No. 31: ‘The Battle of Evermore’ – Top 50 Led Zeppelin Songs
Pastoral and antique-sounding — perhaps because of lyrical nods to ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ Jimmy Page’s insistent mandolin and/or John Paul Jones’ lilting acoustic guitar — the tune represents some of Led Zeppelin’s most sophisticated songwriting.
The band stitches together evocative imagery (‘Oh, well, the night is long the beads of time pass slow / Tired eyes on the sunrise, waiting for the eastern glow’) to describe a battle between good and evil. Vocal shadowing from Sandy Denny (ex-Fairport Convention) added even more delicacy.