Dating a 70s strat neck
At the same time, I instinctively knew that these guys were hugely unique and talented.
They were going to set a trend in music and they did.
And, as Robert Plant once expressed to a concert audience, STH is truly "A Song of Hope."The words to this Led Zepplin song, "Stairway To Heaven" has always been shrouded in mystery and that for several generations.
The first time I heard it, I was thought it pretty cool, but didn't understand it.
It sounded as if a lady who had money wanted to buy her way into heaven -- with that said, that's about all I understood of the song that seemed rather dark at the seams, with it's mystical, ambiguous language, all the while speaking about "heaven".
Led Zepplin became popular when I still in high school and I was rather off put by their lyrics and their on stage persona...
That being said, some meanings embedded in this song became obvious to me in the mid 1970s.
Surprisingly, the comments do not address some metaphorical or metaphysical aspects, and do not consider important cultural movements that were contemporaneous during the time of the initial creation and release of Stairway to Heaven.
For example, the word 'Book of love' on the song 'Rock n Roll', or the last song of the album 'When levee Breaks'. This thread is full of people with different backgrounds and mindsets.It is not coincidental listening to "Stairway" backwards that the name of "Satan" surfaces 6 times.I don't believe it was either Robert Plant's or Page's intention to glorify Satan, but the dark side seems to always reveal itself in unexpected, shadowy ways.I read an interview from a guitar magazine circa 1996 (sorry, I forget the name of the particular magazine) in which Jimmy Page explained the tuning he used to write the demo version of "Stairway..." He realized that the guitar strings were out of order (E, A, D, G, B, e), so he bought a seven string and tuned it to alphabetical order (A, B, C, D, E, F, G). What if that the press wrote a headline that says 'The Day The Music Die' and that two young men knew about this tragedies and thought they wanted to write a song about this each other.Playing around with that tuning he decided he didn't like, but not before stumbling upon the lick in the intro. Then Don Mclean wrote a song 'American Pie' and Robert wrote a song 'Stairway To Heaven'.