I read an interview from a guitar magazine circa 1996 (sorry, I forget the name of the particular magazine) in which Jimmy Page explained the tuning he used to write the demo version of "Stairway..." He realized that the guitar strings were out of order (E, A, D, G, B, e), so he bought a seven string and tuned it to alphabetical order (A, B, C, D, E, F, G). What if that the press wrote a headline that says 'The Day The Music Die' and that two young men knew about this tragedies and thought they wanted to write a song about this each other.Playing around with that tuning he decided he didn't like, but not before stumbling upon the lick in the intro. Then Don Mclean wrote a song 'American Pie' and Robert wrote a song 'Stairway To Heaven'.Yes, he was deeply moved, but I believe it was unsettling for him and he may or may not understand WHY, although I think he understands.(Of course, this is conjecture on my part - but I found Plant's reaction to hearing the song just a little odd - even though he did manage an eye tear for it, overwhelmed at the sheer magnitude of effort that was put in to the performing presentation.) From all I've gathered and read concerning this song and the way it came about, I don't believe Robert Plant is comfortable with it and would rather not have to remember the song that ironically made them famous.That being said, some meanings embedded in this song became obvious to me in the mid 1970s.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.It is not coincidental listening to "Stairway" backwards that the name of "Satan" surfaces 6 times.
I'm not saying that Plant consciously understood that he was being influenced, but he was just the same.
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.
The first time I heard it, I was thought it pretty cool, but didn't understand it.
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.
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.