Poor Tom

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

"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]


In a contemporary review of Coda, Kurt Loder of Rolling Stone thought "Poor Tom" wasn't "completely successful at mating an acoustic-guitar turn with an insistent drum tattoo, but it does demonstrate Page's links to the Bert Jansch-John Renbourn school of urbane folk picking."[3]


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. ^ Loder, Kurt (20 January 1983). "Coda". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 

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