Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)

'Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)' is a 1969 song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. The song was composed by Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant, and recorded at Morgan Studios, London in May 1969, and mixed at A & R Studios, New York, in August 1969. It appeared as the sixth track on Led Zeppelin's second album Led Zeppelin II, released on 22 October 1969. 'Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)' segues immediately after 'Heartbreaker' with barely a gap, prompting some radio stations to play both tracks. The song itself is about a persistent groupie on the West Coast of the United States of America who would not leave the band alone. The track was a B-side to the 'Whole Lotta Love' promotional single, and was later released as an A-side in Turkey, Peru, Argentina, and Japan. Although it received much radio airplay, Led Zeppelin did not play the whole song live.

Overview

'Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)' is a concise, hard rock song, with a recognizable riff, catchy melody, tight rhythm, and powerful vocals but the band has never liked it, regarding it as overtly commercial. In later interviews, Led Zeppelin revealed the track was essentially a 'filler' for side two and were not enamoured with it. On the original first pressings of Led Zeppelin II, it was erroneously titled 'Living Loving Wreck', a printer's error. It still managed to reach a respectable number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, despite reservations about the song. The identity of the groupie with 'a purple umbrella and a fifty cent hat' has never been revealed. Guitarist Page used a Vox 12-string electric for the riff, and his Fender Telecaster for the guitar solo.

Live performances

'Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)' was never performed in its entirety. A few chords of the song was played at the end of 'Heartbreaker', during Led Zeppelin's performance at Düsseldorf in March 1970. The track was mentioned at Earls Court on 24 May 1975 but not played. During his solo career singer Robert Plant performed the song on his 1990 Manic Nirvana tour.

Chart positions

Single

  • Japanese Singles Chart (1970) 93
  • US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart (1970) 65

Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman) single front cover Turkey

Formats and track listings

1969 7" single (Japan: Atlantic/Nihon Gramophone DT-1146, Turkey: Atlantic 70504)

  • A. 'Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)' (Page, Plant) 2.39
  • B. 'Bring It On Home' (Page, Plant) 4.21

1969 7" single (Argentina: Atlantic 2164 002)

  • A. 'Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)' (Page, Plant) 2.39
  • B. 'Whole Lotta Love' (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant) 3.12

1969 7" single (Peru: Atlantic AT 7050)

  • A. 'Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)' (Page, Plant) 2.39
  • B. 'Ramble On' (Page, Plant) 4.23

Credits

Musicians:

  • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, backing vocals, producer, remastering, digital remastering
  • Robert Plant – vocals
  • John Paul Jones – bass guitar
  • John Bonham - drums, percussion

Production:

  • Peter Grant – executive producer
  • Andy Johns - engineer, mixing
  • Joe Sidore - original CD mastering engineer (mid-1980s)
  • George Marino - remastered CD engineer (1990)

Bibliography

  • Lewis, Dave (2012) Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1 (OCLC 782996334).
  • Welch, Chris (2009) Led Zeppelin: The Stories Behind Every Led Zeppelin Song. London: Carlton Books. ISBN 978-1-84732-286-9 (OCLC 317254118).

Registrations

  • APRA: GW01828752
  • ASCAP: 420154005
  • GEMA: 715017-001
  • ISWC: T-070.098.937-2
  • US Copyright Office: EU0000144293

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