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Записана в 1972 в Stargroves, England
на передвижной студии The Rolling Stones Mobile Studio.
Инженер Эдди Крамер (Eddie Kramer).
Впервые выпущена 28 марта 1973 на альбоме «Houses Of The Holy» (Atlantic 19130).
Выпускалась также 6 мая 1990 года на сборнике «Box Set» (Atlantic 82144) и 6 октября 1993 года на сборнике «The Complete Studio Recordings» (Atlantic 82526).
While it is generally agreed that the «Ocean» Plant refers to is his view of the crowd at a concert from the stage, less obvious is his reference to his three years old daughter at the time, Carmen. Carmen is now grown up, and is married to Plant‘s bass player Charlie Jones. The couple brought a son into the world in early 1995, making Robert Plant a grandfather! In several live versions of «The Ocean» Plant changed the lyrics to «She is only four years old» to keep up with Carmen’s age. The line «Playin’ in the moonshine, rockin’ in the grain» is a clear reference to grain based alcohols, which were the most common ones during the Prohibition period in America, when the term moonshine was coined to describe illegal liquor. A term was also coined for the people involved in the production and distribution of the alchohol, bootleggers, a term which has also been used to describe those who illegally tape concerts by artists such as Led Zeppelin.
(Count-In: John Bonham - "We've done four already but now we're steady and then they went: One, two, three, four") Singing in the sunshine, laughing in the rain Hitting on the moonshine, rocking in the grain Ain't no time to pack my bag, my foots outside the door Got a date, I can't be late, for the high hopes hailla ball. Singing to an ocean, I can hear the ocean's roar Play for free, play for me and play a whole lot more, more! Singing about good things and the sun that lights the day I used to sing on the mountains, has the ocean lost it's way. Sitting round singing songs 'til the night turns into day Used to sing on the mountains but the mountains washed away Now I'm singing all my songs to the girl who won my heart She is only three years old and it's a real fine way to start.