"" Immigrant Song" is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. The song was released as a single from their third album in 1970 Led Zeppelin III. The song starts with a distinctive, wailing cry of singer Robert Plant and is built around a repeated riff in f-sharp minor.
"Immigrant Song" was written during Led Zeppelin's tour with gigs in Iceland, on the Bath Festival and in Germany in mid-1970. The opening concert of this tour took place in Reykjavik, Iceland and inspired Plant to write the song. He explained:
|||We weren't being pompous... We did come from the land of the ice and snow. We were guests of the Icelandic Government on a cultural mission. We were invited to play a concert in Reykjavik and the day before we arrived all the civil servants went on strike and the gig was going to be cancelled. The university prepared a concert hall for us and it was phenomenal. The response from the kids was remarkable and we had a great time. "Immigrant Song" was about that trip and it was the opening track on the album that was intended to be incredibly different.
(We were not stilted... We came out of the land of ice and snow. We were guests of the Icelandic Government on a cultural mission. We were invited to play a concert in Reykjavik and all civil servants were on strike the day before we arrived and the occurrence would be cancelled. The University made a concert hall ready for us and it was phenomenal. The reaction of the children was remarkable and we had a great time. "Immigrant Song" was about that trip and was the opening track of the album was incredibly different.) — Robert Plant
Only six days after the first performance of the band Led Zeppelin the song performed in Reykjavik for the first time on during the Bath Festival.
The lyrics of the song is written from the perspective of Vikings rowing West from Scandinavia to discover new countries. The text refers explicitly to the conquests of the Vikings and the old Norse religion (Fight the horde, sing and cry, Valhalla, I am coming!).
"Immigrant Song" is one of the few single expenditure of Led Zeppelin, released in november 1970 by Atlantic Records. The B side "Hey Hey What Can I Do" was not otherwise available until in 1990 the Led Zeppelin Boxed Set appeared. The single which was released in Japan had by an error if B-side "Out on the Tiles" instead of "Hey Hey What Can I Do".
The sentence "The hammer of the gods/will drive our ships to new lands" has led some to the music of Led Zeppelin began to refer to as "the Hammer of the Gods". This phrase is also the title of Stephen Davis ' biography of the band, Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga.
- Robert Plant – lead vocals, backing vocals
- Jimmy Page -electric guitar
- John Paul Jones -bass guitar
- John Bonham -drums
|Chart positions: week 2 to 9 of 1971|
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|Chart positions: 16-1-1971 t/m 6-3-1971|
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