Written by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, “Thank You” is from Led Zeppelin II and according to various biographies, it’s the first Led Zeppelin song with lyrics written solely by Plant. Penned in tribute to his then-wife Maureen, the lyrics are blatantly by a man smitten by his true love;
"If the sun refused to shine
I would still be loving you
When mountains crumble to the sea
There will still be you and me
Kind woman, I give you my all
Kind woman, nothing more"
Record producer Rick Rubin once remarked on the song's structure, "The delicacy of the vocals is incredible; the acoustic guitar and the organ work together to create an otherworldly presence." This explains the deep emotion within the song and why it is so often chosen for use at weddings!
“Thank You” has been covered by an eclectic mix of artists over the years, all putting their own spin on it.
Let’s start with the original and make our way through a few of the better interpretations…
Tori Amos’ version is excellent. A regular addition in her live set, she released it as a live recording on 2008’s Live At Montreux 1991/1992.
Another one of the greatest voices in rock, Chris Cornell, released “Thank You” on his live acoustic album in 2001, Songbook. It also included stripped back versions of Soundgarden, Audioslave and The Beatles songs.
80s legends Duran Duran recorded a hypnotic version for a Led Zep tribute album, Econium, in 1995, featuring various artists covering their hits.
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page teamed up again in 1994 for their Unledded MTV album and this fantastic version.
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