Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

In Music on November 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven

The lady here represents our naive selves.  We get what we want all the time and in our naivety think that the glitter is the gold. But she does not know if the doors to the store are open but she is on her way there, nonetheless.  This alludes to a naive hope that she has.  She is buying herself a spiritual after-life, or so she seems to think.


There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven
Ooh, it makes me wonder
Ooh, it makes me wonder

The sign on the wall, is difficult to comprehend.  We know they have multiple meanings and we need a guide to help us interpret it correctly.  This guide could be an authoritarian entity that gives us a singular meaning to the sign on the wall.  The songbird represents our own deep thoughts and when it sings, we like what it says.  And what it says is that this authoritarian guide could be plain wrong in his singular interpretation. But we are apprehensive of our own logic and interpretation of the sign on the wall. We are afraid we could be as wrong as our guide. But this is sufficient reason to question why the guide is so cocksure. It makes me wonder.

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking
Ooh, it makes me wonder
Ooh, it really makes me wonder

Looking to the west, appears to be for better prospects than the current quagmire you are in.  My spirit is crying to go west.  The rings of smoke that appear through the trees, is my soul trying to tell me something; send me smoke signals.  I pine to leave and breakaway from the clutches of the current condition I am in. Unlike those onlookers that appear to be standing motionless around me.  I wonder when I will break free.  I wonder.

And it’s whispered that soon if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter

There is a quite rumor going around that if we pick the tune, the piper will lead us to enlightenment.  This is unusual, because we are given to following the piper who plays a tune of his choice.  This then is alluding to the fact that you are your own piper.  And if you tirelessly seek the truth and stand long enough, you will wake up eventually to a new existence.  An existence that you will love and all of nature will reflect your frothy happiness.

The drums start pounding, as does this new vision of existence.

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on
And it makes me wonder

If you are shaken by the truth that greets your mind, do not be alarmed, it’s just a temporary phase in your life.  It’s a spring cleaning to clear the dead dregs of a past life that has run it’s short wonderful course.  Sure, you can decide on a path now but if you change your mind later or if you think that you have picked one that leads nowhere, you still have the rest of your life in front of you to decide on another path.  The  piper of infinite chances, beckons you. And the piper is you.

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know
The piper’s calling you to join him
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

The  piper of infinite chances, beckons you.  You hesitate.  You know you have to act now.  You know the truth.  You know the stairway you already paid for is just a false promise leading nowhere. And it glitters but is not gold.  It’s expensive but like twigs with rungs, could be tossed around in winds of change.  It’s not rooted in a truth evolved of your enlightenment.  Of your experiences, it knows nothing about.  Stop caring for a whimsy, it’s not going to take you where you really want to be.

An abrupt change in musical tempo, represents a transition moment:  from one of lethargic slump to aerobic flourish, from naive innocence to enlightened truth.

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold

And as we take this new path, our shadows are cast long by the rising sun of our new dawn.  It’s longer than our soul in that our desire for a new enlightenment is greater than the soul sapling we carry.  The lady has moved on from being naive and innocent to being the enlightened one shining the light ahead of us.  She shines with a new found truth and tells us that she is no longer in search of false glitter. And how everything she touches actually turns into the new gold. She is indeed picking her own salvation, her own gold.

And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all, yeah
To be a rock and not to roll

And she’s buying a stairway to heaven

If you listen carefully, and you stand tirelessly long enough, the tune you seek will appear.  You will be one with the other seekers of this elusive truth.  You have a communion of truth seekers that will stand strong together and be unshakable in their newfound meaning in their lives. The communion you belong to is also of your choice. You have decided to be part of it and have allowed them to be part of you. This unity transforms you and you in turn transform the ones united with you. What you have touched has indeed transformed to gold.


Mary Jane Blige ( /ˈblaɪʒ/; born January 11, 1971), preferably known as Mary J. Blige, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. She is a recipient of nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, and has recorded eight multi-platinum albums. She is the only artist with Grammy Award wins in R&B, Rap, Gospel, and Pop.

– wikipedia




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  1. Lovely description for the great song.

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