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Led Zeppelin

When The Levee Breaks

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  • Blues
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  • 1971
  • 1973
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  • 1970

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“When the Levee Breaks” is a blues song written and first recorded by husband and wife Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie in 1929. The song is in reaction to the upheaval caused by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. It was famously re-worked by English rock group Led Zeppelin as the last song on their fourth album, released in 1971. The lyrics in Led Zeppelin’s version were based on the original recording. Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Going down - going down, now ... Going down ... All last night sat on the levee and moaned

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