Trampled Under Foot

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"Trampled Under Foot"
Netherlands single picture sleeve
Single by Led Zeppelin
from the album Physical Graffiti
B-side "Black Country Woman"
Released 2 April 1975 (1975-04-02) (US)
Format 7-inch 45 rpm
Recorded 1974
Length 5:38
Label Swan Song
Producer(s) Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin singles chronology
"D'yer Mak'er"
"Trampled Under Foot"
"Candy Store Rock"
Audio sample

"Trampled Under Foot" is a song by English rock group Led Zeppelin, featured on their 1975 album Physical Graffiti.


The lyrics were inspired by blues musician Robert Johnson's 1936 "Terraplane Blues."[4] A Terraplane is a classic car, and the song uses car parts as metaphors for sex—"pump your gas," "rev all night," etc. The themes of these songs however differ; "Terraplane Blues" is about infidelity, while "Trampled Under Foot" is about giving in to sexual temptation.[5]


The song was written by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, and evolved out of a jam session in 1972.[6]

Much rehearsal went into perfecting the relentless semi-funk riff that dominates this song.[4] John Paul Jones has credited Stevie Wonder with the inspiration for the beat ("Superstition", 1972), which he played on a clavinet.[4][7] Guitarist Jimmy Page played wah-wah and, as producer, employed reverse echo on the recording.[4][8]

Brandy & Coke[edit]

A rough mix of the track with less overdubbing was titled "'Brandy & Coke' (Trampled Under Foot) [Initial Rough Mix]". It was released on 11 February 2015 (on iTunes), as part of the remastering process of all nine albums.[9] The rest of the album was released on 23 February 2015.

Live performances[edit]

Led Zeppelin live on stage 1975
Page using a wah-wah pedal during a performance in Chicago (January 1975)

"Trampled Under Foot" became a standard part of Led Zeppelin concerts from 1975 onwards, being played on every tour until 1980.[4] It was also performed at Led Zeppelin's reunion show at the O2 Arena, London on 10 December 2007. When the song was played live, the band would often extend it with lengthy guitar and keyboard solos, and sometimes Plant would add lyrics from the song "Gallows Pole."

Along with "No Quarter", "Trampled Under Foot" showcased Jones' skills as a keyboard player when performed on stage. A notable example is the version played at the Earls Court Arena in 1975, as featured on the Led Zeppelin DVD, which includes an extended solo by Jones on a Hohner Clavinet D6. It is also notable that Plant rarely sang all the different verses of the song live, and sang a verse (with small alterations sometimes) two or even three times.

"Trampled Under Foot" was performed in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony as a part of a selected playlist.[10]

Radio play[edit]

"Trampled Under Foot" was frequently played on the radio when it was first released, charting at no. 38 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. One of Plant's favourite Led Zeppelin songs, he sang it on his 1988 Now and Zen tour, and also at his daughter Carmen's 21st birthday party in November 1989, with Jason Bonham on drums.

Single release[edit]

Led Zeppelin did not release any singles in the United Kingdom until 1997, when "Whole Lotta Love" was released 28 years after it was written. There were several pressings made of "Trampled Under Foot" as a single in 1975 in time for the band's Earl's Court concerts, but they were all shelved before being released, and are today highly sought-after collectors items.[4]


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Radio Caroline United Kingdom "Top 500 Tracks"[11] 1999 398

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[12] 60
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[13] 41
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 38
US Cash Box[15] 28
US Record World[16] 39

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Schuman, Michael A. (2009). Led Zeppelin: Legendary Rock Band. Enslow Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7660-3026-8. The keyboard-driven, hard rock track "Trampled Under Foot" was popular on FM stations. 
  2. ^ Schinder, Scott; Schwartz, Andy (2008). Icons of Rock: An Encyclopedia of the Legends Who Changed Music Forever. 2. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-33847-2. "Houses of the Holy" and "Trampled Under Foot" were tightly constructed, even danceable hard rock tunes. 
  3. ^ Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic. "Led Zeppelin, O2 Arena, London". Financial Times. Retrieved 14 July 2013. "Trampled Under Foot", a hypnotic hard funk-rock track from 1975’s Physical Graffiti, was unexpected  (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b c d e f Lewis, Dave (1994). The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-3528-9. 
  5. ^ Godwin, Robert (24 August 1990). "Led Zeppelin: Alchemists of the '70s". Goldmine: 13. 
  6. ^ Godwin, Robert (2003). "Led Zeppelin: The Press Reports". Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 321. ISBN 1-896522-41-6. 
  7. ^ Snow, Mat (December 2007). "The Secret Life of a Superstar". Mojo: 13. 
  8. ^ Rosen, Steven (25 May 2007). "1977 Jimmy Page Interview (Audio/Text)". Modern Guitars. Archived from the original on 5 January 2011. 
  9. ^ Grow, Kory (8 January 2015). "Led Zeppelin Announce Super-Deluxe 'Physical Graffiti' Reissue". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Heath, Sophia (19 June 2012). "London 2012 Olympics: the full musical playlist for the Olympic opening ceremony". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Radio Caroline Top 500 Tracks 1999". Radio Caroline. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  12. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3969a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Led Zeppelin – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending MAY 31, 1975". Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. . Cash Box.
  16. ^ "The Singles Chart" (PDF). Record World. 17 May 1975. p. 31. ISSN 0034-1622. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 

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