Song of the Day #2,823: ‘Tangerine’ – Led Zeppelin

led_zeppelin_iiiLed zeppelin’s third album, cleverly titled Led Zeppelin III, marked a shift in their style from harder-edged rock to a more acoustic sound. The first side, which kicks off with the hit ‘Immigrant Song,’ is a bit more electric, while the second side is extremely mellow.

The album was met with confusion and didn’t perform very well critically or commercially at first, but over time it has come to be regarded as one of the band’s better efforts.

I’m not a huge Zeppelin fan, but this record and its smash follow-up (Led Zeppelin IV, or Runes) are the two I spent the most time with back in high school.

I remember hearing that the single release of ‘Immigrant Song,’ backed with the rollicking ‘Hey, Hey, What Can I Do,’ was a rare collector’s item. So when I found a copy of the 45 at Tower Records, I bought it and had visions of retiring on the proceeds some day.

Turns out the rare collector’s item is a mis-pressing of the single that has a song called ‘Out On the Tiles’ as the B-side. Guess I have to keep my day job.

[Intro]
Measuring a summer’s day, I only find it slips away to grey
The hours, they bring me pain

[Chorus]
Tangerine, tangerine, living reflection from a dream;
I was her love, she was my queen, and now a thousand years in between

[Bridge]
Thinking how it used to be. Does she still remember times like these?
To think of us again – and I do

[Chorus]

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,823: ‘Tangerine’ – Led Zeppelin

  1. Dana says:

    Funny story about that 45.

    I’m not that familiar with this album, other than the more popular songs.

    I recall working at Vibrations Records in high school and once commenting to a co-worker/friend that I didn’t like Led Zepplin. He reacted by suggesting to me that I could not be considered a fan of music, certainly rock music, without appreciating Zepplin. I later tried to become a bit more familiar with their work, and I have come to appreciate them, but I cannot say that I ever really became immersed or a big fan the way I did with some other critically acclaimed artists like Elvis Costello.

  2. Peg says:

    Sorry your record wasn’t the rare collector’s item, maybe the 45 of Elvis I gave to you will be???? 🙂

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