1) Who was your favorite band/musican when you were younger?
There was something in their music that spoke to me on a deep level when I was a teenager, something that created a feeling of yearning inside me that was scary and beautiful at the same time. I found a lot of spirituality and fantasy in it, mystical yet powerful - and I loved the juxtaposition of those two dynamics. Plus, they were "cool" with the group of people I hung around with - headbangers and stoners - although not all of them appreciated Zeppelin's acoustic moments as much as I did; I remember once when I was listening to "The Rain Song," a guy asked me, with a sneer, if it was by Frank Sinatra ::snort::. Yeah, he was surprised to learn it was Zeppelin. ::grin::
3) Are they still your favorite/one of your favorites?
Yes, although I don't listen to them all that often anymore. Listening to them can bring back some of the feelings of my youth; some of their songs I appreciate differently now. And some of their songs can still bring tears to my eyes if I'm in the right frame of mind. (I consider that a good thing, btw).
4) What is your favorite of their songs?
5) Are there any specific lyrics you hold dear?
Oh, lots. So many, in fact, that I'll put them behind a cut. Well, some of them. I could have chosen more, but I didn't want to make this *too* long. And, to make this fun, I'll make an icon for the person who can correctly identify the most corresponding song titles (or the first one to identify them all). No fair Googling.
1. Made up my mind to make a new start, going to California with an aching in my heart.
Someone told me there's a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.
2. Sing as you raise your bow, shoot straighter than before.
No comfort has the fire at night that lights the face so cold.
3. There's a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.
And it's whispered that soon if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter.
(Does anybody remember laughter)?
4. 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.
Little drops of rain whisper of the pain, tears of loves lost in the days gone by.
My love is strong, with you there is no wrong,
together we shall go until we die
5. This is the springtime of my loving - the second season I am to know
You are the sunlight in my growing - so little warmth I've felt before.
It isn't hard to feel me glowing - I watched the fire that grew so low.
It is the summer of my smiles - flee from me Keepers of the Gloom.
Speak to me only with your eyes. It is to you I give this tune.
Ain't so hard to recognize - These things are clear to all from
time to time.
I've felt the coldness of my winter
I never thought it would ever go. I cursed the gloom that set upon us...
But I know that I love you so
These are the seasons of emotion and like the winds they rise and fall
This is the wonder of devotion - I see the torch we all must hold.
This is the mystery of the quotient - Upon us all a little rain must fall.
6. Traversed the planet when heaven sent me. I saw the kings who rule them all
Still by the firelight and purple moonlight. I hear the rested rivers call
And the wind is crying, from a love that won't grow cold
My lover, she is lying, on the dark side of the globe
If we could just join hands
And our time is flyin' see the candle burnin' low
Is the new world rising, from the shambles of the old
7. So if you wake up with the sunrise, and all your dreams are still as new,
And happiness is what you need so bad, girl, the answer lies with you.
8. Mine's a tale that can't be told, my freedom I hold dear.
How years ago in days of old, when magic filled the air.
T'was in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair.
But Gollum, and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her, her, her....yeah.
9. We come from the land of the ice and snow,
From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.
How soft your fields so green, can whisper tales of gore,
Of how we calmed the tides of war. We are your overlords.
On we sweep with threshing oar, Our only goal will be the western shore.
So now you'd better stop and rebuild all your ruins,
For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing.
ETA: One of the contest answers is a bit of a trick question; bonus points to anyone who can figure out what I'm talking about. ::grin::