单曲推荐:Led Zepplin – Stairway To Heaven

单曲:Stairway To Heaven

专辑:Led Zeppelin IV

乐队:Led Zepplin

1971年《LED ZEPPELIN IV》专辑推出,其中一首倍受追捧和青睐的一首歌曲叫“Stairway To Heaven”(天堂的阶梯),就像Smell Like Teen Spirit之于Nirvana一样,这首歌几乎成了Led Zepplin逢SHOW必唱的金曲,且有无数的翻唱版本。此歌编曲层次极其丰富,静溢清晰的民谣箱琴渐入主唱忧郁的倾诉,感伤到了极致,即而,在飞速宣泄的吉他Solo声中,爆裂的金属乐淹没了。

而这一种情感的过渡正好和另外一首同是我深爱且编曲同样错综复杂的经典歌曲Radiohead-Paranoid android正好相反,一首是浅吟低唱到急速爆发再到飞流直下以为上了天堂却直入地狱,一首是喃喃呻吟妄想发狂再回归天堂高唱圣歌。

长达8分多钟的歌曲讲述了一位少女坠入金钱深渊,将自己的灵魂出卖,而她以为那才是她心目中的天堂,是她通往天国的阶梯。

而这首歌还有另外一个更具神秘性色彩的故事版本:1982年,有一名浸信会牧师上电影布道时公布他的发现-当将“Stairway to Heaven倒转播出时,会听到魔鬼的讯息。这种隐藏信息的方法被称为backmasking。一般的解释版本为:

Oh here’s to my sweet Satan.
The one whose little path would make me sad, whose power is Satan.He’ll give those with him 666.
There was a little toolshed where he made us suffer, sad Satan.

这件事传出以后,一些专家甚至开始对这首歌进行分析”审判“,多数所谓的”专家“扬言在此曲中听到了魔鬼的讯息。从此,一些人尤其是教会人士开始对这首歌进行攻击,称其为撒旦之歌。。且还有视之为Sublimal Advertising,按MBA课程来说,Sublimal Advertising即是在片段、图像中插入我们表面不易察觉得的东西,而我们的观察的时候,其实不经意间的已经接受了。例如在电影中出现可口可乐的片段,但是快速带过,虽然我没有特别留意,然而潜意识却已经接受了,让人想喝可口可乐。


虽然如此,但这首歌曲还是毫无疑问的成了史上最伟大的摇滚歌曲之一,甚至一度成为英國人最喜愛的丧礼歌曲之一 。

对于指控,多年來齐柏林飞船出几乎没有做出什么解释,不知道他们是想着”清者自清“,还是觉得玩神秘感留给乐迷一个遐想的空间也是个不错的选择。

该牧师的指控好像也有点子虚乌有,曾有好事者拿其它歌曲,比如圣诗或儿歌倒播来进行对比,同样可以听到类似的讯息。而且说能听到魔鬼的讯息是种挺可笑的说法。

所以,做为Led Zepplin乐迷来说,本该是为他们尽一份公义的,但讽刺的是,”Stairway to Heaven“这个歌名正是出自圣经创世幻中雅各的梯子:

Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the Earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.(Genesis 28:12)

好了。其实了解一首歌曲背后的故事,只是一种休闲。对于大多数人来说,我们只是想要好的音乐。Download from Baidu or Listen online:

歌词:

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
And when she gets there she knows if the stores are closed
With a word she can get what she came for

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven

There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
And you know sometimes words have two meanings
In the tree by the brook there’s a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven

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

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven

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 forest will echo with laughter

And it makes me wonder

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

Your head is humming and it won’t go because you don’t know
The piper’s calling you to join him
Dear lady can’t 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 souls
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
Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
And when she gets there she knows if the stores are closed
With a word she can get what she came for

And she’s buying a stairway to heaven, uh uh uh.

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