Houses Of The Holy

Phys­i­cal Graf­fiti, 1975

Classic Rock - - Led Zeppelin -

Houses Of The Holy was con­ceived as the ti­tle track of their pre­vi­ous al­bum, then left off be­cause, said Page, “it didn’t fit in”. Yet its swing­ing-dick rhythm and beefy gui­tars would surely have made a more con­vinc­ing ar­gu­ment for Zep’s abil­ity to funk things up than The Crunge did. The lyrics were bet­ter, too, the ti­tle a ref­er­ence to those sec­u­lar places where chil­dren of the 70s now held their sex­ual rites of pas­sage: cin­e­mas, con­cert halls, the back of cars. Plant sings: ‘Let me take you to the movies, let me take you to the show, let me be yours ever truly…’ where he can ‘wan­der in your gar­den, and the seeds of love I’ll sow.’

There were also cheesy ref­er­ences to ‘Satan’s daugh­ter’ and a less ob­vi­ous but more ac­cu­rate ref­er­ence to oc­cult in­ter­est in the line ‘an an­gel on my shoul­der, in my hand a sword of gold’. MW

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