Kate -- Yeah, we all may give Plant a hard time, but it's hard to argue with "I got a woman stay drunk all the time"!

Posted by: Matt Welch at February 3, 2003 12:53 PM

Zep's "Fool in the Rain" is a wry jokey take on the woman-done-me-wrong-but-I'm-standing-by scenario---he thinks he's been stood up, and "it ain't the first time believe me, baby, I'm standing here feeling blue" even after she "swore she would always be true." Punchline is that he's waiting for her at the wrong place. Perhaps there is some metaphorical meaning--at any rate, like "Hey Hey What Can I Do" it takes romantic heartbreak caused by woman (or perceived as such) and makes kind of a joke out of it. Which is pretty cool for a cock-rocker. Plant is way way better on any level than most give him credit for. (See the Rick Altergott cartoon where he bets Pagey that he's such a superstar he could write a song about his own shit and have it go #1. Fans of 1983 radio can probably guess the punchline.)

Posted by: Brian Doherty at February 3, 2003 01:46 PM

Kevin Cronin sings similar to how Mr. Tudbol of the Carole Burnett show talks. Every phrase ends with an "-ah." As in: "There was sumthin' missin'-ah." "Keep on lovin' you-ah."
Or in their other No. 1 song called "Don't Let it Go," or somthing like that, Kevin Tudbol sings: "So you think that-ah you've-ah got it all-ah figured out-ah."

Posted by: Mr. Tudbol, Jr. at February 3, 2003 02:33 PM

'Course, "Fool in the Rain" is pretty much a direct ripoff of the central conceit in the doo-wop standard "Silhouettes".

Posted by: Colby Cosh at February 3, 2003 07:41 PM

And when you do finish that accordion-fueled version of "Keep on Loving You", you'd better post the MP3 version! :)

Posted by: shannon at February 4, 2003 06:40 AM
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