Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

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 all closed,
With a word she can get what she came for…

It makes me wonder…

The lyrics don’t speak about love. By this sweet song, Led Zeppelin criticized our consumption “civilization”. Nowadays this civizilation had conquered all our minds. We have lost our citizens rights. We only have consumers rights (we believe) : right to be quickly served, right to watch the comercial TV, right to buy some useless gadget in supermarkets fortresses, right to ask for lower prices, right to eat junk food, right to swallow down pre-formatted news.
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The main component of our “affluent society” is the private companies system. The private companies had stolen power. Most of the politicians are the flunkeys of those companies. The citizen has been forgot. He doesn’t make politic anymore. He just make trade. At least, some few citizens. Most of them are just surviving, searching happiness and truth in that lyers’ business world. Many people are dying in the depth of that grocer’s society, meanwhile we, blind, run to serve our boss :
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Who’s still believing that the Stairway to Heaven can be bought ? You, my dear consumer?
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~ by nournours on November 25, 2007.

3 Responses to “Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin”

  1. Interesting interpretation of the greatest rock song ever recorded. The new Led Zeppelin ‘Mothership’ release contains ‘Stairway’ among many other Zeppelin masterpieces, and the sonic update is absolutely stunning. I can hear more separation and clarity in the song than ever before. I highly recommend the ‘Mothership’ collection.

  2. This has always been one of my interpretations of STH, as well. Indeed Robert Plant has said of the lyrics that he was inspired by a woman who was all about money. Stairway is also a celebration of the opposite of this harmful, wasteful, soul-deadening (“our shadows taller than our souls…”) way of living – it finds joy in the intangible; in the case of Zeppelin, in music.

  3. BOBBY : Thanks I didn’t know “Mothership”.For me Led Zeppelin is one of the best sixties’ groups. When I was 15 years old, “Whole lotta love” has been a revelation, a shock. A happiness.

    CAT : when I speak now about social and politic problems with young people, most of them smile. They seem older than me and they judge me as if I was a naive child. They reject utopia. Boring.

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