Robert Plant Shares The Led Zeppelin Song He Was Embarrassed By

Led Zeppelin’s iconic singer Robert Plant recently joined an interview with Rolling Stone and named the Zeppelin track he wrote during the earlier years of his career and later made him feel embarrassed.

Following Led Zeppelin’s disbandment in 1980 after their drummer John Bonham’s death, Robert Plant didn’t cut his ties with music and has kept himself busy with various collaborations and works exploring different genres. In a way, he has tried to distinguish himself from the traditional Led Zeppelin sound by forming several bands besides reuniting with Jimmy Page on several occasions.

Plant’s latest work was the album ‘Raise the Roof,’ his second collaborative record with bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss, released on November 19, 2021. In a new interview he joined, the singer discussed his Led Zeppelin career after talking about his recent musical endeavors. Robert Plant also provided further insight into his lyrical themes heavily inspired by the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

The musician explained that in his youth, he was very interested in the world that Tolkien and C.S. Lewis had created. Then, he talked about the early Led Zeppelin songs, such as ‘Ramble On’ and ‘The Battle of Evermore,’ which contain lyrics referencing Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings.’

Although they have been appreciated by diehard Zeppelin fans, it turns out that Plant is embarrassed for writing a song like ‘The Battle of Evermore.’ However, he added that when he told Alison Krauss about this feeling, the singer said there was nothing to be ashamed of because Plant was a young person then, and his inspirations informed his works.

When asked about his Tolkien influence, Robert Plant replied:

“I can see from this window the hill where Tolkien used to sit and look out over the landscape, and that’s the Shire, and the village just below it is called Bagginswood. I was living in a dream then, talking about C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. And of course, it brings hoops of derision into everybody who picked up a guitar or got near a microphone by 1980. But I was a kid.

I was 22 when I wrote ‘Ramble On’ with Jimmy, so what do I know? I know a lot more about Tolkien now because it’s still alive on the Welsh borders. ‘The Battle of Evermore’ is not over. Far from it. And the thing about ‘Evermore’ is… I said to Alison, ‘I’m embarrassed by this.’ She said, ‘But you can’t be embarrassed, because it’s a young person’s moments by living in an area which is like that, which resonates that period.’

But of course, that’s oblique, really, because that period is right now too. It’s all the same thing. It’s just that I was obsessed with Louis Spence and C.S. Lewis and the whole idea of the Inklings and the people that used to meet with Tolkien in Oxford and try and wish that they could revive the spirit of what had happened at the turn of the 20th century. ‘Bring it back. Bring it back.'”

You can listen to Led Zeppelin’s ‘The Battle of Evermore’ below.