Song of the Day: “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”

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I’ve had conversations where I had to deliver sad, unfortunate news, but purposefully sweetened the delivery just to get out unscathed. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes my conversation partner heard what I was trying to do and called me out: their last boyfriend gave them the same maple syrup jolly line and she read the subtext of our conversation. If timed otherwise, maybe the true implications of our conversation don’t hit until days later.

I’m not sure what to prefer. I think there’s a time and place to be direct and hit with emotional immediacy. I think there’s a place to be veiled. A third option is where I haven’t realize the emotional implications of what I’ve said, and plow through a conversation smiling the whole way, oblivious to my partner’s reaction.

This third case may be the situation with today’s Song of the Day. The song, “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” is well known to Led Zeppelin fans, or, if you’re really a folkie, Joan Baez (Club Passim, whut whut). The narrator is undoubtedly moving on, ramblin’ like the best of troubadours. Baez captures this with simplicity; Zeppelin with intensity. Our version for song of the day, by The Plebs, plows over the message with glorious, joyous mid-60s British Invasion. It’s part Hollies, part Zombies: complete with Farfisa organ solo!

Plus, it’s 1:52. Brevity is the soul of rock.

I give enormous credit to the fabulous blog Derek’s Daily 45, the ultimate song of the day site.

If you need Led Zeppelin for contrast or intensity, turn up your speakers and get heavy:

Or, you know, Joan.