Status: Perfection

PBA: 1

This is my favorite Led Zep song ever. It also an adaptation from a 1929 blues song by Kansas Joe McCoy & Memphis Minnie about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and the social upheaval caused by it (like the Great Migration.)
Fun fact: I love blues because it’s just music that can be played just like that, no studio hassling needs to be involved. BUT GUESS WHAT! This song was completely constructed in a studio. Better: it was the famous Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, an important piece of music history where immortant masterpieces were recorded.
The song was recorded at a faster pace but slowed down in the studio to get the sludgy sound, the harmonica was recorded using backward echo putting the echo before the actual harmonica sound creating a distinct feeling. The end of the song was constructed to give the impression of a sort of vortex caused by the flood using a lot of studio techniques. Very cool.
The famous drum beat was played at the bottom of a stairwell and recorded at the top to get the distinct sound that would garner a lot of popularity. It is used as a sample in over 30 tracks e.g. the Beastie Boys Rhymin’ & Stealin’, Massive Attack’s Man Next Door, also Eminem, Dre, Björk used it… The song was also covered numerous times, the best and most original version was done by A Perfect Circle.
The lyrics are also multi-interpretable. Many theories exist. I’ll stick to its original meaning.