 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. ^ Popoff, Martin (2014). The Big Book of Hair Metal. Voyageur Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0760345467. 
  2. ^ a b Dave Lewis (1994), The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.
  3. ^ "Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Interview with Jimmy Page, Guitar World magazine, 1993
  5. ^ "Top 100 Singles - 1 March 1970". Oricon. Archived from the original on 18 January 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Hot 100 Singles - 4 April 1970". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2009.