Robert Plant, best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the iconic rock band Led Zeppelin, says he can no longer relate to the band’s most famous song ‘Stairway To Heaven’.
The track, released in late 1971, was created by Plant and his bandmate Jimmy Page for Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth studio album and is considered by many as one of the greatest rock songs of all time.
Despite being the track the somewhat define’s the band’s legacy, Plant is having difficulty relating to the track in 2019. While sitting down with UCR as part of their Nights radio show, Plant said: “The construction of the song, the actual musical construction, 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 piece of music.
“Lyrically, now, I can’t relate to it, because it was so long ago. I would have no intention ever to write along those abstract lines any more.”
He added: “I look at it and I tip my hat to it and I think there are parts of it that are incredible. The way Jimmy Page took the music through, and the way that the drums almost climaxed and then continued – it’s a very beautiful piece.
“But lyrically, now, and even vocally, I go, ‘I’m not sure about that.’”