Down by the seaside
See the boats go sailing
Can the people hear
What the little fish are saying

Oh oooh
The people turned away
The people turned away

Down in the city streets
See all the folk go racing, racing
No time left
To pass the time of day

The people turned away
The people turned away
So far away, so far away

See how they run, see how they run
See how they run, see how they run
Do you still do the twist
Do you find you remember things that well
I wanna tell you
Some go twisting every day
Though sometimes it’s awful hard to tell

Out in the country
Hear the people singing
Singing about their growin’
Knowing where they’re goin’

Oh, oh, the people turned away
Oh, the people turned away

Sing loud for the sunshine
Pray hard for the rain
And show your love for Lady Nature
And she will come back again

The people turned away
The people turned away

Led Zeppelin recorded “Down by the Seaside” in early 1971, during the sessions that became the band’s untitled fourth album. However, Zeppelin held on to the song, releasing it on their 1975 double-LP Physical Graffiti.

Page and Plant use nostalgic and nature-esque themes to remind us to slow down and relax; to remember the simple things in life, and not get caught up in the maniacal ways of modern society.

John Paul Jones plays electric piano, and Page adds a heavy tremolo effect to the guitar line throughout much of the song.

“Down by the Seaside” was never performed live.

In 1995, Plant and Tori Amos recorded a cover version for the album Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin.

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