STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN - LED ZEPPELIN

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There are lieder that, when you’ve listened zu them, fade away there is no having any impact. Then, there are others the transcend music, afford poetic status und enduring weil das eternity.

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Stairway to Heaven, led Zeppelin’s immortal masterpiece, zu sein the latter. The lyrics room rich through cryptic references kommen sie allegories und mysticism, offering far much more than ns simplistic satanism that plenty of detractors argue ist its taste theme.Robert tree wrote the lyrics von course, and he has repeatedly stated that he drew inspiration from ns works von the Scottish writer Lewis Spence, especially from his bookMagic Arts in Celtic Britain. And it ist that Celtic esotericism and spirituality the truly comes through in the lyrics – no more, no less.

The narrative starts with one of the most well known arpeggios in the history von music:

There’s a dame who’s sureAll that glitters zu sein goldAnd she buying a stairway zu heaven

Who ist this ambiguous woman figure? fan of occultist theories oase argued that this ist a an allegory for in initiation right into a new type von Pagan religion; in obscure, unknown belief. However this id has an easy counter in the many references to Christianity in the song as a whole. According kommen sie some, the lady is the Virgin Mary, und Led Zeppelin seem kommen sie tacitly confirm this, mentioning die May Queen later an the song, may being traditionally die month dedicated to Mary.


But let’s prevent entering right into this kind of debate and read the lyrics zum what they really represent. Wie man you take ns lyrics punkt face value, you kann see that die woman is nothing an ext than in allegory des a greedy, materialistic, arrogant die gesellschaft that believes that everything, including a path zu heaven, can be got with money alone.

Moving on, Jimmy Page’s guitar and John paulus Jones’ keyboards adopt us through their ethereal melodies.

There’s a feeling i getWhen ich look to ns WestAnd my spirit ist crying weil das leaving

The West zu sein a clear recommendation to die idea of purity in the wild West, which was no much longer wild an those days von any means, yet is blieb a representation von adventure, mystery und charm. In essence, it ist the ar where we kann sein remove oneself from the materialism of contemporary society and turn our attention to ns unknown, to die stranger. Robert Plant wanted kommen sie guide united state on a sort of spiritual journey, kommen sie help boost ourselves and the people about us. Und those who hesitate und are watchful (“Those who stand looking”), can be those through a conservative outlook, who disapprove of this kind of spiritual journey due to the fact that they are imprisoned in societal materialism, unable zu look forward.But, nur when we least expect it, we wollen be called kommen sie live in peace und harmony, weist one through nature and each other (“And it’s whispered the soon, If us all call ns tune / Then die piper will lead us kommen sie reason”).

It zu sein now that us arrive at die famous city which, if listened an to reverse, supposedly has a disturbing invocation des Satan. Instead von giving this concept any much more airtime though, stop leave die rebuttal to Plant himself: “To me it’s really sad, since ‘Stairway zu Heaven’ was written through every ideal intention, und as far as reversing tapes and putting messages on die end, that’s not my idea des making music.” This really have to be enough kommen sie put ns idea kommen sie bed once and for all.

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If yes sir a bustle bei your hedgerowDon’t be alarmed nowIt’s nur a spring-clean zum the may Queen

This zu sein the reference to May Queen the we stated earlier. Ns bustle in the hedgerow represents our mind, confused by the possibility des this spirituality path, or perhaps just unprepared zum it. Yet if that true the you tun können find many ways zu change yourself, then it is also true that you always have the opportunity zu hange your mind and take an additional path. There are no destinies that schutz already to be written; we are all free to make our decisions with complete autonomy.

Moving forward with die lyrics, we arrive punkt the tonnage verse before the iconic Jimmy buchseite solo:

Your head is humming and it i will not ~ goIn case freundin don’t knowThe piper’s call you zu join him

It ist here wie we finally get ns call. Our minds are still confused, but the sweet melody of the piper is resounding an our heads, leading us in the direction of spiritual perfection. The message zu sein then addressed kommen sie the dame mentioned at the beginning des the song: die winds room changing und it’s time the everyone realises that humanity kann really aspire zu something better. At the bottom, the rough stairway zu heaven, made von something tangible, ist nevertheless floating bei the air(“your stairway lies on the whispering wind”). It’s a path, however it’s breakable like any other – probably even more so, due to the fact that it represents ns spiritual, not the physical.

The text then provide way to Jimmy Page’s magnificent guitar, i beg your pardon unleashes a riff, powerful yet dreamy at ns same time. It ist considered by many the most beautiful solo of all time, but it isn’t the last word; ns song still has something to say in the form of one tonnage appeal kommen sie listeners:

And if you aufführen very hardThe tune will kommen sie to you weist lastWhen all are one and one is allTo it is in a rock und not zu roll

The last verse ist a synthesis of the post contained in the lyrics together a whole: no matt how good our faults or our dark sides are, we möchte always have the wahrscheinlichkeit to aufführen to und understand both those about us and ourselves. Materialism und individualism wollen be always present, ready to tempt us, presenting their means as ns simplest and easiest one to follow, but ns choice relies on us andour intentions zu unite mankind. This ist the just way kommen sie find harmony, to be united und “not zu roll”, overwhelmed von a life imposed von stereotypes.

Here it is, therefore; our stairway zu heaven: ours goal an life, according to led Zeppelin, should be kommen sie discover die power von the community, die need to direkte together, an harmony through our souls and with nature. Only in this way kann sein we we really enhance ourselves and others, escaping the echt evil von society, framed an its materialism, selfishness und disinterest towards others (“When all space one und one ist all / to be a rock and not zu roll”).

Stairway kommen sie Heaven, in conclusion, is everything however a perverse ode zu evil und darkness. Bei fact, that quite the opposite, a splendid message of solidarity, brotherhood and equality. Together, we kann sein really change die world approximately us.To be a rock und not kommen sie roll. Maybe it’s just in illusion. Maybe we wollen never be able kommen sie really acquire together and do miscellaneous concrete zu make our leben better. But ns message ist there, und that’s what led Zeppelin want from us.

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Below, you kann listen to a beautiful ausführung ofStairway to Heavenas interpreted von Ann and Nancy Wilson, weil das a tribute at die Kennedy Centre in 2012.