Your Time Is Gonna Come

'Your Time Is Gonna Come' is a 1969 song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. The song was composed by Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones, and recorded and mixed at Olympic Studios, Barnes, England in October 1968. It appeared as the fifth track on Led Zeppelin's eponymous debut album Led Zeppelin, released on 12 January 1969. 'Your Time Is Gonna Come' is a song about a deceitful lover who will pay a price for their unfaithful ways, but could be interpreted to mean any unjust or unfair individual. It is a rare recording in which all members of Led Zeppelin are singing and harmonizing the chorus. English singer Sandie Shaw became the first ever artist to cover a Led Zeppelin recording when she reworked 'Your Time Is Gonna Come' for her underrated 1969 album, Reviewing the Situation.

Overview

This song was the first time guitarist Jimmy Page used a 12 steel-string Fender guitar in the studio. The guitar was deliberately tuned down half a step, to accommodate his steel string playing. Page also played a Fender 800 pedal steel guitar for his slide work on this track. 'Your Time Is Gonna Come' is one of only five Led Zeppelin songs which prominently feature an organ in the mix. Multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones played a Hammond M-100 organ, using Fender bass pedals to create the bass. 'Your Time Is Gonna Come' begins with two different organ tracks played synchronous - very similar to the keyboard effect used on 'Thank You' from the next album (Led Zeppelin II). Instead of the blues organ style used earlier on 'You Shook Me', Jones utilized his previous training as a church organist. The style is very straight-forward, as the intro sound uses a plain tone with no vibrato or percussion settings. Only in the song's choruses does he turn on the vibrato feature, and it adds the same Leslie-style effect that is heard on 'You Shook Me.' The transition from Jones' organ intro to the band section, is led by drummer John Bonham whose crash cymbal on the downbeat, emphasizes the power of the rhythm and chorus. Although not credited for the lyrics, due to contractual obligations with CBS Records, was singer Robert Plant. The song is the only time on a Led Zeppelin album, which leads straight over and into another recording, 'Black Mountain Side'.

Live performances

'Your Time Is Gonna Come' was performed throughout their 1968 Scandinavian tour, then was dropped from Led Zeppelin's set list. On 24 September 1971, at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan, the band played it as part of the 'Whole Lotta Love' medley. Plant solo performed the song occasionally on his 1993 US tour. Page would later perform the song as part of the Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes concert tour, and recorded on their Live at the Greek album in 1999.

Credits

Musicians:

  • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
  • Robert Plant – vocals
  • John Paul Jones – Hammond M-100 organ, Fender bass pedal
  • John Bonham - drums, percussion

Production:

  • Peter Grant – executive producer
  • Glyn 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: GW04481389
  • ASCAP: 550064714
  • GEMA: 715456-001
  • ISWC: T-070.211.844-2
  • US Copyright Office: EU0000096056

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