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After the reactions there's some information on the song itself. Hope you enjoy the ride!
Dazed and Confused was notoriously lifted from folk musician Jake Holmes, which had the familiar, dark and creepy sounding descending bass line. The lyrics were about paranoia and truly being dazed and confused, but Jimmy Page of the Yardbirds heard it and the band decided to incorporate the song into their live act, with some rewrites of the lyrics. The blues-based Yardbirds broke up not long after and Page formed another band which came to be known as Led Zeppelin, and he took the song with him.
The band recorded their version of the song, complete with long breakdown and Jimmy Page using a cello bow on his Fender Telecaster for those unearthly sounds, but neglected to give Jake Holmes any credit. He didn't pursue the matter until decades later, which resulted in a lawsuit that was settled out of court and now the song is listed as "Inspired by Jake Holmes" which I think is still kinda crappy. Thing is, the song was reworked, rewritten and re-arranged until only the title words and descending bass line remained the same from the original (I guess the Song Didn't Remain the Same? Sorry, Zeppelin pun). Still, some sort of acknowledgement is only fair. Anyway, I can't help but love what Led Zeppelin did with the song, and it's possible we'd have never heard any version of it it hadn't been for them.
The song was typical of the 'rave-ups' of the day, where bands would improvise and jam for long periods of time, hence the trippy middle section of the song. Some of the early Zeppelin catalog featured the call-and-return between Robert Plant's voice and and the guitar, which added to the trippy atmosphere. Voice and instrument would mimic each other, which gave Robert something to do during the instrumental sections when they played the song live.
Here's the original song as performed by Jake Holmes.