What Is and What Should Never Be
Led Zeppelin Lyrics


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And if I say to you tomorrow
Take my hand, child come with me
It's to a castle I will take you
Where what's to be, they say will be

Catch the wind, see us spin
Sail away leave today
Way up high in the sky, hey, whoa
But the wind won't blow
You really shouldn't go
It only goes to show
That you will be mine
By takin' our time, ooh

And if you say to me tomorrow
Oh what fun it all would be
Then what's to stop us, pretty baby
But what is and what should never be

Catch the wind, see us spin
Sail away, leave today
Way up high in the sky, hey whoa
But the wind won't blow
You really shouldn't go
Only goes to show
That you will be mine
By takin' our time, ooh

So if you wake up with the sunrise
And all your dreams are still as new
And happiness is what you need so bad
Girl, the answer lies with you, yeah

Catch the wind, see us spin
Sail away, leave today
Way up high in the sky, hey whoa
But the wind won't blow
You really shouldn't go
Only goes to show
That you will be mine
By takin' our time, ooh

Hey, oh
Oh the wind won't blow and we really shouldn't go
And it only goes to show-ow-ow
Catch the wind, we're gonna see it spin
We're gonna sail, little girl
Do do do, bop bop a do-oh
My my my my my my my yeah
Everybody I know seems to know me well
But does anybody know I'm gonna move like hell
Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, oh, Lord




Baby, baby, baby, oh, right now, yeah
No, no, no, no, no, come on, now

Overall Meaning

The lyrics in Led Zeppelin's song What Is and What Should Never Be express the idea of taking a chance and living in the moment. The singer encourages the listener to embrace life and not think too much about the consequences of their actions. He invites them on a journey to a place where fate decides what will happen. The lyrics suggest that the person should take the risk and see where the wind takes them.


The song also reflects on the idea of what could have been versus what should never be. The singer asks the listener to imagine a future where they could have fun and cast aside their fears, but also warns them to be careful not to make a mistake that could change their life forever. He suggests that happiness lies within oneself, and encourages the listener to be true to themselves and their dreams.


Overall, the lyrics of What Is and What Should Never Be are a call to live life to the fullest, take risks, and embrace the unknown. They encourage listeners to trust their instincts and follow their dreams, but also to be mindful of the consequences of their decisions.


Line by Line Meaning

And if I say to you tomorrow
If I tell you we have a future together


Take my hand, child come with me
Come with me to explore the future that we have together


It's to a castle I will take you
I am going to take you somewhere truly amazing and special


Where what's to be, they say will be
Where we can discover what our future holds and let fate guide us


Catch the wind, see us spin
Come with me and experience the spontaneity and excitement of life


Sail away leave today
Let's leave our worries behind and embark on an adventure


Way up high in the sky, hey, whoa
We will soar above the world and embrace the freedom of flight


But the wind won't blow
Unfortunately, reality will set in and we will face challenges


You really shouldn't go
Perhaps it's not wise for us to pursue this path


It only goes to show
This is a testament to the fact that sometimes we have to let go of our dreams


That you will be mine
Despite the obstacles, I will always cherish you


By takin' our time, ooh
If we are patient and careful, we can make the most of our time together


And if you say to me tomorrow
If you also believe in our future together


Oh what fun it all would be
We can have an amazing journey filled with fun and excitement


Then what's to stop us, pretty baby
There's nothing standing in our way if we believe in ourselves


But what is and what should never be
Yet, at the same time, we must be mindful of what is realistic


So if you wake up with the sunrise
If you wake up with renewed hope and energy


And all your dreams are still as new
And your dreams still feel fresh and alive


And happiness is what you need so bad
And you are craving happiness and fulfillment


Girl, the answer lies with you, yeah
You hold the key to your own happiness and fulfillment


Hey, oh
A cheerful and upbeat sound


Oh the wind won't blow and we really shouldn't go
The reality of the situation is that we should reconsider our choices


And it only goes to show-ow-ow
This is a testament to the difficulty of finding true love and happiness in the world


We're gonna sail, little girl
We should embrace our journey together and make the most of it


Do do do, bop bop a do-oh
Vocalizing a light and cheerful tune


My my my my my my my yeah
Expressing enthusiasm and excitement


Everybody I know seems to know me well
Everyone seems to think they understand me


But does anybody know I'm gonna move like hell
But no one knows the full extent of my ambitions and desires


Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, oh, Lord
Expressing affection and desire for the object of the song's affection


Baby, baby, baby, oh, right now, yeah
Continuing to express affection and desire


No, no, no, no, no, come on, now
Expressing exasperation or frustration, perhaps in response to obstacles standing in the way of the relationship




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Robert Anthony Plant, James Patrick Page

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