The Lemon Song
Led Zeppelin Lyrics


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I should have quit you long time ago
Ohh yeah, long time ago
I wouldn't be here, my children
Down on this killin' floor

I should have listened, baby, to my second mind
Ohh, I should have listened, baby, to my second mind
Every time I go away and leave you, darling
You send me the blues way down the line, ohh

Babe, yeah
Treat me right baby
Oh my, my, my
Alright, take it down a bit
People tellin' me baby can't be satisfied
They try to worry me baby
But they never hurt you in my eyes
Said, people worry baby, I can't keep you satisfied

Huh, let me tell you baby
You ain't nothin' but a two-bit, no-good jive
I wwent to sleep last night, I worked as hard as I can
I bring home my money, you take my money, give it to another man
I should have quit you, baby
Oh, such a long time ago
I wouldn't be here with all my troubles
Down on this killing floor

Squeeze me baby, 'till the juice runs down my leg
Squeeze me baby, 'till the juice runs down my leg
The way you squeeze my lemon, I
I'm gonna fall right out of bed, bed, bed, bed, yeah

Hey
Hey
Hey
Hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey, you
Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby
Hey, babe, hey, babe, babe





I'm gonna leave my children down on this killin' floor

Overall Meaning

The Lemon Song by Led Zeppelin is a bluesy track that speaks of the regret and pain of staying in a dysfunctional relationship. The opening line "I should have quit you long time ago" establishes a feeling of remorse, indicating that the singer should have left this person a long time ago to avoid the current situation. The following lines "I wouldn't be here, my children, Down on this killin' floor" presents the bleakness of the current state, and the metaphor of killing floor implies that this pain is leading the singer to the brink of death.


The song then dives into the theme of infidelity, where the singer talks about his partner's inability to be satisfied, and how this is causing him heartache. The line "Every time I go away and leave you, darling, You send me the blues way down the line" speaks of how his partner's unfaithfulness makes him feel blue each time he returns. The song then ends with a sexually charged metaphor, as the singer yearns for his partner's physical touch despite the emotional turmoil she's caused him.


Overall, The Lemon Song presents a portrait of a doomed and painful relationship, where the singer is stuck and cannot quit his partner. It speaks to the universal fear of heartbreak and the longing for physical touch despite the emotional cost.


Line by Line Meaning

I should have quit you long time ago
I regret not breaking up with you earlier


Ohh yeah, long time ago
I acknowledge the lateness of my decision to move on


I wouldn't be here, my children
I wouldn't be going through all this pain and suffering


Down on this killin' floor
In this depressing situation


I should have listened, baby, to my second mind
I should have listened to my instincts about our relationship


Every time I go away and leave you, darling
Whenever I try to take some time away from you


You send me the blues way down the line, ohh
You make me feel really depressed and sad


Babe, yeah
Addressing my partner


Treat me right baby
I deserve to be treated well


Oh my, my, my
Expressing passion for my partner


Alright, take it down a bit
Calm down and be reasonable


People tellin' me baby can't be satisfied
People are saying that it's impossible to please you


They try to worry me baby
They want to make me anxious about our relationship


But they never hurt you in my eyes
But I don't see you as someone who would harm me intentionally


Said, people worry baby, I can't keep you satisfied
People are concerned that I can't make you happy


Huh, let me tell you baby
Listen to me, my partner


You ain't nothin' but a two-bit, no-good jive
You're nothing more than someone who's dishonest and manipulative


I went to sleep last night, I worked as hard as I can
I worked really hard all day and was exhausted


I bring home my money, you take my money, give it to another man
You take all my earnings and give them to someone else


I should have quit you, baby
I should have ended our relationship earlier


Oh, such a long time ago
It's too late now


I wouldn't be here with all my troubles
I wouldn't be in this difficult situation


Down on this killing floor
In this depressing place


Squeeze me baby, 'till the juice runs down my leg
I want you to be intimate with me


The way you squeeze my lemon, I
The way you touch me


I'm gonna fall right out of bed, bed, bed, bed, yeah
I'm going to be overstimulated and overwhelmed


Hey
Expressing attention


Hey
Expressing attention


Hey
Expressing attention


Hey
Expressing attention


Hey, hey, hey, hey, you
Addressing someone


Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby
Addressing my partner


Hey, babe, hey, babe, babe
Addressing my partner


I'm gonna leave my children down on this killin' floor
I'm going to leave behind all my troubles and bad memories




Lyrics ยฉ Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: ROBERT PLANT, JIMMY PAGE, JOHN BONHAM, JOHN PAUL JONES, CHESTER ARTHUR BURNETT

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Comments from YouTube:

@lalif8334

The bass line is out of this world.

@kishamunson1739

@Perry Comeau that funky Trampled Underfoot organ is incredible.

@mikieknight6607

Yes indeed!

@mikieknight6607

JPJ said his Trampled Underfoot organ was a bastard son of Stevie Wonders Superstition

@kishamunson1739

@@mikieknight6607 I can totally hear the influence of Superstition.

@mikieknight6607

@@kishamunson1739 yea I never made the connection until I read him saying that but now I can totally hear it. That funky clavinova sound can also be heard on Custard Pie and some others so it must've of hit him pretty hard!

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@qwertyuiop3240

Plant's got so much damn charisma that the guitar is saying "hey" back

@missdee4927

Plant and Page were always playing off each other in those earlier songs like that. haha.

@lindapechac7763

No doubt

@carlneoh5843

Can't blame him, his lemon squeezing skills are too good

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