The Lemon Song
|The Lemon Song|
|Appears on||Led Zeppelin II|
|Published by||Sunflower Music|
|Release date||22 October 1969|
|Recorded||May - August 1969|
|Length||6 minutes 18 seconds|
|Composer||Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham|
'The Lemon Song' is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin, featured on their 1969 album Led Zeppelin II. It was first recorded at Mirror Sound Studios, Hollywood in May 1969, and completed at Mystic Studios in August 1969, when the band was on their second concert tour of the United States.
'The Lemon Song' is laced with blues innuendos, and features some of Led Zeppelin's most structured jamming. It was recorded virtually live in the studio, and no electronic devices were used to create the echo on Robert Plant's vocal. It was made solely by Plant's voice and the acoustics in Mystic Studios, which was a 16 × 16 foot room with wooden walls.
Another notable aspect of this song is John Paul Jones' complex bass performance, which is heavily funk influenced. During interviews afterwards, he said that he had improvised during the entire song.
'The Lemon Song' was performed live on Led Zeppelin's first three concert tours of the United States, before being dropped from their live set in late 1969. However, the 'squeeze my lemon' sequence continued to be inserted into the 'Whole Lotta Love' medley and ad-libbed elsewhere.