Monday, May 6, 2013

Robert Plant: "Big Log"

With Robbie Blunt's exquisite guitar, Plant's extraordinarily beautiful and effective vocal, and gorgeous heartfelt lyric, "Big Log" is one of the finest singles of the early 80s. Even though it was a sizable hit, it's been overlooked in some ways. Plant's solo work is overshadowed by the titanic Led Zeppelin legacy. But there is something about this song... the stripped down arrangement, the melancholy, the dreaminess.. It always appealed to me greatly when I was young (I was 11 when it came out, and I wore out the 45), and it still sounds great to this day. From the "Principle of Moments" album, which has its moments - most notably 2nd single "In the Mood" and the opening track, and #1 on the Rock Radio airplay Charts "Other Arms"... but the rest of the material is so-so. But "Big Log" is a timeless classic. The vocal performance alone requires that it be considered alongside the very best recordings Robert Plant has been involved with, and that includes Zeppelin.

My love is in league with the freeway
Its passion will ride, as the cities fly by
And the tail-lights dissolve, in the coming of night
And the questions in thousands take flight

My love is a-miles in the waiting
The eyes that just stare, and the glance at the clock
And the secret that burns, and the pain that grows dark
And it's you once again

Leading me on - leading me down the road
Driving beyond - driving me down the road

My love is exceedingly vivid
Red-eyed and fevered with the hum of the miles
Distance and longing, my thoughts do provide
Should I rest for a while at the side

Your love is cradled in knowing
Eyes in the mirror, still expecting they'll come
Sensing too well when the journey is done
There is no turning back - no
There is no turning back - on the run

My love is in league with the freeway
Oh the freeway, and the coming of night-time

My love is in league with the freeway

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