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Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven

Music Monday #5 >> Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven

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There is a controversy about this song, we all love controversy don’t we? My previous song, Imagine by John Lennon also has a little controversy along with it. This is the Stairway to Heaven’s controversy:

This is rumored to contain backward satanic messages, as if Led Zeppelin sold their souls to the devil in exchange for "Stairway To Heaven." Supporting this theory is the fact that Jimmy Page bought Aleister Crowley's house in Scotland, which had become a well known Satanic church and was known as "The Toolhouse." In his books, Crowley advocated that his followers learn to read and speak backwards. - source

I am not sure where could I find a tape recorder (or whatever they used back then to play a song backwards), so all I can say is that if the song is play backward, perhaps it would sound something like this: going down the stairway of heaven (to the hell). Heck, maybe it was then they got the idea to make this controversy. I wish I was born in 1971! I would love to be the one who start off the controversy!

Click play to hear it:

Just read between the line of its lyric, then add the music as a background and you will know instantly why it's one of the greatest songs ever made.

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 standing looking.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it 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 forests 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.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it wont go
In case you don’t know,
The pipers calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can 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 evrything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

The song is about a woman who accumulates money, but finds out the hard way her life had no meaning and will not get her into heaven.

This is the first time I did not put any video along with my Music Monday. I just thought there is no video is good enough to describe the beauty of the song, but if you still want to watch the video, do visit HERE. Let the music player fully loaded and then just sit, sip some coffee and enjoy. Listen to the wonderful guitar sound and the lyric. If you couldn’t hear the music, try adjusting your computer volume and if it is still not working, just follow the link given above to watch the music video.

In the world where money is the dictator, it will serves a good reminder for what we had become.

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Penny said...

Hmmm there are so many songs that supposedly have satanic messages. I do like this song, but sometimes I think it's overplayed. But it is a great song nonetheless!

LadyJava said...

I love this song.. satanic or otherwise.. I think you literally have to reverse the track to listen.. though I've not listened to it myself..

Great selection anyways dearie.. and thanks for participating this time around :)

Have a great Monday!!

Rozella said...

Another classic choice. :)

Michelle Dawn said...

Great classic.

bluedreamer27 said...

oh thats a great trivia
like madonnas song who almost contradicted the pope
i like that song blue thanks for sharing

Chic Gal said...

Yes, this brings back memories of my teen years. Large headphones blocking out my parents and listening to the words over and over.

bintang said...

I never bother about the controversy..
I just listen to their song...hehehe
Great pick this week dude ;)

Farah Deen said...

I dont know this song, and maybe it's not the type of song I normally listen to. Even so, I am going to listen to this one and maybe I might like it (or not?!) LOL

erick said...

A great song form Led.
Thanks for sharing !

callister said...

this is one of my old fav song..
hell yeah i didn't know bout that satanic stuff..
i sure hope it's just a story..

Turnip | Social Networking said...

This whole controversy was funny. We can laugh about it now. "Does anyone remember laughter"?

Mariuca said...

Wah Led Zeppelin is here today, classic! :)

Mariuca said...

Aiyo...why la wan to be born in 1971???? He he older sis was born in that year. ;0

Mariuca said...

Happy MM to you. This week, both of us were early eh? :)

Mariuca said...

Okay, baru nak start Ec drop for mpg, see ya later with Mariuca. :)

coolingstar9 said...

It is good to hear some interesting song like this one.

shaxx said...

love the song. classic... satanic or not...

EastCoastLife said...

I don't normally listen to songs nor music... but I like this one. :)

Perky said...

Oh I just saw this on E!'s True Hollywood Stories. I think it was called Top 25 Hollywood Curses (if I'm not mistaken). Yeah, it mentioned that you can hear satanic msgs if you play it backwards.

Anyways, satanic or not, it's still a classic and I love it!

Monica said...

I live this song & I don't bother abt the controversy ;-)

coltfan said...

good post a good classic.

Wayne John said...

Nothing is 'satanic', just good for the press and for nagging the Christians who don't accept that not everyone is like them, nor want to be like them.

The backwards part can happen naturally, and not necessarily on purpose. It is presumed to say "Satan is so wonderful".

I hardly doubt Zep would do this on purpose unless they were just screwing around.

Wayne John said...

Pink Floyd put intentional backward messages in their music for fans to discover and find. Again, hardly Satanic.

I might add that much of the music put out during the 70's and 80's that people thought were Satanic was far from that. It's all silly Christian/Catholic myth used to scare you. Who are the real satanists?

Pink Floyd is levels beyond Led Zeppelin IMOHO, but Zep is a classic.

Laura-Whateverebay said...

a great classic and history behind it :)

YAN^S said...

as long as the song is good controversial or not it does not matter to me

sufian said...

i wonder what led zeppelin doing now...still singing or what..

bonoriau said...

Rock You!!!!

bluecrystaldude said...

Hi Penny,

Ha Ha.. Yeah, I think it was overplayed too, but it's still a good song isn't it?


Hi Lady Java,

I am still very eager to hear the song backwards. If you or anyone else know what player should I use, do let me know!


Hi Chic Gal,

Oh, my headphone is still big you know :)


Hi Bintang,

I am glad you like it. You love slow rock don't you?


Hi Farah,

So, do you like this song or not? Hehe..


Hi Callister,

I hope you read this comment: I couldn't leave you a comment on your site. Huhu.. May be it was my slow (crawling) internet connection. I don't know. But I will keep trying.. I already added your site to My Addiction blogroll though :) said...

Wow, what a cool picture. I love Led Zeppelin!

Milkberry said...

So have you heard the backmasking? It starts on this part:

'If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow...'

And if you play it backwards it says:
'Oh here's to my sweet satan...'

Here's a backmasking site link if you want to hear it reversed. Coincidence? You be the judge:

bluecrystaldude said...


Okay, that is plain creepy! The words are very clear and even well constructed! Shit!

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