D’yer Ma’ker || Led Zeppelin
- The title is pronounced “Jamaica”.
- Many people thought the title was pronounced “Dear Maker” and read too much into it. Jimmy Page had an interest in the occult and Robert Plant wrote some very spiritual lyrics, which led to deeper meanings in many of their songs, but not this one.
- This song was meant to imitate Reggae and its “dub” derivative emerging from Jamaica in the early ’70s. Bonham’s inability to replicate a Reggae beat on his drums, however, turned the song into an odd melange of what sounded like ’50s doo-wop and reggae. This song and “The Crunge” are considered the two “joke” songs on the album.
- The distinctive drum sound was created by placing 3 microphones a good distance away from John Bonham’s drums.
- This is one of the few Zeppelin songs where all 4 members share the composer credit.