Hear Robert Plant’s new song “The May Queen”

Robert Plant is back with a new single, “The May Queen,” which is off his upcoming album Carry Fire.

The title of the song seems to be a nod to a lyric from Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven,” which Plant discussed recently during a BBC interview.

“I didn’t even see it like that to begin with,” Plant said, per NME. “It’s just there was a big hawthorn bush outside the studio. There were no spring cleans or anything.

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“It was just ‘Oh it’s that time of year. The whole of life is opening up.’ That’s what it’s all about – the whole deal of ‘lay down in sweet surrender’ or whatever. The beginning of the year is such a great time, such an optimistic, great time even for older people.”

The new album is slated to hit the streets on October 13. In a statement, Plant said of the album, “It’s about intention, I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the lure and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new. Consequently the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation.”

Listen to the song below:

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