Page/ Plant/ Johnes
Записана в 1971 в Headley Grange, Хэмпшир,
на передвижной студии Rolling Stones Mobile Studio.
Смикширована на студии Island Studios при участии Энди Джонса (Andy Johns).
Впервые выпущена 8 ноября 1971 на альбоме «Led Zeppelin IV»
Наивысшее достижение — #15 в чартах США.
Выпускалась также на сингле 2 декабря 1971, на сборниках 6 мая 1990 года «Box Set» (Atlantic 82144), 6 октября 1993 года «The Complete Studio Recordings» (Atlantic 82526), 5 августа 1997 года «Remasters» и 11 ноября 1997 года «BBC Sessions«.
Led Zeppelin IV Box Set The Complete Studio Recordings Remasters BBC Sessions

Page admitted recently that the vocal arrangement on this song was influenced by Fleetwood Mac’s «Oh Well.» The song is built around a bass riff by John Paul Jones.

Named after a black labrador that was a frequent visitor to the Headley Grange studio during recording sessions. According to «Unplugged» producer Alex Coletti, this dog is the one that can be seen during the Slate Quarry sections of the MTV «Unledded» special. However, this seems exceedingly unlikely, and the dog in the «No Quarter» video is a black Russian wolfhound, which may or may not be related to the dog in Plant‘s «Little By Little» video. Additionally, onstage, Plant used to introduce «Black Dog» saying how the dog was `…too old to boogie anymore…» and «…he’d go down the road to boogie with his old lady and be too tired to get back home…’

It has been suggested the lyrics are about Plant’s feelings towards fat women.


Hey, hey, mama, said the way you move
Gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove.
Oh, oh, child, way you shake that thing
Gonna make you burn, gonna make you sting.
Hey, hey, baby, when you walk that way
Watch your honey drip, can't keap away.

*Ah yeah, ah yeah, ah, ah, ah.
 Ah yeah, ah yeah, ah, ah, ah.

I gotta roll, can't stand still,
Got a flame in my heart, can't get my fill,
Eyes that shine burning red,
Dreams of you all thru my head.

Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah.

Hey, baby, oh, baby, pretty baby,
La la la la la la la.

Didn't take too long 'fore I found out
What people mean my down and out.
Spent my money, took my car,
Started tellin' her friends she wants to be a star.
I don't know but I been told
A big legged woman ain't got no soul.

* Chorus

All I ask for when I pray,
Steady rollin' woman gonna come my way.
Need a woman gonna hold my hand
And tell me no lies, make me a happy man.


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