Stairway to Heaven, unreleased as a single, becomes a staple in Rock History. This song, and Led Zeppelin in general, are sort of “low-hanging fruit” as it relates to Satan and Pop Culture. Jimmy Page bought Aleister Crowley’s house after all.
But instead of getting embroiled into finger pointing about Satanism, let’s just take it all at face value and focus on the song.
Again, someone doesn’t “have” to be a Satanist to be directed by forces beyond their control. Robert Plant has admitted on many occasions that the lyrics to Stairway came from him listening to Jimmy Page do the chords on guitar in front of a fire in a living room one night, and paper and pencil in hand, the words to the song just came to him.
Plant has said over and over that the song really just wrote itself. A song which contains lyrics talking about
-sometimes words have two meanings
-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
-Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.
-Then the Piper will lead us to reason.
-Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know, the Piper’s calling you to join him.
…and ends with
-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 truth will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll
And in pop legend, virtually the whole song backwards is a paean to Satan.
I guess the question is, do the lyrics support the premise that Satan is intending an allegory through Led Zeppelin, with or without their consent?
I would say yes it does.
Here are the key lyrics in the connection.
If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow
Don’t be alarmed now
It’s just a spring clean
For the May queen
(Although some point at the whole song as having backwards messages, this is the primary verse people point at containing a backwards message)
Goethe wrote his version of Faust in the 1800s. In his version, (and in Mann’s 1947 version of Dr. Faustus) Walpurgisnaght, a German celebration of the ending of Spring and the coming of May; is celebrated by Witches on the Brocken Mountain and they hold revels for their gods on the night of April 30th leading into May 1st.
In other words, the May Queen and Spring clean in Stairway to Heaven.
Beyond this being just a fictional tradition of the Faust story of the deal with the devil, it’s an actual celebration that takes place in Germany and much of Europe on April 30th-May 1st.
It also happens to be the date that Adolf Hitler committed suicide on, after a 24 year reign as leader of the Nazi party, and over 100 years after the event was immortalized in Faust.
That’s a pretty serious bunch of stuff to have floated through Robert Plant’s head to his hand on the fly, while writing one of Rock’s greatest songs all in one evening.
Put another way, can you think of more than a handful of artists in the 30 years since 1980 that even approached this level of lyrical complexity in any of their work, let alone whipping songs like this off in one night?
It’s almost like someone is dying to tell everyone a secret; but they aren’t allowed to, so they just keep hinting at it however possible…
Today, Robert Plant wants nothing to do with the song; in fact, a Led Zeppelin reunion may never take place because of Plant’s aversion to Stairway to Heaven.
Meanwhile, young, inexperienced reporter Bob Woodward lives in apartment #617 when on 6/17 he gets a call to cover a break-in at the Democratic headquarters at Watergate.
On December 8th, Dorothy Hunt, the wife of accused Watergate burglar Howard Hunt, dies when flight 553 crashes in Chicago. She was carrying over $10,000 cash when the plane went down.