Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Led Zeppelin Sings: D'Yer Maker

D'yer Maker was the first Led Zeppelin song I ever heard. It was getting radio play in Germany the same time as David Essex' song,  'Rock On.'  I heard it on the same bus ride to school.

"D'yer Mak'er" is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, from their 1973 album Houses of the Holy. The title is a play on the word "Jamaica" when spoken in an English accent.
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In a 2005 interview, Plant discussed the different interpretations and pronunciations of the name of the song. He explained that the title is derived from an old joke, where two friends have the following exchange: "My wife's gone to the West Indies." "Jamaica?" (which in an English accent sounds like "Did you make her?") "No, she wanted to go."

Robert Plant & Jimmy Page

The title, which does not appear in the lyrics, was chosen because it reflects the reggae feel of the song, and as an example of the Led Zeppelin band members' senses of humor. Because of the unfamiliarity of listeners to this back-story, DJs and fans often mispronounce the title as "dire maker"; this confusion and mispronunciation was more common in the US than in Britain, according to Jimmy Page. 
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Music critics and Led Zeppelin bass guitar player, John Paul Jones, hated the song. The band never played it at any concerts. But Axl Rose, from Guns and Roses, credits this song for getting him into 'heavy rock'. It's one of my favorite Zeppelin tunes. I'm so grateful I came of age during this period of music. They don't write like this anymore.
D'yer Maker 
Led Zeppelin

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