An Interpretation of Stairway to Heaven
The band opens with a solemn, gloomy tone as they discuss the “lady who’s sure that all that glitters is gold”. The woman may represent the increasing materialism of society during the 1 ass’s and the following decades. This materialism that’s so widespread in the mindset of individuals, specifically this woman, has led them to believe that material possession will assist one on the road to heaven. This interpreted from the line “And she’s buying a stairway to heaven”.
The woman continues to spend and spend with hopes that it will help solve all of her problems. She continues to chase after these possessions and continues to be greedy. The word “heaven” may not connotation to one that is religious but one that symbolizes a state of happiness which is supposedly achieved through wealth or even power. This idea is a mere illusion,as revealed later in the song that greed and materialism can negatively affect one’s soul.
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“And as we wind down the road, our shadows taller than our soul”.The band’s use of diction, the word “shadows”, is likewise a use of imagery that holds a deeper meaning. One interpretation as provided by the “Rock Genius” is that the “bad we may have done (metaphoric to our shadows), can stand out more than the goodness of our soul.
The setting of the sun is yet another metaphor used to represent the end of a day or even life. The shadow created although its part of the physical world, is still transient. It holds no importance, not in comparison to the soul which is more “real”.Therefore, for a shadow to be taller than a soul, shows that humans that are materialistic are shallow which disgusts the singers Zeppelin as their “spirit is crying for leaving’. “It really make me wonder” It really makes the listener wonder. This line of the song, which is often repeated throughout the song is a rhetorical question both the embers of the band and the listener question about the human perception of wealth and power and the effects it has on them.With repetition, Zeppelin reiterates that there is no connection between wealth and happiness.
By the end of the song Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin sings about how “if you listen very hard, the tune will come to you at last, when we all are one and one is all, to be a rock and not to roll. ” Zeppelin then restores hope and reminds listeners that it is never too late to see the mistakes of ones actions and that if you listen very hard, the message that the song holds will come to you at last.