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When I done quit hollerin' baby, I believe I'll shake 'em on down
Get my babe, won't be late, You know by that I mean seconds late
Ah, must I holler, Must I shake 'em on down,
Well I've been mistreated, babe, I believe I'll shake 'em on down.
Well I ain't no monkey. I can't climb no tree,
No brown skin woman gonna make no monkey out of me,
I ain't no monkey, Sure can't climb no tree,
I been mistreated babe I believe I'll shake 'em on down,
Well I've been mistreated babe I believe I'll shake 'em on down.

Listen mama, Put on your mornin' gown'
Put in your nightshirt Mama we gonna shake 'em down
Must I holler? Must I shake 'em on down?

Gave my baby a twenty dollar bill,
If that don't get her, Sure my shot, shot, shot-gun will,
Yeah, I gave my baby a twenty dollar bill,
If that don't get that woman, I'm sure my shot-gun will.

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    T420Dec 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm
    Roy Harper was a folk singer in the mid to late 1960's. He used to travel with Led Zeppelin, and was very respected by both Plant, and Page. They had wrote this song for him, it seems as though Plant is talking about being mistreated by a lover, and that he will "shake 'em all down".
    :Personal note: There is a part in this song that says "I ain't no monkey, I can't climb no tree..." During several concerts while Led Zep were onstage, Harper would stand off to the side out of sight, and repeatedly shake a rubber gorilla, almost like the toy was giving the band its power. I think that the "monkey" line in this song is the hidden homage to Roy Harper, or I could be way off, it's just my opinion.

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