Song Lyric Sunday: No – ‘No Quarter’

This week’s theme is, to put it bluntly, ‘No’. This is another of those where I was able to go with the first song that popped into my head.

Led Zeppelin, from ‘Houses of the Holy’. Another example of allusions to Nordic mythology (cf ‘The Immigrant Song’). You couldn’t describe the lyrics as particularly profound, but  there again not many people are drawn to Led Zeppelin by their lyrical introspection.

Close the door, put out the light.
No, 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.

Walking 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.

The pain, the pain without quarter.
They ask no quarter.
Without quarter, quarter, quarter.
They give no quarter.
The dogs of doom are howling more!
They give no quarter.

I hear the dogs of doom are howling more!

Written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant

(great live version here, by the way)

Song Lyric Sunday 27 January 2019

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One thought on “Song Lyric Sunday: No – ‘No Quarter’

  1. Quarter in this song is used to represent military occupation, where soldiers would force their way into some one’s house for shelter. Great pick, loved listening to it. The video is a bit weird, but I am sure that there is a story in there someplace.

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