Living Loving Maid
Led Zeppelin Lyrics


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With a purple umbrella and a fifty cent hat
Livin', lovin', she's just a woman
Missus cool rides out in her aged Cadillac
Livin', lovin', she's just a woman

Come on, babe on the round about, ride on the merry-go-round
We all know what your name is, so you better lay your money down
Alimony, alimony payin' your bills
Livin', lovin', she's just a woman
When your conscience hits, you knock it back with pills
Livin', lovin', she's just a woman

Come on, babe on the round about, ride on the merry-go-round
We all know what your name is, so you better lay your money down

Tellin' tall tales of how it used to be
Livin', lovin', she's just a woman
With the butler and the maid and the servants three
Livin', lovin', she's just a woman (ah, I'm kidding man)

Nobody hears a single word you say
Livin', lovin', she's just a woman
But you keep on talkin' till your dyin' day
Livin', lovin', she's just a woman

Come on, babe on the round about, ride on the merry-go-round
We all know what your name is, so you better lay your money down

Livin', lovin', she's just a woman




Livin', lovin', she's just a woman
Livin', lovin', she's just a woman

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Led Zeppelin's "Living Loving Maid" portray a woman who enjoys the pleasures of life, with vivid descriptions of her purple umbrella, fifty-cent hat, and aged Cadillac. She is unashamedly living and loving, indulging in pills to quiet her conscience and regaling others with tall tales of her wealth and status. The singer of the song acknowledges these traits, referring to her as "just a woman," but also noting her tendency to throw money around ("you better lay your money down").


The repeated refrain of "Come on, babe on the round about, ride on the merry-go-round" seems to suggest that the woman is caught up in a whirlwind of hedonistic pursuits, with no apparent direction or purpose. Despite this, she appears to be a charismatic figure, with the ability to capture people's attention and keep them listening to her stories until the end.


Overall, the song can be interpreted as a commentary on the excesses of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, particularly when it comes to interactions between men and women. The woman in the song is portrayed as something of a caricature, representing the temptation of forbidden pleasures, but also serving as a cautionary tale about the dangers of chasing after such pleasures without considering the potential consequences.


Line by Line Meaning

With a purple umbrella and a fifty cent hat
She has a unique and colorful style that she's proud of.


Livin', lovin', she's just a woman
She's a human being who lives and loves, just like anyone else.


Missus cool rides out in her aged Cadillac
She drives around in an impressive, vintage car.


Come on, babe on the round about, ride on the merry-go-round
Join in on the fun and excitement of life.


We all know what your name is, so you better lay your money down
Don't try to hide who you are, embrace it and be upfront about it.


Alimony, alimony payin' your bills
She's financially supporting herself, likely due to a divorce settlement.


When your conscience hits, you knock it back with pills
She may struggle with guilt or other negative emotions and uses medication to cope.


Tellin' tall tales of how it used to be
She reminisces about the past and may exaggerate to make it seem better than it was.


With the butler and the maid and the servants three
She imagines herself living the luxurious life of the upper class.


Nobody hears a single word you say
People may not pay attention to her or take her seriously.


But you keep on talkin' till your dyin' day
Despite being ignored, she continues to share her thoughts and opinions.


Livin', lovin', she's just a woman
Summing up, she's a woman who lives and loves like anyone else.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: JIMMY PAGE, ROBERT PLANT

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@prajwolgauchan

With a purple umbrella and a fifty cent hat
Living, loving, she's just a woman
Missus cool rides out in her aged Cadillac
Living, loving, she's just a woman
Come on, babe on the roundabout
Ride on the merry-go-round
We all know what your name is
So you better lay your money down
Alimony, alimony paying your bills
Living, loving, she's just a woman
When your conscience hits, you knock it back with pills
Living, loving, she's just a woman
Come on, babe on the roundabout
Ride on the merry-go-round
We all know what your name is
So you better lay your money down
Telling tall tales of how it used to be
Living, loving, she's just a woman
With the butler and the maid and the servantry
Living, loving, she's just a woman
Nobody hears a single word you say
Living, loving, she's just a woman
But you keep on talking till your dying day
Living, loving, she's just a woman
Come on, babe on the roundabout
Ride on the merry-go-round
We all know what your name is
So you better lay your money down
Living, loving, she's just a woman
Living, loving, she's just a woman
Living, loving, she's just a woman



All comments from YouTube:

@tylerhackner9731

Couldn’t listen to this one without listening to Heartbreaker first.

@antho9999

And Babe I'm gonna leave you first and maybe your time is gonna come after xD

@siddhanthbhattacharyya4206

Haha, always used to get confused between the 2, when I bought this record for the first time

@davewestner

seriously....although I've been listening to this tune for decades, I think this is the first time I ever heard it on its own

@gkb4401

I cant listen to this without listening to led zep II!

@SandyWolf-

Dude they go so well togeather I couldn't sing one without the other!😁✌

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@danielkelly-dyson1803

THIS IS WHEN MUSIC WAS MUSIC!

@herbertrichard614

This was music when it was slow, atonal, boring sludge. This is why The Ramones invented punk.

@jwanbesande2734

As opposed to now when music is furniture?

@theallamerican3778

@@herbertrichard614 Ramones punk music was inspired by Zeppelin, you shot yourself in the foot there punk bit h

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