Led Zeppelin - "Kashmir" - Live at Knebworth in 1979




11th August 1979, Led Zeppelin played their last ever UK show when they appeared at Knebworth House, England. The set list included: The Song Remains The Same, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Hot Dog, The Rain Song, White Summer/Black Mountainside, Kashmir, Trampled Under Foot, Sick Again, Achilles' Last Stand, In The Evening, Stairway To Heaven Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love and Communication Breakdown.


Their two momentous shows at Knebworth were poignant for a number of reasons. The most significant reason was that it marked the first time that the four cornerstones of rock had played in public together in almost two years as Robert Plant mourned the death of his son who died in 1977 while the band were touring the States.


Their return to the live arena would also be the first time that they had performed on home soil in four years, to say the show was highly anticipated would be an understatement of the highest order. This was the return of their ‘Rock Gods’ to their rightful throne.


These shows are also notable as they marked the advent of true stadium rock in the form we know it today. Arriving at a groundbreaking time for the band, Led Zep decided to opt against performing a longer residency in London at a venue like Earls Court. Instead, they chose to perform two much larger shows in Hertfordshire and host their own festival of sorts.





Lyrics


Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face

Stars fill my dream

I'm a traveler of both time and space

To be where I have been

Sit with elders of the gentle race

This world has seldom seen

They talk of days for which they sit and wait

All will be revealed


Talk in song in tongues of lilting grace

Sounds caress my ear

There are not a word I heard could I relate

Story was quite clear


Oh

Oh

Oh yeah I been flyin'

Love oh ain't no denyin', no

Oh, ooh yea, I been flyin'

Mama, mama, ain't no denyin', no denyin'


All I see turns to brown

As the sun burns the ground

And my eyes fill with sand

As I scan this wasted land

Try to find, try to find what I feel


Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace

Like thoughts inside a dream

Heed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream

My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again

Sure as the dust that floats high in June, when movin' through Kashmir


Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years

With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fear

Oh

Oh


When I'm on, when I'm on my way, yeah

When I see, when I see the way, you stay-yeah


Tryin' to find, tryin' to find where I been yeah, yeah

Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, when I'm down

Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, well I'm down

Ooh, let me take you there



Songwriters: John Bonham / Robert Anthony Plant / James Patrick (Jimmy) Page

Kashmir lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc