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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...


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    Dec 12th, 2007 12:19pm report

    This is really simple. Whats the Song Title.

    Stairway To Heaven.

    Not a Stairway To Hell.

    be got fools before I take a rod to your back.


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    Nov 25th, 2007 11:08pm report

    When I first heard it, it sounded alright. long but alright. The voice is hauntingly beautiful and full of symbolism.

    Piper refers to Pan a greek God who played this pipe thing that I just forgot. Pan is again an Arcadian god of lust and magic who seduces men and women with his pipes and wantonness.

    This was a turn off, but I liked it so I kepted the song. Then someone said to check it out backwards. The first time I listened to it, I thought I was cool but I did recognize words.

    I would have thought it an accident, if it was shorter by like 3 mins! It's like 8 mins long and enough to write any hidden message. That's why, to me it was intentional and although I practically memorized the first part after listening to it twice, its too odd and confusing to learn to play. Its never been interpreted correctly and is so controversial that it seems to be incomplete and thus, finished when played backwards...thats what I think.


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    Nov 15th, 2007 11:50am report

    This is not a song about drugs... If you knew any better you would know that some of their songs were based on the hobbit book also known as lord of the rings. when he says spring clean for the may queen the may queen is believed to be a spring fairy and when they say spring clean for the may queen that means to clean for the fairy of spring also that part about the stairway to heaven isn't all of the song so before you start to jugde the song. listen to it first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    Nov 6th, 2007 11:34pm report

    Quite simply, a song about itself....think about it, lady trying to find a stairway to heaven? when the stores are all closed? with a word she can get what she came for? its a song about how the lady wants to buy a led zeppelin song, a "stairway to heaven", and that even though all the stores are closed, she can get what she's looking for with just a word. This shows that Led Zeppelin knew of their massive musical talent and popularity, and well, made a song out of it.

    But, this only speaks for one verse. Every verse is so completely different, and this leads me to believe that every verse probably has its own meaning, and maybe sometimes every line has its own meaning. everyone seems to be debating their point, but each of them only talks about a small portion of the lyrical content of the song. Its a great song, with so many different meanings, that everyone could be right.


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    Oct 8th, 2007 10:07pm report

    Ok, here's my interp.

    First, you have to take the very unpopular viewpoint of the governing elite of this world.

    They are all part of a Zionist network.

    You should read the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. These evil Jewish leaders govern all the world banks and money supply. They own and operate the media, were behind the 911 tragedy and started many a wars. The Stones wrote about them in "Sympathy for the Devil" They are the JEWS. Not just any Jews, but Zionist leaders like the Rothschilds and Schiffs.

    Any time you speak out against them overtly, you get labeled an anti-Semite. So, many rock musicians had to use sublime messages. John Lennon was murdered because of this. In Revolution, he overdubbed the word, "Evil-Jew-tion. Rush spoke about them as the oaks who soak up all the sunlight.

    And yes, Zeppelin did too.

    The line, "Dear lady (Jewish whore) can you hear the wind blow?
    and did JEW know, your stairway lies on the whispering wind." is a sublime anti-Jewish statement. It speaks of their fate. They think they can buy their way into heaven. They are the real Devil, not Satan.

    If you listen to the live version of the song from the soundtrack, The Song remains the Same, Robert intentionally does not sing the word, "you" in the same line. He says, "Dear lady can you hear the wind blow, and did ...... know."

    These evil leaders fate is written in prophecy, which this song is.
    But it's more than a song about their fate. It is a "Wedding Song" as Robert puts it. It is also a song of Hope.

    Many songs written are about coming home to Chicago.
    Sweet Home Chicago, Graham Nash, Come to Chicago, on and on and on. People from around the world will gather to take shelter from the scorching sun which will soon manifest itself sevenfold. May Zeppelin tunes are about leaving and coming to this place. "When the Levee Breaks, Kasmir, Night Flight, Immigrant Song.

    In Stairway, Robert says if you 'listen' very hard the 'tune?' will come to you at last?

    Not quite. He says the JUNE will come to you at last.

    If you don't believe me listen to the other line where he clearly says it.
    If we all call the JUNE, then the Piper will lead us to reason.

    Well, most weddings are in June.

    At the end of the song he says WHEN all are ONE and ONE is all.
    This is signifying the date - JUNE 1st.

    Now what year will this happen?

    Look at the logo ZOSO.

    It is a cryptic interpretation of the year 2008. The Z resembles a 2. The S is an 8 with a line missing, the line has turned to connect the two 0's. In essence the 8 can't roll, it is steady as a rock. Just like the song says. To be a rock and not to roll.

    So, the End time date for the world as we know it is June 1, 2008.

    If you listen very hard, the last June will come to you, When? the 1st day. What year? ZOSO.

    Happy traveling.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Sep 26th, 2007 9:55pm report

    It's about the story of beren and luthien in tolkein's the silmarillion

    Buying a stairway to heaven refers to luthien traveling back to the western continent to convince mandos/manwe to allow beren to live another lifetime with her

    all that glitters with gold might refer to the silmaril jewel she has in her possession.

    stairway to heaven refers to either how she made herself mortal(thus allowing her to go to heaven with the rest of humans), or how she retrieved beren from this heaven

    with a word she can get what she came for refers to the song of sorrow she sang to convince manwe to let beren come back

    manwe offered to erase her of the pain of losing beren, or allow her to become mortal and die with him(two paths)

    and two paths also refers to the two paths that the children of illuvatar can choose, and how luthien chose the mortal path of men rather than her natural elven path of immortality

    the songbird in the song refers to luthien's translation in the elven language, "nightengale", and beren first met luthien because of her singing and dancing in the forest

    the 3rd verse looks like it's about how beren stayed in Mandos's halls when he was supposed to depart for heaven, and how he remembers his trip to morgoth's keep

    the 4th verse refers to luthien singing her song at mandos(which was sung there for the rest of eternity) and how mandos (the piper of spirits) allowed beren's spirit to be released because of lluthiens sorrow in the song. after they come back, they live in the forests of ossiriand

    the may queen thing might be referring to yavanna, but I'm not sure what that would have to do with the story

    and I've already explained the two path thing in the verse after that

    the verse after that explains again how she sang the song, and how manwe (the wind) allowed her to change her fate

    There walks a lady we all know refers to the fact that she was widely known to be the most beautiful being to ever live, and the silmaril shone white light, and the last part of this verse is admiration at the fact that luthien didn't just give up and say this is my fate


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    Aug 27th, 2007 8:43pm report

    OK, there are way to many crazy ideas about this song. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but holy crap guys. Page wrote a majority of this song in about 20-30 min. If you guys are pulling out bible verses and shit there is no way that much thinking went into this song. Same thing with the OMG its a work of SATAN. Not true. Also if you think it's about drugs you're wrong. I'll give you my opinion. It's quite simple. Who would've thought something could be simple and you wouldn't have to do hours of research. Just listen to this song a million times and don't read books just think what you feel from it.

    There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
    And she's buying a stairway to heaven.

    This explains how a materialistic woman (someone who only puts value on money and objects) thinks only gold can glitter meaning only tangible things are worth anything.( It's also a reference to Tolkein's quote not all that glitters is gold Zeppelin especially Page were Lord of the Rings fans) The lady thinks she can just buy her way to heaven.

    When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
    With a word she can get what she came for.

    Again she thinks she can just buy whatever she wants even if the stores are closed cause she's rich as hell. In my opinion I believe the word is money.

    There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
    'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.

    This just tells people when you see something don't make up your mind right away because there could be more to it or less. BE OPENED MINDED.

    In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings,
    Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiving.

    The first line just saying some bird is singing but the second line states that remember sometimes our thoughts are wrong don't stay set on one thought you may find out something completely different.

    There's a feeling I get when I look to the west,
    And my spirit is crying for leaving.

    The looking to the west is meaning that the sun sets in the west. It's a beautiful thing but the person here wants to be rid of the world and its bullshit. He wants to be in higher beautiful place. He may be having suicidal thoughts

    In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
    And the voices of those who standing looking

    Rings of smoke in the trees, again in my opinion, is saying there is a fire (which is bad) and he sees the people talking about him who know him after he kills himself.

    Ooh, it makes me wonder,
    Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

    This basically states he's just thinking deeply about life

    And it's whispered that soon if we all call the tune
    Then the piper will lead us to reason.

    Something inside us is telling us that the tune (referring to the songbird about our thoughts being misgiven) then we will understand life and the piper (something intangible, just our thoughts) will make us realize that life rocks HARD

    And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
    And the forests will echo with laughter.

    We will see things in a new light for those who stick things out and life will be good.
    The forest isn't significant just a place of beauty where people are at but the laughter means we realize that life is fun and there is happiness and pleasure in it.

    If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,
    It's just a spring clean for the May queen.

    This just states if some messed up shit happens in your life don't panic or lose your sanity deal with it it will pass because may is the end of spring so the may queen cleaning in spring just means it will pass.

    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.

    This just states you can make the wrong or right choices but you can always change your ways. DON'T LOSE HOPE

    And it makes me wonder.

    Again just thinking about life

    Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know, The piper's calling you to join him,

    You're always thinking about life and you can't stop thinking about things in it. The piper is playin that tune about saying don't be too confident with your beliefs because they could be wrong(the piper could be jesus)

    Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
    Your stairway lies on the whispering wind.

    This is stating about how this lady should listen to the wind because the wind is an intangible force something more that will be her ticket to heaven.

    And as we wind on down the road

    The farther we go down our path

    Our shadows taller than our soul.

    Meaning if we went the wrong way our shadows overwhelm us and its hard to change (on a path to hell)

    There walks a lady we all know
    Who shines white light and wants to show

    The lady that is on her way to hell because of her false hope in money. She has realized her wrongs and has white light(white symbolizes purity)

    How everything still turns to gold.

    I think the still means not moving there, but anyways how eveything still turns to gold means how everything has beauty and money isn't the only thing worth a dollar in our life figuratively speaking.

    And if you listen very hard
    The tune will come to you at last

    If you really think hard and realize how life is a great thing and how good times are always better than money then you will understand life really has no meaning but to improve it for others and just have a good time.

    When all are one and one is all

    When everyone gets along and can live in harmony and peace

    To be a rock and not to roll.

    To be rock means to be solid and stand by what you think is right and don't falter in life. Don't follow others and do evil (roll around) BE YOU.

    And she's buying a stairway to heaven

    She realizes what it takes in my thoughts

    Again my own opinion
    May not be right to you because there is no correct meaning.
    Remember "Sometimes words have to meanings"
    Just thought I would post a logical meaning rather than some fucked up devil bullshit or break down the whole bible to this. You can put almost anything to this if you stretch it enough.


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    Aug 9th, 2007 8:55pm report

    Honestly, I don't care too much about what this song is about. It's an incredible work of music, and thinking too hard about it, at least for me, spoils it. Though I do applaud a lot of you for your thoughts and feelings about it.


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    Jul 19th, 2007 7:34pm report

    I love this song.

    I think for me, it's about a lady who finds a way to salvation and goes to heaven, but then again the other parts of the song don't fit in with that.

    I seriously doubt this song has anything to do with Satanism, although Jimmy Paige was fascinated with black magic.


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    Jul 17th, 2007 7:34pm report

    I have no real interpretation, but I enjoyed reading all these. The song can be about whatever you think it is. Don't be swayed by others opinions or thoughts if you don't see it that way. I can see how you see drugs in this song clearly.It's a bitchin' song, let's leave it at that.


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    Jul 6th, 2007 7:27pm report

    I think this song is supposed to have no meaning...or each listener should think of their own personal meaning behind the words. It's not religion..or drugs.. or anything really

    also I have a live version - before they perform the song he says "this is a song of hope"

    just saying.


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    Jun 28th, 2007 6:51am report

    This song, and its meaning is sealed. We will never be able to pick out its infused meaning because unfortunately either, we are too neurotic, or the writer was writing this on some heavvvvy shit. But this is why it was made so popular, the sheer mystery.

    But, because the big picture and details or disoriented, that leaves us with the plain message, and what that leaves us is our imagination.


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    Jun 7th, 2007 6:13pm report

    I've heard way too many interpretations of this song. They are so contradictory (ranging from prophecy, to drugs, to PMS, to religion, to a woman who wants to buy a stairway to heaven) that I have come to one conclusion:

    This song isn't about anything. The lyrics are produced solely to sound good. And hey, they *do* sound good, so the lyrics did their job. Maybe in fragments there is some meaning, but they are meant, not with some specific plot in mind, but to work along with the tune to convey something more abstract, like an emotion. What emotion, you ask? What do *you* feel when you hear it?
    "This song is overplayed" doesn't count.


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    Jun 7th, 2007 6:32am report

    (Continued-) the may queen is the ancient pagan version of the virgin, who assumed her role in folk-christianity. According to scripture one can "always change the road your on", ie. That its never too late to repent, or to choose damnation...and who's the piper? Of course the devil. That is, the greek god pan with his pipes, The ALL, a personification of Nature, upon whom medieval depictions of the devil, who fell by his pride in music like Melkor (Tolkein-Silmarrilion) are modeled. He is the Natural life as opposed to the supernatural, for the flesh constantly wars with the spirit, constantly tempts the believer, making his head keep humming with tempting sounds of carnal delight. The wind, of course, is the Holy Spirit, where the stairway is found, "The whispering wind" (LOTR) who constantly whispers the promises of God to us when we are tempted by the scream of the flesh.
    The lady walks because she is certain of the triumph of her Church, which seeks to change everything into what is pleasing to God, ie. gold,because in medieval symbolism gold is the metal/color of heavan. Turning to gold represents sanctification of souls, which is the will of Almighty God.
    This interpretation makes the most sense, not only because the language of the song is the language of Tolkien, but also because the writing of Tolkein is repleat with medieval symbolism and medieval Catholic theology.


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    Jun 7th, 2007 6:10am report

    First off, it would be ridiculous, even for a powerful angelic intellect like the devil, to mask lyrics backwards in music. In what way would this effect the human soul? According to theology, sin is only possible if one knowingly sins. Now if it were ostensibly a hymn to the devil, in the lyrics played forward, then that would be a problem. Or if you say that the supposed backwards messages, which are mumbled, entered the soul via the subconscious, still, what mechanism in the subconscious is accustomed to reverse sounds and interpret them? The whole notion is absurd.

    The song is meant to be interpreted by the listener for his own use. I could say, for example, that the stairway is a medievalism, often depicted in medieval art, where the christian must climb to Heavan by degrees of sanctity, meanwhile the devil tries to dislodge him. Lady refers to the blessed mother, who constantly intercedes for the saints. She knows that the stores (ie the storehouses of grace) are closed or not, because she is the purveyor of all graces. With a word she can get what she came for because she is powerful with God. The tree by the brook is the tree planted by flowing waters in the psalms, which represents the just soul, and the song bird is the devil, who sometimes enters within the mind and sings of our misgivings (lack of faith). Rings of smoke through the trees is the smoke of satan that has entered the sacred grove (ie. The Church) in these end times. The voices of those who stand looking are the looking because they are lost and cannot see the light. The forests will echo with laughter only after the return of justice to the earth. Our shadows are taller than our souls, in this life, because, as in LOTR, the powers of darkness seem larger than they really are, from human perspective. One listens very hard, to the God-spell, To be a rock and not to roll means to learn to become like the saints, like saint Peter, the Rock, who had to learn to become solid in his faith and not run away like he did when the savior was in his passion.

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