Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” is unmistakable with its chugging guitar and Robert Plant’s wails.
It’s easy to get lost in the sonic qualities of the band’s staple song, but a deeper dive reveals there is a ton of references to Norse mythology.
“Immigrant Song” came about when Led Zeppelin was touring Iceland, Bath and Germany in 1970. While the band was in Reykjavik, Iceland on the opening tour stop in 1970, Plant was hit with the inspiration for lyrics.
“We weren’t being pompous … We did come from the land of the ice and snow. We were guests of the Icelandic Government on a cultural mission. We were invited to play a concert in Reykjavik and the day before we arrived all the civil servants went on strike and the gig was going to be cancelled. The university prepared a concert hall for us and it was phenomenal. The response from the kids was remarkable and we had a great time. ‘Immigrant Song’ was about that trip and it was the opening track on the album that was intended to be incredibly different.”