Whole Lotta Love
Led Zeppelin Lyrics


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You need cooling
Baby, I'm not fooling
I'm gonna send ya
Back to schooling

Way down inside
A-honey you need it
I'm gonna give you my love
I'm gonna give you my love, oh

Want a whole lotta love
Want a whole lotta love
Want a whole lotta love
Want a whole lotta love

You've been learning
Um baby, I been learning
All them good times baby, baby
I've been yea-yearning

A-way, way down inside
A-honey you need-ah
I'm gonna give you my love, ah
I'm gonna give you my love, ah oh

Whole lotta love
Want a whole lotta love
Want a whole lotta love
Want a whole lotta love

You've been cooling
And baby I've been drooling
All the good times, baby
I've been misusing

A-way, way down inside
I'm gonna give ya my love
I'm gonna give ya every inch of my love
I'm gonna give ya my love

Yeah!
Alright! Let's go!

Want a whole lotta love
Want a whole lotta love
Want a whole lotta love
Want a whole lotta love

Way down inside
Woman, you need, yeah
Love

My, my, my, my
My, my, my, my
Lord
Shake for me girl

I wanna be your backdoor man
Hey, oh
Hey, oh, hey, oh
Ooh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Who my, my baby?
Keep it cooling, baby
A-keep it cooling, baby-baby
Ah-keep it cooling, baby




Ah-keep it cooling, baby
Ah-ah-oh

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" are about the desire to give and receive love. The song's opening line, "You need cooling, baby, I'm not fooling," sets the tone for the rest of the song. The singer is trying to convince his lover that he can give her what she needs, and that he's not just making empty promises. He is willing to send her "back to schooling" to get what she needs, which could be interpreted as him being willing to teach or guide her in love.


The chorus of "Want a whole lotta love" is repeated over and over, emphasizing the intensity of the desire for love. It's clear that the singer believes they have been "misusing" their good times and that they need to give each other their love "way, way down inside." This could be interpreted as going deeper emotionally and connecting on a more profound level.


The lyrics in the final verse are more sexually suggestive, with the singer asking his lover to "shake for me girl" and stating that he wants to be her "backdoor man." The sexual aspect of the song is a common theme found in many of Led Zeppelin's songs.


Overall, the lyrics to "Whole Lotta Love" convey a message of intense desire for connection, both emotionally and sexually.


Line by Line Meaning

You need cooling
You need some space to chill and relax


Baby, I'm not fooling
Don't think I'm joking, I'm serious


I'm gonna send ya
I'm going to make you go through a tough time for your own betterment


Back to schooling
Back to the basics, starting again from the ground up


Way down inside
Deep within you


A-honey you need it
Honey, you require it


I'm gonna give you my love
I'm going to show you affection and care


Want a whole lotta love
I want a lot of love


You've been learning
You have been developing your skills and knowledge


Um baby, I been learning
I, too, have been gaining knowledge and improving myself


All them good times baby, baby
All the pleasant moments that we experienced, my dear


I've been yea-yearning
I've been eagerly looking forward to something


A-honey you need-ah
Beloved, you need it more than anyone else


I'm gonna give you my love, ah
I'm going to shower you with my love


Whole lotta love
A great amount of love


You've been cooling
You have been reserved and distant


And baby I've been drooling
And I have been excitedly waiting and wanting something


I've been misusing
I've been taking things for granted


I'm gonna give ya every inch of my love
I'm going to give you all my love and attention


Yeah!
Expressing excitement and enthusiasm


Alright! Let's go!
Showing eagerness and readiness to start


Way down inside
Deep within


Woman, you need, yeah
Woman, you need it, yeah


Love
Affection, care, and compassion


My, my, my, my
Expressing surprise or awe


Lord
An exclamation used to express strong feeling or emotion


Shake for me girl
Dance or move to the music


I wanna be your backdoor man
I want to be the secret person you rely on


Hey, oh
Expressing excitement and enthusiasm


Ooh
Expressing pleasure, awe or excitement


Who my, my baby?
Who's my baby?


Keep it cooling, baby
Stay calm and reserved, my love


A-keep it cooling, baby-baby
Keep your cool, baby


Ah-keep it cooling, baby
Ah-keep your cool, baby


Ah-ah-oh
Expressing excitement and enthusiasm




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

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