South Bound Saurez

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South Bound Saurez
Appears on In Through the Out Door
Published by Flames of Albion Music
Registration ASCAP 490429471
Release date 15 August 1979
Recorded November - December 1978 at
Polar Studios, Stockholm.
Mixed at Plumpton Studios, Sussex.
Genre Hard rock, rock
Language English
Length 4 minutes 11 seconds
Composer John Paul Jones, Robert Plant
Label Swan Song Records
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer Leif Mases

'South Bound Saurez' is the second song on English rock band Led Zeppelin's 1979 album, In Through the Out Door.


The title is a playful pun on words. In Through the Out Door was written during a time when many bands were considered by some sections of the music press as being dinosaurs. 'Suarez' is a wine-producing region in Uruguay, South America. Some of the lyrics in the song attest to this, mentioning flying down (southbound), being happy to have his feet on the ground again, watching a woman walk and talk, heavy rhythm, and con carne, the Spanish term for a dish prepared with beef.

The song is centred around John Paul Jones's honky-tonk piano, recorded using a Steinway grand piano. It is credited to Jones and singer Robert Plant. 'South Bound Saurez' is one of only two Led Zeppelin songs which Jimmy Page had no part in writing (the other being 'All My Love', also from In Through the Out Door). At the time, Page and drummer John Bonham were spending a lot of time together and rarely appeared at the studio when Plant and Jones started working on songs for In Through the Out Door. Page made a few minor mistakes in his guitar part, but opted to leave them in.

'South Bound Saurez' was never performed live at Led Zeppelin concerts.[1]


  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
    • Robert Plant – vocals
    • John Paul Jones – Steinway grand piano, bass guitar
    • John Bonham - drums, percussion
  • Production:
    • Peter Grant – executive producer
    • Leif Mases - engineer, mixing
    • Lennart Ostlund - assistant engineer
    • Joe Sidore - original CD mastering engineer (mid-1980s)
    • George Marino - remastered CD engineer (1990)


  1. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 92. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1.