Who is Strider? The Bron-Y-Aur Stomp Dog

Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant With His Dog Strider

For those of you who are big Led Zeppelin fans you already know that the song Bron-Y-Aur Stomp off of Led Zeppelin III is about Robert Plant’s dog Strider. Here’s a photo of the pooch in question with his somber companion. Interestingly the song was misspelled on the original album: it was supposed to read Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp.

Listen to: Bron-Y-Aur Stomp live from the Led Zeppelin live album How The West Was Won


Ah caught you smiling at me,
That’s the way it should be,
Like a leaf is to a tree so fine.

Ah all the good times we had,
I sang love songs so glad,
Always smiling never sad so fine.

As we walk down a country lane,
I’ll be singing a song,
Hear me calling your name.
Hear the whisper in the trees,
Telling mother nature bout you and me.

Well, if the sun shines so bright,
Or on our way it’s darkest night,
The road we choose is always right so fine.

Ah can your love be so strong,
When so many loves go wrong,
Will our love go on and on and on and on and on and on.

As we walk down a country lane,
I’ll be singing a song,
Hear me calling your name.
Hear the whisper in the trees,
Telling mother nature bout you and me.

My my, la de la, come on now it ain’t too far,
Tell your friends all around the world,
Ain’t no companion like a blue eyed merle.
Come on now well let me tell you,
What you’re missing missing round them brick walls.

So, of one thing I am sure,
It’s a friendship so pure,
Angels singing all around my door so fine.
Yeah, ain’t but one thing to do
Spend my natural life with you,
You’re the finest dog I knew so fine.

When you’re old and your eyes are dim,
There ain’t no old Shep gonna happen again.
We’ll still go walking down country lanes,
I’ll sing the same old songs,
Hear me call your name.

8 thoughts on “Who is Strider? The Bron-Y-Aur Stomp Dog

  1. Mike W Draper

    Oh my God! From the time we met, (24 years ago), till the time we got married, (22 years ago) this was such a special song for me, that made me think of growing old with my wife, (Brindel), and walking , together down “country lane” We are still married after all of these years. Now you tell me that I have to tell her that our special song is about a dog???

    1. B.P. Post author

      As Robert Plant has said about his lyrics, the meaning is up to the listener, so sure, tell her what he intended. It’s still your special song. Just don’t have the song playing and say “fetch” to Brindel.

  2. Julie McDermott

    Lost my 16 1/2 year old brown eyed Kona boy on December 5th, 2019. There is a tender hole in my sole. Much comfort comes from this song. My love is so strong and we will go on and on and on down a country lane. Thank you for your wonderful healing song.

  3. Pat Marren

    It’s very hard to get over the loss of a dog. I lost my Border Collie “Tux” 4 years ago, and I’m still not over it. I do have another Border Collie now “Remey”, and he’s great. Seems like Borders have a way to get into your heart, and never leave.

  4. Caroline

    My dad’s a Led Zeppelin fan, so I grew up with their music as background noise. For most of my life all I knew of this song’s lyrics were the line about the blue-eyed merle. We had a Collie (my first dog) who was my dad’s baby. Today (5/28/2018) is the seven year anniversary of our dog’s death. I can count on one hand the times I’ve seen my dad cry, and that was one of them. One day I was driving with my dad, and he said this was our dog’s song. My first thought was “Well, our dog was a brown-eyed sable, not a blue-eyed merle, but okay.” Then it got to the line “You’re the finest dog I knew, so fine.” And then I realized. It’s okay, Dad. I didn’t need my heart.

    1. Paul Rogers

      I didn’t cry when my dad died. I didn’t cry when my mom died. 5 years after my Blue-eyed Duke died, I still have to leave the room sometimes when something reminds me of him. I still dream of him even though we have had and do have other dogs. Ain’t no companion like a Blue eyed merle….

  5. Matthias

    I always have to cry when I listen to the lyrics, `cause my dog died 8 years ago, and I still go walkies with him in my dreams. Those dreams seems to be so real. Also, my dog was very old, and his eyes were dim, and I had to carry him up the steps in his last years. But all this made me love my dog more than before. And he was also a shep. So when Plant sings about strider, It`s like a song about my dog, written by myself.

  6. Jodi

    This song has gotten me through a few heartbreaks with losing my beloved canines. I now have a 18-month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback named Strider ( after Robert’s dog) and it suits him to a T.


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