Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven

Led Zeppelin is one of the most important rock music groups of all times. The video clip shows them playing one of their most famous songs ‘Stairway to Heaven’. This recording is taken from the movie ‘The Song Remains the Same’ and illustrates Jimi Page’s ability to play the guitar, Robert Plant’s singing in the high range of his voice and John Bonham’s powerfull drumming.
On youtube there is a discussion ongoing about if this music has any value since it means to be a cheap copy of the original blues music, played by black musicians. This is a waste of time. Development and evolution do start at some point, that’s right. But first, we think that anything that is good for mankind belongs to all mankind, not to a few patent holders or original authors. In musical terms, almost all music played on guitar uses similar material, however, there are differences between a sonata from Johan Sebastian Bach and a jazz musician’s improvisition or elaboration on this sonata. If you understand western concert music as the evolution of dissonancies becoming accepted one by one as consonancies you will see that almost every musician has an education which shows him the ancestor’s music and how it can be developed. As a matter of fact, art is exactly the right balance of ald, approved and accepted stuff together with new elements.
Back to led Zeppelin, this video has a fair sound quality and we know that you rock music fans will enjoy it. After all, music is more than words. For those of you who would like to sing along with this song or make your own version of it, we offer the lyrics:

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 heaven

There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven
Ooh, it makes me wonder
Ooh, it makes me wonder

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking
and it makes me wonder
really makes me wonder

And it’s whispered that soon if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forest will echo with laughter

***

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now,
It’s just a spring clean for the May Queen
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
Ooh, it makes me wonder
Ooh, Ooh, it makes me wonder

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know
The piper’s calling you to join him
Dear lady, can’t you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind

***

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all is one and one is all, yeah
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she’s buying the stairway to heaven

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