Your Time Is Gonna Come

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"Your Time Is Gonna Come"
Song by Led Zeppelin
from the album Led Zeppelin
Released 12 January 1969 (1969-01-12)
Format LP record
Recorded October 1968
Studio Olympic, London
Genre Rock[1]
Length 4:41
Label Atlantic
Producer(s) Jimmy Page
Audio sample

"Your Time Is Gonna Come" is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin, released on their 1969 debut album Led Zeppelin.

Guitarist Jimmy Page played an out-of-tune Fender 10-string steel guitar on this track.[3] Page stated that he learned how to play the steel guitar only during the sessions for the first album.[4] Bassist John Paul Jones played an organ, using a pedal to create the bass. The lyrics concern an unfaithful girl who will pay the price for her deceitful ways.

The only known performance of this song at Led Zeppelin concerts is a short snippet during a show at Tokyo on 24 September 1971 during the "Whole Lotta Love" medley, of which a bootleg recording exists. The name of the bootleg is Light and Shade.

Jimmy Page performed "Your Time Is Gonna Come" on his tour with The Black Crowes in 1999. A version of the song performed by Page and The Black Crowes is on the album Live at the Greek.

Slash, the lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses, has said that "Your Time Is Gonna Come" is his favourite Led Zeppelin song. Record producer Rick Rubin has remarked, "It's like the drums are playing a big rock song and the guitars are playing a gentle folk song. And it's got one of the most upbeat choruses of any Zeppelin song, even though the words are so dark."[5]


Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ No. 44: ‘Your Time is Gonna Come’ – Top 50 Led Zeppelin Songs
  2. ^ Plant was later given a songwriting credit. ISWC: T-070.211.844-2
  3. ^ Steven Rosen, 1977 Jimmy Page Interview, Modern Guitars, 25 May 2007 (originally published in the July 1977, issue of Guitar Player magazine).
  4. ^ Dave Schulps, Interview with Jimmy Page, Trouser Press, October 1977.
  5. ^ [The Playlist Special: Fifty Artists Pick Their Personal Top 10s]. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 January 2011.


  • Led Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused: The Stories Behind Every Song, by Chris Welch, ISBN 1-56025-818-7
  • The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, by Dave Lewis, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9