Down by the Seaside

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Down by the Seaside
Appears on Physical Graffiti
Published by Flames of Albion Music
Registration ASCAP 340154461
Release date 24 February 1975
Recorded February 1971 at
Island Studios, London.
Mixed at Olympic Studios, London.
Genre Rock, hard rock
Language English
Length 5 minutes 15 seconds
Composer Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Label Swan Song Records
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer Andy Johns

'Down by the Seaside' is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin from their 1975 album Physical Graffiti.


It was originally written as an acoustic piece by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant at Bron-Yr-Aur, the cottage in Wales where they went after their 1970 concert tour of the United States of America.[1][2] It was then recorded in 1971 as an electric arrangement and was intended for release on Led Zeppelin IV but was held over and eventually placed on Physical Graffiti to fill up the double album.

The song alternates between soft and hard-rocking sections, with the lighter sections employing a tremolo effect on the guitar, or possibly by running it through a Leslie speaker, to give an 'underwater talking' feel. John Paul Jones plays a Hohner Electra-Piano electric piano on the track.

Live performances

'Down by the Seaside' was never performed live at Led Zeppelin concerts.[3] Plant would later record 'Down by the Seaside' as a duet with Tori Amos for the 1995 Led Zeppelin tribute album Encomium. Plant is a huge fan of Amos and wanted to get a different take on the song by having his wife sing while he played guitar. Tori Amos herself is a huge Led Zeppelin fan.


  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
    • Robert Plant – vocals
    • John Paul Jones – electric piano, bass guitar
    • John Bonham - drums, percussion
  • Production:
    • Peter Grant – executive producer
    • Keith Harwood - mixing
    • Andy Johns - engineer
    • Joe Sidore - original CD mastering engineer (mid-1980s)
    • George Marino - remastered CD engineer (1990)


  1. Sutcliffe, Phil (2003). "Led Zeppelin: Back to Nature". Q: 34. ISSN 0955-4955.
  2. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 71. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. 
  3. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 71. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1.