11 de agosto de 2012

LED ZEPPELIN: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

Jimmy Page


Cualquier rockero que se precie, y aún es más, cualquier melómano, debería tener en su colección particular esta canción, auténtico icono de una forma de vida. Stairway to Heaven es para muchos la mejor canción de la historia del Rock. Aparece en el cuarto álbum de Led Zeppelin (1971), conocido popularmente como Led Zeppelin IV, y a pesar de su posterior fama no llegó a ser single.

En cuanto a su estructura, se diferencian tres secciones: una introducción con guitarra acústica y flautas, un cuerpo con eléctricas y batería, y un final trepidante de Hard Rock, con uno de los mejores solos de guitarra de todos los tiempos. La voz de Robert Plant también se contagia del ritmo del acompañamiento instrumental a medida que transcurren los cerca de ocho minutos de duración del tema. 

 

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, and 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 really 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 forests 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 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 to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

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