Poor Tom

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"Poor Tom"
Song by Led Zeppelin from the album Coda
Released 19 November 1982 (1982-11-19)
Recorded Olympic Studios, London, 5 June 1970
Genre Blues rock
Length 3:03
Label Swan Song
Writer(s) Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Producer(s) Jimmy Page
ISWC T-070.119.784-3

"Poor Tom" is a song by English rock group Led Zeppelin. Robert Plant and Jimmy Page composed it in 1970 while staying at Bron-Yr-Aur, a small cottage in Wales.[1][2] It was recorded at Olympic Studios on 5 June 1970.

The song did not appear on the Led Zeppelin III album, but was eventually included on Coda. The album was produced by Page at his newly acquired Sol Studios and released in 1982 two years after the death of John Bonham.[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]

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.

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