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Takamba
Robert Plant And The Strange Sensation Lyrics


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Sing a song of freedom write it in the sky
Pocket full of secrets, a belly full of lies
Fiction to believe in, created then denied

Tricks and mirror
Slight of hand
Hoola hoola
Promised land

Rhyme and reason
Smoke and fire
Hoola hoola
Truth and lies

Hail the gift of memory in this fifty-second state
Who sold me down the river and shafts me while he waits
Outside the gates of Eden, star spangled and so late

Tricks and mirror
Slight of hand
Hoola hoola
Promised land

Rhyme and reason
Smoke and fire
Hoola hoola
Truth and lies

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Takamba" by Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation depict the idea of freedom being an illusory concept. The opening lines "Sing a song of freedom write it in the sky, pocket full of secrets, a belly full of lies" suggests that freedom may be something we sing about, but in reality it's something we still don't quite have. The lines "Fiction to believe in, created then denied" reinforce the idea that as much as we want to believe in freedom, it's a concept that is often manipulated and taken away.


The following lines "Tricks and mirror, Slight of hand, Hoola hoola, Promised land" and "Rhyme and reason, Smoke and fire, Hoola hoola, Truth and lies" appear to be a commentary on the way in which governments and other powerful entities use deceit and manipulation to control the masses. The use of showmanship ("Hoola hoola") to sell ideas and the repetition of these verses' first lines, imply that we've been fooled again and again by these tactics. It's almost as if the verses are suggesting that it is not only politicians that use lies and deceit to control the masses, but humans as a species have a tendency to fall for it, with the lyrics "Truth and lies" acting as a reminder to constantly question what we are told. Finally, "Hail the gift of memory in this fifty-second state, who sold me down the river and shafts me while he waits, outside the gates of Eden, star-spangled and so late" suggests that the song is speaking to America specifically, with the fifty-second state, referring to the fact that the USA has never allowed a statehood for Puerto Rico. The lyrics appear to question the notion of the American dream.


Line by Line Meaning

Sing a song of freedom write it in the sky
Expressing the desire for freedom and the need to proclaim it for all to see


Pocket full of secrets, a belly full of lies
Concealing dishonesty with dishonesty, more lies to hide old ones


Fiction to believe in, created then denied
Fabricated beliefs that are only temporary, often discredited after a brief life


Tricks and mirror
Illusion created by clever trickery and deceitful misdirection


Slight of hand
Quick and skillful movement of the hand to deceive and mislead


Hoola hoola
Sound used to repeat the idea of a false paradise


Promised land
An imaginary place where everything is perfect, but never to be reached


Rhyme and reason
Logical explanations that are still coated with fanciful language


Smoke and fire
An appearance of danger and excitement masking danger and chaos


Hail the gift of memory in this fifty-second state
The nostalgia that comes with recollection, even if that memory might be flawed


Who sold me down the river and shafts me while he waits
An unknown person that betrayed trust, possibly to benefit themselves later


Outside the gates of Eden, star spangled and so late
Isolated from paradise and discovering their continued failures in the search for it


Truth and lies
Complementary yet contradictory concepts that can be blended to deceive




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: CLIVE DEAMER, JOHN BAGGOTT, JUSTIN ADAMS, LIAM TYSON, ROBERT PLANT

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Nádúrtha

Wow! Incredible rhythm section! Such a fusion of different world music.

tom slick

Best solo album by far. Pretty heavy. Would of made a good Zep album

B Weeks

great drumming!

Thorsten Bachmann

Great song. Its rocks

Terry Hauck

Very Zeppelin like. Love it!!

Terry Hauck

Rock like it was meant to be!!!

Саша Усенов

🥁💣💥

ZOOT CHANNEL

MAD COOL

David Buzzin

👍🇬🇧❤

Aj Brown

hell to th yea

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