Song of the Day #4,115: ‘D’yer Mak’er’ – Led Zeppelin

I haven’t given Led Zeppelin much thought since I left high school. They are a rite of passage for high school kids (boys, in particular) and I was no exception.

Even back then, most of my focus was on Led Zeppelin IV, the classic 1971 album featuring ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ ‘Rock and Roll,’ ‘Black Dog,’ ‘Going to California’ and ‘When the Levee Breaks.’ What a motherlode of classic rock staples.

The band followed that album with 1973’s Houses of the Holy, their fifth studio record. While the album received mixed critical reviews, it sold more than 11 million copies (and is one of four Zeppelin albums to achieve Diamond status).

The songs on Houses of the Holy had a lighter, more playful touch than the hard-edged blues rock of earlier albums. It features several hits from the band’s catalog, including ‘The Song Remains the Same,’ ‘Over the Hills and Far Away,’ ‘Dancing Days,’ ‘The Ocean’ and today’s track, ‘D’yer Mak’er.’

This reggae jaunt is both loved and hated by fans and critics alike. I’ve always liked it. I only just learned, however, that the title is not pronounced “Dire Maker” but is instead the word “Jamaica” in an English accent.

It comes from a joke in which a man tells a friend “I’m taking my wife to the Caribbean.” “Jamaica?” his friend asks. “No, she wants to go.”

[Verse 1]
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
You don’t have to go, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
You don’t have to go, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
You don’t have to go
Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, ay
All those tears I cry ay, ay, ay, ay, ay
All those tears I cry oh, oh, oh, ay, ay
Baby please don’t go

[Chorus]
When I read the letter you wrote me, it made me mad mad mad
When I read the words that it told me, it made me sad sad sad
But I still love you so, I can’t let you go
I love you, ooh baby I love you

[Verse 2]
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Every breath I take oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oooh, every move I make
Baby please don’t go
Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, ay
You hurt me to my soul oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
You hurt me to my soul oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Darling please don’t go

[Chorus]
When I read the letter you sent me, it made me mad mad mad
When I read the news that it broke, it made me sad sad sad
But I still love you so, and I can’t let you go
I love you, ooh baby I love you

[Outro]
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
You don’t have to go, oh, oh, oh, oh
You don’t have to go, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, baby, babe, please, please, please, please
Ah, uh, ah, uh, ah, ah, baby
Ah, ah, I really love you, baby
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ohh, ooh, ooh, darling
Oh, oh-wo, oh, baby I still love you so
Oh, baby I still love you so, oh-wo ooh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, yeah (Fire)
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, oh (Fire)
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Ooooh, yeah (Fire)
Oh baby, baby

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,115: ‘D’yer Mak’er’ – Led Zeppelin

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve always liked this song, though I never knew its title, let alone how it was pronounced or the joke behind it. More great trivia from your blog!

    Lighter Zepplin is better Zepplin to my ears.

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