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bythos gave me some physical graffiti
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despite the titular reference to kashmir, plant wrote the lyrics in southern morocco, while driving from goulimine to tantan in the sahara desert
. as plant explained to rock journalist cameron crowe:
the whole inspiration came from the fact that the road went on and on and on. it was a single-track road which neatly cut through the desert. two miles to the east and west were ridges of sandrock. it basically looked like you were driving down a channel, this dilapidated road, and there was seemingly no end to it. 'oh, let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dreams...' it's one of my favourites...that, 'all my love' and 'in the light' and two or three others really were the finest moments. but 'kashmir' in particular. it was so positive, lyrically.
plant has also commented on the challenges he faced in writing lyrics for such a complex piece of music:
it was an amazing piece of music to write to, and an incredible challenge for me ... because of the time signature, the whole deal of the song is...not grandiose, but powerful: it required some kind of epithet, or abstract lyrical setting about the whole idea of life being an adventure and being a series of illuminated moments. but everything is not what you see. it was quite a task, ’cause i couldn’t sing it. it was like the song was bigger than me. it’s true: i was petrified, it’s true. it was painful; i was virtually in tears.