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Stairway to Heaven ruined Led Zeppelin?

According to this interesting article. Personally I think its a fantastic song. However you can see how their other music is so different that StH is hardly representative of that catalogue.

While there are still many obstacles to a Zeppelin tour, the most vexing may be that Robert Plant will have to overcome his reluctance to sing the song that has done the most damage to the band. Yes, "Stairway to Heaven."

Variously described as "a song of hope" (Plant), "an optimistic song" (Jimmy Page), and "a wedding song" (these words popped into Plant's mind as he was finishing the lyrics—his unconscious muse tipping him off to the mixed blessing that he had just received), "Stairway to Heaven" remains the closest thing Zeppelin has to a hit, as it was their policy not to release singles.

In 1971, when the band refused to edit the song into four minutes of radio-friendly pop, stations simply started playing the whole track, and it soon became the most requested song on rock radio.

It also turned Zeppelin into a joke. It was "Stairway" that branded Zeppelin as spaced-out mystics. It was "Stairway" that drove them to the madness of the absurd fantasy sequences in their movie The Song Remains the Same.

It was "Stairway" that sold them to a mass audience that found it amusing to hold lighters aloft throughout the song, perhaps under the understandable impression that they were attending a concert by the Moody Blues. Plant has disowned "Stairway."

But this song is not just atypical of Zeppelin's music, it is unique among their epic tracks in that it privileges melodic/lyrical development at the expense of rhythmic exploration and timbral/psychoacoustic experimentation.

It also doesn't help that the lyrics appear to be an index of a confused mind. If, for instance, the lady at the beginning of the song is a fool (she believes, after all, that she can buy a stairway to heaven), then why at the end of this long and winding lyrical road is she shining white light and showing us how everything still turns to gold?

Some critics have turned themselves inside out trying to prove that this must be a different lady. Cultural-studies theorists will see this is an "open" text. Industry bean counters will notice that its ambiguity is the key to its popularity.


Great read here
 http://www.slate.com/id/217...
By netchicken: posted on 6-12-2007

Wow!
We (the kids I hung out with and me) listened to Led Zeppelin all the time. WE never saw Stairway to Heaven as a song that ruined them. We saw it as another awesome Led Zeppelin song.

Then again ,I suppose we were simply kids. We weren't highly skilled and trained musicians. WE just bought and listened to music, and Led Zeppelin was one other top bands to buy and listen to.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 6-12-2007

I've listened to LZ a lot and I always figured it to be not their best work. Too long drawn out and too dramatic. I always figured it was some post drug binge compilation. But it was a very meaningful song.
By IAF: posted on 6-12-2007

I like Kashmir...



Kashmir
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Whoa, let the sun beat down upon my face
with stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space to be where I have been
Sit with elders of a gentle race this world has seldom seen
who talk of days for which they sit in wait
All will be revealed

Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace
Sounds caress my ear
Though not a word I heard could I relate
the story was quite clear, whoa-oh-hoh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh

Oooh, oh, baby, I've been flyin' low, yeah
A-mama, there ain't no denyin'
Oh, oooh yes, I've been flyin'
Mama, ain't no denyin', no denyin', no

Oh, all I see turns to brown as the sun burns the ground
and my eyes fill with sand as I scan this wasted land
Tryin' to find, tryin' to find where I've been, ah-ah, ah-ah

Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace
like thoughts inside a dream
who hid the path that led me to that place
with yellow desert screen
My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again
sure as the dust that blows high in June
when movin' through Kashmir

Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails
'cross the sea of years
with no provision but an open face along the straits of fear
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh-hoh, oh, ohh

Wha, when I'm on, when I'm on my way, yeah
When I see, when I see the way you stay, yeah-eah
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, well, I'm down, oh
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, well, I'm down, so down
Ooh, my baby, ooh, my baby, let me take you there
Oh, oh, come on, come on, oh, let me take you there
Let me take you there, woo, yeah-yeah, woo, yeah-yeah
Let me take you there, let me take you there
By netchicken: posted on 6-12-2007

Also this one....



Achilles' Last Stand
--------------------
It was an April mornin' when they told us we should go
and as I turned to you, you smiled at me
How could we say no
Whoa, the fun to have, to live the dreams we always had
Whoa, the songs to sing when we'd at last return again

Swept New York a glancing kiss to those who claim they know
Below the streets that steam and hiss, the devil's in his hold
Whoa, to sail away to sandy lands and other days
Whoa, to touch the dream, hides inside and is never seen, yeah

Into the sun, the south, the north, at last the birds have flown
The shackles of commitment fell in pieces on the ground
Whoa, to ride the wind, to tread the air above the din
Whoa, to laugh aloud with dancing eyes above the crowds, yeah

Seek the man whose pointing hand the giant step unfolds
Guide us from the curving path that turns our feet to stone
And if one bell should ring in celebration for a king
so fast the heart should beat
As proud, the head with heavy feet, yeah
Oooh

Days went by when you and I bathed in eternal summer's glow
As, far away and distant, our mutual child did grow
Whoa, the sweet refrain soothes the soul and calms the pain
Oh, Albion, remain sleeping now to rise again

Wandering and wondering, what place to rest this hurt
For the mighty arms of Atlas hold the heavens from the earth
For the mighty arms of Atlas hold the heavens from the earth
From the earth, earth
Earth/I know the way, know the way, know the way, know the way
Earth/I know the way, know the way, know the way, know the way

Earth, earth
Ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah
Ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah
Ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah
Ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah
Ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah
Ahhh, ohhh, ohhh, ohhh

Ooh
For the mighty arms of Atlas hold the heavens from the earth
Oh/Ahh-ah-ah, whoa/ahh-ah-ah, whoa/ahh-ah-ah, whoa/ahh-ah-ah
Whoaa/Ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah
Ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah
Ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah, ahh-ah-ah
Woo-ooh-oooh
By netchicken: posted on 6-12-2007








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