Johnes/ Page/ Plant
Записана в 1970 году в Headley Grange, Хэмпшир,
на передвижной студии Rolling Stones Mobile Studio.
Инженер Энди Джонс (Andy Johns).
Смикширована Энди Джонсом (Andy Johns) на студии Island Studios.
Впервые выпущена 5 октября 1970 на альбоме «Led Zeppelin III»
Выпускалась также на сборниках 6 мая 1990 года «Box Set» (Atlantic 82144) и 6 октября 1993 года «The Complete Studio Recordings» (Atlantic 82526).
The introduction is lifted from «The Waggoner’s Tale» by Bert Jansch, a traditional song. The subject matter, Plant’s dog, includes a few lifts from the traditional folk tune «Ole Shep» where the dog in question had its existence terminated for some obscure reason. Plant’s dog is named «Strider» and is, according to the song, «a blue-eyed merle».
The title, which is correctly spelled ‘Bron-Y-Aur’, and, pronounced ‘Bron-Yar’, is the name of a derelict cottage in South Snowdonia in Wales where Page and Plant retreated to write some songs and get to know each other before the third album was recorded. It has been attributed as having several meanings, and Welsh is a language best left to the Welsh. The most common translation is «breast of gold». Another version is offered by Cameron Crowe, «…Bron-Y-Aur, so-called for the stretch of sun that crossed the valley every day». The working title for «Bron-Y-Aur Stomp» was «Jenning’s Farm Blues». This early version was quite different from the song that finally appeared on the album, particularly as it was not acoustic.
The song is about Plant’s dog Strider, which in Plant’s words is a «blue-eyed merle». This is likely to mean the dog is a Collie, by breed, with blue-grey fur speckled or streaked with black.
Ah caught you smiling at me, That's the way it should be, Like a leaf is to a tree, so fine. Ah all the good times we had, I sang love songs so glad Always smiling, never sad, so fine. * As we walk down the country lanes, I'll be singing a song, Hear me calling your name. Hear the wind within the trees, Telling Mother Nature 'bout you and me. Well if the sunshines so bright, Or on our way it's darkest night The road we choose is always right, so fine. Ah can your love be so strong When so many loves go wrong Will our love go on and on… * Chorus My, my la de la come on now it ain't too far, Tell your friends all around the world, Ain't no companion like a blue eyed merle. Come on now well let me tell you, What you're missing, missing, 'round them brick walls. So of one thing I am sure, It's a friendship so pure, Angels singing all around My dog is so fine. Yeah, ain't but one thing to do Spend my nat'ral life with you, You're the finest dog I knew, so fine. When you're old and your eyes are dim, There ain't no old Shep gonna happen again, We'll still go walking down country lanes, I'll sing the same old songs, Hear me call your name.