• The Battle Of Evermore

    Music & lyrics by Led Zeppelin and article by Davis Inman

    Queen of Light took her bow and then she turned to go
    The Prince of Peace embraced the gloom and walked the night alone

    (Oh, dance in the dark of night, sing to the morning light)
    The dark Lord rides in force tonight, and time will tell us all
    (Oh, throw down your plow and ho, rest not to lock your homes)
    Side by side we wait the might of the darkest of them all

    I hear the horses' thunder down in the valley below
    I'm waiting for the angels of Avalon, waiting for the eastern glow

    The apples of the valley hold, the seeds of happiness
    The ground is rich from tender care, Repay, do not forgetno, no

    (Dance in the dark of night, sing to the morning light)
    The apples turn to brown and black, The tyrant's face is red
    (Oh war is the common cry, pick up your swords and fly)
    The sky is filled with good and bad that mortals never know

    Oh, well, the night is long the beads of time pass slow
    Tired eyes on the sunrise, waiting for the eastern glow

    The pain of war cannot exceed the woe of aftermath
    The drums will shake the castle wall, the ring wraiths ride in blackride on!

    (Sing as you raise your bow, shoot straighter than before)
    No comfort has the fire at night that lights the face so cold
    (Oh dance in the dark of night, Sing to the morning light)
    The magic runes are writ in gold to bring the balance back — bring it back!

    At last the sun is shining, the clouds of blue roll by
    With flames from the dragon of darkness, the sunlight blinds his eyes

    © Robert Plant, 1971

    About this song

    On the third song from Led Zeppelin’s epic IV, Robert Plant introduces his Queen of Light character, who will become so central for the album’s pièce de résistance, “Stairway To Heaven.” (Read the recent Behind The Song for “Stairway” and our Legends profile of Robert Plant, both from the Jan/Feb 2011 issue.) Like “Stairway” and so much of Zeppelin’s imagery, “Evermore” is influenced by Celtic mythology and, according to Stephen Davis’ biography Hammer Of The Gods, also by works like Robert Graves’ White Goddess and Lewis Spence’s Magic Arts In Celtic Britain.

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