Thursday, January 23, 2014

The EPs of "Hey Hey What Can I Do" and Hosea

So for a while now, I have contended that Led Zeppelin's hit "Hey Hey What Can I Do" is the rock version of the Prophet Hosea.  Take a look at the lyrics below (or better yet, listen to the song! Download here).

But might the parallel be pressed further.  I say, yes, because I had a ride of eight-hours in the car from St. Louis yesterday that drove me (no pun) to thinking of such weird things!

Like Hosea, we have never known "Hey Hey What Can I Do" on its own.  In  1970 it was released as the B-side of "Immigrant Song" outside the United Kingdom (from Wikipedia, SEE HERE).  We must always hear "Immigrant Song" if we are to hear "Hey Hey What Can I Do".

But finally where they differ is their final state.  Whereas, Hosea's EP was finally incorporated into a popular, widely distributed, and best-selling concept album, better known as the Book of the Twelve Prophets, "Hey Hey What Can I Do" remained only for sale on that single, or now on iTunes as higher-critical-esque single-song.  That is, where the analogy falters is that while the meaning of "Hey Hey What Can I Do" may be understood apart from "Immigrant Song," though not published without it, the full concept and meaning of Hosea is not perceived without its final concept-album, the storyline and final form(s) of the Twelve. 

That is where my wandering stopped.  I still had 6 hours...


"Hey Hey What Can I Do" Lyrics:
Wanna tell you about the girl I love
My she looks so fine
She's the only one that I been dreamin' of
Maybe someday she will be all mine
I wanna tell her that I love her so
I thrill with her every touch
I need to tell her she's the only one I really love

I got a woman, wanna ball all day
I got a woman, she won't be true, no
I got a woman, stay drunk all the time
I said I got a little woman and she won't be true

Sunday morning when we go down to church
See the menfolk standin' in line
I said they come to pray to the Lord
With my little girl, looks so fine
In the evening when the sun is sinkin' low
Everybody's with the one they love
I walk the town, Keep a-searchin' all around
Lookin' for my street corner girl

I got a woman, wanna ball all day
I got a woman, she won't be true, no no
I got a woman, stay drunk all the time
I said I got a little woman and she won't be true

In the bars, with the men who play guitars
Singin', drinkin' and rememberin' the times
My little lover does a midnight shift
She followed around all the time
I guess there's just one thing a-left for me to do
Gonna pack my bags and move on my way
Cause I got a worried mind
Sharin' what I thought was mine
Gonna leave her where the guitars play

I got a woman, she won't be true, no no
I got a woman, wanna ball all day
I got a woman, stay drunk all the time
I got a little woman and she won't be true

(Hey hey what can I do)

I said she won't be true

(Hey Hey, What can I say?)

Hey hey, what can I do
I got a woman, she won't be true
Lord, hear what I say
I got a woman, wanna ball all day 

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