Saturday, June 28, 2008

Stairway to Heaven




Stairway to Heaven is a song composed by guitarist Jimmy Page (who has stated that the song "speeds up like an adrenaline flow") and vocalist Robert Plant for Led Zeppelin's fourth studio album, Led Zeppelin IV released in November 1971.

It was voted #3 in 2000 by VH1 on their list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs. It is the most requested and most played song on FM radio stations in the United States, despite never having been released as a single there. This was the last song the remaining members of Led Zeppelin performed when they reunited for Live Aid in 1985.

According to Page,
Stairway to Heaven crystallized the essence of the band. "It had everything there and showed the band at its best, as a band, as a unit . . . not talking about solos or anything, it had everything there. We were careful never to release it as a single. It was a milestone for us. Every musician wants to do something of lasting quality, something which will hold up for a long time and I guess we did it with Stairway."
The song's length precluded its release in full form as a single. Despite pressure from Atlantic Records, the band would not authorize the editing of the song for single release, making it one of the most well-known and popular rock songs never to have been released as a single. It did, however, appear as a promotional disc in the United States pressed as a 7:55 track on each side, on an Australian acoustic EP and in the 1990s as a 20th anniversary promo book.

My favorite cover of the song is by Ann Wilson of
Heart . . .


Stairway to Heaven -
Ann Wilson w/British Rock Symphony




An awesome tribute to Led Zeppelin . . . 
the performance brought tears
to Robert Plant's eyes!




Stairway to heaven . . . what does it mean? I've tried to figure that song out since I first heard it. It haunts me because I bought the stairway to heaven . . . hook, line and sinker and it has meant different things to me at different times of my life.

The optimist, the perpetual romantic . . . for having experienced so much love with everything being right with my long and happy marriage to JR and all that, I sure have been fickle and confused since he's been gone. Maybe it is a bustle in the hedgerow, spring cleaning and all that which is referred to in the song. Could be this is a normal thing? Who knows, could be part of the grief . . .



Stairway to Heaven
Lyrics


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

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she's buying a stairway to heaven

There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
And 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

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she's buying a stairway to heaven

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

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she's buying a stairway to heaven

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 forest will echo with laughter

And it makes me wonder
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

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't you hear the wind blow and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind

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 if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll
Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she's buying a stairway to heaven

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

And she's buying a stairway to heaven, uh uh uh.

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