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Led Zeppelin classic 'too racy' for Olympics - Telegraph

It has been delighting fans for almost 40 years but Led Zeppelin's rock classic "Whole Lotta Love" has been deemed too racy by Olympics organisers.

After choosing the song for the closing ceremony on Sunday they decided that some of the lyrics would have to be omitted or re-written amid concerns that they could cause offence. ..

But, according to London 2012 officials, Lewis - who grew up in east London close to the Olympic site - requested a change to the song's second verse because she was worried they would not make sense for a female singer.

In the original, recorded in 1969, frontman Robert Plant sings, "I'm gonna give you every inch of my love".

But in the version that will be sung tomorrow, however, Lewis changes the words to "every bit" of my love.

The band also agreed to a request from organisers to drop the third verse, which includes similar sexual innuendoes, to fit in to the eight-minute performance.

Your humble researcher has been looking into these banned lyrics on your behalf :

Metorlyrics suggest they may be:

Way down inside... woman... You need... love.
Shake for me, girl. I wanna be your backdoor man.
Keep it coolin', baby.

Sing365 come up with the frankly disturbing:

You've got to bleed on me, yeah
Ah, ah, ah, ah
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ha, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
ah, ah, ah, ah, ha, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
No, no, no, no, ah
Love, love, low-ow-ow-ow-ove
Oh, babe, oh

Whereas Lyicfreak has the safer:

Wanna whole lotta love?
Wanna whole lotta love?
Wanna whole lotta love?
Wanna whole lotta love?
(various mumblings and screechings with cool effects)

But whatever this song is the epitome of British coolness, even though it is forty years old..

Comments

Too racy? How about too dated? It would be like performing one of Benny Goodman's greatest hits as a warmup to a sports event in 1968.

Don't forget, "I'm gonna be your backdoor man."

OMG! Pans people! Nuclear fuel for my adolescent 1970's sexual fantasies. How the world turns, and how much we have lost.

As for Led Zep, why didn't they just stick with the instrumental? It's still a bloody good tune.

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