'Lead Balloon' was written to represent John Paul Jones’s bass work with legendary rock group Led Zeppelin. The bassline features many common elements of his playing style, such as the use of the blues scale, a variety of different bass fills, some heavily syncopated lines, and some parts played in unison with the guitar. The track also includes the use of some different time signatures, which is something that Led Zeppelin often experimented with in their music.

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