Sunday, November 22, 2009

Post 1011 - Another Interesting Interpretation

I am not a very big fan of Led Zeppelin. It is hard to put my finger on why. Maybe it's because it's one of those bands that got foisted on us by radio a long time ago, even though most of their songs just didn't do it for me.

Their biggest hit is arguably "Stairway to Heaven", and I defy any person reading this to tell me what that song is about. I read in a rock magazine in 1978 that "the lady" mentioned in the song represents The United States. Right. Sure. It's just another damned metaphor if you ask me. Long time readers of this blog will remember that I don't like metaphors very much at all. They make no sense. They lie. They cheat. They steal. They tell you they're something, when in fact they're something else. Buncha friggin' liars. I do not like metaphors. And I don't trust them either. Similes, though, are just fine in my books. At least similes don't lie to me.

Anyway, I don't like Led Zep that much; and "Stairway to Heaven" is a nonsense song that people have been reading stuff into for over 30 years. However, Rolf Harris, the Australian guy with the emu, has recorded "Stairway to Heaven", and it's a hoot. I love this interpretation, as irreverent as it is (not that I mind in this case).

Check it out. And check out his version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" while you're at it.

Don't say I didn't do anything for you.


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