Записана в 1969 на студии Juggy Sound Studio, New York.
Инженер Эдди Крамер (Eddie Kramer).
Впервые выпущена 22 октября 1969 на альбоме «Led Zeppelin II» (Atlantic 19127).
Выпускалась также 6 мая 1990 года на сборнике «Box Set» (Atlantic 82144) , 6 октября 1993 года на сборнике «The Complete Studio Recordings» (Atlantic 82526) , 5 августа 1997 года на сборнике «Remasters» (Atlantic) и в 1999 году на трибьют-альбоме «Great Zeppelin» (Axekiller) группы Great White.
The reference to `the darkest depths of Mordor’ is one of the several Tolkien references in Plant’s lyrics. Mordor is, in Lord Of The Rings, essentially a wasteland, obviously artificially so because of Sauron’s, the `dark lord’ in «The Battle Of Evermore«, poisonous sphere of influence. Mordor is surrounded by a mountain range that encloses it on three sides. Another Tolkien reference is the line referring to Gollum. He is more pitiful than evil. He was once a Hobbit-like creature who fell under the power of the ring and became a monster that he is. His entire essence is now controlled by the ring. The evil one that is mentioned as accompanying Gollum could be one of a variety of characters, such as Saruman, Morgoth, a ringwriath, however, Morgoth was not a contemporary of Gollum’s in Tolkien’s world. Another part of the song that may be related to Tolkien is the section about «spreading roots», «goin’ round the world», «gotta find my girl». In «Lord Of The Rings», Frodo and Sam wander into the forest after being captured by the Orcs. While there they meet an old Ent called Treebeard who tells them the story of the Ents’ loss and subsequent search for the Entwives. More likely though, this is part of Plant‘s recurring lyrical theme of having to find his woman, a neverending search further chronicled in «Going To California«.
Leaves are falling all around, It's time I was on my way. Thanks to you, I'm much obliged for such a pleasant stay. But now it's time for me to go. The autumn moon lights my way. For now I smell the rain, and with it pain, and it's headed my way. Sometimes I grow so tired, but I know I've got one thing I got to do… *Ramble On, And now's the time, the time is now, to sing my song. I'm goin' 'round the world, I got to find my girl, on my way. I've been this way ten years to the day, Ramble On, Gotta find the queen of all my dreams. Got no time to for spreadin' roots, The time has come to be gone. And tho' our health we drank a thousand times, it's time to Ramble On. * Chorus Mine's a tale that can't be told, my freedom I hold dear. How years ago in days of old, when magic filled the air. T'was in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair. But Gollum, and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her, her, her… yeah. * Chorus Gonna ramble on, sing my song. Gotta keep-a-searchin' for my baby… Gonna work my way, round the world. I can't stop this feelin' in my heart Gotta keep searchin' for my baby. I can't find my bluebird!
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