Stairway a Heaven By Led Zeppelin

What is the Meaning of Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin?

Stairway to heaven MeaningStairway to Heaven is one of the most famous songs in rock ‘n roll history. This song has survived through the decades and has several interpretations as to what it all really means. Stairway was written in the late 1970s with a release of November 1971. The composition was written by the band’s guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant.

The song itself is unique in that it runs for over 8 minutes and goes through variations in tempo and volume as the song progresses. The lyrics to the song speak of a woman wants all it all. She wants fortune. “There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold,” this first stanza refers to her desire to have the finest things. She wants it all and she has it. Now she’s looking to “buy a stairway to heaven.”

The phrase “she’s buying a stairway to heaven” has many connotations. It could literally mean that she is trying to buy her way into heaven. She has all these earthly fortunes and she wants to move on into “heaven” in the afterlife. One cannot buy their way into heaven as the song goes on to reiterate. However, the phrase “she’s buying a stairway to heaven” isn’t about literally getting into heaven despite having everything and giving nothing in return. Instead the phrase can be seen as the purchase of happiness. For some “heaven” is having everything and having happiness too.

“There’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now, it’s just a spring clean for the May queen,” this phrase in the fifth verse of the song shows that there is a point where you have to give something up to have that happiness. Fame and material things can’t buy you happiness and contentment. You must go through a spring cleaning of yourself, to get rid of the personal things (not necessarily material things) that is keeping you from gaining that happiness and contentment.

Stairway continues to show how happiness and contentment with your life cannot be an external material pursuit. You must look within to find that much sought after prize. “Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know, the piper’s calling you to join him, dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know your stairway lies on the whispering wind?” You’re not going to find your stairway by looking around you, you must calm yourself and seek it from within first. Material goods cannot buy you happiness, despite the popular belief that if you have everything you must be happy.

Unfortunately, as the song points out, many people don’t find their stairway. They continue to seek to purchase happiness and contentment with material things, as the song closes “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 she’s buying a stairway to heaven.”