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"No Quarter" by Led Zeppelin (Houses of the Holy, 1973)





No Quarter

Led Zeppelin



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Close the door, put out the light

Know they won't be home tonight

The snow falls hard and don't you know--

The winds of Thor are blowing cold

They're wearing steel that's bright and true

They carry news that must get through

They choose the path where no one goes


They hold no quarter

They hold no quarter


Walkin' side by side with death

The devil mocks their every step

The snow drives back the foot that's slow

The dogs of doom are howling more

They carry news that must get through

To build a dream for me and you

They choose the path where no one goes


They hold no quarter

They ask no quarter

They hold no quarter

They ask no quarter



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Another great track from another of history's greatest albums.

I was 11 when this song made it to radio.

It haunted me the instant I heard it.

Two years later, at a dark junior high school dance,

it was played. I remember that vividly.

Young couples were up in the stands of the gym,

making out, and the dance floor was dimly lit,

and I felt so small, like I'd walked into some great cavern

that was going to eat me alive.


Later it was the go-to song at smoky high-school pot parties;

later still one could hear it, especially weekends,

spilling out of open apartment windows

near the university I attended.


I remember it being played in curious, odd clothing stores

in Boulder, Colorado, in the final days of that town's blissful ignorance

about how quirky and cool it was,

just before it became fully aware of its uniqueness and

thus collapsing into corporate sameness that tries

to be quirky and cool but fails, always, miserably.


I listen to it and I go back, and I feel the passage of time,

the loss of life, the birth of the new,

dust settling on everything.

As it always has.

As it always will.



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Digital Art: The Iron Kingdom of Ferris Stratovarius by yours truly



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