Most of the people are familiar with song ‘Kashmir’ and ‘Led Zeppelin’ one of the greatest music band and who wrote and performed Kashmir. Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist ‘Jimmy Page’, singer ‘Robert Plant’, bassist ‘John Paul Jones’ and drummer ‘John Bonham’. Led Zeppelin wrote and performed many super hits. Like; ‘Whole lotta love’, ‘Immigrant song’, ‘Stairway to heaven’ and ‘Kashmir’. But, what makes Kashmir special than any other Led Zeppelin’s songs. The answer is the title of the song itself. Kashmir is not just a super hit song by Zeppelin, but it is masterpiece which shows the hard work and dedication of this English rock band. Just take a look on the few lines of lyrics and you will understand how rich the wording is.
“Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face stars fill my dream
I’m a traveler of both time and space
To be where I have been
Sit with elders of the gentle race
This world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait
All will be revealed”
These are the first few lyrics of song Kashmir and you can see, how beautifully it was written. These were the lyrics; here is bit of information about the date of its recording, date of release and the album.
Recorded: 1974 Released: 24-02-1975 Album: Physical Graffiti
Genre: Hard rock, Progressive rock
After all this information, it looks like that this song has no connection with Kashmir, the northern state of India and most of the people say that. If you will search through internet, most of the website claim that the song Kashmir is written for desert and has no connection with Kashmir state. If you will read full lyrics than you will also say that it is written for desert, but then why the title ‘Kashmir’ and a line in which they are telling about Kashmir. “Sure as the dust that floats high in June, when movin’ through Kashmir” This line clearly mentions of Kashmir. And they are saying that they are moving through Kashmir. Now the question comes why they wrote about Kashmir? Did this rock band ever visited Kashmir Or any member of it visited. In one interview Led Zeppelin said that they should be remembered for the song Kashmir rather than Stairway to Heaven. It clearly shows that this song is really special. If we talk about the band visiting Kashmir then nobody is sure because they never revealed that they have visited Kashmir. But, still you cannot write a song on something you don’t the knowledge about. So, the conclusion is Led zeppelin were quite familiar with Kashmir that’s why they gave this title to their song and wrote a line in which they are addressing Kashmir.
What about they visited Kashmir? Well, nobody is sure. So, it remains a mystery whether they have visited Kashmir or not. But, we should enjoy this classic song because it is full melodious music and lyrics and it is written and performed by one of the greatest music bands ‘LED ZEPPELIN’
-Muhammad Hussain Khan
Blog posted on 4th Apr, 2020 <> around 1 year ago