, James Brown
-inspired, staggering rock piece from Led Zeppelin
's 1973 album Houses of the Holy
. While Robert Plant
's howler monkey
vocals almost always have center stage, John Paul Jones
gets to take a step towards the limelight on this tune, as the bass guitar
is the center of most funk
songs. He plays a somewhat repetitive vamp
with just enough variation to keep it sweet; John Bonham
follows along with his oft-sampled crash-and-boom style, suspending the 4/4 beat
for the occasional measure of 2/4, which gives the song it's staggering, almost drunken
. The lines in parentheses at the end sound like they were sampled from a film
--perhaps a Hitchcock
movie, given the urgency and drama in the actor's voice. The pun
on James Brown's cliche
"taking it to the bridge
" is both homage and a jab, done with a classy wink.
I wanna tell you about my good thing
I ain't disclosin' no names, but
he sure is a good friend, and
I ain't gonna tell you where he comes from, but
if I tell you, you won't come again.
Hey... I ain't gonna tell you nothin, but I do well, but I know:
Now let me tell you about my girl.
I open up a newspaper, and what do I see? Ah!
I see my girl... lookin' at me!
Ooo, and when she walks, she walks.
And let me tell you when she talks, she talks.
And when she looks me in my eye,
she's my baby, lord I wanna make her mine.
Oh, tell me baby what you want me to do--
oh, you want me to love you? Love some other man?
They ain't gonna call me Mr. Pitiful, no.
I, I don't need respect from nobody, no.
I ain't gonna tell you nothin',
I ain't gonna tell you no more, no...
She's my baby and let me tell you that I love her so, and
She's the one I really want to love, and let me tell you more
She's my baby, let me tell you, she lives next door.
She's the one I want and the one woman that I know.
I ain't gonna,
I ain't gonna,
I ain't gonna tell you...
I ain't gonna tell you one thing that you really ought to know, but
she's my lover and I love her so, and
she's the one who really makes me run and twirl, and
she's the kind of lover that makes me feel the whole world,
and she's the one who really makes me jump and shout, and
she's the kind of girl...I know what it's all about.
Take it home!
Take it, take it, take it.
Ah, excuse me, will you excuse me?
I'm just trying to find the bridge.
Has anybody seen the bridge
(Have you seen the bridge?
I ain't seen the bridge!
(Where's that confounded bridge?)