Robert Plant, the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin, says he can no longer relate to his own contribution to the classic song “Stairway to Heaven.”
Plant spoke to Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show about his reflections on the 1971 epic song, which is regarded as one of the greatest rock songs of all time.
He said the actual musical construction of the song is very good. “It’s one of those moments that really can stand without a vocal – and, in fact, it will stand again without a vocal, I’m sure, because it’s a fine, fine piece of music,” he added.
Plant said that lyrically, he can’t relate to it now, because it was so long ago.
“I would have no intention ever to write along those abstract lines anymore,” Plant said. “I look at it and I tip my hat to it, and I think there are parts of it that are incredible.
“The way that Jimmy [Page] took the music through, and the way that the drums reached almost climaxed and then continued,” he added. “It’s a very beautiful piece. But lyrically, now, and even vocally, I go, ‘I’m not sure about that.”
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