"Tangerine" is a folk rock song composed by Jimmy Page and performed by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was released on their 1970 album Led Zeppelin III.
Like several Led Zeppelin tunes written by Page, it has its origins in an old Yardbirds song, in this instance an unreleased composition entitled "Knowing That I'm Losing You". The Yardbirds version features different lyrics, with the exception of the verse that begins with "Measuring a summer's day."
The track has an acoustic country flavour courtesy of the pedal steel guitar playing of Page. The song begins with a false start, after which Page pauses to set the right tempo. Throughout its duration, the song continually changes tempo a few bars at a time while the lyrics fondly recall love and contentedness. This was the second-to-last Led Zeppelin song Page wrote without any input from Robert Plant. ("Bron-Yr-Aur" from Physical Graffiti was the last.)
The song uses a simple double track vocal pattern to create a recognisable lilting feel. The song uses a standard Am G D C progression for the verses before moving on to G C D progression for the chorus.
"Tangerine" appears in the final scene of the movie Almost Famous.
"Tangerine" was performed by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds numerous times throughout the 1990s. Kevin Hewick often features "Tangerine" in the cover version section of his extended live sets.
- Lewis, Dave (2004) The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9
- Welch, Chris (1998) Led Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused: The Stories Behind Every Song, ISBN 1-56025-818-7