Led Zepplin became popular when I still in high school and I was rather off put by their lyrics and their on stage persona...
At first, I thought the song writer of the song 'Stairway', Robert Plant, heard the song 'American Pie' in 1971 and he wrote the song 'Stairway' but both songs were released almost the same period of time in late 1971. Music, and its meaning, is to some degree a mirror, which reflects the listener's current state of mind at the time they hear a performance or read the lyrics, their attitude about life, and their past experience.
That means it was impossible to write and record and release it in late 1971. Likewise, music reflects the consciousness of its Creator(s) at the time it was created, along with their past experience and their intention, as expressed in the lyrics or performance.
In my humble opinion, YES, Stairway to Heaven is a masterpiece, with deep and enduring meanings, as well as offering practical advice for improving your life.
And, as Robert Plant once expressed to a concert audience, STH is truly "A Song of Hope."The words to this Led Zepplin song, "Stairway To Heaven" has always been shrouded in mystery and that for several generations.
For example, the word 'Book of love' on the song 'Rock n Roll', or the last song of the album 'When levee Breaks'. This thread is full of people with different backgrounds and mindsets.
Because there were same words on the song 'American Pie', too. One thing you have in common, in greater or lesser degree, is a degree of interest.She also wasn't a fan of Aleister Crowley and once referred to his occult circle as "the Order of the Golden Shower." Elizabeth Somerset Feodorovna Bowes-Lyon Belenoff is a great great great granddaughter of Queen Victoria through Victoria's granddaughter, Princess Elizabeth of Hesse, Grand Duchess of Russia.Historians believe the Grand Duchess had an affair with Rasputin and as part of the Tzar's inner circle, Elizabeth almost certainly played a role in the plot to have the mad monk murdered.Surprisingly, the comments do not address some metaphorical or metaphysical aspects, and do not consider important cultural movements that were contemporaneous during the time of the initial creation and release of Stairway to Heaven.To reiterate - the meaning of this song lies in your life experience, your day to day mindset, and your degree of intentional attention directed at this song.At 16 I was still a virgin and I found them to be just a little too in your face.Interestingly enough, I heard an interview with the group, "Heart" (the Wilson sisters) and it was funny because they said they attended a Led Zep concert in their youth and experienced the same reaction I had!It's important to note that the lady is not "trying" to buy a stairway to heaven, rather, she does buy it.Why else would the song say, "when she gets there she knows if the stores are all closed, with a word she can get what she came for?Marianne Faithful said Lady Belenoff was the most beautiful woman she had ever seen but that she possessed a most terrifying beauty.In her book, Taller than our Souls, Margaret Eton describes Belenoff and Page as occult rivals though they also respected one another.