Led Zeppelin - Black Country Woman Lyrics




[Studio Chatter:] "Shall we roll it, Jimmy?"
("We're rolling on, what, one?")
("No, one again?")
(- Airplane heard flying overhead - "Got to get this airplane off.")
("Naw, leave it, yeah.")

Hey, hey, mama, what's the matter here [X2]
You didn't have to tell me that you love me so
You didn't have to love me, mama, let me go
Hey, hey, mama, what's the matter here
You didn't have to make me a total disgrace
You didn't have to leave me with that beer in my face
Hey, hey, mama, what's the matter here
That's alright, it's awful dog-gone clear.

Hey, hey, baby, why you treat me mean [X2]
You didn't have to crucify me like you did
You didn't have to tell me I was just your kid
Hey, hey, mama, why'd you treat me mean
You didn't have say you'd always be by my side
Y' didn't have to tell me you'd be my blushin' bride
Hey, hey, mama, why you treat me mean
But that's alright, I know your sisters, too

You didn't have to tell me that you love me so
You didn't have to leave me, mama, let me go
Hey, hey, mama, what is wrong with you
You didn't have to leave me like a total disgrace
You didn't have to leave me with that beer on my face
Hey, hey, mama, what is wrong with you
But that's alright, I'd be the same way, too

You didn't have to crucify me like you did
You didn't have to tell me I was just your kid
Hey, hey, mama, what's the matter here
You didn't have to tell me you would be my own
You didn't have to tell me, baby, let me go
Hey, hey, mama, what is wrong with you
That's alright, I know your sister, too.
What's the matter with you, mama





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Led Zeppelin Black Country Woman Comments
  1. The guy With an instrument

    Funny thing is one time I was raging at GTA and then the song said what’s the matter with you

  2. Robert Boettcher

    I just don't understand how this album is often ranked as number one Zeppelin album. Many of the guitar riffs sound quite contrived. Certainly Kashmir, Ten Years Gone, In the Light, Bron-Yr-Aur, are all classics. Much of Plants vocals and the production sound's far less intimate than the first four albums. There just seems to be less dynamic's on the record as a whole. I don't perceive a single "duff" track on any of Zeppelins 1- 4 albums, but from Houses of the Holy onwards!! Just my opinion, still love Physical Graffiti.

  3. Green Sombrero

    Magic days recorded led zep.

  4. AntisocialSka1

    Robert Plant nailing this

  5. Vicki Mingus

    Reminds me of home... I did this once to my husband it was so nice

  6. mma 1st

    Is this in standard?

  7. Geoff Taylor

    A song about Robert Plant's sexual relationship with his wife's younger sister. True story 😉

  8. Angelica New York

    whats amatter wich you mama

  9. Angelica New York

    kick ass

  10. Luke Rance

    The first speed up by Bonham was already one of the best moments of the song. Wasn't ready for the second speed-up though, that was unexpected and I had no more limbs to move LOL. And Paul Jones, is he the definition of multitasking or what? How many instruments can he play? Jeez, legends. Jimmy's riff sounds great - not the main event though. Robert's lyrics are also great, relatable lyrics. But again, not the main event. I think this is JPJ's and Bonham's "song to shine".

  11. Iain Cavins

    Anybody else hear the "aww baby!" in the background at 1:30? I'll bet that's a tape runover from a previous take. Heard this song tons of times and never noticed it.

  12. admtech69

    When Bonham comes in you can instantly recognize him, apparently he sounded the same no matter what kit he played.

  13. RYAN GETHING

    Bonzo and the drums kick in

  14. Darth Vader

    Robert plant has a relationship with his mama...




    SWEET HOME ALABAMA

  15. Jeremy Childress

    One of my favs

  16. Jorge Suárez

    I don't agree that P.G. is their best album. It's made up of a lot of outtakes from Houses of the Holy. And they were taken out of that album for a good reason, they are not as good as the other songs on the Houses album. First five Led Zeppelin albums are brilliant, the best albums in rock history. But the last three, P.G., Presence and especially ITTOD are definitely not as good.

  17. kelly stone

    You might meet me If your selling apple vodka juice.

    kelly stone

    I don't fiddle with intentions.

  18. Sonic Retreat owner/ceo/circut/executive/concierge/

    Reminds me of unpassive restraints and rack of tourture , after my daddy ate girlscout cookies out of my Pampers, waterboarding being in a wet diaper, spook spunk spirky chaff babe, chaff, bunion divorce................ Oyea.

    Sonic Retreat owner/ceo/circut/executive/concierge/

    Hey hey mum ahh why campfire girls can't get fired , they drink beer and put the fire out or say anything your just my kid, just my kid does mean we love you so, get lost, kid, ok I'll get lost 🤮😠😈👿🌞🌛

  19. Frankincensed

    These songs fit so well together, it's like they're all one. I don't know if i could just listen to the Wanton Song without it going into Boogie With Stu going into Black Country Woman. MAN what a fucking fantastic album. Full assault ear orgasm.

  20. Derek Stitt

    This is just one reason why John Bonham is a legend

  21. Sibly Sibly

    Is this song for Shirley... or Maureen?

  22. gringo loco

    These bullshit commercials are fucking up the continuity of the album. Bad buzz too.

  23. Jeffrey Lebowski

    "That's all right. I know your sister too."
    Now that's some ice cold shit right there😂

  24. Laurie Wilson

    You mean you got a beer in the face too?

  25. Sundee Venzor

    The ALMIGHTY!!! NO ONE WILL EVER COMPARE!!!

  26. Perfection47

    1:33 bonham says “ahh hell, let’s kick this shit up!!!!

  27. Dani Sullivan

    🤘💋💖💖💖💖💖💖💖

  28. Dani Sullivan

    Love is Zeppelin.

  29. Shepard Sargent

    I feel like the beginning talk lines really add to the song

  30. Carlo Gambino

    It’s so good 🥰

  31. Patrick Ancona

    First time ever got stoned with my cousin listening to this & killing ants in the bathroom going “kabrrrrmmm” every time I smashed one a the little bastards, if I get another 100 I’ll never forget that, first time I played a bass also

  32. Serspeny 123

    this is just the acoustic version of the black dog, change my mind.

  33. THE BOB DUNCAN EXPIRIENCE

    So what he's saying is that she was a bitch so he fucked her sister.

    Sibly Sibly

    Who?😳

  34. Adrian Prophett

    Hey its Alright from Dudliegh Perce!!!!!!!!

  35. janice ginexi

    Who was at Madison Square Garden in ‘76 ?

  36. bigtex macgonigle

    Engineer: "Lemme get this airplane out..."
    R. Plant: "Naw, leave it..."

    Led Floyd

    "I'm tryna get this airplane on"
    "Nah leave it..yeah"

  37. Richard James Clemo

    My mom is a Black Country Woman.....the slag.

  38. Lógica Loterias

    Lyrics:
    Black Country Woman
    -------------------
    Shall we roll it, Jimmy?
    We're rolling on, uh -- what, one? No.
    One again.
    Wanna get this airplane off.
    Nah, leave the jet.

    Hey, hey, mama, what's the matter here
    Hey, hey, mama, what's the matter here
    You didn't have to tell me that ya love me so
    You didn't have to love me, mama, let me go
    Hey, hey, mama, what's the matter here
    You didn't have to make me a total disgrace
    You didn't have to leave me with that beer in my face
    Hey, hey, mama, what's the matter here
    Uh, that's alright, it's awful doggone clear

    Hey, hey, baby, why you treat me mean
    Oh, oh, baby, why you treat me mean

    You didn't have to crucify me like you did
    You didn't have to tell me I was just your kid
    Hey, hey, mama, why'd you treat me mean
    You didn't have to say you'd always be by my side
    You didn't have to tell me you'd be my blushin' bride
    Hey, hey, mama, why you treat me mean
    But that's alright, I know your sisters too


    You didn't have to tell me that ya love me so
    You didn't have to leave me, mama, let me go
    Hey, hey, mama, what is wrong with you
    You didn't have to leave me like a total disgrace
    You didn't have to leave me with that beer on my face
    Hey, hey, mama, what is wrong with you
    Oh, but that's alright, I'd be the same way too
    Oh, yeah-yo, no, man, no

    Now, my baby, now, you didn't have to crucify me like you did
    You didn't have to tell me I was just your kid
    Hey, hey, mama, what's the matter here
    You didn't have to tell me you would be my own
    You didn't have to tell me, "Baby, let me go"
    Hey, hey, mama, what is wrong with you
    Ah, that's alright, I know your sister too

    Oh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah
    Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah, oh
    What's the matter with you, mama

  39. keith mayberry

    this song kinda spin off from little sister from Elvis all ways loved both

  40. jonnybgoode007

    OMFG!! Thank You, thank You, thank You. This album came out the Year I graduated high school. I'm 61 and a half years old now and I still Love this song. Bottom line, thanks again, This song makes Me a Very Happy Guy.

  41. Marko 131

    " Nah, Leave it yeah " - Love it

  42. Frank Dähne

    einfach irre

  43. Phillip Michael

    They played the same set an always have the same dreams under a lot of stress is this the last one was this bob was sitting in a chair a an jimmy was in this linen suit an bozo was there an he had grey hair an a grey beard an than I wake up my favorite is I’m going to this store it’s thru the lenses os a camera I open the door an there’s jimmy page with a guitar saying your late

  44. Phillip Michael

    So I’ve been Led Zeppelin number one fan I’ve listen to them for 40 years dieceted all the music an the other it hit like a bolt of lightning why did Jon drink himself to death now ican drink but 40 screwdrivers an everybody think about how could tell jimmy page an Robert plant no I don’t to do this anymore after the endless toreing the played the same set an at

  45. M. S.

    The boy from the Black Country (Birmingham, England—refers to the local hills) sure could sing the blues.

  46. Daddio's Patio

    https://imgur.com/gallery/V6LSr2U

  47. P. A.

    Bonzo !
    LIve versions from 1977 concerts are also very good.

  48. Steve Turowski

    Still listening in 2019 that's my story and I'm sticking with it!

    Reto Nideröst

    Steve Turowski - since 2016 only LZ’s 2007 cd is in my car🎸

    Neil Dohi

    @Reto Nideröst shit. 97' ford ranger que'd up on my way tp pick up sum eggnog.

    boinkye

    Got the same story! I’m bringing in 2020 with it🤩

    Reto Nideröst

    boinkye - 2040? well i try!

    boinkye

    @Reto Nideröst Right On Reto! Me too...

  49. L. R.

    "What's the matter with you, mamma?"

  50. L. R.

    Forever one of my favs.

  51. Perry Comeau

    Any questions?

  52. Jacob Stinnett

    One of my top favorite Led Zeppelin songs and albums.
    They mastered Unplugged before Unplugged was a thing.
    I love it so much.

  53. C W Englert

    One Zeppelin gem that you can seriously bump and grind on the dance floor or even in the living room.

  54. Ben Smyth

    Don't understand the dislike I hear for this song. So tasteful.

  55. ADZ 3345

    Wait so they recorded this in an aeroplane???

  56. John RAMBO

    Page is also a God on acoustic guitars !!!!

  57. Kara Inmon

    BONHAM DROPS IN LIKE A FRIEGHT TRAIN ...

  58. Heidi Golden

    Milk crates being thrown down stairs

  59. Jimmy Montemayor

    Real music!

  60. 12footsativa

    Dang what a Bad Jam, and That breakdown at 2:10

  61. Michael Heythaler

    What’s the matter with you mama?

  62. Punk Moon

    Led Zeppelin songs are too short. Each one feels like a short demo for a 15-30 minute story.

  63. G*man

    this song is about how back in the day before Zeppelin started Plant used to shag his wifes sister, the lyrics of 'what is and what should never be' are also about that.

  64. Stargazer26

    "But that's alright, I know your sisters, too" . And yet he wonders why she threw the beer in his face, lol...

    X1xone

    There is some irony here, as when Plant divorced from his wife he ended up having a son with his ex-wifes sister.

  65. Алексей Нестеров

    Best album best group

  66. Canion Ok Sqwad

    Who's here from Outkast ATLiens?

    Booski 1

    ? Love that album but confused about the correlation.

    Canion Ok Sqwad

    Booski 1 at 0:05 you hear that chuckle? It’s used throughout the song elevators on atliens

    Booski 1

    @Canion Ok Sqwad haha funny I just saw that in another comment while scrolling. Crazy I never knew that. Thanks!

  67. Brianlowester Brianlowester

    I was at a keg party in the early 80s. My girlfriend took off with one of my friends. Long story short, she poured beer in my face. I walked away singing this song.

  68. david marchant

    this album could catch on with a few folks i reckon

  69. Kevin Johnson

    BUT that's alright I know your sisters too... what is wrong with you???? If your offended by the name of this tune keep moving along

  70. Thunderhill

    Just another super great song by the super gr8eat
    Led Zeppelin!
    Damn, that's good music!!!

  71. Dee Mccray

    kicking it

  72. Dee Mccray

    wow so bluesy

  73. YoungBlaze

    outkast sampled the laugh at 5 seconds for the song "ELEVATORS"

  74. Paula Whipple

    Whoever disliked this tune ! You’re either deaf or dumb !!!

    john thonig

    Or- deaf AND dumb.

  75. Charlie Dickson

    After thinking I’ve discovered all of zeppelin... Fuck this songs amazing

  76. Михаил Сергопольцев

    Хэй, хэй, мать, что стряслось с тобой?
    Хэй, хэй, мать, что стряслось с тобой?
    Зачем ты говорила, что так любишь меня?
    Не хочешь - не люби, позволь мне уйти;
    Хэй, хэй, мать, что стряслось с тобой?
    Ты сделала посмешище из меня,
    Ты выплеснула мне пиво в лицо и ушла;
    Хэй, хэй, мать, что стряслось с тобой?
    Последняя собака знает, что случилось с тобой…

    Хэй, хэй, детка, зачем ты так жестока со мной?
    Хэй, хэй, детка, зачем ты так жестока со мной?
    Зачем ты распяла меня у всех на глазах,
    Зачем ты шутила со мной как с малым дитем?
    Хэй, хэй, детка, зачем ты так жестока со мной?
    Никто не просил говорить тебя, что будешь вечно моей,
    Никто не просил говорить тебя, что будешь моей стыдливой молодой женой…
    Хэй, хэй, детка, зачем ты так жестока со мной?
    Впрочем, мне все равно, я знаком с твоей сестрой…

    Зачем ты говорила, что так любишь меня?
    Не хочешь - не люби, отпусти меня;
    Хэй, хэй, мать, что такое с тобой?
    Ты сделала посмешище из меня,
    Ты выплеснула пиво мне в лицо и ушла;
    Хэй, хэй, мать, что такое с тобой?
    Впрочем, мне все равно - я отплачу тебе той же монетой, да-да…

    Детка, ты не имела права распинать меня у всех на глазах,
    Ты не имела права шутить со мной как с малым дитем;
    Хэй, хэй, мать, что стряслось с тобой?
    Зачем ты говорила, что будешь только со мной?
    Зачем ты говорила это, детка? Позволь мне уйти…
    Хэй, хэй, мать, что стряслось с тобой?
    Впрочем, мне все равно, я знаком и с твоей сестрой…
    О да, да, о да, о да, да,
    О да, да, о да -

    Что стряслось с тобой, мать?

  77. Ground Crew

    open g tuning

  78. Tee Mac

    Whats right wtrh you

  79. bakontrack

    That's alright, I know your sister too!

  80. aleksandr malahov

    Thank you ...

  81. 70s Teen

    Okay, can people shut up about the new generations? I'm tryin to live back in the 70s the best I can

    William Sample

    I read your comment you ain't the only one trying to live back in the 70s with the music and The Clansman can go f*** himself Zeppelin rocks

    The Clansman

    @William Sample I love Led Zeppelin, but i hate this guy telling me to shut up

    William Sample

    @The Clansman okay point taken my mistake

    TheStones1965

    You have good taste.

    William Sample

    @TheStones1965 yeah yeah Peter Frampton Comes Alive Robin Trower Bridge of sigh Bachman-Turner Overdrive Rolling Stones Badfinger no AIDS virus V8 motors were still King people generally treated you good and there was less government interference and I still had both my legs it sucks to get old

  82. Mark

    Some douchebag did a worst to first list of Zeppelin songs, he bagged about half of them calling this one trash.

  83. Thunderhill

    Robert Plant is 70 today.
    Robert Plant is the Best!
    Seriously, The Best!!

  84. Richard Picone

    I love when the harmonica comes in.

  85. Dan Murphy

    I studied led zep for years.... This drum beat still fucks me up

  86. William Leitzell

    ----- not evening yet ------

  87. Mike Poston

    If only we could find out who the pilot was flying that plane when this was recorded.

  88. Bruce Fultz

    Metal Blues

  89. John Strange

    That's alright, I know your sister too..

  90. Patricia Korbe

    Hey hey mama what's a matter here? It's all made very clear ,That's alright I know your sister too! I'd feel the same way too!What's the matter with you moms?

  91. capricelt1tan

    Love this !

  92. nicky bareau

    Bonzo is so fucking funky!!!

  93. Adrian Lee

    Greta Van Whocares???

  94. Steve Kroner

    My favorite for bono. Love his pounding on the drums ,break those heads

  95. Subversively Surreal

    I love the Rock that Swims through the Blues !!

  96. Jorge Contreras

    Greatest band ever

  97. Frankincensed

    Physical Graffiti is the Disney Land of albums

  98. laslalal

    Apparently this song was recorded in Mick Jagger's garden (from what I can remember), and when Plant stepped outside to sing it, he almost got ambushed by a flock of geese