"Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)" is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin from their album Led Zeppelin II, released in 1969. It was also released as the b-side of the single "Whole Lotta Love". The song is about a groupie who annoyed the band early in their career. In the original UK pressings of Led Zeppelin II it was titled "Livin' Lovin' Wreck (She's a Woman)", with the "Wreck" replaced by "Maid" and the subtitle changed on the US and later releases.
It is often noted that this is guitarist Jimmy Page's least favourite Led Zeppelin song, and was thus never performed in concert. Even though the song was never performed, there was a single show in Düsseldorf during which a short segment of the song was played right after the band's song "Heartbreaker" on 12 March 1970. It was also one of the few Led Zeppelin songs on which Page sang backing vocals. Conversely, singer Robert Plant took a liking to the song, and played it on his 1990 solo tour.
For the recording of this track, Page played on a Vox 12-string guitar.
When heard on the radio it was typically played immediately after their song "Heartbreaker", as it flows seamlessly from the abrupt ending of that song on the original album. Yet the band never played these songs together on stage at Led Zeppelin concerts (something they consistently did, for example from late 1972 to 1975 with "The Song Remains the Same" and "The Rain Song" — the first two tracks from their 1973 album Houses of the Holy). Robert Plant brought the song into his Manic Nirvana US solo tour set in 1990.
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