It is not coincidental listening to "Stairway" backwards that the name of "Satan" surfaces 6 times.
I don't believe it was either Robert Plant's or Page's intention to glorify Satan, but the dark side seems to always reveal itself in unexpected, shadowy ways.
My fave of theirs was "Kashmir" and "Immigrant"Now all this talk about the occult and back masking may sound very weird and possibly a boat load of silliness, however, one can not be attracted to the likes of Alleister Crowley (like Jimmy Page was) and not be drawn in to the darkness he lived within. Words and things have meaning and both Page and Plant meant them to have meaning.
I'm not saying that Plant consciously understood that he was being influenced, but he was just the same.
But what still puzzled me was that there were some key words on the lyrics of the songs on that album released by Led Zeppelin in 1971. Our lives reflect what we continually think about, all the things we take in, such as food, TV, ideas, beliefs, habits, people.
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.Just as an aside, Robert Plant's reaction to Heart playing "Stairway To Heaven" at the Kennedy Center, in the band's honor, was probably more of discomfort and pain.Many felt that he was deeply touched by all the performances in their honor, but when Heart got up to sing, "Stairway" Robert Plant appeared very uncomfortable -- almost horrified.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.
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.