- Tea for One
Name = Tea for One
March 31, 1976
track_no = 7
Recorded = November-December, 1975
Length = 9:27
Label = Swan Song
Writer = Page/Plant
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Led Zeppelin's 1976album " Presence". It begins with mid-tempo interplay between guitarist Jimmy Pageand drummer John Bonhambefore settling into a sotto vocegroove. The song evolves into a slow blues epic, featuring lyrics which deal with homesicknessand loneliness. Much of this was felt by Robert Plant, who recalls sitting alone in a New Yorkhotel during a U.S. concert tourdrinking "tea for one". Other members of the band, notably John Bonham, were also widely reported as suffering from homesickness during Led Zeppelin's concert tours.
The song recalls an earlier Led Zeppelin song in sound and style, "
Since I've Been Loving You".Dave Lewis (1994), "The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin", Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.] "Tea for One" came from the desire of the band to return to their roots in order to see what had changed since they were younger. In an interview he gave in 1977, Page that the song
Despite its popularity amongst fans, "Tea for One" was never played live in its entirety at
Led Zeppelin concerts,Dave Lewis (1994), "The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin", Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.] but from 1977some of the guitar solo was incorporated into "Since I've Been Loving You" at various shows. It was played in full by Page and Plantduring their tour of Japanin 1996, where it received three airings backed by an orchestra.
2006, blues guitarist Joe Bonamassacovered "Tea for One" song on his album "You and Me". The late John Bonham's son Jason Bonhamplayed drums on this song as well as the entire album. Renato Russoleader of the brazilian rock band Legião Urbanasaid the song "La Maison Dieu" from " Uma outra estação" album is influencied by this song.
*"Led Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused: The Stories Behind Every Song", by Chris Welch, ISBN 1-56025-818-7
*"The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin", by Dave Lewis, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9
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