This was inspired by American Blues singer Blind Willie Johnson, who played in the 1920s. In searching for a deeper meaning to the song, fans came up with a few ideas. Some thought it was about Jimmy Page’s blossoming heroin addiction. Others thought it was comparable to Robert Johnson’s “Hellhound On My Trail,” in that it was Plant lamenting Zeppelin’s supposed deal with the devil. A third theory is that Plant was apologizing for the song “In My Time Of Dying,” which after his car crash he said he would never sing again.
On Aug. 4, 1975, Robert Plant and his family were vacationing in Greece,
The band was on a short break and in between tour dates when Plant, along with his wife and children, took a trip to the Greek island of Rhodes. They rented a car, which Plant lost control of and crashed. The accident left Plant and his wife Maureen injured Plant broke an ankle and elbow, his kids escaped with just a few bruises.
Robert Plant was recovering from a car accident and had to record his tracks from a wheelchair.
Jimmy Page overdubbed his guitar intro 3 times. He played one guitar an octave higher than the others.
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