Creating people's geographies
As well as excellent content, Agent 99 has hands down some of the best images I’ve seen assembled in a blog. Recently, she has managed to find a rare clip of Led Zeppelin‘s ‘Kashmir’, a song from their 1975 album Physical Graffiti, and one of my favourites. This is the earliest footage I have seen available; the video sharing sites tend to have later live versions.
Get better, 99.
Lead singer Robert Plant considers Kashmir the definitive Led Zepp song. The original title was “Driving To Kashmir”, and Plant wrote the lyrics in 1973 while driving through the Sahara Desert in Morocco, not Kashmir. It is played in an alternative guitar tuning and the song incorporates musical patterns of classical Moroccan, Indian, and Middle Eastern music.
Kashmir – Lyrics
Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed
Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear
But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear
Oh, baby, I been flying… mama, there ain’t no denyin’
I’ve been flying, ain’t no denyin’, no denyin’
All I see turns to brown, as the sun burns the ground
And my eyes fill with sand, as I scan this wasted land
Trying to find, trying to find where I’ve been.
Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dream
Heed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream
My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again
Sure as the dust that floats high in June, when movin’ through Kashmir.
Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years
With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fear
When I’m on, when I’m on my way, yeah
When I see, when I see the way, you stay-yeah
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, when I’m down…
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, well I’m down, so down
Ooh, my baby, oooh, my baby, let me take you there
Let me take you there. Let me take you there