The Magic Behind The Song
Some people think “Stairway to Heaven” is highly overrated and that’s still up for debate because the song absolutely deserved all the recognition and credit it received. And it didn’t help that decades after it was first released, it was dragged into the limelight again and not for the reasons we would’ve wanted. It’s overplayed but you can’t fault the DJs because everyone wanted to listen to it – they still do, actually.
It’s one of the greatest rock songs of all time and for good reason too. It’s an epic masterpiece to say the least and while we can think of other tracks that rival its ‘greatness,’ the fact remains that it is among those that solidified their spot in the rock ‘n roll pantheon. This is the band’s finest musical moment.
But, what is the meaning behind it? If you ask twenty people, chances are, you will get twenty different interpretations and truth be told, there’s no wrong answer here. Still, we have to take into account what went on in the creative minds of Robert Plant and Jimmy Page while writing the song.
Some say it’s about drugs while others think it’s about ‘hope’ and still, there are those who look at it in a Christian point-of-view. If you’ve been a longtime fan of Led Zeppelin, you know this isn’t the first time their lyrics became a subject of various speculations. They have phrases that don’t make sense, as if Plant is merely rambling whatever word comes to mind.
Plant is well aware of the questions surrounding the lyrics. At one point, he even said, “Depending on what day it is, I still interpret the song a different way – and I wrote the lyrics.”
But the meaning isn’t as deep as others think it is. The song is basically just about shallow materialism and greed. Plant claimed that it was about “a woman getting everything she wanted without giving anything back.”
Yes, that’s it. It did have that Celtic feel because Plant was a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. So…
Were you slightly disappointed? Did you somehow think it had something to do with mystical quests or commercialism? Well even if this is the actual meaning, you can still interpret it any way you like. After all, that’s what art is about, right?