“The Gallows Pole.”

The Gallows Pole, Leadbelly

Gallows Pole, Fred Gerlach

No, this isn’t the Led Zeppelin song.  This is the song that went in through Led Zep’s ears, roared through their brains, then descended down their nervous system to silently explode at the base of their spines.

And then they said, Hey.  This would go great on an electric guitar.

2 thoughts on ““The Gallows Pole.””

  1. Zeppelin had a knack for that: they did the same thing with “In My Time of Dying” and “When the Levee Breaks”. The latter was a 1929 tune by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie, which Zep turned into the finest blues cover by any of the British invasion bands, in my opinion at least. Sinister tune about a grim subject.

    1. I considered the time I spent at three AM listening to Led Zep in a haze of cigarettes and good* beer some of the best, most personal-growth-fostering time-wasting of my life.

      Moe Lane

      *Thank God for the Society for Creative Anachronism. Cured me once and for all of the bad habit of drinking bad beer.

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