Stairway to heaven

i really enjoyed reading this interpretation and i have to agree.. there is quite a few more to read.. and i have prolly only read about 10 different ones but i agree mostly with this one. so far.

The beginning represents our initial thoughts on the world. we are all trying to get to heaven, but when we are new to the world, not yet realizing what is important, we think that materialism is the way, so we pursue that. Thus being the reason that people that are emotionally not very mature are generally materialistic people.

The second verse says that there is a sign, representing society. In life, we are usually told which direction to take in order to be successful. She second guesses it though because she wants to be sure to be successful. The song bird represents the realness in life. If she listens to that, as opposed to the black-and-white direction of the sign, she finds that society isn’t completely right so she tries to find out what its faults are, only to find that it is wrong about everything.This makes her wonder.. finding her own interpretation of life.

The third verse represents the free feeling that you get when you let your soul search and find things on its own. When you start to become really in touch with your spirit, you start to notice how spiritual the world really is,it makes you listen in a different way, see in a different light.

The fourth verse talks about togetherness. If we unite and call upon the truth, we will be led to reason. The piper represents. When we bring people together in the name of truth and reason, we will find it, and through this we are all enlightened and brought to a new place: ‘a new day will dawn for those who stand long’.

The fifth verse tells us that when we take the path to enlightenment, it can throw us off a little, but not to be alarmed, it’s just spiritual cleaning. We get through the bad part and come out new on the other end. This is true with life as well. When we search for the truth, it can make us even more confused, but once it’s found we are more sure than ever. He says that there are two paths you can choose. The path to truth, or the path that society sets out for you. He says that in the end there’s still time to change the road you’re on, meaning that no matter when you decide to pursue truth, it will be waiting for you.

It says your head is humming and it won’t go in case you don’t know. This means that our minds were programmed to find truth. If we don’t answer this call to enlightenment, it will always be there and we will always have to fight it if we choose the path of society. He says dear lady your stairway lies on the whispering wind. The girl from the beginning is finding that the only way to heaven is through spiritual truth and that the sign of direction was wrong the whole time. There is only one path and since she questioned the sign, she now sees the only way.

The last verse says that as we go through life with all its unpredictability, sometimes our shadows are taller than our souls. Our souls can be over shadowed by life which keeps moving even when we stand still, basically saying how sometimes we can get lost. He mentions the lady again saying she shines a white light and wants to show. When we get lost, we find those people that have found their way, and borrow their light to see our way back. “and if you listen very hard the tune will come to you at last.’ If we are truly honest with ourselves and seek truth, we too can find our own way. ‘When all are one and one is all. To be a rock and not to roll.’ This says that the meaning of life is to help each other find truth and get as many people there as we can because the more people that find it, the stronger our foundation is in what is real, and the more people can find us throughout their own lives. After we die we become truth, which is the rock, and the stronger we are, the easier others will find us in their own paths.

2 thoughts on “Stairway to heaven

  1. Have you heard Dolly Parton’s version? Sounds crazy but it’s good; she pulls in a gospel choir. They even did a story about it on NPR. She worked with Robert Plant (who has been quoted that the song is not really about anything, though I very much disagree) to re-work some lyrics and made the song more clearly about a woman’s spiritual search. I like your analysis above.

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