Monthly Archives: January 2018

Led Zeppelin — All of my Love

In July of 1977, Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant’s son, Karac, died from a stomach virus at the age of five. The song “All of my Love”, released on In Through the Out Door, memorializes the tragedy. However, rather than being about the death of the son, I have come to understand that the song is about living on after the loss. In the opening lines, he sings —

Should I fall out of love, my fire in the light
To chase a feather in the wind
Within the glow that weaves a cloak of delight
There moves a thread that has no end

He is singing to the mother of the child and assuring her that, rather than allowing the death to consume him and destroy their relationship, he will devote all of his love to her and the remains of their life together. I have only recently come to understand this and it has shed new light on Plant, as a person, for me; as previously I found him slightly repellent. Now, seeing this expression of wisdom and kindness from him, I have a newfound admiration for him and recognize the utter sweetness of the sentiment represented in this song. So, without further ado —

Tom Waits — Ol’ 55

This song is a soothing, cathartic one which reminds me of my early twenties, when I had severe insomnia and a year or two later, when I worked the graveyard shift. When I could not sleep, I would drive down to Ocean beach in the hour before dawn and watch the waves in the darkness until the sun came up. Then I would walk down to Sunset Cliffs over the tide pools in the rocks. Afterward, I would be at peace and ready to return home to sleep.

And now the sun’s coming up
I’m riding with Lady Luck, freeway cars and trucks
Stars beginning to fade, and I lead the parade
Just a-wishing I’d stayed a little longer
Lord, let me tell you that the feeling’s getting stronger

And without further ado, Tom Waits — Ol’ 55