6 responses to “Led Zeppelin's mis-titled Kashmir”

  1. Dummidumbwit
  2. harshid

    yo mate.even i’d always wondered why they named it so,then again u can never figure out what’s running in a creative freaks head 🙂

  3. anonymous

    There is no far fetched link the song has everything to do with the geographical region of KASHMIR. Plant himself confirms this it is simply misinformation/misinterpretation and lack of reserach or understanding on the parts of people. The clues are there. It is no coincidence the song was titled ‘Kashmir’ or contains the lyrics ‘Kashmir’ for to conclude ‘Kashmir’ was used for the fun or the sake of it is to basically say the whole song is meaningless nonsense which is far from the case.

    The following quote by Plant should set the record straight once and for all that the when the song refers to ‘Kashmir’ it is without doubt the geographical region of ‘Kashmir’ but more correctly it is about ‘Kashmir’ in so far as it is linked to Plants desires. In other words essentially the song is about Plants desire/goals of which KASHMIR is a part of.

    http://www.led-zeppelin.org/reference/index.php?m=int10

    Robert Plant Interview – 1976

    ”But I don’t think Morocco is the most inspiring place that I shall ever go to. It’s my ambition to go to Kashmir, and I’m saving that as the last trek. What I want to do is to travel north from India, but not singing Hari Krishna or anything like that. My old lady comes from India, and her uncle was chief of the Calcutta mounted police during the ’40s. He can speak about 10 different dialects and he’s a really great guy. In fact one of the times that I worked before the Zeppelin days, I had a job as a production control manager in a factory that he ran. I got the sack because I ordered enough steel to keep three factories going for about a year, but I managed to remain his friend and one day I’d like to take him with me and go right up through Kashmir and then stop.”

    There is no confusion the message in the quoet is clear.

    As far as the lyrics:

    My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon
    I will return again
    Sure as the dust that floats high in June
    When movin’ through Kashmir

    Plant is not saying there is dust in Kashmir. He is saying his desire or more correctly his will to return to his ‘shangri-la’ which is Kashmir as it clearly states in the next line ‘When moving through Kashmir’ his will or desire is as strong as the desire or the will of the dust that without fail floats high in june the summer month. In other words just as the dust whether from the desert or wherever never fails to float high in the month of June just as sure as that will Plant never fail, without doubt to return again to his ‘shangri-la’ his Utopia/Paradise which is Kashmir. He is basically saying that how without doubt the dust will never fail to float high in the summber months like that without doubt will he never fail to return again to his ‘shangri’la’ this ‘shangri-la’ which he has visited in a visionary form only.

    ‘Seems to have something to do with drugs’ Kashmir is the drug or more correctly the heavenly beauty of Kashmir is but the drug induced Euphoria cannot compare to natural Euphoria of Kashmir. Coincidentally Kashmir is famous for its poppy fields.

    So there is nothing ‘mis-titled’ about the song.

  4. Michal Platek

    Well, I heard the song, then kept listening to it (got it stuck in my head) and didn’t know what Shangri-la was till this song. So I looked it up, and it is interesting that in the ’70s when this song was written, a great movie came out called LOST HORIZON (1973). This is the visual version of the original book. Coincidentally, various aspects from the movie could technically be translated into passages from the song.

    But that’s just me.

  5. Who Me?

    Who really cares about the “meaning” or if it is or isn’t about Kashmir. It is simply a song meant to entertain, nothing more, nothing less. How many untold songs have no meaning, or lyrics that do not even mention the title of the song? It’s a form of art, and like all art, it is left to the interpretation of the listener. Have you ever looked at a Picasso painting? does it make sense to you? The point is, everyone views art differently. get over it, and enjoy the music. If you don’t care for that type of music, listen to what YOU like. Just remember, to others your music may make no sense….

  6. Ross

    The lesson to be learned here is:
    Indian people are smug, self-important jerks that criticize things that they do not understand.