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"Misty Mountain Hop" is a song from English rock band Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album, released in 1971. In the United States and Australia it was the B-side of the "Black Dog" single, but still received considerable radio airplay. It was recorded at Headley Grange, a mansion with a recording studio in Hampshire, England, where the band sometimes lived.[2]

"Misty Mountain Hop"
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French single picture sleeve
Single by Led Zeppelin
from the album Led Zeppelin IV
A-side"Black Dog"
Released2 December 1971 (1971-12-02) (US)
Format7-inch 45 rpm
StudioHeadley Grange, Hampshire, England
GenreHard rock[1]
Producer(s)Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin singles chronology
"Immigrant Song"
"Misty Mountain Hop"
"Rock and Roll"



The most common interpretation of the song's title involves a reference to the Misty Mountains in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. The lyrics refer to the events of the 7 July 1968 "Legalise Pot Rally" in Hyde Park, London, in which police made arrests for marijuana possession.[3] The lyrics reflect Plant's quest for a better society, a place and time when hangups are replaced with individual freedom and a life of mutual support and rapport.[4]

Other versionsEdit

A different version of this song is featured on the second disc of the remastered two CD deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin IV.[5]

Cover versionsEdit


  1. ^ Schuman, Michael A. (2009). Led Zeppelin: Legendary Rock Band. Enslow Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7660-3026-8. The fourth album also has its share of hard rock tracks. Three that received a lot of radio airplay are "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop," and the appropriately named "Rock and Roll."
  2. ^ Lewis, Dave (1994). The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.
  3. ^ Williamson, Nigel (2007). The Rough Guide to Led Zeppelin. London: Rough Guides. p. 230. ISBN 978-1-8435-3841-7.
  4. ^ Fyfe, Andy (2003). When the Levee Breaks: The Making of Led Zeppelin IV. London: Unanimous. p. 128. ISBN 978-1-903318-56-0.
  5. ^ "Led Zeppelin Releases Remastered Sets for "IV" and "Houses of the Holy"". No Treble. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2015.

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