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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...


    Bruce Claypool
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    Jun 23rd, 2016 6:02pm report

    The song is about the trajic death of a man's wife who died in a blaze when the house burned down and she was trapped inside of it.


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    Apr 12th, 2016 4:43pm report

    The one and only Robert Plant with the LED ZEPPELIN band at their best with ''Stairway To Heaven''. A hopeful song to receive the ''SPIRIT'' of the 60's and 70's to explore and discover your road in life that is also alive and relevant today ''with'' and about a ''lady'' to find your way from the parallel ''TWO PATHS'' that are on the road we're traveling to hear the echoes of WORDS that have ''TWO MEANINGS''. To ''think'' and then decide to listen to that ''BIRD song'' that was and still singing it's tail of to tell and direct us to choose ''THE WAY'' that is not to late ''if'' you're on the wrong path to change directions with hope that would lead you to the Heavenly One that ''feels the burn'' of Compassion for us, by getting all of us to Heaven without burning the stairway behind any of us that has been blowing his Trumpet as the Piper at the gates of Heaven who doesn't charge a fee if we took the right path even in today's day.


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    Mar 16th, 2016 3:00am report

    A demon wrote it threw possessing plant.. HIS WORDS.. i have experienced this as well, its how like 90% of rock music is written lol


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    Aug 24th, 2015 8:46pm report

    This is easy if "you listen very hard" and you identify the lady.

    The lady is Queen Elizabeth II. The crown has collected taxes from many countries, including the USA. Hence she has collected enough money to buy a stairway to heaven to leave as her legacy to the world. She uses art, music, movies, TV shows, politicians and musicians to "whisper" her intents. She will turn 90 in 2016, at which time she will gift her subjects with with the money and interest collected during her reign. With the proceeds of her gift, humanity will invest in second and third world countries to eliminate poverty.


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    Aug 7th, 2015 8:12am report

    Led zeppelin's lead singer doesn't know what it is about. He said on interview that a spirit channeled it through him. Look it up.


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    Jun 20th, 2015 6:16pm report

    Simple, it's about a spiritual man who has been with many women and see's a very common occurance in many of them which is confusion, non understanding of anything other than what they can comprehend on a physical level. She's good looking, she comes from money, she can find plenty of money where ever she goes and is caught up in worldly possesions. Not taking the time to recieve confirmation on heaven yet taking the time to recieve worldly gifts to create a happiness in her mind that is closest to heaven.. In the eyes of the creater of this song there are two people, the ones he knows and the ones that know him. The song promotes a feeling of really wanting this women to be happy on a higher level. The stairway to this women right now is everything physical, maybe after she gets all her houses, husbands, kids, cars and airplanes, ect. She will realize that alone will not get her to heaven. because there is still time to change the road your on there is still hope. as the song progresses from a sad reality slow truth to more of a fast pace truth, the sadness continues but with an upbeat hope. Keep on rockin' I wish her the best and all in her position.

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    Nov 20th, 2014 11:34pm report

    I think that stairway is'nt only about drugs but about someone who's life only revolves around them: ^all that glitters is gold^, ^with a word she can get what she came for^ also, there are no stanic messages. The reason this song came out so messed up (and awesomw ) is yes they were very trippy at the time.

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    Nov 2nd, 2014 11:09pm report

    The meaning is found in Celtic mythology. You all have it wrong.


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    Oct 14th, 2014 10:51am report

    The song is a lighhthearted play on lots of archetypal stuff. Hence so many references to things from folklore as well as the literature of the time that inspired people. Tolkien is hinted at, religious imagery, it's just saying think about stuff, don't fear, you can change as you learn, seek truth and you'll find it. As for the Christian viewpoint, I am a Christian but I get so saddened and sick of all the fear and condemnation of anything that dares to ask questions of life. "Seek and you will find" it says in the Bible, not listen to this or that music and you're doomed! Just enjoy the track, it's harmless and brilliant!


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    Sep 27th, 2014 9:46pm report

    OK, this may seem strange and a little far fetched to say the least, and it's a very limited interpretation to say the least. I am merely concentrating on the statement in the lyrics about the piper leading you to reason. During the Dark Ages, there was a craze called Dance Manias. The youth and young adults of villages would run away from their homes riddled with plague and follow musicians across the lands and essentially become vagabonds. Their reasoning: it would be better to live the life they live now rather than stay in their homes and wait for disease to overtake them. In following these musicians, they actively began to take drugs (herbal substances of that era) and dance madly to music. All that these young people desired was to lose consciousness, enter a trance, and literally dance until they could dance no more. Essentially, dance has shown to release pent up energy and relieve stress. By doing this along with numbing pain through the use of external substances, these young adults were escaping the horrors of life Moreover, they were "buying their stairway to heaven." All these people would die in their travels with these musicians. These Dance Manias inspired the child's story, "The Pied Piper of Hamlin". All in all, these young adults were ensuring that they were going to die the way that they wanted to. They lived their lives, allowing the piper to lead them on the journey of truth.

    As I said before, this is a very vague and loose interpretation that I developed after listening to this song this evening. I thought that it was interesting that the song shared so many parallels with these Dance Manias that have been historically recorded in tapestries as well as manuscripts.


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    Aug 23rd, 2014 8:16am report

    The song doesn't tell a story but is a collection of characters or archetypes as Carl Jung would say. These are concepts that are just "out there" And these concepts can mean different things to different people. It is crazy for anybody to try and interpret the song because there is no story or message, the story is in the characters. Why do people always have to have meaning for things. Why can't they just appreciate and have that sense of awe and yes "it makes you WONDER about the world.


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    May 7th, 2014 5:37am report

    The lady in the song is about THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND who is very powerful and rich. Plainly simple that the band is advising the lady to believe in the faith. When the band was interviewed about its meaning, the band simply said they don't know what they were writing about :-) . They will not tell because its is meant for their Queen. They were also telling us that, in order for us to go to heaven, then be a rock (in faith) and not roll our faiths.


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    May 7th, 2014 5:01am report

    All the word LADY in the song refer to the Queen of England. The band do not want to divulge this when the song became a success. The song obviously refers to religious matters.


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    Mar 4th, 2014 3:07pm report

    There's a lady that's sure all that appears good is good,

    and she's trying to get into heaven by following that idea

    When she dies she know that if she chosen the wrong path she can get into heaven by repenting
    So with that idea she doesn't care if what she thinks is right is really right because god will know she tried

    She is confused with the information she has because somethings you have to choose the meaning for yourself

    “In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings,
    Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven”
    reiterates previous meaning
    it makes her wonder

    She want to get away from it, thinking about moving somewhere west but the will always be a west so there are some things that can't be solved by relocating

    She sees people with the same problems but they do not speak out about it
    it really makes he wonder.

    If everyone spoke out the “piper” or leaders of a movement will sway people to a rationalization
    all those who stand by their idea will see a new age that they dreamed of, and the “forest” or place of living will finally be happy.

    If someone tries to intimidate you, don’t worry, its the power you are opposing showing you that what you are doing is making a difference.

    you can follow or resist but you can change which side you are on.

    You are starting to think about the situation constantly, the reasoning behind the movement is calling you to it.

    can you feel the change happening? And did you know that happiness lies beyond the change?
    And as we travel down the path to making an important change we begin to believe our doubts of being able to change what it is that we really hope for.

    There is the person who started it all, in all their glory, and shows that there is always hope. Reigniting the movements passion.

    And if you consider their words the truth will come to you at last
    when we everyone agrees, and we hold onto what we believe
    we will have our stairway to heaven.


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    Nov 11th, 2013 11:00pm report

    I'm sorry to say that not one person here has correctly interpreted the true meaning of this 20th century musical masterpiece.
    I'll start by saying that Robert Plant and Jimmy Pages comments regarding the meaning of this piece of music are purposely misleading. These two writers of this song do not want to comment publicly as to its true meaning.
    I know what it means and I can say that I understand their reasons for being so secretive and more importantly, cautious. They both know very well that the possibility of a public outcry is too high should they reveal it.
    They have said it is a song of hope and it most certainly is that. It is also a song of warning from two artists who care deeply about mankind but unfortunately they realize that many would not take it that way and in fact their would be those who would curse them because it would inevitably be misconstrued by many. THAT is why they don't reveal its true meaning.
    It is very spiritual... in a sense, but it has nothing directly to do with religion although the "Lady" whom the song speaks of considers herself righteous and spiritual in a manner of speaking.
    I'm being guarded regarding the meaning of this song because I have great respect for Plant and Page as artists. What the song has done for the decades that it has been around is that it has caused many to consider its true meaning and that is very important and THAT is what makes it a great work of art.
    The fact remains that I consider its meaning to be very important. So much so that I have been wrestling with the idea of publishing an article on just that subject but, until I actually decide to do that and make it public I don't think any one will really "get" it!
    Keep trying though and Good Luck!

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