Led Zeppelin - Heartbreaker - Madison Square Garden (Live 1973)

The song was a crowd favourite at Led Zeppelin concerts, and the band opened many of their live shows in 1971 and 1972 with "Immigrant Song" followed by a segue right into "Heartbreaker". On later concert tours it was often played as an encore. "Heartbreaker" and "Communication Breakdown" were the only songs to be played live during every year that the band toured.

A live, filmed version of the song from 1973 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, is included in the Led Zeppelin concert film, The Song Remains the Same, although it is only shown in parts. For many years, this recorded version was left off the film's accompanying soundtrack album, until the album was remastered and re-released in 2007, with the full performance of the song included.


Hey fellas have you heard the news?

You know that Annie's back in town?

It won't take long just watch and see

How the fellas lay their money down

Her style is new but the face is the same

As it was so long ago

But from her eyes a different smile

Like that of one who knows

Well it's been ten years and maybe more

Since I first set eyes on you

The best years of my life gone by

Here I am alone and blue

Some people cry and some people die

By the wicked ways of love

But I'll just keep on rollin' along

With the grace of the Lord above

People talkin' all around 'bout the way you left me flat

I don't care what the people say, I know where their jive is at

One thing I do have on my mind, if you can clarify please do

It's the way you call me by another guy's name when I try to make love to you, yeah

I try to make love but it ain't no use

Give it to me, give it

Work so hard I couldn't unwind

Get some money saved

Abuse my love a thousand times

However hard I tried

Heartbreaker, your time has come

Can't take your evil way

Go away heartbreaker




Songwriters: Jimmy Page / Robert Plant / John Paul Jones / John Bonham

Heartbreaker lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc