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Babe I'm Gonna Leave You is a song originally written by Anne Bredon in the late 1950's. It was covered by Led Zeppelin for their first album, Led Zeppelin I, and appears as the second track on it. It is one of four songs from the album that appear on their compilation album Mothership.

Background[]

Jimmy Page heard Joan Baez's version of the song and began his version of it early on in his career as a session musician. He played it to Robert Plant during one of their first meetings in 1968.

Lyrics[]

Babe, baby, baby, I'm gonna leave you
I said baby, you know I'm gonna leave you
I'll leave you when the summer time
Leave you when the summer comes a-rolling
Leave you when the summer comes along

Babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, baby, baby
I wanna leave you
I ain't joking woman, I've got to ramble
Oh yeah, baby, baby, I believing
We really got to ramble (I can hear it calling me)
I can hear it calling me the way it used to do
I can hear it calling me back home

Babe, I'm gonna leave you
Oh, baby, you know, I've really got to leave you
Oh, I can hear it calling me
I said don't you hear it calling me the way it used to do?

I know I know, I know
I never, never, never, never, never gonna leave you, babe
But I got to go away from this place
I've got to quit you, yeah
Oh, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby
Oh, don't you hear it calling me?
Oh, woman, woman, I know, I know
It feels good to have you back again
And I know that one day baby, it's gonna really grow, yes it is
We gonna go walking through the park every day
Come what may, every day, oh
My, my, my, my, my, my babe
I'm gonna leave you, go away

Oh, I miss you, baby
It was really, really good
You made me happy every single day
But now I've got to go away
Oh, oh, oh

Baby, baby, baby, baby
That's when it's calling me
I said that's when it's calling me back home