Thank You

Led Zeppelin’s Thank You gets me every time. Simple, heart-felt lyrics. Not too many of them, but they weigh heavily on my memory. I’ve felt this way. That painfully strong attachment to someone that simply cannot be ignored and doesn’t go away, even if they do. It can preoccupy you, eat away at your concentration and motivate you to do things you never thought you’d do as well. This sharp focus isn’t something that can be circumvented without regret and regret isn’t something I want to leave about the place. One line in particular gently starts the softening-up process:

“Little drops of rain whisper of the pain, tears of loves lost in the days gone by.”

Might be because this is the part I’m most familiar with, but being thankful to somebody at some point for caring is an appealing notion!

Perhaps there’s nothing remarkable about the song at all either side of the solo. You could be barely listening to Plant warble on while you’re at work and then that solo forces you to sit up and listen. Those waves of emotion are back, sweeping you away to that familiar point in time where you know you’ll never know where you’ll wind up. When it’s over you find it difficult to continue what you were doing and need a little stroll before you can settle down again.

That’s how I feel about it.

 

Ten Years Gone can have a similar effect on me. It’s more wistful, seeing as it’s about one that got away. I find it weaker around the solo, perhaps mainly due to the simple, repetitiveness of the music. The solo itself doesn’t hit as hard, but this time a short passage of the lyrics that rise with it make it special.

“Did you ever really need somebody
And really need ’em bad
Did you ever really want somebody
The best love you ever had
Do you ever remember me, baby
Did it feel so good
‘Cause it was just the first time
And you knew you would”

It works well up to a point, anyway! Do you ever remember me, baby? If ten years have now separated you from someone you were more than a little fond of, how do you feel about them now? It can be easy to become wistful, but sometimes such feelings are misplaced. Still, it’s funny how even the most extreme examples of “definitely bad for you” can have their candles flicker on briefly from time to time.

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