Led Zeppelin: Kashmir Meaning
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I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and...
anonymous Jul 4th, 2008 7:08pm report
This song is about so much more than drugs or some trip to morroco.
"a traveler of both time and space"
"sit with elders of the gentle race"
"They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed"
"And my eyes fill with sand, as I scan this wasted land
Trying to find, trying to find where I’ve been."
"I’ve been flying, ain’t no denyin’, no denyin’"
Kashmir is the principal point of conflict, a tiny nation in dispute between Pakistan and India.
The history of this area, once the great Rama empire,is what made Robert Oppemheimer say the now famous words
and I qoute from Wikipedia...As Los Alamos director J. Robert Oppenheimer watched the demonstration, he later said that a line from the Hindu scripture the Bhagavad Gita came to mind:
"I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds"
"This wasted land" is so because of a nuclear war fought there 5000 years ago.
Recorded in thier ancient records, along with hundreds of differnt types of flying machines, both terrestial and interstellar, is a war so devasating between a "gentle race" of spiritual people and a materialistic race of "war mongers" bent on world domination that it distroyed both sides.
Sound familar? History repeats itself to the doom of those who refuse to learn from it.
Great Britain gave back this area in 1947, aprox. Half to the Muslims (Pakistan) and half to the Hindus (India)
Kashmir is in between them both and in dispute.
It is currently again one of the world's most likely places for nuclear war to erupt...and just a small example of how religion is used as a tool in the hands of those who would bring the world again to the brink of annihilation.
anonymous Mar 27th, 3:14pm report
Led Zeppelin's song "Kashmir" inspired the novels "The Elder Effect" and "Vital Perception." The author, (D. L. Given) stated in an interview she has no interpretation for the meaning of the song only that is an amazing piece.
anonymous Mar 9th, 3:19am report
It is about a person's journey to becoming a Bodisattva. If you don't see it, look up the meaning of Bodisattva on Wikipedia.
anonymous Mar 8th, 3:45pm report
The song is about, when in a place or State of Nothing, one can more easily transcend, and find their true higher Self.
Sun beats down upon my face... worldly pressures, stars to fill my dreams... one's hopes for the future.
traveler... elders...gentle race... seldom seen... the few who are Enlightened, waiting for the day when All will Be Revealed (enlightened).
Next verse: he hears the message, but doesn't quite get it.
All I see turns to brown (the color of all colors mixed into One), my eyes fill with sand... for this journey sight is not required. Trying to find where I've been... the higher Self so easily distracted/lost by the same wasted land and ground that is burned by the sun.
Pilot of the storm, leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dream... turmoil, trials, tribulations, in life are guides/lessons to the Way (Toa, etc.)
Heed the path that led me, Shangrila, will return again.... A brief experience of Nirvana or Enlightenment from the space created by nothingness (vast desert).
Father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years... a prayer that the higher energy or Being will give him the strength and guidance to make the journey... with no provisions but an open face.... open heart, no baggage, nothing, no Ego... along the straits of fear.... our self created psyche fears bind us in ego fabricated walls of prison... prayer to be free, supported by the Father of the four winds and his open heart... fearless.
When I'm on the way, when I see the way, you-stay... he is now able to transcend on the way, even though you stay... he can/will leave the unenlightened behind.
The song closes out by touching on all humans come down from Nirvana, but when he's down... let me take you there! Desire to show All the way to Nirvana...Starting from a place of Nothing! Nothing: meaning no past, no future, only Now, traveling forever in a sea of brown, with no judgement.
anonymous Mar 5th, 3:38pm report
Isnt it about heroin trafficing ,the surroundings. They have to race to sell theyer heroin and are waiting for theyer signal, or they will be killed so they hide and wait. Then its at a full speed run to get there do the deal and get back. With out being killed and they are high.
kooljohn176 Sep 18th, 2013 9:27pm report
been listening to zeppelin in the mid 70's in high school. I believe this song is about sputnik's dog laika who traveld in space and its body died , but maybe the spirit went through metaphycosis on the way back to earth. there might be a man who fell to earth around somewhere.
anonymous Sep 18th, 2012 9:54pm report
It does seem to bring to mind Doctor Who. The traveler, "Talk and songs from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear" reminds me of "Planet of the Ood". I mean, I get Kashmir and the war, but the razed land, traveling time and space, him trying to find where he's been, it all sounds like it.
anonymous Jul 21st, 2012 7:13am report
wow a lot of you people are pretty stupid. I don't know what souls and all that crap have to do with Kashmir. It's relating a trip to Morocco to the conflict in Kashmir. Nothing more nothing less. NONE of the member of Led Zeppelin HAVE EVER been to Kashmir.
anonymous Jul 15th, 2012 7:12pm report
Sorry to tell you
But I thought Kashmir was a place in or near India, right?
The song Kashmir closes side two of the double album Physical Graffiti. It is easily Led Zeppelin's greatest work. The orchestra playing the song's riff, the pummeling drums, and the grandiose lyrics definitely leave an impression on the listener which is not quickly forgotten.
The song was originally titled Driving to Kashmir and was basically about traveling through exotic lands. In particular, Morocco. The riff itself originated from a solo song by Jimmy Page called Swan Song.
On to the interpretation. The first verse was inspired by a long, straight stretch of road that cut through the desert. There was rock ridges on either side. The second verse is about the people who lived in these regions. Cultures that would have been so different than the western cultures that Zeppelin would have experienced.
The bridge section which goes "all I see turns to brown" is definitely a reference to the desert. It's baking sun, the endless sand (Sahara desert, anyone), and the almost total lack of life in the region.
The third verse conjures interesting imagery. The "pilot of the storm who leaves no trace" is probably a reference to Jimmy Page's obsession with the occult. Just change pilot to magus and you'll understand what I mean. Basically in this verse Plant is telling us that this land is like paradise or Shangri-la, if you like. He has every intention of returning.
The fourth and final verse is again about travel, but moreover about having the freedom to travel. Plant doesn't want any worldly possessions except the grace to be able to travel where he likes when he pleases.
The song ends with another bridge-type section. Much of this is improvised although the line that goes "let me take you there" is almost an invitation of the listener to travel to Kashmir and experience the culture and lifestyle there.
That's my interpretation of Kashmir. Personally I believe that the song was designed to be more poetic and have more imagery rather than to have a concrete meaning.
anonymous Mar 30th, 2012 3:44am report
Really, I think the outro lyrics are "trying to buy, trying to buy the way I feel" but that might be too relevant, irregardless of what I have just read. Let's face it, the song is significant and my interpretation of the outro is well... insignificant, or not? At the end of the day, most of what we call "the problem" (with the world) boils down to... people "trying to buy the way they feel" or more importantly, the way they don't feel. Next we can discuss the internal combustion engine... I live in Cleveland, my great, great grandfather name was Albert. For real.
anonymous Mar 16th, 2012 3:05pm report
This is a glimpse at a journey taken by one of hell's angels after being cast out of its previous incarnation, either idol or human. A wistful longing to again hold some sway on humanity, before the great and feared coming of its end. (Revelations)
anonymous Nov 11th, 2011 11:50pm report
Well the song goes something like this.
Ho that the sun fall on my face and the stars fill my dreams.
I am a traveler of time and space to be where I have been
In this verse it means is a being who has managed to see beyond what has been achieved and that "everything". We assume that the song is from page, as well as the writer of Stairway to Heaven was page, I think wrote the song page and give it to plant. The first line means no more than the joy of life. The second, dreams made "that the stars fill my dream," I have to go free on the path chosen. In the third line, remember that page, if you look at the mythology, he regarded himself as the reincarnation of a magician named Zozo, then "I am a traveler of time and space" refers not only to their past lives. To this point in the song the guitar has a rising tone wing suppose you see something like the voice of one is giving a message. It's very interesting musical performance of the entire song, but especially the guitar contains this as a double figuration.
I am talking to the elders of a privileged race that this world just to see day to talk about those who sit and wait and all will be revealed.
In this stanza ends with a descending order, and as the voice of this being that announces something.
Well this is basically the song structure, the following stanzas for other interesting as the party that claims to have Bolado plan also contains a dual connotation of Bolar in a literal sense, or you have reached the peak in the human cosmos. Another interesting point is that on the keyboard of John Paul Jones listed a phone in the live version to symbolize something like receiving the call. Calling from another world? can be basically symbolizes the song in their sound these replicas alien entering the subconscious in the form of telepathy. To end the song page plays one of the best solos I've ever heard the sound of figuring a tornado that was conquered by the shaman in the desert that is Kashmir. Accompanied by bojan battery that interprets the steps of a tired man and the heartbeat of Frodo Baggins in search of the house and return to the dissolution of the ring of power. Accompanied by John Paul arrangements that resemble the music of these remote places the Middle East. With that I explain something that I think is one of the best songs of all time for the humanity of our times. Even giving the doubts, which will be the expectations of the creators of such brilliant work for our present?
anonymous Aug 24th, 2011 8:29am report
Plain and simple...this song is about the color of and the experience of consuming good Hashish and finding the collective consciousness and the courage to accept your personal truth within it.
anonymous Jul 19th, 2011 7:14pm report
plain and simple and in the following order....
first line astral projection....
the rest HAARP past wars and future natural or unnatural disasters
anonymous Jun 17th, 2011 6:24am report
I'm Indian, and have any of you'll seen Kashmir?
Wasteland? way off my friend.
There's a reason he calls it his shangri-la beneath the summer moon
Kashmir is one of THE most beautiful places in the world, and the battle you speak of happened about a 1000 miles away from it.
Oh and by the way, there is nothing like the Rama empire. Please check your facts before interpreting something.
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