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Led Zeppelin

Going To California

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“Going to California” is the penultimate song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin on their fourth album, released in 1971. The song’s wistful folk-style sound, with Robert Plant on lead vocals, acoustic guitar by Jimmy Page and mandolin by John Paul Jones, contrasts with the heavy electric-amplified rock on several of the album’s other tracks. The song is reportedly about singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, with whom Plant and Page were both infatuated. In live performances of the song, Plant would often say the name “Joni” after this stanza: In an interview he gave to Spin magazine in 2002, Plant stated that the song “might be a bit embarrassing at times lyrically, but it did sum up a period of my life when I was 22.“ This song started out as a song about Californian... Read on...

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Popular in Folk Rock (See Charts): Like A Rolling Stone, The Sound Of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, Mr. Tambourine Man, Here Comes The Sun, Hurricane, If, Mr. Tambourine Man, and Teach Your Children.


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