The song Stairway to Heaven is written by Robert Plant (lyrics) along with guitarist Jimmy Page (tune) and is the most beloved rock song of all time. It resides in the greatest favorite songs list of every rock critic and expert. In 2000, it was voted as #3 on the list of “Greatest Rock Songs” and won the #31 spot on Rolling Stone magazine’s “Greatest Songs of all time” list.
It was recorded between December of 1970 to March of 1971, the song and the complete album were released on November 8, 1971. The fourth Led Zeppelin album which was untitled—referred to as “Led Zeppelin IV”. The most requested song on radio in the 1970s was Stairway to Heaven. Considering that, surprisingly, the song was not published as a single track. Some radio stations, however, did manage to receive promotional singles of this song, which have become one of the items that are collection worthy today.
Meaning of the song
Probably one among the most discussed side of Stairway to Heaven is its real meaning. Robert Plant has been asked this question many times on many occasions. According to Plant, his hands were writing the words out, “There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold, and she’s purchasing a stairway to heaven.” He spent time and looked at them, and it almost leapt from his head. It was a bit skeptical aside about a woman becoming everything she wanted without giving it any thought or consideration. That first line begins with this cynical sweep of the hands, and it softened up then.
In a later interview, Plant is less obscure and relatively clear that Stairway to Heaven has no actual significance. Plant said that with each different day, he interprets the song differently, and it happens every time he has composed it or still sings it in public.
Regarding the song’s haunting music and gorgeous guitar solos, Jimmy Page elaborates he had these bits of guitar rhythm, which he wanted to collect. Page used to keep a recorder along with him and said he wrote the song in a very long time.
Stairway to Heaven played in public
Led Zeppelin played the song in public on March 5, 1971. At the initial rendition of the song, the reception was not very reassuring. Led Zeppelin’ bass player John Paul Jones recalls the fans of this particular concert were bored to tears waiting to hear something they knew. It has been reported that some fans booed the song as of this first public performance of it.
This dilemma shifted, and as time passed, the song caught on. From 1975, as a result of the general demand for Stairway to Heaven, the band always saved the song. However, as boredom and monotony by the lead singer was prevalent, he’d frequently change the lyrics, singing different verses like: “Does anyone remember laughter?” /”Does anyone remember woods?” /”Wait one minute” /”I really expect so.”