This was inspired by Joni Mitchell’s “California.” Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were huge fans of hers. When performed live, after the lines “To find the queen without a king they say she plays guitar and cries and sings,” Plant would often say the name “Joni.”
The original title was “Guide To California.”
This started as a song about earthquakes, but developed into a song about the search for a woman.
John Paul Jones played mandolin on this track and Page played acoustic guitar.