understanding Led Zeppelin
A while back, I wrote about Led Zeppelin, Genesis and my teenage struggle to find meaning within their lyrics.
There was a time when I considered Led Zeppelin to be gods. Most people my age went through that phase. We quoted lyrics left and right and debated the meaning behind each song. Plant and Page were geniuses, deep thinkers, philosophers.
Yea, right. What passes for deep thinking to a 14 year old mesmerized by heavy guitars and pounding rythms and Robert Plant's hair turns into foolishness and pretension when you take away the haze of few joints and flights of teenage fancy.
Yes, I just blockquoted myself. Had to give you the context.
Anyhow, it seems that I am not the only who searched for meaning within those words. Nor am I the only one who received flame upon flame for daring to take the name of the lord god Robert Plant in vain (see what happened when I posted the Zeppelin article on Blogcritics).
Michael Klassen interpreted the lyrics to that "greatest song every created in history bar none and if you say it's not true I'll stab you with a fork," Stairway to Heaven.
Klassen decided that Stairway is an ode to shoddy construction work on Jimmy Page's castle and I must say, he makes a convincing argument.
I can't believe that Zeppelin's fans are still so numerous and so rabid in their loyalty that they write hate letters to people who disagree with their taste. I mean, they were a good band - I loved them once upon a time, and yes I had teenage girl dreams about Robert Plant. But all these years later my passion has diminished as I realize I was being had by the greatest lyrical con-artists in history.
i find your interpretation of stairway to heaven absolutely sickening. i did not bother to read the entire thing, because i was so disgusted by it. can you not appreciate anything? it is people like you that destroyed this song. it is the most powerful message ever sent in a song, and you have reduced it to nothing.
You really need to read the rest of these letters. I'm sure some of the writers are the same people who berated me on Blogcritics.
Well, that was my enjoyment for the day. Laughing at people who take something like that so seriously.
It's not as if they were talking about Mike Patton, you know.