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LED ZEPPELIN – BABE I’M GONNA LEAVE YOU
Danish TV (March 1969) – in colour
I’ve upscaled and colourised the original B&W film.
Led Zeppelin’s appearance on Danish television in 1969 is one of the classic moments of rock music history,” wrote Dangerous Minds.
It was Zeppelin’s second time on television but their very first playing a full live set of songs in front of a studio audience—they had previously lip-synched to “Communication Breakdown” for Swedish TV.”
What is surprising watching this superb concert is the audience’s lack of response to Zeppelin’s fully charged performance. They sit listening intently showing little enthusiasm for what they’re hearing.
For guitarist Jimmy Page this sort of apathy was part of the appeal of launching his newly formed band in Scandinavia:”They don’t cheer too madly there, you know?” said Jimmy Page. We were really scared, because we only had about fifteen hours to practice together. It was sort of an experimental concert to see if we were any good. I guess.”
Zeppelin first appeared under the name The Yardbirds with Jimmy Page at the Gladsaxe Teen Club in Denmark on September 7th, 1968.
They developed their prowess touring Denmark and Sweden over the following months.
However not everyone was convinced of this new band as one Swedish reviewer of their early gigs at the Inside Club in Stockholm noted:
Recorded at the Danmarks Radio Studios, Denmark for TV Byen/Denmark Broadcasting Corporation on March 17, 1969, Led Zeppelin ripped through a stunning setlist of their early favorites: “Communication Breakdown,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” and “How Many More Times.”
(For more information about Led Zeppelin and their remarkable journey in the world of music, visit Led Zeppelin’s Wikipedia page.)
Watch Video Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – Led Zeppelin – 1969
Babe, baby, baby, I’m gonna leave youI said baby, you know I’m gonna leave you I’ll leave you when the summertime Leave you when the summer comes a-rollin’ Leave you when the summer comes along
Babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, babyBaby, I wanna leave you I ain’t jokin’, woman, I’ve got to ramble Oh yeah Baby, baby, I be leavin’ We really got to ramble I can hear it callin’ me the way it used to do I can hear it callin’ me back home
Babe, ohBabe, I’m gonna leave you Oh, baby You know, I’ve really got to leave you Oh, I can hear it callin’ me I said don’t you hear it callin’ me the way it used to do? Oh
I know, I knowI know I never, never, never, never, never gonna leave you, babe But I gotta go away from this place I gotta quit you, yeah Oh, baby, baby, baby, baby Baby, baby, baby, oh Don’t you hear it callin’ me?
Oh, woman, woman, I know, I knowIt feels good to have you back again And I know that one day, baby, it’s really gonna grow, yes, it is We gonna go walkin’ through the park every day Come what may, every day Oh, my, my, my, my, my, my babe I’m gonna leave you, go away Oh
So good, see, babyIt was really, really good You made me happy every single day But now, I’ve got to go away Oh, oh, oh
Baby, baby, babyThat’s when it’s callin’ me I said that’s when it’s callin’ me back home