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You Shook Me is a song originally written in 1962 by blues musician Willie Dixon and recorded by Muddy Waters. It was covered by Led Zeppelin for their debut album, Led Zeppelin I, and appears as the third track.

Background[]

The band recorded the album in 1968. Jimmy Page performs Earl Hooker's slide guitar parts, but stretches them out with several guitar effects. Robert Plant's vocals sync with these guitar parts.

Reception and Controversies[]

The song has been praised, with Sheldon Pearce of Consequence of Sound referring to it as a masterpiece.

Jeff Beck accused the band of stealing his idea, as both covers of the song were released nine months apart. While Jimmy Page has written this claim off as a coincidence, Jeff Beck claims that Jimmy Page had accompanied him on several gigs and was taking inspiration from it.

Lyrics[]

You know you shook me
You shook me all night long
You know you shook me, baby
You shook me all night long
You shook me so hard, baby
Baby, baby, please come home

I have a bird that whistles
And I have birds that sing
I have a bird that whistles
And I have birds that sing
I have a baby, won't do nothing, oh
Oh, oh, buy a diamond ring

You know you shook me, baby
You shook me all night long
I know you really really did, baby
I said you shook me, baby
You shook me all night long
You shook me so hard, baby
You shook me all night long