When the Levee Breaks
Led Zeppelin Lyrics


If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
When the levee breaks I'll have no place to stay
Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Lord mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
It's got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home
Oh well, oh well, oh well

Don't it make you feel bad
When you're tryin' to find your way home
You don't know which way to go?
If you're goin' down South
They got no work to do
If you don't know about Chicago

Cryin' won't help you prayin' won't do you no good
Now cryin' won't help you prayin' won't do you no good
When the levee breaks mama you got to move
All last night sat on the levee and moaned
All last night sat on the levee and moaned
Thinkin' 'bout me baby and my happy home
Going to Chicago
Going to Chicago

Sorry but I can't take you
Going down, going down now, going down
Going down now, going down
Going down, going down, going down

Going down now, going down
Going down now, going down
Going down now, going down
Going d-d-d-d-down
Woo, woo

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Written by: John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Robert Anthony Plant, James Patrick Page

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Jacob Johnsen

If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
When the levee breaks I'll have no place to stay
Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Lord mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
It's got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home
Oh well, oh well, oh well

Don't it make you feel bad
When you're tryin' to find your way home
You don't know which way to go?
If you're goin' down South
They got no work to do
If you don't know about Chicago

Cryin' won't help you prayin' won't do you no good
Now cryin' won't help you prayin' won't do you no good
When the levee breaks mama you got to move
All last night sat on the levee and moaned
All last night sat on the levee and moaned
Thinkin' 'bout me baby and my happy home
Going to Chicago
Going to Chicago

Sorry but I can't take you
Going down, going down now, going down
Going down now, going down
Going down, going down, going down

Going down now, going down
Going down now, going down
Going down now, going down
Going d-d-d-d-down
Woo, woo
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whattheHell Morty

If it keeps on rainin' levees going to break
If it keeps on rainin' levees going to break
When the levee breaks, have no place to stay

Mean ol' levee taught me to weep and moan
Lord Mean ol' levee taught me to weep and moan
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home
Oh well oh well oh well

Don't it it make you feel bad when your tryin' to find your way home, you don't know which way to go?
If your goin' down south, they got no work to do, if you don't know 'bout Chicago

Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good
Now, Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good
When the levee breaks, mama you got to move

All last night sat on the levee and moaned
All last night sat on the levee and moaned
Thinkin' 'bout my baby and my happy home

Going go'n' to Chicago
Go'n' to Chicago
Sorry but I can't take you

Going down going down now, going down going down now, going down, going down, going down, going down
Going down going down now, going down going down now, going g down going down now, going down going d-d-d-d-down
Woo Woo



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Weapons Education

The band was recorded at 3 quarter speed and plants voice was not changed. This gives the cool effect of the song. The drums were special as it was recorded in an old mansion with a 5 story stairwell, drums at the bottom. AMAZING

rex mundi

Glad they didn't do the opposite.

Jeremy Merrifield

If it's true about the speed, how on earth did they perform this tune live,????

sniper161718

Please watch Rick Beato for how the drums were recorded

Jodi Monahan

Kashmir

Laurie Outlaw

They have never played this song live because of the way it was recorded. It could never be reproduced on stage. I also read that Plant's harmonica was treated by playing it backward but that might be bullshit. But that drum sound could never be duplicated.

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Josef Grosch

Listen to John Bonham. He hits those drums like they owe him money.

bLOCKbOYgAMES

Hitting drums too hard actually weakens the sound in recording. Engineers know that the size of the sound has little to do with the hardness of the hit, and everything to do with the ambience and the compression and the mics used. Andy Johns, the guy responsible for Mr Bonham's sound, did some extraordinary things in recording these drums, and it is those things that made it sound so huge. This detracts nothing from Mr Bonham's powerful and inspired playing. Andy Johns did not create the huge drums sound, but he did do more than anyone else to capture it. :) Cheers to all you Zeppelin fans out there. :)

Steve Ashley

He had a style like no other drummer. He was one of the best

Nippesmeister

He also created a drumloop which will still be used in 2420

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