Stairway to Heaven … a minstrels ballad


The beautiful music of the rock band , Led Zeppelin , spoke profoundly to young people of my generation and was a mantra to many …. the vibrations of the sound opening a door to a different realm of spirituality , one that transported the listener into a more mystical view of life .


Stairway to Heaven

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 , 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 stand looking .

ooh it makes me wonder

ooh it 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 forest 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 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 ?


And as 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 gold .

And if you listen very hard

the tune will come to you at last

When all are one and one is all

And she’s buying a stairway to heaven .


The magic of this song is that it speaks to each listeners heart and soul personally , taking the imagination to the heights , enabling us to visualize a most magnificent journey where all will be explained , where tears will be vanquished , hope will be restored and brotherhood will prevail . I hear this song in Bulgaria .

2 thoughts on “Stairway to Heaven … a minstrels ballad

  1. Oh my… how powerful, mystical, and beautiful. Amazing photos to go with this, Meg. I never knew all the lyrics to that song. Thank you for posting this wonderful tribute, honoring a time that changed so many of us. Rex has just found it, and it is playing now – the haunting sounds of the flutes filling me as I write. Thinking of you listening in Bulgaria, as I listen in Fairhaven.


  2. Janet, Thankyou for your dear comment….that time was like no other and I am thankful to have lived it at the age we were then and to know that it shaped us with inspiration for our future journeys….the music resides within


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