Tangerine (song)

'Tangerine' is a 1970 song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. The song was written by Jimmy Page, and recorded at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London in May 1970; Headley Grange, Hampshire, England in June 1970, and mixed at Island Studios, London, in July 1970, and Ardent Studios, Memphis, in August 1970. It appeared as the seventh track on Led Zeppelin's third album Led Zeppelin III, released on 5 October 1970. 'Tangerine' is a guitar-based acoustic song with a jangly melodic country feel. The origins of the song lay with guitarist Jimmy Page, whose lyrics reflect a relationship that had ended with American singer-songwriter Jackie De Shannon.


'Tangerine' features a delicate steel pedal guitar solo, giving the track a laid-back country feel. The song is led into by Page on a count of eight beats to time the tempo, and was the first time the entire band sang together on record in harmony. Singer Robert Plant himself double-tracked his vocals to add depth to the song. In the song lyrics, the protagonist looks back and regrets the loss of his most sincere relationship. The name tangerine, comes from the colour of a sunset. With the careful build up of the song, and a delayed introduction of drums, 'Tangerine' is sometimes regarded as the point of origin for the later composition 'Stairway to Heaven'. When played live, Page used his Gibson double-neck guitar.

The song appeared in the closing credits of the film Almost Famous, and was also covered by Dave Matthews, and Great White.

Live performances

'Tangerine' would form part of the band's acoustic set in 1971 and 1972, and was re-included as part of the 1975 tours, for the Earls Court series of shows. Page and Plant later performed the song as part of their 1995, 1996, and 1998 tours.



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


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


  • 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).


  • APRA: GW00425129
  • ASCAP: 500230208
  • GEMA: 1343596-001
  • ISWC: T-070.183.943-1
  • US Copyright Office: EU0000212952

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