The Wanton Song

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The Wanton Song
Appears on Physical Graffiti
Published by Flames of Albion Music
Registration ASCAP 530195183
Release date 24 February 1975
Recorded January-February 1974 at
Headley Grange, Hampshire with Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio.
Mixed at Olympic Studios, London.
Genre Hard rock
Language English
Length 4 minutes 10 seconds
Composer Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Label Swan Song Records
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer Ron Nevison

'The Wanton Song' is a song by England|English Rock and roll|rock band Led Zeppelin from their 1975 album Physical Graffiti. The song came about as the result of a jam session at rehearsals and features a sharp, aggressive riff from guitarist Jimmy Page. Lyrically it is mainly about uncontrolled desire.


For his solo Page employed a backwards echo (where the echo is heard before the note), and also put his guitar through a Leslie speaker cabinet, to create a Doppler effect with a Hammond organ.[1] This was a technique Page had himself used as far back as his work with the Yardbirds, and faced serious scepticism from audio engineers when he tried it on the earliest Led Zeppelin recordings.

'The Wanton Song' was played live during some of the Led Zeppelin's European and American Led Zeppelin concerts|concerts in 1975, but was then dropped.[2] 'The Wanton Song' was played extensively as an opening number during Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's tours in 1995 and 1998. The song was played live a few times when Jimmy Page teamed up with the Black Crowes in 1999.


  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
    • Robert Plant – vocals
    • John Paul Jones – bass guitar
    • John Bonham - drums, percussion
  • Production:
    • Peter Grant – executive producer
    • Keith Harwood - mixing
    • Ron Nevison - engineer, mixing
    • 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, 72. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. 
  2. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 72. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1.